During a press conference on the sidelines of a NATO conference in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, Obama said he will “start moving on constructive actions” to federalize state and local police. He will meet next week with the White House task force set up after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri. The task force authored the “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report” last May.
The report is controversial because it advocates the unconstitutional expansion of the federal government into local law enforcement. The role of the federal government is governed by Posse Comitatus and the Tenth Amendment, the latter stating the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
In addition to creating “a Law Enforcement Diversity Initiative designed to help communities diversify law enforcement departments to reflect the demographics of the community,” the report calls for the establishment of “programs that take a comprehensive and inclusive look at community-based initiatives that address the core issues of poverty, education, health, and safety,” socialist initiatives beyond the scope of law enforcement.
In April, 53 police departments signed on to the recommendations, specifically the Police Data Initiative, a federal program designed to train local police on how to gather and use data to “increase transparency, build community trust and support innovation,” according to the White House.
Critics argue the initiative is “little more than a federalization of local police because it puts the White House at the helm of deciding such matters as cameras on cop uniforms and whether or not local jurisdictions accept equipment from the military,” writes Cheryl Chumley for WorldNetDaily.
“Critics also say the data that’s being gathered at the local levels will lead to a massive federal database, overseen by federal authorities, who will then decide whether the individual police department is pursuing crime-fighting techniques in a manner that doesn’t discriminate against minorities.”
Alex Newman of The New American points out the federal initiative “will use U.S. taxpayer dollars to deploy ‘experts’ and ‘researchers’ charged with training officers to act in a manner that the DOJ deems just—in essence doing the bidding of the Obama administration.”
In the past, the DOJ has teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to train local police on what is and is not considered acceptable political activism. The SPLC specializes in characterizing “rightwing” groups and individuals as extremists and terrorists.
“Indeed, since Obama took office, the administration has been pumping out a non-stop barrage of propaganda demonizing tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of Americans as ‘extremists’ and potential ‘terrorists,’ owing to their mainstream political views. The administration has also consistently vilified police who were accused of abusing their power, even before investigations were concluded,” notes Newman.