• Two Approaches on Display: Reforming Law Enforcement … or Knee-Capping It

    Surge Summary: President Trump has signed an executive order raising the professional standards for the nation’s law enforcement members. Meanwhile, Leftist pols continue to undercut police and encourage lawlessness at every turn.

    [Tuesday] afternoon, President Trump held a Rose Garden ceremony to announce a new executive order encouraging the “highest professional standards” for law enforcement.  Police departments that meet these new standards will receive additional federal resources.

    The order bans the use of chokeholds except in the most extreme circumstances.  It also establishes a database to track misconduct complaints against officers so that the “bad apples” are not simply transferred from one department to the next.

    Prior to the event, President Trump met with the members of nine families who have lost loved ones in interactions with the police.  During his Rose Garden remarks, the president spoke to these families, saying:

    “All Americans mourn by your side.  Your loved ones will not have died in vain. . .  We are one nation.  We grieve together and we heal together.  I can never imagine your pain or the depth of your anguish.  But I promise to fight for justice for all of our people.”

    The president was also clear that these reforms are not intended to undermine the overwhelming majority of good and decent law enforcement officers.  Trump said:

    “I strongly oppose the radical and dangerous efforts to defund, dismantle and dissolve our police departments. Without police there is chaos, without law there is anarchy and without safety there is a catastrophe. When you remove the police, you hurt those who have the least, the most.”

    The Progressive Alternative

    And what might the progressive alternative that Joe Biden would preside over look like?  Well, we don’t have to guess.  Several cities dominated by the left, whose progressive leaders are all in for Biden, are pushing their own ideas and policies.  Here’s what they’re doing.

    New York City just announced that it is disbanding the NYPD’s undercover anti-crime unit.  The main purpose of the 600-officer unit was to track potential gun crime and stop it before something worse happened.

    Burglaries in the Big Apple are up 34% this year.  Murders are up 94%.  As Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, put it, “Our city leaders have clearly decided that proactive policing isn’t a priority anymore. They chose this strategy. They will have to reckon with the consequences.”

    By the way, this was an elite force.  The officers accepted into this unit were among the NYPD’s finest.  Now it’s gone.

    In Minneapolis, there are mounting police resignations as left-wing politicians demand that the police department be defunded and replaced with an army of social workers.

    In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms just prejudged the case against Officer Garrett Rolfe, essentially calling him a murderer before there has been a trial.  While it is possible a jury may find Rolfe improperly used excessive force, this case is nothing like that of George Floyd.  Rolfe was in danger of being tased himself and losing control of his firearm.

    By the way, Mayor Bottoms is on Joe Biden’s short list of potential running mates.

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is once again directing all her vitriol at President Trump rather than the gang of anarchists who seized a police precinct and six city blocks.  She’s also suggesting that what Seattle really needs is “demilitarizing our police force [and] rethinking who responds to 9-1-1 calls.”

    Rioting and looting broke out again last night in Portland, where progressive city officials have long tolerated Antifa and other far-left radicals.

    How bad is the anti-police atmosphere being stoked daily by dozens of prominent elected liberals?

    Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared chokeholds to lynchings.  And Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) compared the Fraternal Order of Police to the KKK.

    How’s that for stoking anti-police hatred?!

    So here we have two clear, contrasting visions of law enforcement for our country.  One where law enforcement is respected and one where it is not.  Remember in November!

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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