The fact that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will now investigate the racially and ethnically diverse Baltimore Police Department for a “pattern and practice” (sound familiar, Seattle?) of violating constitutional rights of minority suspects is no surprise. And, although it should be a surprise that the city’s own mayor would proactively request the Feds come in and usurp her authority over her own cops, having become familiar with this mayor’s grandstanding, politicizing nature and overcharging of the six accused cops, it’s not. It seems she intends to pave her road to political success with Baltimore police badges.
Sadly, there can be no mistaking the federal government’s attempts to influence, if not completely take over, local law enforcement in America, thus establishing a de facto federalized police force.
In a new book I’m working on I write, “The DOJ conducted a flimsy and spurious investigation [of the Seattle Police Department] the methodology of which they refused to publish or substantiate. This is a formula the DOJ has repeatedly used across America to force police departments to operate under federal consent decrees. According to Newsmax.com’s Sean Piccoll, former U.S. Attorney, Andrew C. McCarthy, who successfully prosecuted the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, says about the DOJ’s investigation of American police departments, ‘They’ve had their thumbs on the scales from the beginning.’ Further, ‘McCarthy cited a string of federal civil-rights investigations into some 20 police departments, including Ferguson, Missouri’s, which he said the Justice Department has approached with a presumption of racial guilt.’ This was precisely what the DOJ did to the Seattle Police Department. This method is ongoing and is currently being employed against my similarly besieged brother and sister officers in, among many other cities, next door in Portland, Oregon, down in Albuquerque, New Mexico—and, of course, back in Baltimore, Maryland. ”
The thing is, just because the political left doesn’t agree with how American police operate doesn’t necessarily mean there is anything wrong with it, especially to a degree that merits routine federal takeovers. This national call for police “reform” is so purely political it stinks worse than a rotting rat carcass trapped in a heat register with the temperature stuck on ninety-five. There is always room for improvement in such a high-tension occupation, but we should not allow that to be the chink in the armor the left uses to legitimize its unconstitutional assault on local policing.
This suspicious process also throws into jeopardy the trust average Americans have regarding their federal government. “Justice” only for those who belong to the political party in power. Really?
When the DOJ usurps the local police’ authority to define its policies and procedures, based on frivolous or trumped up allegations, the public will be hesitant to trust the Feds when they have occasion to intervene in legitimate criminal behavior involving cops. Every investigation is suspect.
What America needs is more education about what police do, not to castrate the police with liberal politics disguised as law enforcement training.