We added the question mark to the headline.
It should be noted that Al Sharpton, president Obama’s consultant on race issues – how insane is it that Al Sharpton hangs out at the White House and pontificates on race issues – has called for the federalization of police forces.
The push is to consolidate the state in Washington DC. Always more consolidation. More power.
You, you backward types, who cling to your guns and your God, with your “mountain pride,” with your quaint notions of dignity and family, you, YOU are the problem. Not to mention your racist cops which is just an excuse for us to take over everything. So what if the violent crime rate has gone down markedly over the last 20 years? So what. This isn’t about crime control. This is about CONTROL. And you guys better stop bitching about it because the federal police force is on the way. We have let the clingers run their own show for too long. Now it’s time for Washington to show everyone who’s boss.
We’re not there yet, but that is the trajectory currently.
Here’s how it works: the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice files a lawsuit in federal court against a city, county, or state, alleging constitutional and civil rights violations by the police or at a corrections facility. It is done under 42 U.S.C. § 14141, a section of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, granting the attorney general the power to prosecute law enforcement misconduct. The municipality then simply agrees to the judicial finding — without contest — and the result is a wide-reaching federal court order that imposes onerous regulations on local police…
…These consent decrees are in essence regulations. That, is, without the niceties of administrative procedures requirements, public comments, or even any congressional oversight.
Remarkably, congressional offices contacted by this author were generally unaware of the regulation of local policing via DOJ consent decrees with cities — even though the agreements have been implemented for years. Not a single hearing or word of protest has occurred on this topic.