Trump Promises Executive Order on Police Use of Force but Won’t Defund
Written by Luis Miguel
During a trip to Texas, President Trump announced that the administration will take steps to address perceived racial inequalities and police brutality as the nation continues to reel with protests, riots, looting, and arson over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer.
While the president indicated that he wants to make certain concessions to those calling for defunding and abolishing police, he made clear he does not want to go to those extremes.
“We’re not defunding the police, in fact we’re going the opposite route,” he said at a police reform roundtable in Dallas. “We’re going to have stronger police forces.”
Among the policies President Trump signaled he will pursue are increasing economic opportunities and improving healthcare in minority communities, seeking to establish school choice at the national level via Congress, and signing an executive order calling on police to follow the “most current standards on use of force.”
Despite seeming to want to assuage concerns with police held by Black Lives Matter and other “social justice” organizations, the president did not back down from his rhetoric of needing to “dominate the streets” in the case of areas where rioters are taking lives and destroying personal and public property — as in Seattle, where armed insurrectionists have essentially created a small independent state in which city police will not enter.
“We have to dominate the streets, we can’t let what happened in New York City,” President Trump said in reference to looting and vandalism that took place during some demonstrations last week. “We have to dominate with compassion.”
The proposals from the president come just days after the Democrat-controlled Congress rolled out its own plan for overhauling local police agencies.
Their bill, the Justice in Policing Act, would tackle law enforcement on various fronts, including by limiting legal protections for police, creating a national database of excessive force incidents, and banning police chokeholds.
The legislation would also revise the federal police misconduct statute so that it would be easier to prosecute officers involved in “reckless” misconduct and change “qualified immunity” protections to enable broader damage claims against police during lawsuits.
Another feature of the bill would be to give the Justice Department specific subpoena powers to perform “pattern and practice” investigations of alleged misconduct and assist states with independent investigations.
President Trump has opposed the plan, saying Democrats have “gone CRAZY!” As the election draws closer and both sides seek to win the support of black voters, the president has touted his economic successes among the black community.
“We got criminal justice reform passed,” Trump said Thursday. “We achieved the lowest black unemployment in the history of our country prior to the plague coming to our country from China.”
Despite the employment gains for black Americans, most black voters are still in the Biden camp, according to the polls. Even prior to the riot outbreaks, former Vice President Joe Biden led Trump decisively with the demographic. A Quinnipiac poll in late May showed Biden with support from 81 percent of registered African American voters, compared to 3 percent who supported the president.
While President Trump may believe ceding some ground on the police issue will help him score points with black voters, he would do better to refrain from giving an inch on the issue. The Constitution does not give the federal government power over policing; it’s a power reserved to the states and to the people.
The tyrannical forces seeking to impose globalism and socialism on America want to erode the constitutionally-enshrined local nature of police. Nationalizing the police would have the effect — as centralizing power always does — of making it easier for the Deep State to control. Keeping control of hundreds of different law enforcement agencies is a lot harder than controlling a single national agency.
Control over police is essential to the Deep State’s plans because it’s police who are best positioned to enforce their totalitarian agenda—or prevent its enforcement. The latter has been seen in recent days with sheriffs who have refused to participate in gun control legislation and COVID-19 lockdown policies.
If Democrats get their way with the Justice in Policing Act, they will bring America much closer to their aim of total federal control over local police.
President Trump’s olive branch of calling on police to conform to the “most current standards” would also bring them closer to their goals, even if not as drastically as Democrats’ bill. But baby steps to totalitarianism will still get you there eventually.
It’s also a move that wouldn’t score much politically, anyway. Will black Americans be any more swayed to vote Trump over school choice than they have over the many economic gains? Most people who buy into the current social justice narrative will never support him no matter what he does.
For that matter, how many of the young people clamoring for gun control after Stoneman Douglas magically became Trump voters because he signed an executive order banning bump stocks?
It’s better for the president to stick to his guns than to forsake certain constitutional freedom for uncertain political points.
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American