The New American – by Thomas R. Eddlem
Prominent celebrities and leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus have endorsed a major nationalization of local police forces with an August 25 letter to President Obama, calling for creation of a federal police “czar” and greater federal controls over law enforcement in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting and protests.
“The Administration must appoint a federal Czar,” the letterstates, “housed in the U.S. Department of Justice, who is specifically tasked with promoting the professionalization of local law enforcement, monitoring egregious law enforcement activities, and adjudicating suspicious actions of local law enforcement agencies that receive federal funding.”
The letter is signed by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), and her fellow members Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). Also signing on to the letter are the leaders of the ACLU, several labor unions (AFL-CIO and SEIU), Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon, and several dozen others.
The letter is a direct result of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent protests. An excerpt reads:
Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teen shot multiple times and killed by a Ferguson, MO police officer, is only the latest in a long list of black men and boys who have died under eerily similar circumstances. Investigations into the Ferguson shooting are ongoing, and many of the specific facts remain unclear for now. However, the pattern is too obvious to be a coincidence and too frequent to be a mistake. From policing to adjudication and incarceration, it is time for the country to counter the effects of systemic racial bias, which impairs the perceptions, judgment, and behavior of too many of our law enforcement personnel and obstructs the ability of our police departments and criminal justice institutions to protect and serve all communities in a fair and just manner.
Allegations that law enforcement has not applied the laws fairly upon black Americans are based on statistics showing that blacks are convicted of an inordinate number of gun crimes and receive stiffer sentences for the same gun crimes, and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has made a very public issue of the disparity. The Washington Post’s libertarian blogger Radley Balko noted on July 22 that “Last year, 47.3 percent of those convicted for federal gun crimes were black — a racial disparity larger than any other class of federal crimes, including drug crimes. In a 2011 report on mandatory minimum sentencing for gun crimes, the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that blacks were far more likely to be charged and convicted of federal gun crimes that carry mandatory minimum sentences. They were also more likely to be hit with ‘enhancement’ penalties that added to their sentences. In fact, the racial discrepancy for mandatory minimums was even higher than the aforementioned disparity for federal gun crimes in general.”
Ironically, the letter makes the valid point that “the militarization of police departments across the country is creating conditions that will further erode the trust that should exist between residents and the police who serve them. The proliferation of machine guns, silencers, armored vehicles and aircraft, and camouflage in local law enforcement units does not bode well for police-community relations, the future of our cities, or our country.”
The source of this militarization is not endemic racism, however; it has been federal intervention and aid through the Department of Defense’s Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) under the auspices of fighting the “drug war” and “terrorism.” LESO notes on its website that “Since its inception [in 1991], the 1033 program has transferred more than $5.1 billion worth of property. In 2013 alone, $449,309,003.71 worth of property was transferred to law enforcement.” LESO boasts that some 8,000 police agencies are currently availing themselves of military equipment from the Department of Defense.
In other words, the same federal government that is responsible for militarizing the police to the tune of $449 million per year is what Rep. Marcia Fudge and her colleagues suggest should be reviewing and controlling local police. “Police departments should not be solely responsible for investigating themselves,” the letter reads. “DOJ must set and implement national standards of investigation that are democratic (involving independent review boards broadly representative of the community served), transparent, and enforceable.”
Americans have been presented with the false choice between the militarization of police encouraged by the federal government and the overseeing of police by that same federal government that has created the problem.
5 thoughts on “Celebrities, Congressional Black Caucus: Let’s Nationalize Police”
“…a long list of black men and boys who have died under eerily similar circumstances..”
Actually, they’ve killed more white people under these eerily similar circumstances than blacks, but the author is a Zionist tool who is trying to turn this into a racial issue, when it’s really an issue of governmental abuse of all Americans.
As for the “Black Caucus”, since they’ve banded together by race, they are by definition, a gang of racists, pursuing a racial agenda in congress rather then doing their job of representing their constituents. They should all be recalled.
As for the “celebrities”, who cares what they think, and why does it matter? Does being a funny comedian, a talented musician, or professional liar (actor) qualify someone to make sound judgements on police policy? Do these “celebrities” know anything at all about history, politics, or police work, or are they referred to here because Americans are dumb enough to believe any empty head they see on TV?
And the last paragraph here tries to limit the choices of Americans by claiming: “Americans have been presented with the false choice between the militarization of police encouraged by the federal government and the overseeing of police by that same federal government that has created the problem”.
It seems to me he’s forgetting that we don’t need these psychotic pigs bastards “policing” us regardless of who they work for. All in all, the author sounds like a professional propagandist who is trying to help convince Americans that a “National” (Federal) police force is some benefit to Americans. I hope he falls into the hands of an angry mob that’s tired of being deceived, and I hope they use his lying head for a soccer ball.
Liberal logic – Just because you are barred from joining the black caucus due to your race doesn’t make it racist. You however, may not create a white caucus as that would indicate racial prejudice.
Actually, it IS racist. (just like ANYthing that excludes other races, such as ‘blackpeoplemeet-dotcom’).
Most of the dipshits crying ‘racist’ are more racist than those that they accuse, and are too stupid to recognize it.
It’s practically the same f’n game that the jews play, and wow, they have their own dating site as well.
Anyway, nationalizing the police just falls right in line with what TPTB want.
Whatever TPTB stand for, I do not!
Actually, recalling them won’t work,
They were placed in their positions because of race.
For their constituents are black too, well most of them.
But all the same, they are racists themselves, without a doubt.
Hence, calling themselves, “Black Caucus”.
“Prominent celebrities and leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus have endorsed a major nationalization of local police forces with an August 25 letter to President Obama, calling for creation of a federal police “czar” and greater federal controls over law enforcement in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting and protests.”
As they’ve been instructed to do by their Zionist masters.