from The Daily Bell:
Donald Trump signs executive order giving police more powers … The President has signed three orders to tackle ‘public safety’ moments after he swore in Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
We were not aware that Donald Trump ran on a law and order platform. We know he wanted more checks and balances on immigration but that is a lot different that generally insisting on more law enforcement.
Plenty of videos and articles clearly show police assaults on civilians. Additionally, many of these civilian assaults are not successfully redressed.
Police generally tend to protect themselves and civilians can be a distant second when it comes to general security, especially if the officer is asking for more compliance than the individual is able to give.
Donald Trump has signed three executive orders to deal with “public safety”, including handing more authority to the police. At the formal ceremony to appoint Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, the President outlined the new mandate that Mr Sessions would have, including tackling crime, drug cartels and terrorism.
“I am directing the Department of Justice to reduce crimes and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers,” he said. “It’s a shame, what has been happening to our great, our truly great, law enforcement officers. That is going to stop today.”
One of the executive orders seeks to “define new federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing federal crimes, in order to prevent violence” against state and federal police.
According to the article, some 135 police officers were killed in the US, which is the highest in five years. according to a report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. But the number includes many who died in traffic accidents or from heart attacks, etc. About half died in conflict with civillians.
Meanwhile, according to the article, there was no mention of the hundreds shot by police each year. Last year there were nearly a thousand killed at the hands of police and over 130 so far this year, according to killedbypolice.net
Mr Sessions, a longtime Senator from Alabama, did not focus on civilians however. He said the US had a “crime problem” and added, “I wish the rise that we’re seeing in crime in America today were some sort of aberration or a blip, [but] my best judgment, having been involved in criminal law enforcement for many years, is that this is a dangerous, permanent trend that puts the health and safety of America at risk.”
Claims of permanent, rising crime are not borne out by statistics that show that long term crime is down especially when compared to the 1970s or 1980s. But Sessions was clear about his mission. “We need to end this lawlessness that threatens the public safety and pulls down the wages of working Americans,” he said.
The larger issue is Trump’s backing of law enforcement generally. He has met with many kinds of law enforcement and military groups since taking over. It seems as if he has met with fewer civilian groups thus far.
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