President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday addressing some of the current policing issues dividing the nation. Measures included a ban on choke holds unless an officer’s life is at risk, “federal incentives for police departments to deploy non-police experts on issues like mental health, homelessness, and addiction,” and the creation of a “tracking program for bad officers.” He promised justice for the families of victims during his speech and strongly praised the nation’s law enforcement.
“Americans know the truth: Without police there is chaos. Without law, there is anarchy.”President Donald Trump
Members of Trump’s team said the order was a compilation of goals comprised by law enforcement and representatives of victims’ families.
The Left criticizes his order. They accuse Trump of failing to address systemic problems and enact sweeping policy reform. Rachel Barkow, vice dean at New York University School of Law, said “this order does nothing to address” the “us versus them mentality among police forces” and criticized his remarks minimizing the number of bad police officers to a “tiny” amount. “What we need is not steps but leaps,” stated Columbia University Law professor Kendall Thomas. Democrats are calling for an “overhaul of police procedures and accountability.”
“One modest inadequate executive order will not make up for his decades of inflammatory rhetoric and his recent policies designed to roll back the progress that we’ve made in previous years.”Chuck Schumer, Senate Democratic leader
The Right supports his order and believes it is a step forward in the right direction.”It strikes a great balance between the vital need for public and officer safety, and the equally vital need for lasting, meaningful, and enforceable police reform,” said the National Fraternal Order of Police. While less drastic than the measures Democrats are calling for, GOP Senate members are currently drafting a bill which “includes perhaps the most far-reaching proposed changes ever from a party that often echoes Trump’s ‘law and order’ rhetoric,” wrote an AP article.
🚨 BREAKING → @realDonaldTrump just signed a bold executive order on police reform.— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 16, 2020
We must do all three:
– Ensure equal justice
– Support police officers who uphold their oath
– Introduce better training and accountability
“Defund the police” is not a serious solution.