The Obama administration isn’t satisfied with law enforcement in America.
Unfortunately, it appears that they are working to make it worse.
In an attempt to tie the hands of federal law enforcement officials as tightly as possible before his retirement, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder announced new rules against racial profiling.
The new rules will effect federal officials as well as local police when they are working on federal task forces.
Holder expanded previous anti-profiling rules to prohibit law enforcement from considering “gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to race and ethnicity” when opening new cases.
In addition, a similar ban will apply for the first time to national security cases, according toThe Washington Post.
Holder said the new rules were necessary in light of recent racially charged incidents which have seen three unarmed black men killed by white police officers.
“Particularly in light of certain recent incidents we’ve seen at the local level, and the widespread concerns about trust in the criminal justice process, it’s imperative that we take every possible action to institute strong and sound policing practices.”
In addition, Holder announced a federal investigation into the death of Eric Garner to determine whether police violated Garner’s civil rights.
Apparently, Holder doesn’t read the news.
If he did, he’d be well aware that race played no role in the shooting death of Michael Brownby Ferguson, Mo., Police officer Darren Wilson.
He’d also know that the police sergeant supervising Eric Garner’s arrest was a black female.
Liberals reacted with predictable dissatisfaction.
“At this historic moment in our nation’s race relations, the release of this revised guidance is an important signal of progress, but it does not completely address the need for reform of policing tactics at the state and local level,” American Civil Liberties Union Washington legislative office director Laura W. Murphy told The Post.
Of course it doesn’t “completely address” those needs. That would be impossible — those needs vary from state to state and community to community.
That’s why federal “guidance” of this sort is largely a waste of time.
Local crime needs the attention of local police; in order to be fair and efficient, local police need the attention of local communities.
The idea that any federal bureaucrat — let alone the only sitting attorney general ever to have been held in criminal contempt of Congress — could tell a street cop how to better do their job is not only ridiculous.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune