Well, isn’t that special? The Department of Justice is going to “help” Cleveland’s police force
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Justice over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers.
The announcement comes three days after a white patrolman was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire following a high-speed chase. The case helped prompt an 18-month investigation by the Justice Department.
In a report released in December, the department required the city to work with community leaders and other officials to devise a plan to reform the police department. A judge must approve the plan, and an independent monitor will oversee it.
The settlement calls for new use-of-force guidelines, a focus on community engagement, accountability reforms, training on bias-free policing and a mental health advisory committee.
Am I the only one that feels sick when I hear about changing use-of-force guidelines? Am I the only one that doubts these guidelines would actually help better train police? And what of “community engagement”? Sorry, I have no faith in a DOJ, run by Leftists, as ours currently is, doing anything positive to help here. And the big fear comes when I read about “bias-free policing”. Sounds like the feds would apply political correctness to police work. what could go wrong there, right?
Look for this trend to grow, we already know that Baltimore has “asked” for help, and the Ferguson Police Department has knuckled under as well. Which city, or county is next? this should concern everyone that cares about local police forces not being nationalized, which would be a disastrous route to take, can you imagine the red tape, and bureaucracy? The corruption, and worst of all, the centralization of powers? We know that everything the government touches is ruined, and that would be no different here.