Tuesday, November 3, 2015

As Crime Spikes, Obama Pushes Police To 'De-Escalate' Arrests, Hand Out Ice Cream

War on Cops: Even as violent crime spreads like wildfire across U.S. cities, President Obama advises police to "de-escalate" encounters with suspects and find "alternatives to arrest." Spoken like a man with a protective detail.
Not to mention a radical agenda impervious to reality.
On Tuesday, the president spoke to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago. There, he and his attorney general handed out a guidebook published by his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The 30-page guide, titled "Moving from Recommendations to Action," is designed to help local police departments implement his "criminal justice reforms."
Under the section, "Changing the Culture of Policing," the document recommends that cops give more "voice" to minority suspects, treating them with "dignity and respect," while checking their own "implicit" cultural and racial biases. In other words, more listening and less cuffing.
"Agencies should acknowledge the role of policing in past and present injustice and discrimination, and how it is a hurdle to the promotion of community trust," the White House pamphlet strongly advises.
To help build that trust, Obama earlier this week proposed that cops drive ice cream trucks into high-crime areas and hand out free ice cream cones to suspected drug dealers.
Apparently, they have started doing it in riot-torn Baltimore, and the president really liked the idea.
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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