Washington, DC — According to White House officials, President Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday addressing police reform. The executive order is set to outline Trump’s vision for police reform. The move comes after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The order will focus on credentialing police officers, the creation of a database to track officer misconduct, and sending out social workers with officers for potential mental health crises. Trump had signaled last week that an executive order was being prepared to establish use of force standards and de-escalation tactics. You can see his statements on the order below.
"We're working to finalize an Executive Order that will encourage police departments nationwide to meet the most current professional standards for the use of force, including tactics for de-escalation." pic.twitter.com/N8PDOemC7C
— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) June 11, 2020
CBS News is reporting that the executive order will incentivize best behavior by police departments. They are also saying that the Justice Department is helping craft the order. The order aims to place a more community-focused mindset among police departments.
Democrats in the House have already passed a sweeping legislation that addresses many issues in law enforcement reform. The consensus across the mainstream media is that the executive order will not go far enough.
The move to license police officers is one that the left has argued for. The ACLU and the Mayor of Chicago have both spoke out in support of the measure in the past. Some states have a requirement that is more strict than others, but there is little in place regarding tracking of potential bad behavior of law enforcement officers.
So the question is, will the order be enough? I think generally, everyone can agree that it does address some concerns that are present. The ability to track law enforcement behavior is an interesting thought. The federal government has never implemented any such measure successfully. Most of these measures end up being pushed back to the states.
A potential license for law enforcement is also an interesting concept. Many industries have varying license requirements state to state. I guess that the federal government will set a base standard that states must meet or exceed. Again, pushing the requirement back onto the state.
I do believe that sending social workers with law enforcement in some instances could pay dividends. Mental health needs a lot of support in the United States. It’s been a neglected area in healthcare for some time. While it would not have prevented Floyd’s death, it is a great opportunity.
So what is my opinion of just the basics that we know? I believe that the order has potential, but I’m holding my final verdict until I see how it is planned to be implemented. If this is a national program, I think it will face a lot of challenges.
I’m also sure that the left and the mainstream media will attack the move. Stay tuned to The Liberty Loft as we will keep you up to date on the developments in the order and how Trump plans to implement. You can always leave a comment below or on our social media for this article and let us know your thoughts.
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