Cops, Trump and the Threat to Police Reform

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Fundamental change in American policing can’t co-exist with the mindset that the President-elect and allies like Jeff Sessions, the attorney general-designate, are bringing to the justice portfolio, Unless local agencies take the lead, that could spell more trouble in the streets.
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5 thoughts on “Cops, Trump and the Threat to Police Reform

  1. First, shouldn’t we wait and see what happens? Second, the author and the Democratic bureaucrats of the DOJ assume that what they’ve been doing to this point has been a good thing. It has not. And, how many of these cases have they found the cops to be wrong in?

    Threatening an agency with a consent decree and that agency signing does not suggest the agency was in the wrong.

  2. Mr. Domanick –
    Although categorized as a “TCR Special Report”, this piece is an Op-Ed lamenting the possibility of President-Elect Trump reigning in some of the liberal agenda in criminal justice reform, drug policy, and Beltway-centric policies of the soon-to-be-dismissed DOJ leadership. For those of us on the ground outside of DC, we don’t see the same dark clouds you do.

    At this point in the transition, speculation is rampant, and I would argue destructive, of coming to a national consensus on criminal justice issues. It would behoove TCR to clearly identify this piece as opinion (either yours or TCR’s), and not allow the inference that this is policy-to-be of the new administration. Instead of remaining true to reporting news of value to CJ professionals, this editorializing does not benefit a national discourse to find common ground between the left and right. In fact, it furthers polarization at a time when consensus would do far more good.

  3. The problem with some of the ideas that Mr Domanick expresses about police reform is that in many cases the police were not involved in the process to formulate these reforms. Some of the ideas for police reform that Mr Domanick cites were formulated by assembling groups of like minded, liberal leaning police professionals, along with advocacy group members, who declared these ideas “best practices”. There was no serious vetting process or as other professional groups describe it “peer review” of these ideas.

    Mr Domanick expresses the prevailing and irrational fear of a Trump presidency. Trump represents an abandonment of the drumbeat that has permeated the discussion of police reform – the idea that the police are racist, incompetent and unwilling to change. with Trump maybe we can have a real discussion about police reform and an exchange of ideas without the name calling

  4. Policing reform is not possible in a prohibition environment. Co-chairman Charles Ramsey’s 21st Century Task Force on Policing deemed drug policy reform beyond Pres. Obama’s charge. Drug prohibition policy is always beyond reform charge, a sacrosanct topic, and a given among any set of reforms. What the Task Force should have recommended to the president is set out here, a call for an end to the War on Drugs. Of course Pres. Trump will not be looking for policing reform as he ramps up the foolish Lost War on Drugs, “to stop the drugs pouring into this country” and builds his great Trump Wall. http://jamesgierach.tumblr.com/post/152027664349/pres-obama-task-force-21st-century-policing

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