President Donald Trump just blew by Congress and actually took a major action that should have an immediate impact.
While many Democrats are pushing to “defund the police” and want to make their own “changes” to police, the president signed an executive order on Tuesday on law enforcement reform in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Fox News reported.
During an appearance in the Rose Garden, the president signed the executive order at an event titled, “Safe Policing for Safe Communities.”
Trump decided he can’t wait for Congress and needed to move quickly on the issue.
- President Trump plans to sign a new law enforcement executive order today. He’s not waiting for Congress to pass new legislation.
- The order offers “some solutions” and focuses on best practices for police departments.
- Trump’s commitment to criminal reform is on full display with this move, though many still criticize his response to the George Floyd incident.
The White House released a video of his executive order announcement:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 16, 2020
The White House also spoke about the order on Monday night.
“Both public safety and public trust are crucial to the law enforcement mission,” the White House said. “Tomorrow’s Executive Order will uphold clear and high policing standards, promote accountability in law enforcement, and help equip police officers for constructive community engagement.”
The White House also said the order would “help law enforcement build trust and effectively serve the community as our first line of defense here at home,” emphasizing that Trump “stands behind our dedicated law enforcement all the way.”
Several Democratic lawmakers, liberal activists, and left-wing groups are ramming ahead with calls to “defund the police.”
But the U.S. Supreme Court sent a clear and powerful message this week in a ruling that many liberals will not like at all.
The Supreme Court passed up at least seven cases on Monday regarding a legal doctrine that shields police and other public officials from lawsuits for conduct that does not involve a “clearly established” violation of the law.
The doctrine, qualified immunity, has come under increasing scrutiny by critics who say it gives blanket protection to law enforcement officers even when they violate civil rights. The burden imposed by qualified immunity on victims of police violence is exacerbated by the fact that prosecutors rarely charge officers for excessive force violations, often leaving civil lawsuits as the only remaining avenue.
The doctrine was established by the Supreme Court in 1982 and has been expanded over time. Increasingly, the top court has required victims to cite a case with precisely the same detailed facts as their own in order to prove that the action against them was a “clearly established” violation of the law.
The ruling comes after a group of congressional Democrats unveiled legislation that will bring sweeping changes to U.S. law enforcement.
The Congressional Black Caucus authored the Justice in Policing Act to address the use of excessive force by police, specifically in black and minority communities.
The package would demilitarize the police by limiting the transfer of military weaponry to state and local police departments.
It would also require body and dashboard cameras, ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants for drug cases, and create a national database disclosing the names of officers with patterns of abuse.
Several Democratic lawmakers and left-wingers are calling for defunding in several major cities.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it very clear he does not support calls to defund police departments and that any measures will be rejected in the Senate.