I agree, we can whine and cry about the GOP blocking them but what makes anyone think it will be different this time around? The Rethugs will continue to throw roadblocks in Biden's way so this is nothing more than platitudes at this point.
This type of change has to occur at the local level, but the Police Unions have too much power for meaningful change to occur quickly.
#20 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-06-01 07:26 PM | Reply | Flag:
Totally disagree. President Obama and his DOJ did their best and had a positive impact, which Combover Quisling and his DOJ were quick to undo. It's no surprise that it's taken 3 1/2 years of Dotard's lack of leadership to get here. President Biden's DOJ could issue Federal guidelines on training, hiring and policy as a start; they could encourage stronger DOJ enforcement and investigations of problem police departments; and create a department in DOJ intended specifically to deal with racial issues. President Obama left behind a Policing in the 21st Century plan that was scrapped by Dotard and his elfin former BFF. This plan was created by members of the Obama administration and minority leaders from all over the country. The first thing President Biden should do is dust this off, and immediately implement as much as possible.
The problem is that organizational culture takes a LONG time to change. Culture changes are almost always resisted by long-term employees who usually outlive (in terms of service) the leadership of these agencies. These veterans have survived long enough to understand that you say the right things whether you believe them or not, you go to the mandatory training whether you believe in it or not, and you don't do anything to cause your agency to terminate you. The problem is that the old-timers tend to poison the cultural changes by poo pooing them around impressionable younger officers. Most veterans know that if they keep their heads down and continue to do the minimum, they'll continue to have a job. A good example was the "Warrior" mentality training that was implemented following 9-11. It' wasn't until around the time of Ferguson that police administrators realized it was wrong to instill a "Warrior" mentality in officers who were not actually at war. So a few years ago I know that in Washington State they moved to "Guardian" mindset training. I think it's better, but it takes years to know what the outcomes of these policies are.
If you leave it to localities, you wind up with vast differences in training, policies and enforcement practices. Cities like Seattle, Portland and LA would be implementing reforms when they already lead the country and places like Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina would do nothing. You need a national Federal standard!