CLEVELAND, OH – The “dreamers” who operate popular so-called “news” websites and work in the mainstream media polluting the nation’s political thinking with their “pro themselves” agenda don’t like President Donald Trump, so the information they share ignores the very direct acts he’s made to embrace the requests of the nation’s American Negro while he ignores their’s.
22 days after George Floyd was choked to death by ex-cop Derek Chauvin, as he was aided by ex-cop J. Alexander Kueng, as ex-cops Thomas Lane and Tou Thao stood by, Trump signed an executive order on June 16, 2020 defunding “uncertified” police. It was a response to the growing national awareness that many of the law enforcement officers making arrests are doing so without credentials and conspiring with prosecutors and judges to conceal their unlawful acts.
“Unfortunately, there have been instances in which some officers have misused their authority, challenging the trust of the American people, with tragic consequences for individual victims, their communities, and our Nation. All Americans are entitled to live with the confidence that the law enforcement officers and agencies in their communities will live up to our Nation’s founding ideals and will protect the rights of all persons. Particularly in African-American communities, we must redouble our efforts as a Nation to swiftly address instances of misconduct.” President Donald Trump
It’s a damn shame criminal defense attorneys and public defenders fail to check if the government officials they’re interacting with were administered oaths of office and certified to discharge the duties of the public offices they hold. The Democratic prosecuting attorney in Cuyahoga County, Michael O’Malley, told activist Mariah Crenshaw he would not when she asked him to validate the credentials of the cops bringing charges and to prosecute those without them.
There are no minced words in Section 2(b) of Trump’s executive order that expresses his dissatisfaction with lawlessness in the governments errant Democrats and Republicans are running throughout cities in Cuyahoga County and other parts of the nation.
“The Attorney General shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, allocate Department of Justice discretionary grant funding only to those State and local law enforcement agencies that have sought or are in the process of seeking appropriate credentials from a reputable independent credentialing body certified by the Attorney General.”
Instead of relying on the performance of criminally-derelict state Attorney Generals to verify cop credentials, Trump’s executive order requires the U. S. Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) to conduct the validations through an independent ceritifying authority. He further ordered in Section 2(c) the U.S. DOJ to ensure that police departments receiving federal funds have mayors and councils that have enacted laws and regulations to deal with sensitive policing issues such as a cop’s mental health.
“The Attorney General shall certify independent credentialing bodies that meet standards to be set by the Attorney General. Reputable, independent credentialing bodies, eligible for certification by the Attorney General, should address certain topics in their reviews, such as policies and training regarding use–of-force and de-escalation techniques; performance management tools, such as early warning systems that help to identify officers who may require intervention; and best practices regarding community engagement. ”
Richard Michael DeWine was criminally-derelict when he allowed hundreds of Ohio cops to operate in the state without valid Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy credentials. 24 in the city of East Cleveland … alone.
DeWine was operating on his own self-created “honor system” that let East Cleveland cops Michael Cardilli and Scott Gardner send fake test results that resulted in the Ohio Attorney General paying $10,000 for training that never occurred. Trump’s executive order instructs the U.S. DOJ to validate the credentials of cops on its own instead of trusting politicians like DeWine who have already proven themselves to be incompetent.
The other significant feature of Trump’s “defunding” executive order is the creation of a national database that gathers the names of cops involved in misconduct. In Section 3 of his order Trump explains his instructions to the U.S. DOJ to also make the information the agency gathers on dirty cops available to the public. Police departments that don’t send information to the U.S. DOJ naming the dirty cops they’ve hired don’t get a federal dime.
Sec. 3. Information Sharing. (a) The Attorney General shall create a database to coordinate the sharing of information between and among Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies concerning instances of excessive use of force related to law enforcement matters, accounting for applicable privacy and due process rights.
(b) The database described in subsection (a) of this section shall include a mechanism to track, as permissible, terminations or de-certifications of law enforcement officers, criminal convictions of law enforcement officers for on-duty conduct, and civil judgments against law enforcement officers for improper use of force. The database described in subsection (a) of this section shall account for instances where a law enforcement officer resigns or retires while under active investigation related to the use of force. The Attorney General shall take appropriate steps to ensure that the information in the database consists only of instances in which law enforcement officers were afforded fair process.
(c) The Attorney General shall regularly and periodically make available to the public aggregated and anonymized data from the database described in subsection (a) of this section, as consistent with applicable law.
(d) The Attorney General shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, allocate Department of Justice discretionary grant funding only to those law enforcement agencies that submit the information described in subsection (b) of this section.
As a former mayor Trump’s executive order from my perspective is welcomed news for mayors and council members looking for an outside partner’s help in mitigating the effects and cost of police misconduct. The media wants him out of office, so the acts Trump engages in that address real needs are being diminished and drowned out in support of the more sensational portrait they’ve painted of him.
Whether his executive order is understood or not, it is the wisest act I’ve seen a president commit in my lifetime to address the issue of police misconduct in a way that’s effective. If a police department cannot prove to the U.S. DOJ that its law enforcement officers are certified and operating with valid state-certified credentials, Trump has sent a clear message to every criminal defense attorney, prosecutor and judge to make sure these assholes are prosecuted.