President Trump isn’t disappointing even his most liberal critics, and signed an executive order calling for law enforcement reform.
The President, in a Rose Garden speech and signing ceremony, stated plainly, “Chokeholds will be banned except if an officer’s life is at risk.”
This can only be considered a positive development by all choosing to be honest about societal and policing reforms.
The ban on chokeholds helps both suspects and officers, as having this option to deal with suspects hinders law enforcement, in the long term.
The new order, entitled, “Safe Policing for Safe Communities,” details plans for consistent training for police forces across the U.S., along with use of force best practices that must be implemented.
The White House account tweeted this fifteen hours ago: “Both public safety and public trust are crucial to the law enforcement mission. 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.”
Both public safety and public trust are crucial to the law enforcement mission.
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 (@WhiteHouse) June 16, 2020
President Trump was somewhat vague about the EO’s content, saying only, ““The overall goal is we want law and order. It’s about justice also. It’s about safety.” Trump has repeatedly tweeted “law and order” in response to the recent chaos subsequent to the murder of Black man, George Floyd. He reiterated that message during the Rose Garden ceremony, stating that Americans “demand law and order…They may not say it, they may not be talking about it but that’s what they want.”
Senior White House officials elaborated in slightly more detail, explaining that the order will create a database used to track police officers’ misconduct, use of federal grants to encourage departments to meet the new best practices standards being proposed for use of force, as well as encouraging departments to work more closely with social workers and mental health professionals, to better deal with homelessness, mental illness, and addiction.
The executive order does not directly address the issue of racism in policing, but rather will provide more fair policing for all citizens, at once living up to out American standard of equal protection under the law and stopping police brutality and excessive use of force.
President Trump also expressed that defunding or abolishing the police was not an answer, and proposed that police are actually underfunded, rather than having an overabundance of monetary resources.
While this is great news, executive orders can later be rescinded by future presidents. A new law is est, and so the Democrat-majority House of Representatives bill banning choke holds is even better news.