How the Obama Administration is Using Body Cameras to Quietly Nationalize Law Enforcement


http://journal.ijreview.com/2015/05/244111-obama-administration-using-body-cameras-quietly-nationalize-local-law-enforcement/

Al Sharpton said we should nationalize local police.

It’s hard to believe. Not that he wants that, but that he’d actually vocalize it like he did.

He stood in front of television cameras and said, “We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country. In the 20th century, they had to fight states’ rights in — to get the right to vote. We’re going to have to fight states’ rights in terms of closing down police cases.”

That’s crazy talk, right? Well, kind of. The Department of Justice isn’t going to come out one day and declare all the local police forces are under their control. That would cause serious blowback. They’re going to be much more slick about it. In fact, they’re already doing it.

The first way is through DOJ investigations, like the one they did in Ferguson.

And Sanford, Florida following the Trayvon Martin shooting. And New Orleans. And Newark. And Seattle. And Philadelphia and Cleveland. I can keep going. They’ve done these all over America.

Since 1994, the DOJ “has launched at least 65 so-called “pattern or practice” investigations of law enforcement agencies.” In the end, they demand changes be made.

So what happens if a city rejects the Department of Justices’ demands? They get sued, like Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson did when he dared to fight back.

That’s what the DOJ threatened to do to Ferguson. This is why Andrew McCarthy called these “taxpayer-funded jihads that states, cities, and towns know they lack the resources to fight off.”

Cities find themselves either doing what the federal government demands or going broke. McCarthy noted that under this scheme, “there are now more than 20 major American cities and their police departments beholden to the Obama Justice Department.”

But there’s 18,000 police forces, give or take. This method will take forever. How will they ever accomplish Sharpton’s goal?

Enter, body camera funding.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch hasn’t missed a beat, picking up where her predecessor left off. She recently announced $20 million in federal funding for cities to buy body cameras. This goes along with the $263 million President Obama printed to “increase use of body-worn cameras, expand training for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), add more resources for police department reform, and multiply the number of cities where DOJ facilitates community and local LEA engagement.”

Many of these cities welcome the extra funding, despite the increased DOJ presence. But with that funding, comes strings.

For those old enough, you can remember when the federal government coerced the states into raising the drinking age to 21. How did they do that? Threatened to take away funding for roads. They did the same thing with the National Maximum Speed Limit Law in the Nixon administration.

When it comes to federal funding, the first one is always free. Once they get in, you play by their rules.

Is it that hard to believe that as soon as the federal government gets a majority of the police departments across the country hooked on this funding, they won’t start making demands? Not at all, especially when they’ve done it in the past so many times.

There’s no doubt the left wants to nationalize the police forces across America. There was a time saying such a thing would get you branded a conspiracy theorist.

Not anymore. The left is so bold these days, they’re openly calling for it. What most Americans don’t realize is, they’re already doing it.

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