This week, it was announced that President Obama will be forming a task force to investigate police practices and the relationship that the general population has with police.
Members of the task force will include prior police officers, lawyers, teachers, social workers and other government employees. This in itself shows that the findings of this report will be heavily biased, but some predict that the final outcome of the investigation could be a nationwide centralized police force.
When the government gets involved in an issue like this, even when it is their fault, they will always use the situation to their advantage and attempt to steer the conversion of solutions in a direction which suits them.
In the case of the recent police brutality debate, this has already started to happen. Just last week Al Sharpton wrote a column suggesting that a nationalized police force would be a viable solution to the current problem of police misconduct. These statements echo comments that he has made in public and during demonstrations, although his presence has been largely rejected by protesters.
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“We need federal intervention without delay. Congress must immediately start hearings to deal with laws that will change the jurisdiction threshold for federal cases and policing. The executive branch has addressed this most pressing issue, and now it’s time the legislative branch do the same. When local prosecutors fail to conduct a fair grand-jury investigation at the state level, as happened in Ferguson and Staten Island recently, the threshold is so high for the federal government to be able to take over the case. That must change.... And in order for federal authorities to step in, we must reform current laws."
What Sharpton seems to be describing is a further centralization of power and control in the country's police and not an actual solution to the problem of police brutality. Additionally, a nationalized police force is something that Obama has been calling for since he came into power, so it will be interesting to see how they direct the police brutality debate if they are in fact seeking to implement a nationalized police force.
Obama started the task force off by appointing a brutal police chief as co-chairman, who has already cost the tax payers millions in settlements for his hundreds of civil rights violations.
The task force is only temporary, or so they say, according to statements released by the white house, the report on police relations will be evaluated by Obama on March 2, and then at the end of that month the task force is said to dissipate.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.