I’m doing a series on Bernie Sanders, and discussing his points that he’s putting forward in his campaign for the Presidency. In this post, I’ll be going over his section on Racial Justice, which is uber long. I’ll start with the “Physical Justice” portion, mainly because, looking at it, this one portion is almost as long as his “Income & Wealth Inequality” section.
Now, to give some backstory, this portion came about after he was booted off the stage by Black Lives Matter (BLM) Seattle, and took on (I believe) one of the two people who was there stealing the microphone. Nevertheless, equal scrutiny will be applied.
#1. De-Militarization Of The Police
We must demilitarize our police forces so they don’t look and act like invading armies.
On this one, I agree with Bernie. The police forces were never supposed to be the way they were today, and there’s a reason why they are who they are now.
Meet August Vollmer, who is practically the father of police militarization. He was the first to organize a police force like the military, and gave their officers military rankings.
Now, what Sanders might not want you to know is that Vollmer was a Progressive. Yes, that’s right: the father of police militarization in the United States was a Progressive. Today, Progressives will tell you they’re against it, but in reality, they need it to carry out what they have in store for everyone.
For more on this, I’ll recommend you to the We Are Libertarians podcast, which had Radley Balko on to talk about the militarization of the police: [Link]
#2. Community Policing
We must invest in community policing. Only when we get officers into the communities, working within neighborhoods before trouble arises, do we develop the relationships necessary to make our communities safer together. Among other things, that means increasing civilian oversight of police departments.
We need police forces that reflect the diversity of our communities.
I kind of don’t see the point in this. If you want to be a police officer, then be a police officer. More power to you.
At the federal level we need to establish a new model police training program that reorients the way we do law enforcement in this country. With input from a broad segment of the community including activists and leaders from organizations like Black Lives Matter we will reinvent how we police America.
Okay, take everything he’s said about reforming policing, and throw it out the window into the fire pits of hell. That’s exactly what he just did there. “At the federal level we need to establish” oh god, don’t say @#$%^&* say it “a new model police training program that reorients the way we do law enforcement in this country.” He @#$%^&* said it.
Here’s Price Of Liberty on this issue, and I know he has a lot to say on this:
Indeed, this could not be more clear than the fact that Bernie Sanders new “racial justice” platform – adopted after the likely-astroturfed protest in Seattle – was created by Black Lives Matter career activist Symone Sanders. Some of the proposals, like Federally-funded and mandated body cameras for police officers, are laughably terrible ideas which only open the door to new, demonstrably-corrupt and insidious police behavior. Other “solutions” (such as the call to Federalize [aka nationalize] police forces) are also self-evidently corrupt.It is evident from Sanders’ newly-adopted platforms that the organizational leaders within the BLM hierarchy have no interest in curtailing the powers of the Federal government over black Americans; rather, their interests lay in consolidating those powers into the hands of BLM-approved bureaucrats. This is the same Federal government which continues to actively monitor the movement’s leadership. Yet BLM leadership is under the impression that the very structure which actively monitors them will somehow enact solutions favorable to justice. The integration of a prominent BLM leader into a mainstream Federal candidacy is cause for concern and should be monitored with the same intense scrutiny that the Feds employ for its leaders.
But yeah, federalization of the police is a good idea. Good idea my #@$.
5. Body Camera’s
We need to federally fund and require body cameras for law enforcement officers to make it easier to hold them accountable.
Oh boy, now there will be eye’s watching me on the street from the cops POV. Well, it’s not like I’m not being watched as it is already by camera’s on the light poles.
Trevor Timm over at The Guardian, writes:
And, of course, there’s the question of what would happen if these body-cams were connected to all the other high-tech surveillance gear that’s flowing into police departments at a record rate. Matt Pearce of the Los Angeles Times, who provided such invaluable reporting from Ferguson, imagines it:
Has anyone explored the implications of police bodycams in light of the fact that we’ve spent the past year scrutinizing other surveillance?
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 31, 2014
As in, what if we put body cameras on every police officer, and then departments link those cameras up to facial-recognition technology? — Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 31, 2014
Remember that in Ferguson, there are huge, huge, huge numbers of outstanding warrants. More warrants than residents.
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 31, 2014
It’s a long list of worries, but they are solvable problems with the right rules. That’s why even the ACLU endorses police using body-cams, as long as there are strict requirements around their use. A recent study by the Justice Department had favorable conclusions about body cameras, and Senator Claire McCaskill endorsed a proposal to withhold federal funding from police forces that don’t use them.
It’s a nice thought, but only if you have the right rules, and I don’t believe for a second that this band-aid will be sufficient enough to stop the bleeding. Do you think your privacy won’t be infringed upon? Okay, you tell me how they’re not syncing the footage to a facial-analysis database. After all, they’d tell you they were doing it, right?
6. Punishing Bad Cops
Our Justice Department must aggressively investigate and prosecute police officers who break the law and hold them accountable for their actions.
I remember posting about this in “Income & Wealth Inequality” when I was talking about Unions, and that’s the main reason why this plan is doomed to fail:
To be more specific, let’s choose one area. Police unions afford their members benefits such as not being fired for misconduct or police brutality, a waiting period before making statements on major event, such as the Ferguson shooting, effectively shielding them from any proper punishments that would be seen almost anywhere else in the market. If a regular, non-unionized worker were to royally mess up, they’d be fired, because they’d represent a liability to the employer for future possible incidents. Unionized members are shielded.
And before you’d think he’d take on the Unions, remember who the major donors to his campaign are. Hint hint, it’s not just major corporations.
We need to require police departments and states to provide public reports on all police shootings and deaths that take place while in police custody.
DO YOU THINK THIS WILL CHANGE ANYTHING? Does he honestly believe that the police will be open and truthful about this stuff. Does anyone over in the BLM Movement really believe the report that the Police put out on Mike Brown? I don’t think so. This is just pandering.
We need new rules on the allowable use of force. Police officers need to be trained to de-escalate confrontations and to humanely interact with people who have mental illnesses.
On this, we agree. The police need to not think that they’re possibly not going to come home that night to their family. This is what has been instilled in them by the Founding Father of Militarized Police in the US, Vollmer (who was a Progressive).
The police need to be trained to not just draw their weapon at the beginning. They need to be trained to de-escalate situation, and to only pull a weapon when there is no other option available.
9. Federal Funding
States and localities that make progress in this area should get more federal justice grant money. Those that do not should get their funding slashed.
Oh my god, he wants to cut a departments funding. What an evil conservative he is!
I don’t believe that the Federal Government has any right to be involved in local policing matters. I can see why Bernie believes they do, thus to control them (somewhat). The sooner this money is taken away, and the department is left to be with the locality, then you can have some real accountability.
10. Hate Groups
We need to make sure the federal resources are there to crack down on the illegal activities of hate groups.
Defining ‘hate group’ depends on the person, and I don’t believe for a second that mine and his definition are the same. Bernie is fine with clamping down on free speech. I’m not. I believe in the First Amendment, and Bernie does not. Understand this though: if a hate group causes a crime, such as assaults someone, then those people are committing a crime, and they can be brought to court and found guilty. They’re not excused from breaking the law, but the have a right to their free speech, just like everyone else is.
I’m doing a series on Bernie Sanders, and all of those posts can be found at this link here, which will be updated every time I finish a new part of the series.
You can find that page here: [LINK]