Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities

Source: White House.

I have mixed feelings about this order. My constitutional instincts are to:

  • Leave the quality of policing and the provision of mental health services to the states alone.
  • Avoid federal surveillance of the people and their police.
  • Rely on Congress to make funding decisions and set the rules for implementing them.

At the same time I note that the states and Congress are dysfunctional to the point that federal leadership in the form of an Executive branch program could be useful. By this measure the order seems modest and pragmatic to me. Therefore I support it.

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