Attorney General Loretta Lynch wants to empower communities and put police in a more subservient role. “The task of empowering our communities and strengthening our nation has never been more important and more consequential,” she told a gathering of district attorneys three days ago.
Lynch spoke about restoring trust in law enforcement at the National District Attorneys Association’s Capital Conference in Washington and immediately afterwards the Missouri DA called many of his police substandard, lazy and incompetent. Lynch agreed.
“You talked earlier about the support of varied and various departments,” said Robert McCulloch, prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, Missouri.
“What I’d like to suggest, though, is that in my jurisdiction we have a number of departments that are substandard… and they tend to get substandard officers and they’re paying them minimum wage in some cases – or perhaps 10 or 11 bucks an hour in some other cases – and you just imagine…
“They are certified under the academy and they’ve done that, but they’re lazy, they’re incompetent,” McCulloch said.
“Right. Well said, thank you. Thank you…” Lynch said.
What race are these officers and did he really need to say that publicly? How does this improve relations and trust? It’s confusing trying to figure out how these comments were helpful.
McCulloch investigated the Darren Wilson — Michael Brown case in Ferguson Missouri.
Darren Wilson was the officer who killed Michael Brown as he reportedly charged him. That was after Brown punched him in his police car and tried to take his gun. Brown had just robbed a box of cigars and roughed up the store owner who objected.
There was no evidence to prosecute Wilson for a hate crime and he was exonerated by a grand jury for the shooting itself.
A March 2015 report by DOJ’s Civil Rights Division concluded that Wilson’s actions did “not constitute prosecutable violations under the applicable federal criminal rights statute.”
Loretta Lynch spoke earlier about the need to improve relations between the police and the community.
The Attorney General’s prepared remarks posted online for this February 2nd conference are different from the ones posted here and taken from an article on CNS News.
CNS News quoted her as saying:
“And of course we’ve all seen some of those incidents that have led to that erosion [community relationships] and we know that not only are we dealing with the impact of current events, but we’re dealing with the burden of a historical memory of people who look at the current set of viral videos and view it as a continuation of a relationship that many communities experience,” Lynch said.
“In fact, as painful as it has been to see these incidents on screen, on television, it has in fact allowed us to have a dialogue about this issue. It’s painful, but I think it ultimately can be constructive because now we have communities saying, ‘This is what we’ve been talking about’,” the attorney general added.
Maybe she should also look at the criminals responsibility in this as well. It’s hard to tell without a transcript but this sound a little too one-sided. We tried to get the transcript but it wasn’t available.