House Dems Passed a Bill That Is a 1st Step to Nationalizing Police

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The House passed the Invest to Protect Act today. Liz Cheney was too busy with her Jan. 6 witch hunt committee to show up. It would be a dangerous bill if it could pass the Senate. It allows the DoJ to provide grants to police departments of their choosing while getting their claws into several areas of local policing. It’s a first step to nationalizing the police.

The bill directs the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services within the Department of Justice to award grants to local and tribal governments that employ fewer than 200 law enforcement officers. Grant funds may be used for various activities, including providing de-escalation training and improving recruitment and retention.

House Democrats reached an agreement Wednesday to vote on a series of bills that provide millions of dollars to local law enforcement and also include accountability measures.

Democrats want the bill before the election to counter their bad image from their years of trashing the police and pushing pro-criminal policies.

“Some Democrats had urged passage of the package ahead of the midterm elections as a counter to GOP attacks that paint Democrats as anti-police. Moderate and vulnerable swing-district Democrats have argued that “defund the police” language led to the party losing a surprising number of House seats in the 2020 election,” The Washington Post reports.

The groups of mostly Democrats were able to strike a deal to fund police departments with 125 officers or fewer and direct some money to officer training, community safety, and police accountability. The money may not be used to make new hires but can be used for signing bonuses as well as mental health efforts.

“It’s critical for policing that we have the backs of law enforcement because every day they have ours,” NJ Democrat Jeff Gottheimer said.

They will not likely get the 60 votes in the Senate to pass it. This is a purely political move to improve the Democrat brand.

THIS IS THE DANGEROUS SECTION

The package includes reforms to ensure police funding is used to support smaller police departments, along with investments in de-escalation training and $250 million for mental health resources for officers. A major goal is to reduce fatal encounters between police and people with mental illness. It includes language around police accountability that would allow the Justice Department to have preferential consideration over which police departments are permitted to receive the grants. It will also allocate $50 million of the funding to go toward data collection on police practices and community safety.

This gives the federal government control over local police with the funding they need. It’s the beginning of the nationalization of police. It’s the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent.

THE DEMOCRAT TALKING POINT

“With this package, House Democrats have the opportunity to model a holistic, inclusive approach to public safety, and keep our promise to families across the country to address this issue at the federal level,” Far left Reps Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a statement.

“These are efforts to repair their image with voters who blame them for higher crime rates,” said Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., the chair of the Republican Study Committee. “The Democrats know that their anti-police rhetoric over the last few years has harmed them in key districts that they need to keep the majority, which they are not. This is a top-of-the-list item for voters.”


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Fantum2
Fantum2
5 days ago

Any time the feds finance a unit inside a state such as schools, police, churches, service organizations like the Kiwanis, fraternal organizations like the Elks, or any other law enforcement unit, it essentially can control it with denial of funding.

That is why we don’t finance churches, fraternal organizations, or service organizations. They are mostly charities and don’t want govt control.

Federal funding of police and schools provides for govt control by the threat of limiting funding and is not a federal function. That is up to state control.

This law is an out flanking of reasonable thinking.

Empty
Empty
5 days ago

They really shouldn’t want to do that…..

John P
John P
6 days ago

The unconstitutional FBI has already beat them to ‘nationalizing the police’.

rilla
rilla
6 days ago
Reply to  John P

and the IRS is getting 87,000 new armed agents? why? it sure as hell isn’t for getting a handful of tax cheats.

GuvGeek
GuvGeek
6 days ago

This is an effort to Bypass the States and get direct control of small rural police Departments bypassing the Elected County Sheriffs. Democrats have wrecked most Big City Police Departments now they want to go after Rural America.

We obviously don’t need the Federal Government doing any policing. Look at the mess we now have at the TSA. We have Millions of Illegal Aliens traveling around America with “Federal Government Paperwork” that has ZERO VETTING of the Illegal; and that includes boarding planes. If un-vetted Illegal aliens, who may include Terrorist, are allowed to fly, then why do we have a TSA who harass us? This is totally backwards. US Citizens didn’t fly planes into buildings on 9/11. The FBI is an America Gestapo and there no telling what Democrats are going to try and do with the IRS – the new SS? Concealed Carry Permit Holders don’t go around shooting up “Gun Free Zones” but Democrats want to take guns away from screened Citizens with permits while letting Convicted Murders who almost universally use an illegal gun back on the street. Come to think of it, most mass murders are Psychopaths who are Liberal and/or Democrat.

Democrats are mentally ill. Liberalism is a mental illness. Liberal Democrats are unfit to Govern and most Liberal Democrats probably are too ill to vote since they vote for Mentally Ill Liberal Democrats who can’t Govern. If Liberal Democrats refuse to give up control then we will just have to take it back. States need to get into this fight and start telling the Congress to pack sand. The proof that Democrats can’t Govern is almost every Democrat run City is a disaster area! Now why is that?

RLABruce
RLABruce
6 days ago

The Left’s goal is to get our police state into place and actively and lawlessly grinding us underfoot before Trump ever gets elected. A done deal is always harder to undo than something not yet established.