Trump continues legacy of real justice reform with executive order
The president continued his states’ right approach to his presidency today, signing an executive order that seeks to “guide” police reform rather than force it.
“President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at guiding police reforms after weeks of nationwide unrest over police killings of unarmed black Americans, though the reforms he outlined fall far short of changes demanded by protesters,” reported Politico.
The order seeks to help keep track of problematic police officers with data sharing at the federal level and help state and local authorities provide better training for officers on the use of force.
Before the signing, Trump met with members of some families of those who died while in police custody or during arrest.
“We are one nation. We grieve together. And we heal together. I can never imagine your pain or the depth of your anguish, but I can promise to fight for justice for all of our people. And I gave a commitment to all of those families today,” the president said.
CNN called the president’s comments a “full-throated defense of police.”
“It was a really powerful meeting,” said one person who attended the session, which took place for an hour before Trump signed the executive order, reported CNN. “There were a lot of tears in the room.”
Despite liberal protestations, Trump has accomplished more real criminal justice reform than any president in the 21st century
Tweets Melissa Tate:
The First Step Act signed by Trump gave judges discretion over mandatory sentencing, reduced penalties for petty drug offenses and gave more resources to reduce recidivism.
“This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African-American community,” Trump said in his State of the Union speech. “The First Step Act gives nonviolent offenders the chance to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. Now, states across the country are following our lead. America is a nation that believes in redemption.”
The liberal publication Vox called it “the most significant criminal justice reform law at the federal level in years.”
Meanwhile, the Democrats continue to pander to black Americans but have done nothing significant on prison reform even when Obama and the Democrats had the majority.
Tweeted the DNC: Black Americans made up 24% of those killed by the police last year, despite accounting for only 13% of the population. But Trump’s police reform fails to adequately address the violent policing of Black Americans and communities of color.
Significantly, most of the laws under which prisoners are held are state and local laws.
Federal prisons only accounted for 200,000 of the prison system’s 2.4 million prisoners, as of 2014.
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