In the face of an endless rise in violent crime, including an unprecedented number of ambushes on police officers, the federal government has finally figured out how to make everything better – just be nice.
First President Obama declared Federal job applications would no longer ask applicants about their potential criminal background. Advocates claim that doing so made it difficult for those convicted of previous criminal activity to find gainful employment, which in turn leads to a higher rate of recidivism. If only they could get past this early hurdle they would be able to become useful, productive members of society.
Then the Department of Justice announced that they will no longer be using the term “criminal” or “felon” to describe those who have broken the law. Instead those officials will now use less disparaging terms such as “person who committed a crime” and “individual who was incarcerated.” Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, in announcing the change, stated that removing harmful labels will reduce “the psychological barriers to reintegration.”
Finally, on May 12th, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis) introduced House Bill 5221 “Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016.” The bill, if passed, would require police departments nationwide to provide increased training in the areas of non-lethal force and de-escalation tactics. Of course, Rep. Moore knows that administrators are likely to be hesitant to add additional training to their already-burdened programs, so the bill also ties successful implementation to eligibility for future Federal grants.
Supporters of each effort honestly believe that it is the system which prevents “persons who have committed a crime” from making better choices and that it is the actions of insensitive trigger happy racists cops that drive “individuals who have been incarcerated” to resort to violence. I honestly wish I lived in a world where this was even a remote possibility.
But, like most hard working Americans, I live in a world where the majority of criminals and felons earned their “disparaging labels” by breaking the law and doing time. I also realize that, like most civilized human beings, police officers do not wake up in the morning hoping to kill or beat someone. They do not start their shift looking for someone they could talk down but decide to take the easy way out and simply shoot them.
More importantly, I understand that being nice, whether by changing titles or increased training, will not prevent crime and is unlikely to result in less death or injury. What it will do is increase the feeling that lifelong criminals are not responsible for their own actions, adding yet another crutch for them to lean on. What it will also do is increase the danger police officers face when confronting a potentially violent suspect whom they are now expected to talk down even when some increased level of force is legally and tactically called for.
But who am I to disagree? Those with a far greater number of degrees and titles after their names have decided I need to prepare for sensitivity training!
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