Obama handcuffs police

On February 28, 1997, Los Angeles police officers engaged in one of the most violent gun battles in modern law enforcement history. A foiled bank robbery and the lengthy exchange of gun fire that followed came to be known as the North Hollywood Shootout. Twelve officers and eight civilians were wounded. The two heavily armed bank robbers eventually were taken down. What makes this shootout involving nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition memorable is the fact that the police were outgunned by the criminals who were wearing the latest in body armor and carrying military-level armaments. The battle gave police agencies a compelling reason to better equip patrol officers, arming them with semi-automatic rifles, rather than pistols and 12-gauge shotguns.

That was then and this is now.

Barack Obama has announced a ban on federal transfers of various types of military-style gear to local police departments.

“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they’re an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said in a speech in Camden, New Jersey earlier this week. He said such equipment can “alienate and intimidate local residents and may send the wrong message.”

He announced the formation of a volunteer, “Elite Tech Team,” described as “data scientists, software engineers, and tech leaders, to assist law enforcement.” Obama absurdly says, “They’re going to work with the police department to troubleshoot some of the technical challenges so it’s even easier for police departments to do the things they already want to do in helping to track what’s going on in communities, and then also helping to make sure that data is used effectively to identify where there are trouble spots, where there are problems, are there particular officers that may need additional help, additional training.  All that can be obtained in a really effective, efficient way,” he claimed. 

Since when is it up to the President of the United States to decide how individual city police departments function and which officers may “need help or additional training?” Exactly how do volunteers fit into that scenario?

Through an executive order, Obama instructed federal departments to consult with police and civil rights groups to come up with restrictions on police use of military equipment. 

Obama also declared that he is launching what he calls “Promise Zones,” to combat “a sense of unfairness and powerlessness, to change the odds for communities because we’re providing job training, and helping to reduce violence, and expanding affordable housing.” 

Instilling the importance of education, respect, and working to lower the astronomical out-of-wedlock births in black communities —- which carry a near certain guarantee of poverty and accompanying high crime rates —- would be a great starting point. 

But don’t expect that to happen. The national media remains fixated on supporting Obama’s agenda of racial divisiveness, dutifully reporting on his betrayal of our dedicated law enforcement personnel —- blaming them for unrest and now severely restricting their abilities to serve and protect.


9 Responses to Obama handcuffs police

  1. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Under Obama, every facet of our lives is changing. Whatever makes sense in a society, the opposite is proposed by the Left.

    Under the Marxist mayor of NYC – a program called ‘stop and frisk’ was done away with so that minorities wouldn’t feel they were targets of police. The crime rate in NYC is creeping up like the bad old days of Mayor David Dinkins. This is the latest upside down edict:


  2. Vince says:

    Race relations have never been worse than since the election of this (half) black president. He has presided over mobs calling for dead cops and done nothing to quell the lawlessness which he inflamed. Aided by former Attorney General Eric Holder, they elevated criminals, with Holder and other administration officials even attending their funerals if the criminals were black and shot in the line of duty by white cops. With no facts Obama came out and announced that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin, a street thug and punk. He has injected himself into local cases all across the United States, blaming the police rather than the criminals, if they happened to be black. Obama is not for equality. He promotes racial preferences.

  3. Braveheart says:

    Obama was elected by the undereducated and ill-informed who bought into the media hype that his would be an “historic” election. What we have gotten instead is unprecedented debt, open borders, deceit, arrogance, deteriorating race relations, riots, anti-Christian rhetoric and anti-Semitic actions along with imperial executive orders bypassing congress. It’s time to admit we were duped and have a Marxist Muslim who hates this country running (ruining) the United States of America.

  4. ZOO says:

    So now what? Is the Commie-In-Chief going to sell surplus military apparatus to drug cartels in Mexico, ISIS members flashing MuslimCard, or start a new rust belt?

    • LD 23 PC says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he attempted all three…by executive order, of course!

  5. azgary says:

    Obama Admin. Looks to End Local Immigration Enforcement

    A report released by the Obama Administration states that the federal government should cease utilizing local and state police while enforcing immigration law. The recommendation comes as part of a task force, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, set up by the president to help rebuild trust between police and the communities they work in.

    As reported in the Washington Times, the report has angered proponents of immigration enforcement, who said it was the latest effort by President Obama and his aides to stop finding illegal aliens to deport.

    “If you’re so worried about your legal status, or your illegal status, don’t put yourself in a place or a situation where you’re going to get picked up by the police,” said Rosemary Jenks, NumbersUSA’s Director of Government Relations.

    She questioned the sense of ignoring illegal aliens driving without a license or using falsified documents.

    “Somehow in this world if you’re an illegal alien, then you can’t be punished for being an illegal alien,” she said.

    The report calls on law enforcement to “build relationships based on trust with ‘immigrant’ communities,” and that, “whenever possible, state and local law enforcement should not be involved in immigration enforcement.”

    Law enforcement agencies should build relationships based on trust with immigrant communities. This is central to overall public safety. Immigrants often fear approaching police officers when they are victims of and witnesses to crimes and when local police are entangled with federal immigration enforcement. At all levels of government, it is important that laws, policies, and practices not hinder the ability of local law enforcement to build the strong relationships necessary to public safety and community well-being. It is the view of this task force that whenever possible, state and local law enforcement should not be involved in immigration enforcement.
    Finally, the report suggests that the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database “should not include civil immigration information.”

    The U.S. Department of Justice should not include civil immigration information in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database. The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database is an electronic clearinghouse that lawenforcement officers can access in the field. It contains data submitted by agencies across the country aimed at helping officers identify people, property, and criminal histories. At one time, NCIC also included civil immigration detainers (nonmandatory temporary hold requests issued by a federal immigration officer), although the FBI has indicated that the practice of accepting this information was discontinued and that the information does not currently exist in the database. The U.S. Department of Justice should ensure that this remains the case.


    im sure the az nationally elected politicians, Robert grahamnesty, bruce ash, the chambers of commerce and the rnc, gopetc.. agree whole heartedly and are salivating over this idea

  6. SmallGovt says:

    Sorry, I don’t agree. Cops & similar shows have turned the police force, that is there to serve & protect, into a reality show. They are there to make the news in many cases and willing to say or do anything in order to get an arrest on their record, even if it is the wrong person. Look at the total waste of money spent on heavy tactical gear. Look at all the new BLACK police suv’s running up and down the highways as “tactical drug forces”. We don’t need this in America. A good police force, yes. Not another highly paid and benefitted government organization that cant relate to the people.

  7. Doc says:

    I’ve noticed the phrase, “Protect & Serve” used here several times. Just for the record, SCOTUS ruled, I believe in ’98 or ’99 that the job of “Law Enforcement” (cops/sheriffs/etc.) is NOT to protect & serve the (their) community. The “JOB” of Law Enforcement is “to Enforce the Law”. So, for Americans to think or believe this is a mistake. Example: Ferguson, MO. Cops there were telling law abiding citizens to arm & defend themselves. Now this example is an extreme one, but the example remains the same. I really don’t want or need law enforecment to protect or serve me or mine. I trust me to do a far better job of these things.
    On top of which, & this has been proven time & again, cops & REVENUE GENERATION oftentimes walk hand in hand.

    • SmallGovt says:

      Ha, yes Cops & Revenue Generation seem to certainly go in hand.

      How much time is spent by local and state police in writing grant requests?