Police resist efforts to eliminate white supremacy, citing free speech
White supremacist violence and extremism have been identified as a national threat, but some police groups and politicians are blocking legislation that would prevent extremists from enforcing the law.
Legislatures in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington DC are leading efforts to prevent extremists from entering law enforcement. The proposals feature a variety of strategies, some focusing on filtering and verifying social media, and others on firing or banning agents’ affiliations with hate groups.
The efforts follow a year of relentless viral stories of reckless police killings of blacks and Maroons and global protests against racial injustice, which have only further exposed the age-old problem of police brutality to the public. United States
The white extremist-led siege on the United States Capitol in January also underscored the need for further inspection of candidates and recruits. Members of extremist groups, the proud boys and Oath keepers, participated in the attack on the Capitol.
“When January 6 happened, it gave an even more visceral idea of why this kind of legislation was needed,” Ash kalra, a Democratic member of the California assembly, told the New York Times. “This is a long-term problem that has really not been addressed directly by law enforcement.”
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Draft law n ° 655 of the Assembly, the California bill introduced by Kalra would ban members of hate groups from becoming police officers. Yet critics of the legislation, like the California Law Enforcement Research Association, initially said the line between free speech and extremist hatred was too blurry and could block opponents of same-sex marriage as well. and abortion.
In February, Democratic Minnesota Representative Cedrick Frazier introduced similar legislation for bar officers who support white supremacists, groups, causes or ideologies. Republican colleagues like Representative Eric Lucero argued that those with strong religious beliefs would be affected by politics.
In February, Frazier expressed his disappointment with the seven votes against the proposal on Twitter.
“Today I introduced HF 593 which would bar Minnesota police officers from affiliating with, supporting, or defending white supremacist groups, causes or ideologies.
Pretty uncontroversial, right?
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has long identified white domestic terrorism as a threat to national security. A 2006 study entitled White supremacist infiltration of law enforcement discovered “both a strategic infiltration by organized groups and a self-initiated infiltration by law enforcement sympathetic to the causes of white supremacy” in the American police services.
This, paired with the Attorney General Merrick Garland’s and internal security Alejandro mayorkasConfirmation that the racially motivated violent extremist, particularly white supremacists, were the greatest threat to the country, highlights the urgent need for a change in police control.
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