President Barack Obama’s administration has begun the second phase in federalizing the police. And as predicted, he is again using Baltimore to expand his agenda.
As you may recall, I wrote in May that Obama would use the recent events in Baltimore to convince the American public that federalization of the police force was necessary in order to fix the problems of Baltimore and other cities.
I also said that in order for the administration to succeed in their plan, several “actors” would be required to play their role.
In phase one of federalizing the police, we saw many key players come to the forefront.
Police stand in formation as a curfew approaches, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore, a day after unrest that occurred following Freddie Gray's funeral. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
“We’re going to have to fight states’ rights in terms of closing down police cases,” Sharpton added.
The second, third and fourth actors who helped make phase one possible were the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who requested that the DOJ conduct a full-scale investigation of her city, after City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and 10 members of the City Council bypassed Rawlings-Blake and sent a letter directly to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The stage was set and the script was written. The DOJ and the Obama administration had at last been invited in and assigned the lead role in creating a “stronger, better Baltimore,” according to Lynch.
There was now a clear path to the long sought after federalization agenda.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder attempted the same federal takeover of the police force in Ferguson but his efforts failed when the police officer involved in the shooting was not indicted by the grand jury.
However, circumstances in Baltimore, primed by all the previous actors, including Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who some claim tried to have appeased the rioters by “overcharging” the police officers involved, had played their part well.
Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts, center, approaches a news conference before announcing that the department's investigation into the death of Freddie Gray was turned over to the State's Attorney's office a day early, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Batts was fired for being a "distraction." (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Mosby appeared to be the fifth and final actor that was needed to assist the administration in finalizing its plans.
However, there was still one unwilling actor standing in the way of phase two meeting its goal.
Enter Rawlings-Blake again, this time to fire Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts who had become a “distraction,” according to Rawlings-Blake, after a dramatic spike in homicides.
Surely the police commissioner would have objected to any interference by the federal government in taking control over his job.
With the police commissioner no longer standing in the way, Rawlings-Blake was free for the second time, to call on the federal government for help.
As if by magic, 10 federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Marshals Service, we are told, will “embed” with the police department’s homicide unit for the next 60 days.
These agents joined the 20 ATF agents who were sent in last week to form BFED, a joint task force that “is the next step of an all-hands-on-deck movement,” according to Rawlings-Blake. She did not explain the acronym but one can only surmise that it stands for “Baltimore Fed” or something similar.
President Barack Obama speaks about recent unrest in Baltimore during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
In an effort to leave no doubt about its superiority, the federal government pulled out all the stops and spared no expenses in coming to Baltimore’s defense. The federal government will rescue Baltimore from its own “ineffective” police force.
"We will do all in our power to make sure the resources are here to make this endeavor a success," said Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, speaking on behalf of the state's congressional delegation.
And a success it will be, at least for the Obama administration, as the mayor has surrendered her city’s sovereignty to the federal government. Baltimore’s submission signals that phase two is going well.
"I said it before and I'll say it again. The police need the community and the community needs the police," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat. "The only people who are doing pretty good now are the morticians."
You are wrong, Rep. Cummings. Score another round for your party’s hand in paving the path toward federalization of the police force on a national scale.
Expect to see more cities in the near future handing over their reins to the “expertise” of federal agents, while the ultimate goal to federalize the entire nations’ police force moves closer to phase three.
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