Liberals on the City Council again are agitating for “police reform,” which means hampering the police and aiding the criminal community.
Two council members were named last year to hold workshops and listen to people gripe about the police. They were called “safer together” workshops, whatever that means.
They have finished, and despite failing to document any abuse of misconduct by the police that hasn’t already been handled internally, they are recommending “change.”
Council Member Joyce Morgan wants a citizen review board, which another member already is pursuing. Such boards have been tried in other cities and are useless or counter-productive.
In some cities, such as Minneapolis, the attacks on the police have had predictable results, including reduced efforts by the police to enforce the law.
The other “workshop facilitator,” Michael Boylan, wants a citizen policy review board, which would be a lesser nuisance but just as unnecessary.
Sheriff Mike Williams should continue to oppose any such efforts.
There is a national campaign by the Democrat Party to defame and discredit the police and to their shame they are making it a racial issue.
This week the Dept. of Justice announced it would increase its harassment of local police agencies via “consent” decrees.
The two local council members talk about “perceptions” some local residents have of the police.
The fact is, they haven’t shown any evidence that those perceptions have any basis in reality.
Politicians should act on facts, not perceptions.
The silliest comment came from Morgan, who noted that the police fear being killed but then said other people feel the same, meaning they fear being killed by the police
But people who obey the law have no reason for such fear. They have much more reason to fear the criminals the police are trying to capture.
If Morgan was suggesting that police officers in Jacksonville randomly and deliberately shoot innocent people, she should be censured by the council.
The best thing for the community would be for the council to stop holding the workshops, which have produced nothing of value, and to vote down the bill to create a citizen review board that would only be used for political purposes.