Social justice warriors on the City Council are reviving a bid to further handcuff the police and make life easier for Jacksonville criminals.
Democrats on the council, mimicking those in Democrat controlled cities elsewhere, want to establish a citizen review board that would have authority over the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. A bill was filed last September but has remained dormant until this week.
Unelected people on this board would examine police tactics and policies and criticize them.
Council Member Garrett Dennis, who is one of the leaders of the effort, says he is very passionate about his quest.
So was Don Quixote.
Such a board would be totally unnecessary. There are ample reviews already in place when something like an officer-involved shooting takes place. No one has produced any evidence that additional review is needed.
Liberals always side with the criminal in such cases. Their natural, knee-jerk reaction is to blame the officer for unnecessary force.
In fact, if someone obeys lawful police commands, there is almost zero chance that he will get shot.
On the other hand, if an officer has a lapse in judgment he stands an excellent chance of being reprimanded, fired or arrested after review by the department and State Attorneys Office.
The impetus behind such efforts is the claim that “police brutality” is widespread and race-based. Both are a lie.
Eye on Jacksonville has reported on police shootings and the information is readily accessible on the police Web site.
The Fraternal Order of Police is opposed to such a board. President Steve Zona said it would simply be, “Adding another unneeded layer to government.”
Such boards in other cities are driven by politics, emotions and agendas, Zona said.
It is incumbent upon proponents like Dennis to show a need for such a board and evidence that they have been useful or effective in other cities.
To date, the evidence shows that they are a liberal tactic to further liberal interests and serve to render law enforcement less effective.