President Barack Obama is currently using the increasing tension from attacks on police and the occasional misconduct of stressed officers to push his agenda to federalize state and local police forces.
When he was asked about the Dallas attack at his press conference in Poland he said, “I want to start moving on constructive actions that are actually going to make a difference.”
The actions Obama wants to take would be based on the recommendations of the partisan panel that he picked after the 2014 street riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama has said this panel has come up with “practical concrete solutions that can reduce — if not eliminate — the problems of racial bias.”
Obama has stated that the shootings are an opportunity to push his agenda. “If my voice has been true and positive, my hope would be that… [the panel] surfaces problems, it frames them, it allows us to wrestle with these issue and try to come up with practical solutions,” he said.
In May of 2015 the panel released a report titled “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report.”
This report urges the federal government to federalize police training and practices, via the use of federal lawsuits, grants and threats to cut federal aid. It is reported that Obama’s deputies have so far coaxed and sued more than 30 police jurisdictions to adopt federal rules in the attempt to create a national police system.
Obama shrugged off growing criticism that suggest his own anti-cop statements helped trigger the shootings in Dallas and several other cities on Thursday and Friday. In response to this he said, “It is very hard to untangle to motives of this [Dallas] shooter … you have a troubled mind … what feeds it, what sets it off, I’ll leave that to psychologists and people who study these kinds of incidents.”
Throughout his press conference, Obama tried to play the role of a consoler and healer. Obama said, “As painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested. Americans of all races and all backgrounds are rightly outraged by the inexcusable attacks on police … that includes protestors, it includes family members who have grave concerns about police conduct, and they’ve said that this is unacceptable, there is no division there.”
Although Obama tries to put up a front for himself in his statements, Americans aren’t fooled. Obama thrives on any opportunity to further split race relations in this country and degrade law enforcement officers whenever he gets the chance to.