Some liberal cities are planning to forbid police from making certain kinds of traffic stops.
You would think that after all the nonsense of ‘defunding’ the police and the crime problems that follwed, that the people who live in these cities would be tired of progressive law enforcement.
This is just going to make things worse.
The Daily Caller reports:
Forget ‘Defund The Police’: There’s A New Movement To Handcuff The Cops
Leaders in multiple states and cities are embracing efforts to bar police from pulling drivers over for certain less-severe traffic violations, a move that some experts believe endangers public safety.
Lawmakers in Washington state are pushing a plan that would forbid police traffic stops conducted to address some lower-level traffic lawbreaking, and Oregon has already established a similar policy, while San Francisco is considering a city-wide plan of this kind after Los Angeles and Minneapolis instituted their own. Such restrictions could effectively impede enforcement against more serious offenses and put innocent civilians at risk, according to experts who spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Heritage Foundation legal fellow Zack Smith said measures of this kind are “par for the course” in an ongoing “war on police officers across the county, basically handcuffing them, not allowing them to do their jobs.”
“I think many that support these bills would say that these types of supposedly minor violations are disproportionately used as pretext to stop black or other minority members of their communities,” Smith told the DCNF. “But what officers find is that when they’re not allowed to enforce laws that are on the books, it essentially leads to an increase in under-policing in many of these communities.”
This is insanity.
Washington Democrats are looking to ban almost ALL police traffic stops — many of which help stop DUI drivers.
Washington Democrats are also looking to lower the blood alcohol rate to .05%, but will still not *really* allow cops to intervene.
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) February 3, 2023
Right on cue, liberals are all pushing the same idea.
If We Want to Reduce Deaths at Hands of Police, We Need to Reduce Traffic Stops https://t.co/Z2PuGquPIo
— MSN (@MSN) February 3, 2023
A new bill in Congress in response to Tyre Nichols’ death tries one federal approach to making traffic enforcement less violent. https://t.co/tRhUi4Vi4F
— Bloomberg Law (@BLaw) February 9, 2023
Expert: Police traffic stops can alienate communities and lead to violent deaths like Tyre Nichols’ https://t.co/0Moi7fKeq4
— Salon (@Salon) February 7, 2023
It’s stunning that the left is still pushing to make law enforcement less effective.