Law enforcement skeptical of Biden’s ‘untimely’ pivot to executive orders on police reform: ‘Unsustainable’

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FIRST ON FOX: Law enforcement organizations are expressing concern and skepticism over Biden’s announced plan to resort to the use of executive orders on police reform, saying it’s ‘not a sustainable way’ to achieve long-term change and a political attempt to distract from the administration’s week of defeats.

The executive actions are still being finalized, according to NBC News, but are set to roll out at the start of Black History Month in February as the administration tries to meet policy goals leading up to the president’s State of the Union address in March.

BIDEN’S EXECUTIVE PLANNING ORDERS ON POLICE REFORM: REPORT

The House of Representatives successfully passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act along party lines in March 2021, following the killing of Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. However, months of negotiations between a bipartisan group of senators have failed to produce a police reform bill, so the White House should look to the president’s executive powers to accomplish sweeping police reform. the police.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the administration’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the South Court Auditorium of the White House in Washington, U.S. January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Laura Cooper, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), told Fox News Digital that executive orders “in lieu” of congressional legislation are not sustainable over time.

“Executive orders instead of congressional action are not a sustainable way to achieve and effect change. Being supportive of reform and supporting law enforcement are not mutually exclusive and the MCCA hopes that any action taken by the executive will reflect a balance between improving law enforcement transparency and best practices while supporting the men and women who protect and serve our cities,” Cooper said.

Biden is also getting heat for turning to police reform after a week of heavy losses on the filibuster, the OSHA vaccine mandate, and more to start 2022.

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Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked Biden’s push to force employers across the country with more than 100 employees to vaccinate their workers and voting rights reform stalled in the Senate after a push to suspend the filibuster was blocked by Democrats .

sergeant. Betsy Brantner Smith, a spokesperson for the National Police Association, told Fox News Digital that Biden is moving to police reform to turn away from one of the worst weeks of his presidency.

“After the worst political week of his presidential career, it appears Joe Biden is considering turning to ‘police reform’ to bolster his failing reputation and rekindle his popularity with ‘anti-police’ activists,” Smith said. , calling it “bad.” -timed” as police killings soar along with violent crime.

TEXAS, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 26: Police officers take action as Black-led Second Amendment rights activists march in solidarity from the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas to the Texas State Capitol on September 26, 2020.

TEXAS, UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 26: Police officers take action as Black-led Second Amendment rights activists march in solidarity from the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas to the Texas State Capitol on September 26, 2020.
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“The White House’s priority should be to protect ALL communities, instead of pandering to a militant wing of idealists and activists who believe that police officers are the problem, not the solution, to violent crime. National Police Association encourages the President and his staff to make decisions using facts on crime in the United States, as well as the use of force by the police, and stop indulging in false rhetoric designed to defame our profession.”

Smith also said the law enforcement community needs leadership, not “partisan closeness.”

“Right now, we need President Biden’s leadership, not his partisan flattery, if we are to save the lives of American law enforcement and the communities we are trying to protect,” Smith said.

President Biden speaks about the government's response to COVID-19, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Biden speaks about the government’s response to COVID-19, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) executive director and CEO Jonathan Thompson told Fox News Digital that he hasn’t seen any draft executive orders on police reform and hopes Biden will open up dialogue with officials. sheriffs of the country before signing any order.

“We have not yet seen a draft executive order and have not received any comments. We hope, however, that the administration will consider its dialogue with sheriffs and the perspective of law enforcement to move forward reform,” Thompson said. .

“When it comes to ‘reform,’ we need to think about improving training, strengthening law enforcement with compassion and sentencing with purpose. Crime is on the rise. Recruitment and staffing are down. historically low levels, but the country overwhelmingly supports law enforcement and respect for the rule of law.”

Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President Jason Johnson also spoke, telling Fox News Digital that Biden was “under the influence of progressives.”

“We would welcome an executive order from the Joe Biden of the 1980s or 90s. Unfortunately, the Joe Biden of 2022 is deeply influenced by progressives who are blind to the devastating impact of war on policing. The good news is Presidential authority to impose these kinds of dangerous so-called reforms by executive decision is very limited, so it’s more political posturing than policy-making,” Johnson said.

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The president’s approval rating stands at just 33% and disapproval at 53% among Americans in a Quinnipiac University national poll conducted from January 7 to 10 and published on Wednesday. Biden’s approval is down three points from Quinnipiac’s previous survey, which was conducted in November, with disapproval remaining unchanged.

According to the Quinnipiac poll, the president is deeply underwater in his handling of the top three issues — the economy (34%), foreign policy (35%) and the coronavirus pandemic (39%).

Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.

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