President Joe Biden, in a likely response to pressure from the far left corners of the Democratic Party, has issued a new executive order regarding the actions of police here in the United States.
That executive order isn’t being received all that positively, however, due to its ambiguity.
Biden signed the “Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety” Wednesday afternoon on the two-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer.
The executive order “is a measure of what we can do to heal the very soul of this nation,” Biden said.
Senior administration officials have told Fox News that the action will target a wide range of reforms including: directing the Attorney General to establish a National Law Enforcement Accountability Database, banning the use of chokeholds and carotid restraints unless deadly force is authorized, restricting the use of no-knock entries, strengthening pattern and practice investigations and limiting the transfer of military vehicles and equipment to police departments.
National police organizations weren’t impressed, however.
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) told Fox News Digital that the organization was not consulted by the Biden administration in crafting the action.
NSA President Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said, “There are potentially elements of this Order that make sense and could be beneficial to all law enforcement. However, Sheriffs are disappointed that the President chose opaqueness over transparency in drafting this order.”
“By choosing not to listen to elected law enforcement the President missed hearing from the rest of the Country. Unfortunately, [he] hand-picked who he and his staff would share the actual verbiage with and who they would take input from. Law enforcement operates in every county in America, not just in East and West coast cities.”
And that wasn’t all:
In addition, the National Police Association (NPA) called Biden’s action “political theater,” which may endanger the lives of police officers and the public.
Spokesperson Sgt. Betsy Branter Smith told Fox News Digital that restrictions on military equipment transfers is “one area in which, in the name of making the public safer, may endanger the lives of police and the public.”
“If the president is going to inhibit the ability of law enforcement agencies to obtain these lifesaving vehicles it is incumbent upon him personally to provide a substitute that will be equally effective in protecting police and the public,” Smith said.
Biden’s latest order came within hours of another policing controversy, in which officers responding to a school shooting in Texas appeared to take a hands-off approach to the unfolding situation, prompting heavy criticism from parents and onlookers.