Donald Trump’s Law Enforcement Commission In Violation Of Law, Court Finds
Joe Biden “doesn’t want to say law and order,” Donald Trump asserted during the first presidential debate. While Trump claims to be the law and order president, he and his administration have been accused of a long string of violations of law. The latest is, ironically, Trump’s Commission on Law Enforcement.
According to the Washington Post, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Bates heard a lawsuit from the NAACP, and agreed that the panel is in violation of Federal law because it has failed to provide public access to meetings, and because it failed to include diverse experiences in its membership, consisting entirely of state and Federal law enforcement officials, without any participants from “civil rights, criminal defense, social work, religious or academic fields.” This violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act, requiring that a committee have balanced points of view represented.
It’s not a new criticism of the panel — last month, The Crime Report announced that one of four prosecutors on the team had quit due to concerns that rather than attempting to bridge gaps between communities and law enforcement, the panel was focused on more authoritarian goals such as being “tough-on crime” and demanding respect for police, all of which cumulated in “fueling divisions between our communities and our police officers.” District Attorney John Choi, along with District Attorney Mark Dupree, had written a letter in May addressing inclusiveness and transparency in the commission. Choi then addressed the concerns with Attorney General William Barr early in September, before concluding that the commission will not address concerns and “[has] no intention of engaging in a thoughtful and open analysis, but [is] intent on providing cover for a predetermined agenda,” and resigning.
In October 2019, when Trump ordered the creation of the entity, officially titled Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, the function was described, in part, as advising the President on actions “to prevent, reduce, and control crime, increase respect for the law, and assist victims.”