The incoming president of the National Sheriffs’ Association mocked President Barack Obama’s idea that law enforcement officers should alter their uniforms in order to depict a “soft look” to the public.
“The respect factor between law enforcement and this administration has eroded to the point that it has been recommended by them that we need to ‘soften our uniforms’ to be more acceptable to the public we serve,” Danny Glick said during his address Wednesday night at the association’s annual summer conference in Baltimore.
Glick, who is the sheriff of Laramie county, Wyo., then displayed a tan body armor vest with a feather boa running along the straps and a target on the back.
“So here is the ‘softer uniform’ they’ve requested,” he said, as he brought out the vest. “This administration thinks this is what will work to solve the issues they have deemed important when in truth this is what they’ve done to us.”
Glick referring to a report a White House panel released in May calling for “a layered response to mass demonstrations that prioritize de-escalation and a guardian mindset.”
The report continued, saying “These policies could include plans to minimize confrontation by using ‘soft look’ uniforms, having officers remove riot gear as soon as practical, and maintaining open postures.”
Glick told the gathering that the thrust of the White House recommendations is to turn law enforcement into something they’re not.
“I would present to you that this administration is looking through a glass rather than in a mirror when they are pointing a finger at sheriffs and law enforcement in general to blame for the issues confronting them today,” he said. The administration has “interjected a very dangerous addition into our profession — politics.”
Glick expanded his thoughts during an interview with The Daily Caller.
“If you want to have an important dialogue, invite us to the table, we’re willing to sit down, just like I said — anywhere have a discussion. If it’s an argument, fine, but we would prefer to come to a consensus where everybody benefits rather than just inflammatory statements being made.”
The problem is that the Obama administration has never been interested in dialogues, conversations or negotiations.
It’s more into “my way or the highway” approach to governing.
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