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Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy blasted the notion that Congress can or should pass a “one-size-fits-all” police reform package, noting that several incidents and scandals in recent years have proven “Washington can’t run” its own law enforcement institutions.
His criticism during a Fox News segment Wednesday came ahead of testimony by several witnesses before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on police reforms in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers. Witnesses included Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, and fellow Fox News contributor Dan Bongino, a former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent.
Asked for his thoughts on proposals put forth in House legislation introduced Monday by Democrats that contains a set of reforms recommended by hundreds of Leftist organizations, McCarthy was adamant that Congress couldn’t or won’t pass anything practicable or effective because it can’t effectively oversee corrupted elements of federal law enforcement institutions.
“What I quarrel with is the presumption that Washington has a way of helping the good cops across the country — that there’s one ‘one size fits all’ policing model, and that of all places on planet Earth, we’re going to find it from Washington” McCarthy began.
“Washington cannot run the limited police agencies it has,” he continued.
McCarthy went onto say that many if not all federal law enforcement agencies, as well as the intelligence community, have recently been cited for “institutional lack of candor” as part of the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into the targeting of the 2016 Trump campaign by the Obama administration.
He also mentioned “the FBI, which is mired in due process scandals,” and the Obama-era IRS scandal targeting Tea Party groups, “where the bureaucracy was used in a very politicized way,” and “the ATF scandal” involving the running of guns into Mexico during the previous administration “that we still can’t get to the bottom of.”
“So, the presumption that we’re now supposed to follow is that Washington, which can’t run its own police agencies, is now going to prescribe policing to the entire nation?” McCarthy asked rhetorically.
He noted further that “the last transformative moment that we had, which was of great generational consequence — and I don’t mean to minimize the emotions of today — but, in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, we had an era of record crime in this country.
“Since the 1990s, we’ve had a generation of domestic tranquility and record low crime. That was driven by city policing,” McCarthy continued, “whether it was in New York, Los Angeles, or other big cities across the country. And I think that the whole idea what Washington’s now going to take this tiger by the tail and teach everybody how it’s done, under circumstances where it’s very obvious that Washington can’t clean its own house, is just amazing to me.”
McCarthy’s comments come as a nationwide Leftist-driven movement to ‘defund’ or disband police departments has begun in the wake of Floyd’s death. Democrats and their allies claim that his death is emblematic of policing around the country, citing statistics that show blacks are more likely to die at the hands of police than whites.
But as Mike O’Meara, president of the New York State Police Benevolent Association, said during an emotional press conference Monday, the vast majority of police contacts with the public each year are positive and non-violent. Also, he pushed back hard on the notion that policing is inherently racist.
“Police have 375 million interactions with the public every year — overwhelmingly positive responses. But we all read in the paper that in the black community, mothers are worried about their children getting home from school without being killed by a cop. That does not happen!”
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