Black People : Obama's Ferguson Commission a Joke: Why Liberal Proposals and "Solutions" Don't Cut It

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    by Bruce A. Dixon

    The Interim Report of the Task Force for 21st Century Policing is the crunchy, fluffy wish list
    of big city cops and consultants who helped bring us the current police and prison state,
    assembled by the corporate-funded nonprofit sector which launched President Obama's
    career. With only 600 -odd days left in this administration it's a gesture of contempt toward
    the communities most affected by the machinery of our police and prison state.

    “Liberals and conservatives together have called the world's largest prison system into

    Modest revisions made to this article on Thursday, March 5, the day after its original

    The report from Barack Obama's “Task Force for 21st Century Policing” the official White

    House response to widespread public disgust at the unpunished police murder of Michael
    Brown is out. And it contains --- wait for it – a lot less than meets the eye. The task force is
    composed of 3 police chiefs, 2 African Americans and a Latino, a head of one of the 50 state
    agencies responsible for training and certifying cops and their shops, four of corporate
    America's and the administration's favorite nonprofit organizations, and a couple academics
    , one a former Clinton and Obama Assistant Attorney General and the other a Yale Law
    School “social psychologist.”

    The gist of it is that everything will be OK if we can just ”build trust” between cops and

    communities by adopting better rules of police conduct, hiring more black and brown cops,
    making them parts of the communities through “nonenforcement strategies” like coaching
    basketball leagues, moving slowly toward “independent investigations” of excessive force
    complaints, and encouraging police to act a bit less like occupying armies. Tracey Meares, the
    task force's social psychologist, calls this approach “proceduralism.” It's been the credo of the
    liberal wing of America's police establishment for some time.

    Proceduralism assumes the problem is a relatively few bad corrupt, brutal and/or racist

    apples among cops, who are inadequately trained, ineptly supervised, and somehow led to act
    like occupying armies by the absence of proper guidelines and leadership.

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