Friday, 08 May 2015 12:21
Lynch mob with Baltimore riot investigations
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lynchIt was no surprise that new Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Department of Justice will launch a civil rights investigation of the Baltimore Police Department. This is the second investigation that has been authorized in the wake of the riots that broke out after the death of Freddie Gray. The other investigation is looking into potential violations of Gray's civil rights.

Lynch visited Baltimore earlier in the week and promised civil rights leaders that she would do “all she could” to help the city heal. Lynch's authorization is similar to what her predecessor, Eric Holder, did after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. In her confirmation hearings, Lynch promised to continue the policies of Holder, so she is certainly following through on her promises.

The Justice Department findings will undoubtedly show that the Baltimore police committed civil rights violations. It is almost a foregone conclusion that a negative report will be issued because it will be necessary to satisfy civil rights leaders who have been critical of the Baltimore Police Department.

Despite the hoopla, none of these investigations will solve the problems of Baltimore, a city that has been led by liberal Democrats for five decades. Since the 1960's, Baltimore has been beset by issues that plaque other inner city communities. The Great Society programs that were instituted to solve the poverty problems of the inner city have failed. Over trillions of dollars have been spent, but the problems of blight, drugs, crime, poverty and race relations remain.

The answer from the Obama administration is only more spending and more federal government involvement. The root causes of the problems in Baltimore will not be addressed by President Obama, Attorney General Lynch or any other administration official.

Instead of really solving problems, we will see the Baltimore Police Department sacrificed amid charges of racism. Sadly, when the Justice Department gets involved, the results are usually not positive. New Orleans is an example of a police department that has suffered after enhanced federal government involvement. After the Justice Department began investigating the New Orleans Police Department and a consent decree was signed, the results have been striking. In the last five years, the NOPD has lost almost 600 police officers. A police department of 1600 officers in 2010 has declined to one that is barely over 1,000 officers today. We can expect that the Baltimore Police Department will suffer a similar result.
Instead of a federal investigation into the Baltimore Police Department, the city's Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, should be investigated. She was the one who promised to give the protesters “space to destroy” and allegedly gave police the orders to “stand down” because the rioters were only targeting property. As a result, scores of buildings and automobiles were destroyed, and even though law enforcement officers were in full retreat, 100 polices officers were attacked and some were seriously injured.

By her mismanagement of the crisis, the Mayor caused many of these problems. Unfortunately, no one is investigating her horrific mistakes, which contributed to a much more severe crisis in Baltimore.

While the focus is on a supposedly racist police department, there is little talk about the hundreds of rioters who brought a city to its knees. These criminals need to be held accountable for their violent actions. In contrast, the country will be subjected to more lectures about racism among police officers. While it will satisfy the agenda of the Obama administration, it will do little to deal with the real problems impacting Baltimore and many other cities around our country.

Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at Ringside Politics.

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