Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers

There was a little more media coverage of this order than the previous, but it also has not been vetted very thoroughly by the press.

The primary gist of this order is supposedly protection of law enforcement officers. The only real remedy created by this order is:

(c)  pursue appropriate legislation, consistent with the Constitution’s regime of limited and enumerated Federal powers, that will define new Federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing Federal crimes, in order to prevent violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.

That alone is, however, enough to raise significant concern. So called “tough on crime” legislation has failed before and it is highly unlikely to work in the future.

Executive Order signed February 9, 2017.


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