The very fact that President Obama is campaigning for McAuliffe raises serious questions as to whether McAuliffe’s stature in the Democratic Party is shielding him and his company from full and timely investigations by the DHS and SEC.
Virginians would be right to question whether the President’s appearance with McAuliffe produces a legitimate conflict of interest. Principles don’t change depending on which elected office you seek. These actions would never be tolerated at the local level and they shouldn’t be tolerated at the State or National level either. The public deserves prompt answers to these questions.
“Kill the ill” is not a law enforcement mandate.
We cannot ignore the statistics, however, that half of the people killed by law enforcement in the United States are mentally ill.
We have such dystopic law enforcement results because we fail to train for crisis intervention, lack oversight, and, of course, we’ve cut back mental services nationwide.
I have known law enforcement agents, detectives and cops my whole life as a federal and state prosecutor and as a criminal defense counsel, and, given the resources, guidance and proper directives, they will do the right thing.
But these killings are distressing.
In Houston, Texas, for example, an officer shot and killed a pen-wielding wheelchair bound double amputee in the head when the police were called to a group home for the mentally ill.
In Saginaw, Michigan, six police officers gunned down a homeless, schizophrenic man in a vacant parking lot when he refused to drop a small folding knife. Sound familiar. Continue reading