This article is a year old. I have long believed the power elite wants to create an official national police force as a means of replacing local law enforcement agencies, which are viewed as more haphazard, in favor of a more centralized system of law enforcement. While liberals may not like the idea of a Trumpized federal police force, they would be more likely to accept the idea if it was framed within the context of “progressive” values (e.g. hiring supposedly better educated, sensitivity-trained cops, etc.)
By Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker
Last week, President Trump deployed camouflaged border-patrol agents to Portland, Oregon, which has seen almost two months of protests following the murder of George Floyd. The agents have reportedly escalated the violence at protests outside a federal courthouse, and have detained and arrested protesters without explanation on the streets. Trump has since deployed federal law-enforcement agents to Kansas City, Seattle, and Chicago, and has promised to send a “surge” of agents to cities across the country, including New York, Detroit, and Philadelphia. In response to these actions, fifteen mayors signed a letter to Attorney General William Barr and the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, demanding “immediate action to withdraw your forces.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, in a statement, that “the House is committed to moving swiftly to curb these egregious abuses of power immediately,” raising questions about how much power Congress has to curb the sprawling Department of Homeland Security.
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