Thoughts on Federal Takeover of Local Police Forces

When the founding fathers wrote the Constitution, they chose to set up a weak federal government with limited power. As time has progressed, that wise decision has been continually eroded, and presently the United States is governed by a very powerful federal government that is constantly attempting to usurp powers originally delegated to the states.

I present that brief history lesson after reading about the latest attempts by the federal government to exert control over local police forces. To understand what is being planned, please click here. Where did this idea originate? Read this and see what you think.

As mayor of Grand Rapids, I would not take the carrot of federal funding at the expense of the stick of surrendering local control of the police force. As I stated in my Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Summit Analysis,

“The meeting started out with Police Chief David Rahinsky describing the state of the GRPD. He then had each of the captains in charge of the four service areas the city is divided into give a discussion with detailed crime statistics comparing 2014 to 2013. The takeaway from these presentations was that crime is decreasing overall, and that the force is maintaining a strong connection with Neighborhood Watch and various neighborhood associations.”

The Constitution created a strong states/weak federal government arrangement for good reason. Again, as mayor, I will resist turning over control of our local police force to any federal bureaucracy.

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