Washington Governor Jay Inslee isn’t anything if not weak. He has done everything he could to pander to those demanding the state and nation defund police forces, but at every turn his actions have made no headway in endearing himself to groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Meanwhile, he has systematically alienated himself from law enforcement and those who support the police.
In a slight change in tactics, he has taken the tried-and-true tactic of offering placating policies that will accomplish nothing but hopefully confuse people into believing he’s taking action. His latest ploy is to form a new state office that will better investigate police use-of-force incidents. According to The Police Tribune:
Inslee proposed establishing the Office of Independent investigations at the behest of a task force he established in the wake of the in-custody deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Manuel Ellis in Tacoma, according to a policy brief released by his office.
“After the deaths of George Floyd and Manuel Ellis earlier this year, the governor created a task force to recommend how the state can be more accountable and improve the way it investigates police use of excessive force,” Inslee’s office said. “These recommendations would ensure that such investigations are fair, thorough and independent.”
The task force “held strong views” regarding police use-of-force investigations, and determined that Washington must establish “a new, independent agency” to look into such cases, according to Inslee’s office.
“Members also agreed that this office must be rooted in an understanding of the country’s deeply embedded institutional racism, the history of racism in policing, and how bias disproportionally impacts and harms people of color,” the governor’s office said.
The task force further urged Inslee to make sure the new office investigates police use-of-force cases “with transparency, accountability, and an anti-racist lens,” according to the policy brief.
Inslee said he will ask for legislation during the 2021 session in order to establish the Office of Independent Investigations within the executive branch of the state’s government, as well as $26 million from the general fund to operate it.
This proposal is 100% virtue signaling in an attempt to convince violent Neo-Marxists as well as actual peaceful activists in his state that he’s taking excessive use-of-force by law enforcement seriously. Unfortunately for Inslee, his state, and taxpayers who must pick up the tab for the additional agency, this will do very little to ease tensions while further infuriating those who back the blue.
Police investigations of fellow law enforcement officers are already among the most exhaustive and transparent. That wasn’t always the case, but in recent years any attempts to cover up excessive use-of-force incidents have been met with harsh retribution. In the wake of George Floyd and other unfortunate incidents, there is no longer a need for separate agencies muddying the water. Law enforcement officers are already skittish and even gun-shy over fears of inciting the next round of Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots in their cities.
The state of Washington doesn’t need another layer of bureaucracy to impose on law enforcement. The state needs to stop pandering to violent “activists” and bring law and order back to prominence. And they need to get rid of Jay Inslee.
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