Two years ago, President Obama nominated Debo Adegbile to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. That nomination was blocked, but Obama has now appointed Adegbile to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a move that has drawn considerable ire from law enforcement advocates nationwide.
The controversy over Adegbile stems from his work as an NAACP lawyer in the early 1980s. While employed there, he brought a conviction appeal on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia man who murdered a police officer in 1981. His participation in that appeal cost him the Justice Department nomination; in 2014, seven Senate Democrats actually crossed the aisle to vote against his appointment.
According to two police unions – The Fraternal Order of Police and The International Union of Police Associations – Adegbile has no business serving on the Commission of Civil Rights, either. They expressed their anger this week after Obama announced that he was putting Adegbile on the board. And since the Senate does not have the authority to confirm or deny Adegbile the position, only outspoken activists can pressure the administration to reconsider.
In a radio interview on Friday, John McNesby, the president of the FOP’s Philadelphia chapter, said the appointment showed the country what Obama really thought about the men and women in blue.
“That’s just the old kick in the teeth to the cops,” McNesby said. “I guess it’s Obama’s goodbye present to police across the nation.”
Also on Friday, the IUPA released a statement that said, “President Obama has, once again, gone out of his way to demonstrate his utter disdain for our nation’s law enforcement officers.”
Disdain for law enforcement has been a prevailing theme of this president’s White House tenure, especially over the last couple of years. While he’s made a half-hearted effort to condemn riots in Baltimore and Ferguson and police shootings in Texas and elsewhere, Obama has made it clear that his allegiance lies with the criminals. His loyalties lie with the anarchists. To him, cops are bad by default; the Michael Browns of the world are the ones we should hold up as heroes.
Of course, it’s not just Obama. This is the American left in a nutshell, and it has always been this way. They don’t just have a suspicious view of law and order; they loathe it. Everything stems from oppression and racism. Nothing is fair.
Hopefully, President Trump can send Adegbile packing and restore this country’s respect for the men and women of law enforcement. They deserve it.