Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nullification

Takoma Park's Police Chief Alan Goldberg has issued a rather curious statement that says in part,
"Unlike many of our European counterparts, the responsibility for protecting and serving the public is a local and state responsibility. State, county and municipal agencies do not work for the federal government. Our Constitution specifically prohibits a “National Police Force.”"
That's odd - I can't find any section of the Constitution that "specifically prohibits a "National Police Force.""   I mean, the 10th amendment obviously reserves powers not expressly granted to the national government to the states, thus implying that the power to enforce state and local laws resides at those levels.  But the federal government clearly has the authority to maintain "national police forces," as evidenced by the 120,000 Federal law enforcement officers.

In addition to failing to mention the federal government's role in law enforcement, Chief Goldberg also failed to recognize the authority of federal law over state and local law, a notion that IS explicitly stated in the Constitution in the so-called Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) -
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."
Oh, and how about using video cameras to try to cut down on the perpetual property crime?  I don't think that the Constitution specifically prohibits those either.

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