Bush's new attorney general, John Ashcroft, told the Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings that he would make cases against racial profiling a priority. Ashcroft said he was opposed to ''racial profiling and other abuses of civil rights by law enforcement authorities,'' he said. Although he said he would work with Congress to make new law on racial profiling, Ashcroft chaired a Senate Judiciary subcommittee last year that bottled up the Traffic Stops Statistics Study Act after the measure had passed the U.S. House. [...] Jim Pasco, executive director of the national office of the Fraternal Order of Police, says he sees the Bush/Ashcroft team steering clear of the big stick approach used by the Clinton administration. ''Bush's position is that local police department functions and conduct are best left to state and local governments,'' Pasco said. [...] Those who've dealt with the Justice Department urge other cities facing similar threats - or potetential [sic] threats - to hang on. Said Bryan Campbell, the Pittsburgh FOP attorney: ''If I were the people in Cincinnati (and the Justice Department intervened), I would stonewall until the new attorney general gets all his people in place.''
Cincinnati is, at present, in no position to judge or delay anything; the case is simply too prominent. Dragging their feet on this would virtually insure another riot.
That said, an administration that assumes that local governance and control is any sort of answer to a problem created by local governance and control (or lack thereof) is beyond stupid. Then again, this is a man who professes to believe that Big Oil can police its own prices as they soar past $3 per gallon. (Why the idiot wants to create ripple-down inflation of that sort, I have no idea, but I digress.)
In other words ... batten down the hatches.
12/19/2001: vive la france
12/19/2001: princess, redux
12/19/2001: yemen and rumsfeld
12/18/2001: you're NOT in the army now
12/18/2001: interesting donation
12/18/2001: shame on winn dixie, indeed
12/18/2001: saudi princess
12/17/2001: new resolve
12/17/2001: a victim of the attack ... yeah, right
12/17/2001: polluters ho!