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Law Enforcement Alliance Head: Stifling Police Sends Wrong Message

By    |   Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:22 PM

Tying the hands of police officers in dealing with rioters is sending a bad message to the world, James J. Fotis, executive director for the Law Enforcement Alliance for America, told Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line" on Tuesday.

Police are the first line of defense, but are being told "to stand there and take it," Fotis told host Ed Berliner.

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"They see kids jumping on cars, smashing in windows. They see rioters, looting, burning. And they have to stand there and take it," he said. "What does the world think of police at this point? They have their hands tied."

Rioters know that they can get away with anything, Fotis said.

"We cannot let this happen. These police officers are trained professionals, and they're not allowed to do their job," he said.

Fotis admitted there are "bad eggs" in any profession, but said that shouldn't stop the majority of the force from doing their jobs.

Baltimore, where the latest demonstrations and rioting are taking place, relies heavily on tourism, but people will be afraid to visit if they think police won't be allowed to protect them, he said.

Not only are police hands tied by the mayor and commissioners, but also by their own fear of getting in trouble for making a wrong decision, Fotis said.

Police have for years "taken care of their own," he admitted, but added that instances of police misconduct go through grand jury processes where independent people see the evidence.

"Many times people don't agree with the grand jury," he said. "Maybe we should start releasing that."

Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died earlier this month after his spinal cord was nearly severed while in police custody.

Fotis predicted "a very long, hot summer" of protests against police conduct. "And my fear is that countries around the world are going to look at us and say, 'What's happening in America?'"

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Tying the hands of police officers in dealing with rioters is sending a bad message to the world, James J. Fotis, executive director for the Law Enforcement Alliance for America, told Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line" on Tuesday.
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