Most of the County Council exhibits some common sense about police reform bill
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 6th August 2020
Councilman Julian Jones may be persistent, but he still isn’t an expert on law enforcement. (Photo Credit/Baltimore County Government)

Folks, you can’t say that we didn’t try to warn Councilman Julian Jones about his misplaced fervor to push through a police reform bill.

Thankfully, the rest of the council members weren’t in agreement.

In fact, they brought up two very good points:

1) The police reform bill included amendments that the public did not have the opportunity to review.

2) There has been no reform measure passed on the state level.

(Publisher’s note: The first item above does not shock us, as our county council has a reputation for doing an end-around when it comes to keeping the public in the know. So much for the promises of transparency, eh folks?)

As we stated before, there was really no basis for Mr. Jones’s attempt to reform a nationally accredited law enforcement agency, other than a knee-jerk reaction to issues happening elsewhere in the country.

Yes, there are times that we need to react locally to something happening in another region. For instance, if rioters and looters are causing massive amounts of damage and acting violently during so-called ‘peaceful’ protests, then we should be vigilant during similar types of protests.

But that doesn’t mean that we should overreact and lock up peaceful protesters based on what Antifa and BLM supporters are doing 3,000 miles away.

The same goes for our highly touted Baltimore County Police Department. These brave men and women in blue do their jobs to the best of their ability (despite the leadership challenges they face).

So why look to punish, defund, or criticize them just because some bad apples in other parts of the country committed heinous offenses?

Councilman Jones was quick to take to social media and local media to express his ‘outrage’ over the bill getting tabled:

Councilman Jones, still in tantrum mode, has pledged to reintroduce these reform measures next month and put them to the council for separate votes.

He claims to represent “we the people.” But how many people in his district are clamoring that BCPD is in need of reform? Is a majority of his constituents demanding the bill? Half? A quarter? Or just a very vocal minority?

Or, could it be that the councilman is riding the wave of popular opinion on this issue without the necessary background in law enforcement or factual basis for reform?

Show us the data to back up your reform measures, Councilman. When you do, we’ll give your cries of outrage more credence.

If Mr. Jones is truly interested in reform, perhaps he should look at matters closer to home.

Maybe he should focus on the old saying about people in glass houses throwing stones…

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