Fitzgerald: When politics Trumps policing – News – – California News

Fitzgerald: When politics Trumps policing – News – – California News

If a campaigning politician declared, “If elected, I’ll discourage 128,000 Stocktonians from cooperating with police,” you’d think that person was nuts.

Yet that’s what the U.S. Attorney General’s Office proposes to do to in the city of Stockton.

The Department of Justice issued a news release Thursday announcing that cities asking for help fighting violent crime must tell the DOJ whether local law enforcement is helping federal immigration authorities deport undocumented immigrants.

The implication: If you don’t partner with Uncle Sam on immigration enforcement, Uncle Sam may not help you fight violent crime.

The news release singled out Stockton (along with Albuquerque, New Mexico,  Baltimore and San Bernardino).

“The Justice Department today formally requested that information from (these) four local jurisdictions interested in the PSP program,” the news release said.

In this PSP program — Public Safety Partnership — DOJ experts train local law enforcement agencies to better fight violent crime.

A “Diagnostic Team” pinpoints the crime source and prescribes a violence reduction plan. An “Operations Team” cements a city into a “lasting coordination structure” of law enforcement agencies.

Stockton did much of this work by commissioning the 2006 Braga Report, which tied gun violence to gangs, and with its strategic Marshall Plan.

Jones believed more help couldn’t hurt; then the Trump administration took over, changed the program and attached the immigration strings.

Unwisely. Latinos surpassed whites in 2008 as Stockton’s biggest ethnic group. Latinos now account…

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