Biden pick for deputy State Dept. spokesperson once called cops “biggest national security threat”

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WASHINGTON, DC- Make no mistake about it…the radicals are in the house. The US State Department’s recently appointed deputy spokesperson, Jalina Porter has a history as an anti-police zealot, newly discovered social media posts show.

The Washington Free Beacon published a screenshot of a 2016 Facebook post made by Porter in which she claimed that ISIS nor Russian hackers were not the largest threat to national security. That would be, in her opinion, police.

You read that correctly. In a screenshot of a post obtained by the Free Beacon, Porter, whose claim to fame was being a glorified cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL and the Washington Wizards of the NBA, slams America’s police officers.

“The largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops. Not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not anyone or anything else.”

Biden pick for deputy State Dept. spokesperson once called cops "biggest national security threat"
Jalina Porter, deputy State Dept spokesperson called cops “Biggest Threat to National Security” Photo-Facebook screenclip

The Facebook post was made in response to video footage released on Sept. 20, 2016 in which an “unarmed” black man was shot by a Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer.

Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby, 43 at the time of the shooting, shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. Shelby responded to reports of a stalled SUV which was abandoned in the middle of a road, NBC News affiliate KJRH reported.

Crutcher approached the vehicles but failed to listen to police commands as he did so. Shelby asked Crutcher if the car was his, but he mumbled to himself and failed to respond. Crutcher walked toward the car with his hands up, however reached into the driver’s side window.

As Crutcher reached inside the vehicle, one officer fired his Taser at him, however Shelby fired her gun, striking Crutcher in the lung. He ended up succumbing to his wound.

NBC reported that video footage taken from a police helicopter and cruiser dashcams were inconclusive. Shelby ended up being arrested for manslaughter, however, was acquitted by a jury in 2017. She is no longer employed with the Tulsa police department.

Back to Porter. The Facebook post starts out as follows:

“An unarmed Black man takes a knee for justice, bigots riot [in reference to Colin Kaepernick, no doubt]. An unarmed Black man (with his hands raised) takes a bullet and dies, those same bigots are silent. Explain this to me, please.”

Porter than continues rambling about police being the largest threat to national security, and then goes on to talk about “genocide.”

“If y’all don’t wake up and rise up to this truth, the genocide against Blacks in America will continue until we are near extinct. That’s not the world I seek to live in or create for myself and those around me.

I am calling out the majority because this means you need to take action…in your communities, churches, classrooms and with your Members of Congress. We can’t do this alone.”

In the ultimate irony, this incident happened not under President Trump’s watch but under Barack Obama’s.

So, how do your reward someone who is so clearly anti-law enforcement if you’re the Biden administration, which is full of pro-criminal, anti-police zealots? You name them deputy spokesperson for the State Department.

Porter is a former top aide to Biden’s top White House advisor Cedric Raymond, who is a former congressman. At the time she made the post, Porter was working as a communications official for the Truman National Security Project, which is a left-leaning (shocker) foreign policy think-tank that formerly employed…wait for it…Hunter Biden! How odd is that?!?

Porter’s LinkedIn profile to the shock of nobody has Black Lives Matter prominently displayed as her cover picture. BLM is clearly an anti-police organization and numerous members have advocated for the death of police officers.

The Free Beacon made multiple requests to the State Department for comment on Porter’s Facebook post. In addition, they reached out to Porter via her website and to an address provided on it, however no comment was returned by press time.

All of this comes at a time when the State Department is trying to deal with Iran’s buildup of nuclear capability, the continuing issues with ISIS and in dealing with numerous other national security threats posed especially by China, as well as Russia. Biden’s choice for Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, was confirmed on Tuesday.

Porter’s appointment should send a clear message to police officers across the country. The Biden administration is not on our side.

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Anti-police sentiment has spread like a cancer across the country, especially after the death of George Floyd from a drug overdose that was blamed on Minneapolis police. For more on that and recent legislation in Illinois that will destroy law enforcement in that state, we invite you to:

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – In the early morning hours under the cover of darkness, the Illinois Senate passed a controversial, quietly renamed police reform bill which one police chief says will lead to “mass retirements and resignations in police departments across Illinois.”

At about 4:49 a.m. on Wednesday, the Senate passed the “criminal justice reform” House Bill 3653. The bill, proposed by the Legislative Black Caucus, would eliminate cash bail, remove qualified immunity for officers, and eliminate the felony murder charge among other changes.

The bill was originally H.B. 163 but was changed to H.B. 3653 after passage in the House when the Senate made amendments. The original H.B. 163 sponsor, State Representative Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville), said Monday that she had no part in the changes to her bill, which was originally proposed as opioid legislation.

The bill was meant to be a prescription drug monitoring bill but was hijacked by a January 4, 600-page amendment added by legislators. Stuart withdrew her support, saying:

“I want to be very clear that the police reform language in Senate Amendment 2 to House Bill 163 is not something I had any input on. My original bill was rewritten by the Senate sponsors without my consultation.

“My original version of House Bill 163 was about changes to Illinois’ prescription monitoring program. My bill simply required that controlled substance prescriptions be reported to an electronic database on the same day they are dispensed. The goal was to address the opioid crisis by helping catch people who doctor shop to obtain fraudulent prescriptions for opioids.”


 

The bill would also permit officers to be disciplined or terminated based on anonymous or unsubstantiated complaints from the public without a sworn affidavit and would require those complaints to be kept on the officer’s record indefinitely.

The bill has been attacked by Republicans and police officials across the state. Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana spoke at a press conference called by several local law enforcement and government leaders Tuesday.

Sheriff Caruana said of the legislation:

“This is not an attack on law enforcement. This is (an) attack on the community, on victims of crime, because what it does is prevent us from doing our jobs.”

The bill also prohibits the use of force in almost all situations and makes officers criminally liable for use of force.  Loves Park Police Chief Chuck Lynde reacted:

“It will make it difficult, if not impossible, to hold suspects in custody when they have been accused of crimes. It prevents the use of force in almost all situations, including those which are life-threatening.”

Chief Lunde’s sentiments were echoed by Love Park Mayor Gary Jury:

“It’s just flat out foolish. I hope our representatives see that and stand up and make a choice.”

The bill includes the elimination of cash bail and mandates the release of certain criminals without awaiting trial if they cannot afford bond.

One of the most controversial sections of H.B. 3653 eliminates qualified immunity, which protects officers from being sued unless a plaintiff can show clearly established statutory or constitutional rights were violated. Without qualified immunity, an officer could be sued for any action.

Section 5.5 of the bill reads:

“A peace officer, as defined in Section 2-13 of the Code of 2012, who subjects or causes to be subjected, including by failing to intervene, any other person to the deprivation of any individual rights arising under the Illinois Constitution, is liable to the injured party for legal or equitable relief or any other appropriate relief.

Sovereign immunities and statutory immunities and statutory limitations on liability, damages, or attorney’s fees do not apply to claims brought under this Section. The Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act does not apply to claims brought under this Section.

 Qualified immunity is not a defense to liability under this Section.”

The United States Supreme Court recognized the importance of qualified immunity for officers in the decision of Pearson v. Callahan. In its decision, the court said:

 “Qualified immunity balances two important interests—the need to hold public officials accountable when they exercise power irresponsibly and the need to shield officials from harassment, distraction, and liability when they perform their duties reasonably.”

The bill, however, does not remove qualified immunity from government officials or judges. It only removes the protection from police officers.

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State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) attacked the rushed method of the bill’s passage. He posted a statement on his Facebook page:

This is it.  The criminal law overhaul bill. 764 pages.  We received it at 3:04 am.  Debate started at 4:01 am. Who could’ve possibly read and reviewed this bill in less than an hour?  This issue deserves a thorough and serious discussion.

“Sadly, it was instead jammed through the legislature during the early morning hours of this lame-duck session. This is not how our system of government is supposed to work. 

“These types of shenanigans do not lead to a healthy democracy and, in this instance, they make our law enforcement personnel, our families, and our communities less safe. It’s 4:49 am.  It just passed the Illinois State Senate.”

Sen. Plummer also attacked the process of hijacking H.B. 163 and changing the name, calling it “smoke and mirrors”:

“This is what they think of you, Illinois…You stood up loud and clear and let the Democrat majority know that you don’t support their radical anti-police legislation, HB163.  They saw that the vast majority of Illinoisans rejected these extreme ideas and so they’ve decided to no longer push HB163.

“But they think they can trick you.  Instead of standing with our law enforcement and listening to the voices of Illinoisans, they’ve moved the extreme language to new legislation, HB3653, and are pushing it.

“Smoke & Mirrors.  That’s all it is.  Stand with our police and keep our families and communities safe, tell the Democrat majority that Illinois doesn’t support their radical anti-police legislation and their extreme ideology, no matter the bill’s number.  This legislation is an attack on the law enforcement profession and endangers our families and communities.”

Glen Carbon Police Chief Todd Link issued a statement opposing the legislation, saying that the “reforms” will destroy law enforcement:

“(The bill) would effectively end professional law enforcement throughout the state of Illinois… Should this law become law, there would be no need to defund the police because it would lead to mass retirements and resignations in police departments across Illinois like those happening in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and New York City.”

The Illinois State Attorneys Association opposed the bill, saying:

“(The bill) will profoundly undermine public safety and overturn long=standing common-sense policies and practices in the criminal justice system.”

Early today, The Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association issued a statement as an open letter to citizens of Southern Illinois. The association states that many police executives object to the bill:

“It will have a devastating effect on the ability of Illinois police officers to keep their communities safe. One has to wonder why our legislators would rush a 600+ page piece of legislation, attempting to keep the contents hidden from those it will impact.”

House Bill 3653 will now be returned to the House for a concurrence vote.

 

 

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