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WASHINGTON, D.C. – For 10 days, reports have been coming out that Wikipedia editors have been “scrubbing the page” of Kamala Harris.
She is a front-runner for Joe Biden’s pick to be his running mate as Vice Presidential candidate. Harris is the former Attorney General of California and is one of the two current Senator’s from the state serving in DC.
Harris is no stranger to the pages of Law Enforcement Today. We spent the better part of the morning reading the Wikipedia page for the Senator. We can assure you that none of the information we have covered on the Senator is on the page.
We also wish we could have those two hours back.
New: Somebody is working overtime to scrub Kamala Harris's Wikipedia page, and a war is raging over it https://t.co/Tk1O2iDYkh by me
— aída chávez (@aidachavez) July 2, 2020
It certainly has been scrubbed of anything that might be deemed unflattering to the potential VP, who could still make it to the White House, despite her own failed bid at the Democratic nomination to unseat President Trump.
And where does she stand on the current “Defund” movement? In typical politician’s fashion, she didn’t really answer the question.
She said on MSNBC earlier this week:
“The status quo has been to determine and create policy around the idea that more police equals more safety. And that’s just wrong.
“You know what creates greater safety? Funding our public schools, so that, currently, two-thirds of our public school teachers don’t have to come out of their own back pocket to pay for school supplies.”
Wikipedia Page For Kamala Harris Getting Scrubbed To Remove Potentially Damaging Information https://t.co/M6vUcR0PYn
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) July 8, 2020
So, what types of detail were deleted from her page? According to the Intercept:
“A section in her bio that detailed her decision not to prosecute Mnuchin for financial fraud, despite recommendations from her staff attorneys, has also been deleted:
“‘In 2013, Harris did not prosecute Steve Mnuchin‘s bank OneWest despite evidence ‘suggestive of widespread misconduct’ according to a leaked memo. …
In 2017, she said that her office’s decision not to prosecute Mnuchin was based on ‘following the facts and the evidence … like any other case’.
In 2016, Mnuchin donated $2,000 to her campaign, making her the only 2016 Senate Democratic candidate to get cash from Mnuchin, but as senator, she voted against the confirmation of Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury.’
“A section on an Ethics Commission finding Harris guilty of a campaign spending violation during her San Francisco district attorney race has also been deleted. A line about Harris traveling to Israel and the West Bank in November 2017, where she met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was removed altogether.
“The Wikipedia user, who goes by the username ‘Bnguyen1114,’ has made hundreds of edits to Harris’s page throughout the last several months, often getting into fights over the proposed edits with other Wikipedia editors, who pointed out that the language was getting pulled directly from press releases and campaign literature.
‘You seem to have gone through a database of press releases from Harris’s office, cataloging every single one and adding it to the article,’ one Wikipedia editor said. ‘That is not how we write encyclopedic articles.’”
“On June 11, the Wikipedia user removed this section referencing the Orange County scandal from the page, saying that they were proofreading for length:
“‘Later that year, Harris appealed a judge’s order to take over the prosecution of a high-profile mass murder case and to eject all 250 prosecutors from the Orange County District Attorney’s office over allegations of misconduct by Republican D.A. Tony Rackauckas.
Rackauckas was alleged to have illegally employed jailhouse informants and concealed evidence.
Harris noted that it was unnecessary to ban all 250 prosecutors from working on the case, as only a few had been directly involved, later promising a narrower criminal investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice began an investigation into Rackauckas in December 2016, but he was not re-elected.'”
It appears that the person editing Kamala Harris's wikipedia page is Bao Nguyen, Volunteer Organizing Leader of Kamala Harris's campaign. Side note, he is an attorney representing health insurance companies. Also edited the 'Bernie Bro' page on wikipedia. @ryangrim @aidachavez pic.twitter.com/lDNKElGalA
— Mike from PA (@Mike_from_PA) July 2, 2020
Our readers may find it interesting that Harris chose to “follow the facts and evidence…just like any other case” for Mnuchin, but Harris was one of the loudest opponents on the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
She wrote a letter in September of last year to Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asking for an impeachment inquiry on Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. She was still pointing to the debunked testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as all the evidence needed to potentially remove a sitting Supreme Court Justice from the bench.
Interesting how following the facts and evidence make sense in one case, but not when it can score you political favor.
Additionally, there is only brief mention of Harris’s view on law enforcement, which is obviously a hot-button topic for this election cycle.
Here is what her now biased page has to say (we have removed the footnote references):
“In 2014, after a rash of racially motivated police killings nationwide, Harris conducted a 90-day review of implicit bias and lethal use of force. In April 2015, Harris introduced the first of its kind ‘Principled Policing: Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias’ training, designed in conjunction with Stanford University psychologist and professor Jennifer Eberhardt, to help law enforcement officers overcome barriers to neutral policing and rebuild the relationship of trust between law enforcement and the community.
“All Command-level staff received the training. The training was part of a package of reforms introduced within the California Department of Justice, which also included additional resources deployed to increase the recruitment and hiring of diverse special agents, an expanded role for the department to investigate officer-related shooting investigations, and community policing.
“In 2015, Harris’s California Department of Justice was the first statewide agency in the country to require all of its police officers to wear body cameras. That same year, Harris announced a new state law requiring every law enforcement agency in California to collect, report, and publish expanded statistics on how many people are shot, seriously injured or killed by peace officers throughout the state.
“Later that year, Harris appealed a judge’s order to take over the prosecution of a high-profile mass murder case and to eject all 250 prosecutors from the Orange County District Attorney’s office over allegations of misconduct by Republican D.A. Tony Rackauckas. Rackauckas was alleged to have illegally employed jailhouse informants and concealed evidence.
“Harris noted that it was unnecessary to ban all 250 prosecutors from working on the case, as only a few had been directly involved, later promising a narrower criminal investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice began an investigation into Rackauckas in December 2016, but he was not re-elected.
“In 2016, Harris announced a patterns and practices investigation into purported civil rights violations and use of excessive force by the two largest law enforcement agencies in Kern County, California, the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Labelled the ‘deadliest police departments in America’ in a five-part Guardian expose, a separate investigation commissioned by the ACLU and submitted to the California Department of Justice corroborated reports of police using excessive force.
“The ACLU found that officers had engaged in patterns of excessive force – including shooting and beating to death unarmed individuals – as well as a practice of filing retaliatory criminal charges against individuals subjected to excessive force. Further analysis also revealed the highest rate of police homicides in the country, as well as excessive use of force resulting in 17 deaths of unarmed civilians from 2009 to 2013 in the form of dog attacks and tazings [sic].”
Doesn’t really say much, as all of that information was from a two-year period beginning in 2014.
So what does she really believe now? Here is what we uncovered and reported back in September during her failed campaign.
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Her campaign slogan, like most of the Democrats, might as well be “everyone is a racist.”
She argues that her background as a prosecutor makes her the perfect fit. But the thing is… she’s more concerned about prosecuting the police.
Look no further than the slaughter of Officer Isaac Espinoza in 2004 by a known gang member.
The state allowed for the death penalty. Harris said she wouldn’t pursue it. Her argument? The death penalty is racist. She says we need to do a better job of policing the police, and has made that a big focal point of her positioning.
Last November, Sen. Kamala Harris drew fury after comparing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Ku Klux Klan during a hearing on Capitol Hill.
She asked Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to lead ICE, whether he shares what she said was the public’s view that ICE was spreading fear and mistrust, in particular among immigrant communities, the same way the KKK did, reported Fox News.
“Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels [with the KKK]?,” she asked.
“Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels [with the KKK]?”
Understandably, the comparison prompted outrage, with RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slamming Harris for “disgusting” partisanship. “Kamala Harris is trying to launch her 2020 campaign off of comparing ICE officers to the KKK, and it’s absolutely disgusting,” she tweeted.
“What utter, complete & horrifying disrespect for our law enforcement officers. I get she’s auditioning for 2020, but come on …,” wrote GOP spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany.
Moreover, even Geraldo Rivera publicly challenged Harris’ comments on Twitter.
Like lazy trolls who call cops Nazis, it is grossly irresponsible to compare anything other than violent racist terrorists to the #KKK. @KamalaHarris is way too savvy to be so intellectually lazy. She should apologize to #ICE agents now.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 16, 2018
In her maneuvering, Harris pointed to Vitiello’s controversial tweet from 2015 in which he said the Democratic Party was comparable to a “liberal-cratic” or “neo-Klanist” entity. The nominee later apologized and admitted those words were offensive.
“What is the history that would then make those words wrong?” the Democrat then asked, prompting Vitiello to say that the KKK would be labeled as a domestic terrorist group by today’s standards and was motivated by race and ethnicity.
This is ridiculous and embarrassing. Kamala Harris browbeats Ronald Vitiello trying to get him to "admit" that ICE is perceived the same as the KKK. pic.twitter.com/kCZl3l2KFs
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) November 16, 2018
During the dialogue, Vitiello pushed back against Harris’ line of questioning. He said, “I do not see any parallels” between the immigration enforcement agency and the white supremacist group and inquired whether she was asking him if the two were in the same category.
“No, I’m very specific in what I’m asking you. Are you aware of a perception that the way that they …” Harris went on, before the nominee snapped back saying, “I see none.”
Harris continued to force her own bias into the record in the form of a question. She hammered away at the word “perception” as if it were more important than the rule of law.
“Are you aware that there is a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants and specifically among immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America?” she asked again.
“Are you aware that there is a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants and specifically among immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America?”
Harris ended her questioning asking whether Vitiello can lead the agency if he’s not aware of the negative views toward it, reported Fox.
“It seems to me that you would understand that when you use words like the words you used just three short years ago, that that would contribute to that perception,” Harris said. “And it’s harmful then, it’s harmful, in terms of the mission of the agency and the work of the individuals there. And it is harmful in terms of leading — innocent people arriving at our border fleeing harm, it is harmful to them.”
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