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Law Enforcement Absent From White House Criminal Justice Event

April 25, 2016  | 

A White House event regarding the economic impact of the criminal justice system was held today without the inclusion of law enforcement on the panel, according to a release from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA).

Prior to the event, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) sent a letter to the president, drawing attention to this oversight. In their letter they state this is, "malfeasance on the part of the White House to not include those that actually are involved with the criminal justice system versus people focused on policy. Policy without context is a vacuum of reality."

"We agree that our criminal justice system can always be improved upon," said FLEOA National President Nathan Catura. "But excluding the voice of those who are on the front lines leaves a hole in the conversation. Today's event was not fully representative of all those stakeholders needed to have a productive and fully-informed discussion."

The event titled "Economic Consequences of the Criminal Justice System" highlighted a new report by the President's Council of Economic Advisers and was co-hosted by the Brennan Center for Justice and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The participant list included panel members from each of the host organizations as well as government officials and several other policy organizations, but no one representative of the law enforcement community or victim rights groups.

"The deliberate exclusion of law enforcement from this panel and event indicates the purpose was to have a theoretical discussion, rather than one of substance regarding the real challenges and opportunities facing the criminal justice system and potential reforms," Catura concluded.


The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association ( is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from over 65 agencies.

Comments (7)

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Mike @ 4/25/2016 6:53 PM

Further proof Obama and the Dem's doesn't care about fixing this country or LEO's. Or any professionals with experience on a topic they want to control.

Mark @ 4/25/2016 8:40 PM

Geeze! Just last night the newest episode of Veep had the president hold a panel on race and no black people were on it. This is pretty much the same thing. Pretty bad when the White House is acting just like episodes of Veep!

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/25/2016 10:58 PM

The "idiot president" is an ass. Sorry, but he has to be the most ignorant, illiterate fool in the white house right now. By holding this event without a single law enforcement representative present, he's telling us that he doesn't care about blue lives(just black thugs lives).

Skippy @ 4/26/2016 8:51 AM

Once again that ignorant piece of shit spit in our faces. And once again we stood by and allowed it to happen. If the average citizen had any idea of these types of issues then maybe we would get some support. Its time for LE Organizations, (Unions, Associations) to start spending some of our dues on a public campaign to show the citizens of this country what their racist, arrogant, ignorant, selfish, Muslim extremist president thinks about public safety.

kevcopAz @ 4/26/2016 1:23 PM

Come on, really is this "news"? When has this administration EVER cared what the heck Law Enforcement wants or knows about any subject. Like the Border patrol being told what "not" to do and what to do to allow violations of every immigration Law we have and becoming little more then ushers to illegals coming in, to the DOJ hammering locals and ignoring Federal Law Enforcement problems (Fast & Furious to list one) It is and has always been obvious from the start that Obama and his cronies have never and will never respect the Military or Law Enforcement period. Otherwise is to be so deaf dumb and blind that anyone that things differently is an idiot.

Rick @ 4/27/2016 1:44 AM

Obama, white or black, yellow or red, I'd hate him no matter what color he was. Percy, you don't live here so shut up. Tell us about Canadian politics for once.

Tom Ret @ 4/29/2016 10:40 AM

I would like to see police departments tell Obama when he comes to town to
bring his own security or don't come. Obama makes no pretense that he doesn't like or respect law enforcement while identifying closely with black lives matter. He is a complete disgrace as president and deserves no respect from law enforcement in my view.

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