Ban background checks? Waters clearly wants more 'bad cops'

Monday, May 3, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Maxine Waters maskedAn expert on criminal justice reform says a recent proposal by Democrats in Congress would only result in more "bad cops."

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California), one of the sponsors of the legislation, wants to ban employers who get certain Department of Justice grants from performing background checks on potential employees. She is looking to add an amendment to an existing crime control law that would make companies that do background checks on new hires ineligible for Justice Assistance Grants.

If passed into law, the "Workforce Justice Act of 2021" would prohibit private employers from: (1) requiring an applicant to disclose whether he/she has a criminal record; (2) inquiring about the criminal record of an applicant prior to a conditional offer of employment; and (3) conducting a criminal background check on an applicant prior to a conditional offer of employment.

GianCarlo Canaparo, a legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, says the liberal lawmakers' proposal would handcuff the very agencies that are responsible for public safety.

Canaparo

"[These grants are] one of the primary funding mechanisms for small cities, states, localities and Indian tribes to fund their own law enforcement, social workers, criminal justice advocates," he explains. "[Under this plan], domestic violence social workers – no background checks. Courthouse personnel – no background checks." And police officers – no background checks, either.

Canaparo says Waters and her radical anti-police allies contend they want to give convicts who have served their time a fresh start – but he argues this bill essentially puts the reentry concern of criminals over the safety of people who are victims of crime. Therein, he says, lie some dangerous consequences.

"Could you imagine a rapist gets out of prison, only to seek a job as a battered women's counselor and nobody can find out if he has a rape conviction?" he suggests.

According to Canaparo, the proposal ultimately is self-defeating – even for Waters, who recently stated during a BLM protest: "The mayors and the city council people, commissioners all over this country have got to rein in the police."

Canaparo responds: "If Maxine Waters is concerned that there are bad cops on the street, this bill will make more of them."

Congressman David Trone (D-Maryland) is co-sponsor of the four-page Workforce Justice Act of 2021 (HR 1598 – 117th Congress). It is currently in the first stage of the legislative process, which typically means it will be considered by a committee before being sent to the floor for further consideration.

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