Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel, releases the following statement on President Trump’s executive order on police reform:
America’s long and difficult struggle with racism cannot be resolved by the actions of a single leader or the work of a single political party. History, past and present, reminds us of how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.
The president’s action today helped in that process.
The president ordered law enforcement to professionalize their standards while tying funding to the implementation of those standards on force and de-escalation. The order creates a nationwide database that will track officers who are terminated or face criminal convictions or are guilty of excessive use-of-force or other offenses. The order bans the use of chokeholds. The order also gives more resources and prioritization to programs addressing mental health, addiction and homelessness while calling for the strengthening of the relationship between law enforcement and communities.