Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini is worried about the politicization of American law enforcement – especially when the agency in not accountable to the public.
The conservative Lake County Republican is most concerned about the U.S. Capitol Police, which is opening field offices in San Francisco and Tampa, claiming that Florida and California are “where the majority of our potential threats are,” the USCP said in an email last month.
“The U.S. Capitol Police are even more directly controlled by political actors,” Sabatini said. “When you have Democrats totally in control, they’re more willing to politicize a police agency. The big threat is the politicization of all law enforcement agencies to the point where they become political actors.”
A special report published last month by the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project revealed that because the USCP is part of the legislative branch, which is exempt from federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, the USCP believes they too are exempt from FOIA. The agency routinely denies any inquiries from the public, and does not publish annual reports or investigations from its own inspector general. Congressional oversight of the USCP comes from four congressional committees, all of which are currently chaired by Democrats.
As a result, the USCP operates in secret and is not accountable to the public. It has little real oversight, given what’s been described as its “personal relationship” with members of Congress. And as it moves into offices outside of Washington, it will operate under a mandate that’s nebulous at best and controlled by the Democratic Party.