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New York Post: Justice Department Needs to Let Local Authorities Take Smaller Cases

department-of-justice-logoBy Editorial Board
New York Post

The Justice Department is increasingly jumping into smaller criminal matters so it can look good while “playing daddy” to local authorities — but its efforts are a waste of manpower and tax money, several current and former law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Under the Obama administration, the agency’s Civil Rights Division has been readily opening more federal investigations shortly after violent encounters in municipalities across the country instead of allowing local cops and prosecutors to do their jobs first, the souces said.

The latest example came three weeks ago, when the department announced within 24 hours that the FBI would investigate a South Carolina school-resource officer caught on video dragging a female student across the floor of a classroom.

“The notion that [the] DOJ would jump in so quickly where the offense was so slight on a federal scale is ridiculous,” said retired FBI Deputy Assistant Director Ronald Hosko. “They’re just playing daddy when no daddy is needed.”

A federal source agreed, saying Sunday, “In light of what just happened in Paris, I think more than ever we need to allocate our resources to fighting terrorism instead of worrying about crimes that take place on the local level.”

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