Justice Department Wastes Money by Sticking Nose in Local Cases
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.”
The Justice Department responded that it gets involved in community-based offenses to lend “support” in gathering evidence and to “regularly” assist local prosecutors.
But Hosko said another glaring example of the department’s overreach was the Dylan Roof church-massacre case.
With overwhelming evidence against him, Roof readily confessed to fatally shooting nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, SC, in June, and state prosecutors promptly charged him with nine counts of murder and announced that they would seek the death penalty.
The feds then charged Roof with 33 hate crimes — charges that also carry the death penalty.