Let's imagine that the Great Obama wants to federalize the police. He would certainly like us to believe they are the source of all that afflicts black Americans. The police therefore must be constrained, according to his worldview.
He has been taking not-so-measured steps in this direction. An example occurred recently when Greensboro's police chief and a departmental captain attended seminars and breakout sessions at the White House.
A good rule of thumb for these men would be to witness whatever the White House recommends, and then do precisely the opposite.
But that is not what Chief Scott and Captain Davis apparently envision. Greensboro police leaders must do a public dance incessantly in order to immunize themselves-- at least to some extent-- from virulent criticism and coordinated political attacks. The local media/left complex wants them to fail... and ultimately wants them to stop policing effectively.
Obama's efforts to control and influence the behavior of local police departments is utterly unconstitutional. But that does not bother Greensboro's local political culture which ordinarily relishes central control-- excepting, of course, when Republicans control the higher level of government. Our leaders therefore bow before Obama obsequiously, while simultaneously resisting the evil Republicans in Raleigh.
It is all so predictable at this point. When a city has deeply institutionalized racial identity politics, good policing is always going to be a major challenge.