Yglesias

Legal Authority

CREDIT:

This from the ISG Report (page 9) discussion of the Iraqi police is really puzzling (emphasis added):

The state of the Iraqi police is substantially worse than that of the Iraqi Army. The Iraqi Police Service currently numbers roughly 135,000 and is responsible for local policing. It has neither the training nor legal authority to conduct criminal investigations, nor the firepower to take on organized crime, insurgents, or militias.

I assume they wouldn’t have made a factual error about something like that, but how in the world did this happen? The Police Service lacks the legal authority to conduct criminal investigations? And nobody’s reported this yet? That just seems crazy.