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ACLU launches nationwide
look into police ´militarization´

United Press International, by Kristen Butler

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Posted By:BaseballFan, 3/6/2013 10:23:49 PM

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in 24 states filed over 177 public records requests with law enforcement agencies to determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments. According to an ACLU statement, "Federal funding in the billions of dollars has allowed state and local police departments to gain access to weapons and tactics created for overseas combat theaters...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: smcchk, 3/6/2013 10:34:40 PM     (No. 9212269)

Obama will start our second Civil War.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: coldoc, 3/6/2013 10:40:10 PM     (No. 9212280)

I never thought I would ever agree with anything this bunch of miscreants ever did, but I have to say they are right to ask these questions. Somebody has to carry all those jhp rounds the gooberment bought while cruising your hood in their new Homeland Security MRAP´s.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: unagator, 3/6/2013 10:41:21 PM     (No. 9212281)

A worthy look.

Another unfortunate by product of the failed drug war.

And before you ask, I hate drugs...but I hate the loss of liberty that has accompanied their prohibition for our nation even more.

Maybe before worrying about hypothetical drone strikes we should be worrying about actual assaults on homes (sometimes then wrong address, and frequently bad for the family pooch) by militarized SWAT, DEA, and DHS teams.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bobn.T, 3/6/2013 10:47:03 PM     (No. 9212290)

On this, I agree with the ACLU.
I think all levels of gov´t and police are out of control.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 3/6/2013 10:49:45 PM     (No. 9212293)

Something else for ´em to consider while they´re in the ´questioning´ mood - is what - over the last half-century, has driven the shift from ´fatal shooting as last resort´ to the more current ´shoot first and ask (or dodge) questions later...which has given us such interesting foibles as innocent passersby being gunned down, prisoners in handcuffs, pregnant women...etc.

I first ´noticed´ that trend years ago in a video where a homeless deranged guy was circled by Washington DC cops. He was clearly confused, and had some type of knife in his hand, but just stood there as the cops yelled at him, not threatening or lunging - simply looking bewildered. Pretty quickly, a cop put him down - apparently permanently...

Now - nobody questions the right of police to defend themselves, but in the case above, the cops appeared to be carrying both tasers and pepper spray - leading to the question - could the guy not have been put down other than by gunshot?

It´s a dangerous world out there, but the profession should not devolve into the mayhem level it seems to be headed for - and this ´militarization´ bit simply puts the kibosh on the ´officer friendly´ persona that served well - for at least a brief Andy Griffith era in time...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 3/7/2013 12:11:31 AM     (No. 9212359)

I´m afraid "Officer Friendly" has been a thing of the past for some time.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LanieLou, 3/7/2013 1:23:10 AM     (No. 9212388)

Wow... I´m impressed. Better late than never. In 2009, Obama´s miscreants set up diect communications from DHS/The WH to every police organization in the nation... bypassing all local mgt. & gov´ts.

There must be someone who truly believes in freedom still at the ACLU.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: KTWO, 3/7/2013 2:08:38 AM     (No. 9212406)

An assessment of the extent will tell us costs.

An assessment of the intent would tell why. Probably to edge toward federalized law enforcemen by creating a Super DHS with direct command of what was once local and state law enforcement.

They will have swell uniforms.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Trigger2, 3/7/2013 3:12:22 AM     (No. 9212421)

DHS spent $50,000,000 on new uniforms the night before the sequestration too. This was to replace last year´s new uniforms. I wonder if Nap-a-long followed the muzzie design.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/7/2013 4:19:04 AM     (No. 9212438)

I don´t trust the ACLU no matter what they do,even if it looks praiseworthy on the surface.Police forces have had to become militarized because of the ever growing threat of a tipping point sending millions into the street protesting and destroying public and private property.

On the other hand if they´re being militarized for a massive gun grabbing scheme,that´s another story.

Having an arsenal of guns will do you no good if the government plans on using drones to attack enemies of the state which Obama and Holder have a moving target description of what comprises a militant group.

In their world any legal gun owner could be considered a group of anti government militants. The main reason for the 2nd amendment was protecting yourself from the tyranny of government,not from other Americans or duck hunting.

A lot of this spending could be nothing but good ole pork,rewarding Obama donors.After 911 ,the creation of Homeland Security because a huge slush fund for pork spending.For example DC police getting nice new leather jackets which has nothing to do with beefing up security.Of course Ny got the lion´s share of the pork.

If you look at Venezuela,the level of government dependency didn´t happen overnight. It went on steroids when Hugo nationalized the oil industry. He probably spent some superficial level of money on "poor people" but he created more of them than he helped.

Yassar Arafat got billions over the years to help "poor Palestinians but wound up with billions in Swiss accounts.Of course Obama supporters don´t mind this level of control over people basic needs as a way to get a vote in elections.People can condition themselves into accepting a horrible lifestyle as long as a government food wagon dumps of crates of food every so often.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: pensom2, 3/7/2013 6:34:50 AM     (No. 9212492)

Find out what´s up with these exorbitant purchases of hollow-point bullets.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: FLCracker, 3/7/2013 9:00:04 AM     (No. 9212751)

Are they going to look into all those branches of the Federal government that have developed their own "police" forces?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/7/2013 9:33:07 AM     (No. 9212821)

WOW, what woke these Communists up...I have to assume they weren´t included in the plan...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: stymie82, 3/7/2013 10:34:16 AM     (No. 9212932)

Thank you to the ACLU for standing against government thugs and bullies.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 3/7/2013 4:07:02 PM     (No. 9213598)

"We need a civilian security force that is just as well armed and just as well funded as the military." Obama

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