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The Grossly Exaggerated
Militarization-of-Police
Critique of Ferguson

National Review Online, by Rich Lowry

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/20/2014 4:21:05 AM

It was ridiculous and wrong for police snipers to train their weapons on peaceful protestors in Ferguson. But, when you get right down to it, the militarization of police has had basically nothing to do with events there, even though the Left and parts of the Right have wanted to make that the main issue. When Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, the officer was presumably wearing a typical police uniform and driving a typical police car. He either acted in entirely justifiable self-defense, made a catastrophic misjudgment after an altercation, or (in the extreme version of the protestors) shot Brown

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/20/2014 7:36:51 AM     (No. 9973058)

My concern in this area isn´t regarding the situation in Ferguson specifically, but rather the situation across America in general. The DoD and DHS are pushing military-grade equipment at police departments as fast as they can, and as the saying goes, when you´re a hammer, everything´s a nail.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: bugboy, 8/20/2014 7:50:13 AM     (No. 9973082)

When you hear stories of the way these ´police´ act and the number of times they get the wrong target you can see that there is something way out of joint giving military grade weapons to police.

Police are to protect and serve, not rule and intimidate!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: yuban, 8/20/2014 8:26:25 AM     (No. 9973143)

I want Rambo, not Barney Fife, to protect me, my family and my property. I do not want the cops to have to fight a "fair" fight with criminals. If your family needs protection from a gang of thugs, I would bet you would prefer a tank over a squad car. I side with the police, not the looting protesters.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tank, 8/20/2014 9:37:49 AM     (No. 9973300)

Problem is, that tank is liable to run right over you in their pursuit of the thugs. And they´ll shoot your dog for good measure.

There are three separate things here: The incident between Brown and Wilson, the community´s response, and the police response. Everybody has screwed it up.

To the point at hand, however, the militarization of police is a problem across the board. No-knock raids using SWAT teams for non-violent offences, the idea that they are at ´´war´´ with the community that has developed in many, the overly aggressive tactics and behavior, those are problems across America, not just in Ferguson or inner cities.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jimjr, 8/20/2014 10:37:21 AM     (No. 9973415)

#3, I want Sheriff Andy, Officers Malloy and Reid and Detectives Friday and Gannon.

Soldiers are not Peace officers and today´s "Law Enforcement" community needs to return to being Peace Officers, whose primary objective is to keep the peace.

As an aside, isn´t it interesting that an AR-15 in the hands of a police officer is a "Patrol Rifle" and that same AR-15 in the hands of an ordinary citizen is an "Assault Weapon"?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: yuban, 8/20/2014 11:04:02 AM     (No. 9973440)

I am not worried about an ordinary citizen. I am worried about some folk wanting "fair" fights between the good guys and the bad guys. Cops are human so they will make mistakes. That goes with the territory. I restate that I trust the police more than I trust the thugs. Better training and better leaders will also help the police do their jobs. Andy would be useless today. This is no longer the 50´s.

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