You want to demilitarize the police? End the WOD.
We have been silent about too many things for too long, not the least of which is the deadly tendency on the part of police to resort to lethal force. However, as Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us, There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
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THIS is the crux of the problem! A perfect storm of fear of lawsuits causing police departments to be hostile against their communities and OVERPROTECTIVE OF THEMSELVES, PLUS our gubmint helping to militarize them, has created an adversarial animal that can no longer be trusted.
The labor unions have hijacked the mindsets of cops to be arrogant and selfish bullies. They've done the same thing to teachers!
When did the line between SWAT teams and normal cops get blurred? Post 9/11 for sure. Earlier? I’m kind of fascinated by this and want to learn a bit more of the history. I noticed that cops were replacing the Remingtons and Mossbergs in their cruisers with AR15s (even campus police at WSU in Detroit)more so in recent years, something I didn’t see when I was growing up.
"Office of Investigations"
"Special Response Team"
"Immigration and Customs Enforcement"
Yes, we need to end the police state. The criminal prosecution for traffic violations is beyond acceptable. If you have outstanding traffic tickets, they should not be able to arrest you and throw you in with the rest of the criminals in the jail. Simply deny registration for your vehicle, or license renewal, etc. If you do not pay and get caught driving, then vehicle confiscation. This BS of making money off of throwing people in jail for traffic violations is BS. Drugs or drinking and driving? that’s different. Stop making the US a police state.
It occurred to me recently that cops might be receiving too much, or too much of the wrong kind of training today, training shapes guys and pumps them up, teaches them to come to see themselves as elite soldiers operating in a hostile world, surrounded by unpredictable, but deadly people and adversaries, while they can only trust and depend on their own, on their fellow uniforms.
Combat oriented training, always concentrating on attack and fight and tactical defense, and then giving them weapons that resemble what soldiers use, can create a culture of “enforcer”, of “a survivor”, rather than that of a kind but firm, fatherly, beat cop.
Soldiers that serve in elite units sometimes have to be brought down to earth with reminders to get their feet back on the ground and lay off the ego, macho stuff, because the high speed training can make one start feeling like a superman, as “special”, and soldiers aren’t patrolling your kids hamburger joint and stopping you on the way to Walmart like the local union cop is.
waiting for the social(ist) conservatives to support this in..
The Rutherford Institute and ACLU are similar. What both organizations fail to acknowledge is that they are partially responsible for the alleged police state. The illegals, criminal element from south of the border and gangbangers are almost a protected class.