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Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

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posted on Aug, 16 2014 @ 01:38 AM
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It appears that there may be a small ray of sunshine to come from Ferguson. People have noticed a build up of military style weapons and tactics from police and are obviously not happy. We here at ATS have commented on the Police State and it's ever growing number of officers dressed to go in to battle. Now, it seems it's got the attention of a Represenative, who plans to introduce legislation to curb the problem. We saw the police on the streets in St Louis, dressed in combat gear, kevlar and pointing weapons at protesters, with no good reason, other than to intimidate. Could this be the start of a "stand down" as far as this type of thing? I'm not getting my hopes up. Once the cops get their neat new toys, they'll fight tooth and nail to hold on to them.

www.news-sentinel.com.../20140815/AP01/308159990


Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., plans to introduce legislation when Congress returns in September to curb what he describes as an increasing militarization of police across the country. Police responding to protesters angry about the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown wore riot gear and deployed tear gas, dogs and armored vehicles, sometimes pointing assault rifles at protesters.
"Our Main Streets should be a place for business, families and relaxation, not tanks and M16s," Johnson said in a statement. "Militarizing America's Main Streets won't make us any safer, just more fearful and more reticent."
A spokeswoman for the logistics agency said its Law Enforcement Support Office distributed nearly $450 million worth of equipment last year ranging from blankets and computers to armored vehicles, boats and assault weapons. About 8,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide participate in the program, known as 1033 for its section in the National Defense Authorization Act, said spokeswoman Michelle McCaskill.




posted on Aug, 16 2014 @ 02:04 AM
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All I can speak on, learn your chemistry. Knowledge is power. Math is in everything. Right/good is always good/right.



 
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