posted on Aug, 25 2014 @ 09:52 AM
a reply to: MOMof3
Thanks for the explanation. You are similar in age to my parent's (62 & 63). I value your generations opinion because you remember a different time
and life. The checkpoints are scaring me because they are popping up all over the place. If someone would have told me even five years ago that the
police would have roadblocks set up, I would have thought they were off their rocker, but now it's a common event.
Someone with more information and knowledge, please inform me on why this happening.
I read this article today:
Ohio ranked 11th in the nation for the value of military equipment that local sheriffs and police officers have received from the Pentagon — $40.3
million between 2006 and April, according to a Gannett Washington Bureau analysis of Department of Defense data. Florida topped the list with nearly
$252.6 million worth of military goods from the Department of Defense.
Why? Why oh why do our police need to be soldiers? Are US citizens so out of control that they need monitoring from police in mine resistant
vehicles? I've never seen anything that warrants that.
"One of the most alarming trends we've seen has been the militarization of American policing," said Tim Lynch, director of a criminal justice
project at the Libertarian Cato Institute. He said paramilitary units such as SWAT teams were initially only in big cities, but now they're in small
towns across America.
"And they are not just being used for extraordinary situations, as they were in the beginning," he said, citing, for example, a hostage standoff.
"Nowadays, they are called out for routine policing."
Exactly! A couple weekends ago when I was out with my husband, the police had a roadblock set up for DUI's but the police didn't look like police,
they looked like military personnel. I asked my husband why the military was there and he mentioned that he felt they were really the police, even
though they had nothing written on them to indicate that they were. We walked down the street to investigate and saw all the police vehicles and
military vehicles and that is when we realized it was local police. But why do they feel the need to exert such power over average citizens who were
going out to dinner and listening to live music? So troubling.