a reply to: DAVID64
You have to consider how many people have those too though, is it really acceptable for these police to be routinely equipped with something to
compete against other weapons they will probably never encounter in their careers?
Why can't the US do what several other countries around the world do, have these things on standby, but require a certain level of risk/threat to be
declared before they are used?
One of the problems with American culture is that everyone wants to be a hero, it's all about the image of "serving", rather than actually doing
the damn job and doing it well. Too many young men go into policing thinking they're in Iraq, with a massive ego and a massive chip on their
shoulder. Giving them this kind of equipment only makes them even more arrogant and dangerous.
We know it's true, there are potentially hundreds of thousands of American police officers just itching for a war zone shootout, because they want to
walk away being patted on the back and hailed as a hero.
When that's the kind of psychology you're working with you don't reinforce that by giving them access to military grade equipment.
Just because one in a million Americans has a kevlar vest and an automatic rifle does not mean every cop should also have that when dealing with basic
crimes - the vast majority of which do not even require an armed response, let alone military weaponry.
And do I even need to point the utter insanity of police serving warrants with guns pointed, slamming down doors, going in like it's a raid in
Maybe if police forces across the country had not systematically abused their position and the toys they've been given they wouldn't now be getting
the kind of response they are getting?
This is the first needed step in a lot more work to be done before the people and the police are on an even and proper footing in the US. There's
potentially decades of work ahead to remove the psychopathy of the average Police officer and teach them that they are EQUALS, not superior to the
public, and that they are there to SERVE, not CONTROL.