posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 06:50 PM
One of the major problems is the militarization of of the police forces. Everywhere you look, police forces are forming their own "special response"
This started in the 60's and 70's as a response to leftist activists ambushing police officers. Then, it was only in the big cities and in the 80's
it moved into the small towns with regional units to deal with emergencies. In the 90's, the Clinton administration greatly expanded their creation
with federal funding to help put more cops on the streets; while much of that money went to hiring additional officers, much also went to advanced
weaponry and the creation of SWAT units in even the quietest and smallest towns. After 9-11, they became a must-have and, today, many police
departments keep a small arsenal in the trunk of every police car. Today's police forces are better armed and armored than the soldiers we send to
fight our wars overseas.
With this increased militarization comes the temptation to use their military equipment in order to justify the expenses; because of this, we have
police doing raids on everyday drug users for a small bag of pot.
The government is not allowed to use the military against its citizens so they came up with the next best solution; they militarized the police to
intimidate the people into submission. With this militarization came military tactics and the attitude of using a sledge hammer to pound in every
nail. No longer do police use their intellect and wits to do their jobs and they almost never bother to take the time to talk down an upset person.
Today's police utilize the same "shock and awe" policy used by our military to force their enemies to submit.
This has caused the police forces to become more brutal in their dealings with everyday people. Police forces need to get rid of their militarized
units to stop intimidating the people they are charged to protect and serve and to force them to go back to the tried and true methods of community
policing where they get to know their neighborhoods, gain the trust of the people and become the friends of the people in their communities.
Police are not at war with the people they are charged to serve and protect and they need to stop the "us vs them" mentality that drives many police
officers today. If they continue to treat the citizens as if they are at war with them,the citizens will get the hint and it won't be long before
they really ARE at war with the people of their communities.