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"In order to prevent additional casualties, it is often patrol officers -- not necessarily SWAT teams -- who serve as the tip of the spear in responding to these incidents," he said. "That's why all law enforcement officers must have the best equipment and most up-to-date training to confront these situations. We owe these officers nothing less."
The growing similarity between our domestic police forces and the U.S. military is a result of the Pentagon's 1033 Program. This allows the Defense Department to donate surplus military equipment and weapons to law enforcement agencies. In addition to the frightening presence of paramilitary weapons in American towns, the program has led to rampant fraud and abuse.
Due to the large amount of missing weapons, the Pentagon has now temporarily suspended new weapons shipments to domestic law enforcement agencies. This is a good step. But it is not enough — especially since the ban is expected to be lifted soon.
Shocking, almost comical, examples of abuse have been well-documented — from the officer who sold his weapons on eBay, to the one who lent his weapons to unauthorized friends and the police departments that lost the military weapons or tried to auction them off.
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Good article. If you're the bookish type this was published earlier this year: Rise of the Warrior Cop
It's a great read.
I wouldnt mind police militarization so much if they actually had to follow military protocols.
To kick in a door over in Afghanistan, for example, there are several levels of checks and okays before you can even put your boots on. For a cop to kick in a door here in America he just needs a hunch and a boot.
If Holder wants to militarize the cops then they should be held to the same controls and restrictions as the military. Of course that'll never fly because all the fun of warrior cops is lost when you dont let them terrorize people at will.
Do you feel we actually need the militarization of police in our country?
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Another example of the U.S. police state, and this time in our faces. Please forgive me for not remembering who it was, but recently there was a former military officer stating that the government is creating an army via DHS and local police. Holders statement doesn't surprise me at all with all the other things going on with DHS and the militarization of our local police.
What does surprise me though is how WE as a nation are just sitting idle while they do it. Though their not coming right out and saying it, there can be no doubt as to what is happening. There was a time when we as the American people would step up and take on issues like this before they got to far out of hand. What happened to us? We MUST find that great yet fading American spirit that once permeated our society, and make our voices heard.