SchwartzReport: Rolling Back the Insanely Criminal Militarization of US Local Police Forces

07 Other Atrocities, 09 Justice, 11 Society, Government, Idiocy, Law Enforcement

schwartzreport newI got an email this morning from a reader who told me about a police break-in near her home which she witnessed that she described as “a dawn assault by Nazis.” One of the unintended consequences of the insane wars of Dick Cheney and the Neocons, is the dispersal of vast quantities of military supplies to American police departments so that more and more they resemble not law-enforcement but special ops. The tendency ha! s always been present. People become police because they like being armed and in authority. The positive is being a person respected for being of service to their community. But lurking beneath that, in some, is something darker. And the militarization of the police feeds that. This is a major trend in the U.S., and not a happy one.

Why Are SWAT Teams Answering Routine Police Calls?
S. E. SMITH – Truthout

Here is a reasonable approach to reversing the trend of militarizing the police. Can we muster sufficient political will amongst citizens to demand it? We’ll see.

Drawing Down: How To Roll Back Police Militarization In America
RADLEY BALKO, Senior Writer and Investigative Reporter – The Huffington Post