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Main Street is no place for the weapons and machines of war. But the needless militarization of police departments in cities across the country has been going on for decades.
Florida International University campus police have military-grade rifles. Ohio State has a Mine Resistant Ambush Protection vehicle .
Asked "whether it's proper to militarize the nation's city police forces," President Obama opined last week that "one of the great things about the United States has been our ability to maintain a distinction between our military and domestic law enforcement ."
That would be the program that gifted Shelby County with grenade launchers and Davidson County with a mine-resistant vehicle.
Dire headlines from around the globe and polls showing a record-breaking plunge in the public's confidence in our Supreme Court, Congress and the office of the president may make average Americans want to throw their hands up in despair.
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AUGUST 13: Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
As lawmakers in Washington, DC, consider ways to stem the flow of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, police lobbies and organizations are firing back at the possibility.
Sen. Claire McCaskill is slated to lead a Senate hearing next month probing the "militarization of local police departments" after widespread criticism of police tactics in Ferguson, Mo., used to quell protests there.
Citizens of Ferguson, Missouri awakened to a scenario similar to residents in some major U.S. cities: a local police force armed with heavily militarized weapons and equipment.
As Meteor Blades has reported , efforts are underway in Congress to cut back on the military donating "surplus war materials" to local law enforcement agencies.
The Nebraska State Patrol Light Armored Vehicle LAV 150. It's one of the military items that Rep. Hank Johnson has proposed to prohibit the Pentagon from passing along to local and state police.
City of Madison obtained Humvees from Department of Defense for use in weather-related emergencies HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Is the cop on the beat being turned into G.I. Joe? Are squad cars being phased out by tanks, the image of the friendly officer in his dress blues and his nightstick morphing into a camouflaged figure with a semi-automatic rifle? ... (more)
Updated: Fri Aug 29, 2014 08:11 am
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