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OPINION: Police problem is unaccountable attitude Their job is to deal with citizens, not act like soldiers in a war zone Check out this story on mycentraljersey.com: http://mycj.co/1ps8m2b Asbury Park Press photo/Thomas P. Costello This former military vehicle is now part of the Middletown Township Police Department fleet.
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.
ADEBAYO, nofearcoalition at aol.com Marsha Coleman-Adebayo recently co-wrote " No Rights that a White Man is Bound to Respect " for Black Agenda Report.
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.
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.
Updated: Sat Aug 30, 2014 09:03 pm
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