Here’s one that will blow some people away: Bob Allen applauds the ACLU.
Yep… sorry, I should have asked to make sure you were sitting down, and not driving when you read this one. My apologies.
From the Guardian: “US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report.”
The American Civil Liberties Union has released the results of its new survey into the use of Swat teams by police forces across the country. It concludes that policing has become dangerously and unnecessarily militarized, literally so with equipment and strategies being imported directly from the US army.
The findings set up a striking and troubling paradox. The Obama administration is completing its withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the US is on the verge of being free from war for the first time in more than a decade; yet at the same time the hardware and tactics of the war zone are quietly proliferating at home.
The ACLU’s report, War Comes Home, looks at 818 Swat incidents that were carried out by more than 20 law enforcement agencies in 11 states. The raids spanned the period from July 2010 to last October.
No-knock raids must end. Middle-of-the-night home invasions by the police should be banned. If officers can’t handle defending the lives of the innocent as more important than protecting their own (and unless someone is actively using or threatening with a weapon in a public setting, all are innocent till proved guilty in a court-of-law, right?!?) then they shouldn’t be in law enforcement, period.
Kudos to the ACLU. I firmly believe the numbers in their report are extremely conservative, as it pertains to those killed and injured by police, unjustly. As this militarized posture increases, it attracts more and more individuals into careers in uniform whose makeup is not conducive to protecting and serving the public as peace officers.