Counterterrorism is NYPD Term for Dealing with Protesters

In New York City does counterterroism mean threatening protesters with long rifles and mounted machine guns? The answer is yes, except the New York Post story does not explicitly say “mounted” machine guns. It says the vehicles will come “equipped with” machine guns: The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months. The Read more […]

Police Militarization Financially Harmful to Locals

While it is offered “for free,” police militarization equipment can be costly. While the worries about police militarization have become entangled in the whole Ferguson controversy, the concerns have been raised long before that issue. One of the reasons to be concerned is that some of the “free” stuff really isn’t free at all, when you think of the entailed expenses. Depending on what kind of military technology a location receives, taxpayers in a local area may find their government Read more […]

Police Militarization: How Conservatives Justify Weaponization

The missing component in this discussion of police militarization and related issues is the responsibility of law enforcement to educate the citizenry, and not simply take upon themselves prerogatives they were never intended to have within the American system. The discussion is published by the Daily Signal: “Police Beefed Up Capabilities Because a Crime-Weary Nation Wanted Them To.” The demands of a weary public compelled state and local law enforcement to challenge more conventional Read more […]

Is Militarization Rational? How Dangerous Is It to be a Police Officer in the U.S.A.?

This blog has addressed questions about the militarization of the police for a long time. One part of the issue is whether it is warranted by the risks of being a cop. Back when I wrote about two people getting gunned down by multiple police, I asked about how much danger police officers really face. I found a website that put them on the bottom of a top ten most dangerous jobs list, but only for 2010. Usually they don’t make the list. (Roofers, by the way, bravely put their lives on the line every Read more […]