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 […]

Ferguson Sniper Coming to Your Neighborhood Unless God Spares Us

Now that cooler heads have finally prevailed in Ferguson, Missouri, I want to step back a couple of weeks and address the Ferguson sniper pictured below. Imagine those who rationalized there was any possible excuse for this level of police response. We should never… never… ever… see something like this in America again, unless we are under attack from a foreign power. Never. He is looking through the sight of a weapon-of-war at innocent American citizens. What is wrong with him? This Read more […]

USA Today Tries to Blame Ferguson Riots on Police Militarization

Anyone who reads this blog knows that we have a real problem with police militarization. We celebrate the few times that the police state is rolled back. Furthermore, if witness statements are true, then what happened to the shooting victim certainly seems to be an unjustified homicide. But USA Today’s attempt to blame the militarization of the police doesn’t make sense to me. The Pentagon might not have boots on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Read more […]

If You Don’t Believe In Government-Sponsored Domestic Terrorism, Watch Local Police Serve a Warrant

Radley Balko writes in the Washington Times: When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent Read more […]

Can Someone Explain Why the Utah Police Need Grenade Launchers?

Not only are they getting the grenade launchers and the military vehicles and other toys, but the military is giving them to the police for free. From the Salt Lake City Tribune. The U.S. Department of Defense recently gave a surplus MRAP to the highway patrol. The law enforcement agency plans to use it to carry troopers to dangerous crime scenes and to keep those troopers safe while protecting civilians. “Obviously, it is intimidating,” Lepley said of the dump truck-sized armored vehicle designed Read more […]

Protestors Object To Militarization Of Police

While I’ve been disappointed with small-town acquiescence, Intellihub reports a promising sign in a larger metro center, Oakland, California: This week there is a large scale police militarization drill being held in Oakland, with police and first responders from all over the country participating.  This program has over 50 separate training scenarios that will take place in and around the Oakland area. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson told CBS News that police militarization is just a Read more […]