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 […]

Red State Fascism: Local News Is Conduit For Police State Propaganda

From the Rolla Daily News in Missouri: Rolla’s SWAT team, trained as well as any metro team, deals with emergencies as dire as those in any big city, Police Chief Mark Kearse told the Rolla City Council Monday night. “We deal with everything that everybody else does here in little Rolla,” Kearse said in a presentation about SWAT that he noted the council had requested through City Administrator John Butz. Hostages, barricades, drug labs, serving of high-risk warrants—all of those potentially Read more […]