Monday, January 12, 2015

Criminal Justice is War?

It seems that our police have become G.I. Joes.  They are quite militarized.  Look at the array of munitions and equipment we saw when Ferguson dominated the news.  About any time police activity is seen on the news, they resemble mercenaries.  How often do TV shows or movies feature police portray cops as one more subset of combat  troops.  Of course all that gear has been made available to very real police department at low to no costs by our Department of War Defense.  Oh, don't forget, to look at the heads and arms of our police--shaved and well tattooed seems to a motif.

In war, troops can pretty much get away with a lot of mayhem, if it's directed at the enemy.  It takes a lot to bring a soldier to justice for atrocities.  Hmm, do our domestic police, given the gear, garb and appearance of soldiers adopt that same "I can do whatever I damn well want to the enemy suspect?"

It's time to rethink how we police ourselves and what we will tolerate.  I had not given flashbangs much thought, but they might be a starting point for discussion of militarized cops.

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