Sunday, August 17, 2014

Has The Militarization Of Police Gone Too Far?

The Ferguson Missouri Police Department acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for "militarizing America's Main Streets" and aggravating clashes between police and protesters.Ferguson Missouri, the hometown of   slain 18 year old Michael Brown, with a population of approximately 22,400, looked more like a war zone in the days following the killing of Brown by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. News footage revealed images of rolling armored vehicles and police in military grade body armor, toting short barreled assault rifles.
 

What’s your Take? How do you feel about local law enforcement departments being armed with full military gear?  Do you think this Pentagon program will lead to further clashes between citizens and police?



 




Comments

1. Lester said...

Military equipment is needed on the war against gangs and drugs,not crowd control

2. Trudy said...

The police chief needs to be fired.Yes it is way beyond control

3. martin said...

Did you see those thugs looting and burning.that is why we need this equipment.don't be fooled and how dangerous was Michael Brown.you saw the tape.be honest.

4. Thomas said...

We are living in a police state

5. Jonah said...

Its not the equipment, its the abuse of power by rougue cops

6. Crystal said...

Police are abusing Black males with or without military equipment. Black people are an endangered species.

7. Newbie said...

These cops have no value or care for Blacks and the justice system needs to step in and take over.

8. Baye Kambui said...

We lost the War on Terror. The terrorists won...

song currently stuck in my head: "release yourself" - aleem

9. Tonia said...

It is not just Ferguson.This is every urban setting in America.Is it a coincidence that cities started arming up after Obama was elected in 2008?

10. Curious said...

No,how can
Police deal with criminals if the criminals have more firepower than they have.



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