We've all been captivated - and horrified - by what's going on in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO (for those from out of the area, Ferguson is a northern inner-ring [inside Interstate 270] suburb of STL City, which itself is a completely independent city from STL County dating back to 1876). The use of militarized police - and the many, many calls from Internet commentators DEMANDING martial law - is, to say the least, disturbing. Even frightening.
But the use of militarized police isn't limited to Ferguson; it's been in use EVERYWHERE in the alleged "land of the free and home of the brave". My buddy David 2 - the son of a cop and state trooper himself - asks "why DO suburban police forces NEED this stuff" in this week's BRUTALLY HONEST commentary: http://brutallyhonestcolumn.blogspot.com/2014/08/week-of-08182014.html
As always, your thoughts and opinions are welcome, either here or on David's page. And if you're TRULY concerned about this, feel free to share this and spread it around. There are some questions that NEED to be ANSWERED!
LMAO!!! Maybe another option?
Larry is right as to why this is all happening. I've even read that if the cops can't buy the wartime toys dirt cheap the government will give them away rather than dismantle and destroy them. Anytime you have Army toys you want to play with them.
This is a worrisome development. The police are here to protect us, not to be the occupying forces.
I wonder what role that development of us/them divide had in the killing in Fergusun? If the police, rather than being an occupying force, were community-based?
If the town cleans up its act, and if the people of Fergusun become active in the election process, maybe it's a moment to change for the better.