Senators Criticize Growing Militarization of Local Police Departments
Senators on Tuesday criticized federal programs that outfit police departments with military gear, saying they waste funds and sow mistrust between law enforcement and the communities they police.The *lone* justification for all this military hardware was ONE police department in Oklahoma that resolved a man barricaded in his own home with an armored vehicle. The justification, mind you, was that the nearest big city with their own armored vehicle was two hours away.
At a hearing called to examine what critics call police militarization, members of the Senate's homeland-security committee expressed deep skepticism toward some equipment used by local police departments.
So you let the guy stew inside the house while the big city armored vehicle arrives. This is not justification for a small town police force to have an MRAP, folks.
Now, I'm heartened that folks on both sides of the political aisle are taking notice of this. It would have been nice if, they had noticed it a little earlier, mind you. Like, say, by 20 years or so. Maybe more. What worries me, of course, is that when both sides work together, we get stupid s**t thrown at us like the Defense of Marriage Act or Prohibition.
It does make you wonder, though. The left has a long history of distrusting the police - from the radicals in the 60s to the support of vile people like Mumia, to the LA riots in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, they rarely are on good terms with "The Man."
Why, then, are they the most vociferous that "only the police should have guns"?
That is all.
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