Ferguson, MO. We Are Seeing A ‘Civilian Force As Well Equipped And As Well Funded As The Military’

President Obama called for it and we are seeing it.

The combination of the federal government giving local police forces military vehicles, equipment, and weapons has been a plan of his for years. Now we see the effects of it in the little town of Ferguson, Missouri.

The news today is filled with people expressing their uneasiness over the images of police they are seeing from Ferguson. Here is a report from ABC News. Here is another from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. And there are plenty of them. They are frightening. But mostly they are intimidating. Everyone is reacting to what they call the ‘Militarization of Police’. I’ll include a few images of the police in Ferguson.

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Some of the images are reminiscent of our troops in the middle east.

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Remember. This equipment has been distributed to hundreds of police forces across the country. It’s everywhere. And the cops are not getting the training they need.

Somewhere the police motto, “To Protect And Serve” has changed to “To Terrify And Intimidate”.

Missouri’s Governor Nixon has taken police control away from the local police and given it to the State Highway Patrol. Wall Street Journal has the story here.

How will that help? I just did a little search. It seems that the Missouri Highway Patrol has also become militarized. Here is a Bearcat that they own.

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Americans are realizing that they are no longer safe from their ‘Protectors’. That is why the crowds are in the streets in Ferguson. It’s also why the news media and the people on the street are concerned about the police. After seeing images like we have been seeing and hearing stories from all across the country about officers shooting people and dogs with little or no provocation, it is not at all surprising that the people of Ferguson don’t believe the story of the cop who shot Michael Brown to death.

People are calling for the De-militarization of police forces. I support those people.

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21 Responses to Ferguson, MO. We Are Seeing A ‘Civilian Force As Well Equipped And As Well Funded As The Military’

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    I don’t like the rioting but that DOES NOT mean I am okay with the rise of the commando cops. Today it is Ferguson, tomorrow it is your town.

    • Jim22 says:

      Ahh. You aren’t completely off grid.

      It looks like we haven’t changed the flavor of the blog that much during your absence.

      We will work a bit harder.

  2. Ray Davies says:

    RD, you’re supposed to be in the Black Hills on VACATION. Come on, relax, get rid of the laptop, and have fun with the boy. The guys are handling things here. Have fun and be careful.

  3. BigJimTX says:

    I was just thinking the same thing this evening. Something about getting kicked out of McDonalds for no reason really cuts me deep.

  4. Greg B says:

    Lets take a look at the optics.
    Boston. Cops force citizens out of their homes at gunpoint.
    Demographic, left. It is Assachussets.
    Ferguson. Cops go up against mostly black protestors. Aim their guns at civilians. Granted, several people were looting & burning.
    Demographic, left. Those that might vote, I’d wager.
    Bundy Ranch. Feds get faced down by armed citizens.

    Now I realize, not a really apples/apples comparison. Local vs fed involvement.
    But you see my point.
    zero desperately wants to unleash his dogs on “conservatives”. So far, hasn’t gone according to plan.

  5. reboot says:

    What is that charging handle mod to the AR that’s on a tripod shown?

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  7. Ray Davies says:

    Hope you’all reload. If not I’m sure glad you’re rich enough to buy the ammo. Let me know where you shoot and I’ll be there to police the brass.

    • Greg B says:

      No worries there, Ray.
      I got piles of empty cases. Now, finding sufficient amounts of powder, that’s another story.

  8. Bill says:

    Somewhat related, several federal agencies are developing SWAT-like teams. Agencies like the Food and Drug Administration or the Education department. A congressman from Utah, Chris Stewart, proposed a bill to strip agencies of this ability. It has only gotten 28 co-sponsors, all Republicans.
    Why does the FDA need its own police force?


  9. Jim22 says:

    I am impressed by the State Highway Patrol Captain Johnson. He left the body armor and the artillery at home and went to talk with the protesters. He calmed them down. That is old-fashioned police work. He is black so he was a good choice. He took the initiative and walked into the crowd in a non-threatening manner. That makes him an excellent choice.

    His actions calmed things down. The presence of the cops in military gear made things more tense. Those departments that have this military stuff need to learn from Ferguson and Captain Johnson.

  10. Jim22 says:

    Did anyone else notice the rooftop sniper’s rifle scope is crooked? It looks like it is cocked 10-15 degrees to the left. Maybe it’s loose.

    Loose or not that’s a good way to miss.