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