This came across my Email box, goes along with a thread I started a while back:
Here is a good article regarding the dangerous problems resulting from the unchecked on-going militarization of the domestic police forces. Innocent people, their pets, and their property are increasingly at risk of harm - including death - from aggressive law enforcement officers viewing themselves as soldiers in an us versus them war, rather than peace officers serving the public. The article suggests solutions to this mission creep and culture corrosion. These problems are largely results of federal policies and incentives. Some see this as an end run around the Posse Comitatus Act, which was intended to limit the powers of Federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce the State laws.
Innocent until proven guilty is no longer in vogue. Be very careful out there.
- "I interviewed numerous former police chiefs, police officers and federal officials, all of whom were concerned about the militarization of America’s police forces."
- "Even seemingly innocuous items like camouflage uniforms can reinforce a militaristic culture and mindset. One longtime cop (whose father was also a longtime cop and former police chief) wrote to me in an email, "One of the problems we both saw in the early 90's were departments leaving the formal police uniforms with leather belts and holsters in favor of the dark blue fatigues with nylon mesh belts and holsters. This put police in a more fighting posture."
- "At the very least, lawmakers should demand an end to SWAT mission creep. It's beyond comprehension that such violent tactics would be used to enforce regulatory law."
- "They should also make records of what these raids turned up. If these tactics are going to be used against the public, the public at the very least deserves to know how often they’re used, why they’re used, how often things go wrong, and what sort of results the tactics are getting."
- "All of these policies have infused too many police agencies with a culture of militarism. Neill Franklin is a former narcotics cop in Maryland, who also oversaw training at the state's police academies in the early 2000s. “I think there are two critical components to policing that cops today have forgotten," he says. "Number one, you’ve signed on to a dangerous job. That means that you’ve agreed to a certain amount of risk. You don’t get to start stepping on others’ rights to minimize that risk you agreed to take on. And number two, your first priority is not to protect yourself, it’s to protect those you’ve sworn to protect. But I don’t know how you get police officers today to value those principles again. The ‘us and everybody else’ sentiment is strong today. It’s very, very difficult to change a culture.”
- "Having complete power over another person can be immensely corrupting."
- "Ultimately, we're unlikely to see any real efforts to reform or rollback police militarization until politicians are convinced there is a problem and pay a political price for not addressing it."
Source is reputable.