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  •  Long ago, Kent State proved the folly of sending (5+ / 0-)

    combat trained troops into non-violent domestic situations where the citizens are unarmed.

    What always differentiated the police and the army was their training and weapons. It is our advantage over authoritarian nations, where the army IS the police.

    In the last twenty years two things have happened: police training has been largely privatized, which means the screening out of those "eager to bash heads" is a lot weaker, and the huge influx of military hardware. Further, with training for crowd control and terrorism both being conducted by the same people -- Homeland security, aka the "intelligence" agencies who view everyone not "THEM" as an enemy, typical police restraint has weakened.

    Police will restrain themselves only so far as they see themselves as a member of the same community as those they are policing. In far too many big city forces, the community has become a foreign nation to be occupied and "tamed" by the police.

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