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  •  I don't think that there's any question that (10+ / 0-)

    police have become more militarized, not only in the equipment provided and training, but in a war mentality, which would likely follow with many.

    Some large cities with longstanding reputations like Oakland and others may not see as much change as I have noticed here in the southern plains.  While not so dramatic usually as the Cleveland incident, it's no longer uncommon to read of similar incident with police shooting first on assumptions and later discovering the victims were unarmed or circumstances were misinterpreted.  These incidences used to be fairly rare, but no longer.  And they also always involve minorities.

    And I still remember, maybe thirty years ago or so, when the thinking about the wild high speed chases were agreed to be too dangerous to pursue for minor offenses.  That's all changed today and reverted back to the "wild west"  TV stereotypes of "justice."

    There's been a significant change in what constitutes acceptable community law enforcement, largely fueled by "terrorism" and the involvement of Homeland Security in "peacekeeping."

    •  The current administration has continued (4+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, Kentucky Kid, jpmassar, jayden

      the Bush policy of funding SWAT teams with automatic weapons, body armor and armored vehicles for every little Mayberry in the country - ostensibly to deal with hostage situations.

      One town of 39,000 that had never had a hostage situation or even a bank robbery got around 850k per cop: machine guns, armored humvees, the works.

      It's not only welfare for the MIC, it also militarizes "law enforcement" down to the micro level... for what purpose I do not know...

      Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

      by chuckvw on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:46:06 PM PST

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