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    snwflk, zmom

    I agree, fire every one of those fucks in the police force, Ferguson through St. Louis County. While new, competent, non-militarized, local police are brought on board and trained the citizens themselves should form their own temporary, unarmed, police force to keep the peace. The future police force should be modeled on successful community policing standards.

    After this, I'm sure that the people themselves would step up to take a few shifts on the night watch and they'll mostly know the gang-bangers and miscreants by name. Sure, there will be problems but we need a new standard for policing in this country and Ferguson is in a position to show us how it can be done. Keep a few "good cops" around to do traffic control, make arrests and a detective or two to follow up on things until the new force can be brought up to speed. I'd be thrilled for my federal tax dollars to contribute to this effort.

    I'm sick and tired of the us-versus-them mentality of police forces. They should be welcoming citizen involvement, the police themselves should be pushing for wearable cameras, and treating every citizen video-taper as an assistant whenever they show up to video tape their on-duty activities.

    [Terrorists] are a dime a dozen, they are all over the world and for every one we lock up there will be three to take his place. --Digby

    by rabel on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 10:53:28 AM PDT

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