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  •  Yep, and Bill Clinton helped make it happen, (7+ / 0-)

    too.

    "To take another person's life from the bench is no better than to take another person's life from the street"

    by commonmass on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 08:09:39 AM PDT

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    •  And Hillary! (1+ / 0-)
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      I think I saw her there in riot gear!

      Is there nothing the woman won't stoop to?

    •  It started in 1990 under George H W Bush (13+ / 0-)

      He signed the Act but C0ngress of course put it together. It was supposed to stop the drug crime surge from the 70-'s-80's and enable police to fight better armed drug gangs.

      Then after 9/11 it was supposed to enable local forces to fight "sleeper" Al Quaeda cells.

      The crime wave broke and the domestic terror stuff never happened but routinely Congress re-authorizes this stuff whenever it comes up.
      They recently had a chance to stop the militarization of local police but didn't take it.

      Just like they routinely re-authorize the Patriot Act.

      Blessed are the hearts that can bend; for they can never be broken Albert Camus

      by vcmvo2 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 09:32:20 AM PDT

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      •  You leave out Bill Clinton's pledge to (4+ / 0-)
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        put 100K more officers on the street and the bill he signed significantly increased the flow of military grade weapons to local police forces. He might be a Democrat, but it's wrong to leave out his intentional contribution to the militarization of local police forces.

        "To take another person's life from the bench is no better than to take another person's life from the street"

        by commonmass on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 09:57:52 AM PDT

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        •  I didn't leave that out (2+ / 0-)
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          I wanted to point out where and ostensibly why it started. Noting of course that the President after GHWBush was Clinton and rolling right along into Obama.

          The idea in law enforcement was zero tolerance and three strikes your out type of police action. I know because I was a public defender in CT during the crack epidemic and it seems to have started then and only gotten worse.

          But the real militarization step up for small towns like Ferguson started after 2011,prior to that all the SWAT details went to big cities like NYC, Philly, LA etc... and it continued to escalate as we now see in Ferguson, Missouri. A level of riot gear that puts the military to shame.

          So I was just filling in the gaps.

          Blessed are the hearts that can bend; for they can never be broken Albert Camus

          by vcmvo2 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:10:26 PM PDT

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