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A police sharpshooter looks through his rifle as police monitor a group of rowdy demonstrators during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW SOCIETY) - RTR42W9F
A nice robins-egg blue would make this so much less scary.
The problem, Dallas Deputy Police Chief Malik Aziz told Fox News this weekend, isn't the fact that local cops are weaponized to the hilt, beyond what troops in actual war zones have. It's that the people in these towns perceive that the cops are an occupying force. He says there's a simple fix: paint the tanks blue. No, really.
Aziz added that “most times it looks like a war zone because they haven't painted" equipment like armored vehicles and tanks.

"They're still military colors," he remarked. "Maybe if they were black or blue, it would change the perception of it. But rolling it out and an unnecessary time, that brings unwanted attention to it, and we're going to have to be smarter because some of the equipment is needed."

And maybe they could make the tear gas smell like baby powder. Or paint their bullets. Just think how much less Michael Brown would be dead if they used pink bullets.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 08:44 AM PDT.

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