Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Smart Policing Doesn't Require Tanks

The Psychotic Militarization of Law Enforcement
(The evolution of policing?)

President has stopped the flow of tanks to the police;
They don't need such heavy calibers to keep the peace.
Don't need armored vehicles for stupid, college pranks.
Cops are not the military...  Why would they want tanks?

Situations escalate when citizens perceive 
Local cops as faceless troops with weapons they receive
From a force that used them to attack the Taliban,
Or pursue al Qaeda ('though that didn't go to plan.)

There's a lot of surplus gear we used to hunt them down
That police will get to keep for use in your home town...
It may not be tanks with treads but there is plenty still.
I don't feel protected, though...  To me, it's overkill.

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