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In light of the events and aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, do you think police departments across the country are too militarized?


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cpsmith: October 6, 2014 12:54 a.m.

For those of you who say yes, or not sure, consider these questions.

1) With any nonclassified weapon in the arsenal of any military in the world available to the general public here in the United States, and you take away anything that is considered to be "military equipment" from law enforcement, how do you expect a police agency to serve the citizens of its jurisdiction if the criminals will have access to heavier fire power and more militarized equipment the officers?

2) Were you among those that demanded that School Police Officers be equiped with assault rifles in order to protect the children in the aftermath of Sandy Hook?

3) How would you expect a Police Department to stop criminals that are heavily armed, heavily armored, and firing "exotic" ammunition, or how would you have Police Officers stop a tank rolling down the street? (Both of these incidents occurred withing the last 25 years).


cpsmith: October 6, 2014 1:02 a.m.

A bried history lesson before question 4. Posse Comitatus Act states that the Federal Government cannot use the military services in any law enforcement capacity within the boarders of the United States. This does not apply to the Coast Guard (they have Maritime Laws to enforces) or the National Guard (they are under the command of a State's Governor). Under the Constitution, any citizen of any country is granted the same protection of the laws of the Constitution as any citizen of the United States.

4) With the threat of ISIS here in the United States, the US Military cannot take action to stop the threat nor combat the threat, therefore, the various Law Enforcement agencies across this country are America's home defense. How do you expect Police Officers to protect us, if they are not equiped to fight terrorist?


MWatsonesq: October 7, 2014 4:27 a.m.

Sorry, but badges don't grant extra rights and there is no police department anywhere that needs an MRAP.


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