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Holder Re-Thinks Giving Military Equipment To Police

From the Associated Press:

US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

August 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

We can’t let this manufactured crisis go to waste. It must be used to press some part of the left’s agenda. (In this case, the ACLU’s longtime effort to limit the police from defending themselves.)

The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes.

And the public was glad to see these dangerous thugs held at bay.

Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message."

Would Mr. Holder prefer images of unrestricted looting to the images of the crowds being contained? (That is a rhetorical question. Of course he would.)

Apparently, he wants the police to bring a knife to a gun fight. After all, the police shouldn’t have any unfair advantages over the thugs. That isn’t social justice

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said police responses like that in Ferguson have "become the problem instead of the solution."

Ms. McCaskill must not live in Ferguson.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said he will introduce legislation to curb the trend of police militarization.

Is there any risk of Missouri tipping over if the police become too heavily militarized?

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee will review the program to determine if the Defense Department’s surplus equipment is being used as intended.

If full-scale out of control Molotov cocktail throwing rioting and looting isn’t the right situation for police to use such equipment, then what would be? — Perhaps to confront some of those dangerous Tea Party protesters.

One night after the violence that accompanied the presence of military-style equipment in Ferguson, tensions eased when a police captain, unprotected and shaking hands, walked through a crowd in a gesture of reconciliation. The contrast added to the perception that the tanks and tear gas had done more harm than good…

And we see how long all that ‘good feeling’ lasted, too.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Holder Re-Thinks Giving Military Equipment To Police”

  1. Whatever he does, because of the 2nd Amendment he’ll always be outgunned

  2. yadayada

    Now that same huggable police captain has called the military surplus equipt. back into play.




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