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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Sure. I get that. I'm not a quota fan, but it does make sense to at least aggressively pursue viable candidates for law enforcement that are at least sample representative of the communities they serve.
    The force would have to be 67% black officers to represent the community mix. Currently only 3 of the 53 officers are black.

    Even though the population of Ferguson is overwhelmingly African American, only three of the 53 officers on the force are African American.

    "Diversity is one of those things we've been trying to do since I've been with the department," said Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.

    Jackson said he has been recruiting officers from minority backgrounds and has also been offering better pay. Jackson said the department has lost some minority officers because of better offers from other departments.

    "Its an issue that's come up alongside the tragedy that happened Saturday," Jackson said.

    Pastor Spencer Llamar Booker of the St. Paul AME Church met with Jackson Tuesday.

    "An officer that is sworn to protect and serve, whether white or black, must be accountable for their actions," Booker said
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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    So if 70% of the Police force were Black, they wouldn't be rioting?
    If the police force was more representative of the population as a whole, they'd undoubtedly have less reason to protest. My God, this isn't rocket science we're talking about here. Cops generally have an 'us against them' mentality, and when the cops are white and 'them' are black, you have a recipe for stuff like this.
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    Sucks to het called out for promoting violence, huh?
    Why not just ask me when I stopped beating my wife?

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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Far too few Americans recognise danger when they see it.

    The fiasco in Ferguson shows why you don't give military equipment to cops!


    First, let's see what they got. Here's a representative sample from Paul Szoldra, who served in Afghanistan himself:

    In photos taken on Monday, we are shown a heavily armed SWAT team. They have short-barreled 5.56-mm rifles based on the military M4 carbine, with scopes that can accurately hit a target out to 500 meters. On their side they carry pistols. On their front, over their body armor, they carry at least four to six extra magazines, loaded with 30 rounds each.

    Their uniform would be mistaken for a soldier's if it weren't for their "Police" patches. They wear green tops, and pants fashioned after the U.S. Marine Corps MARPAT camouflage pattern. And they stand in front of a massive uparmored truck called a Bearcat, similar in look to a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or as the troops who rode in them call it, the MRAP. [Business Insider]

    https://theweek.com/article/index/26...ipment-to-cops
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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen View Post
    If the police force was more representative of the population as a whole, they'd undoubtedly have less reason to protest. My God, this isn't rocket science we're talking about here. Cops generally have an 'us against them' mentality, and when the cops are white and 'them' are black, you have a recipe for stuff like this.
    You honestly are attaching and "us against them mentality" to the cops, and not the Ferguson community?

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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Hopefully this though, finds bi-partisan support.


    WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman plans to introduce a bill to restrict a Defense Department program that provides machine guns and other surplus military equipment for free to local law enforcement agencies across the country.

    Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said the legislation is in response to the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb. The bill comes as members of Congress have called for the Justice Department to investigate the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.


    http://cjonline.com/news/2014-08-14/...plus-equipment
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen View Post
    If the police force was more representative of the population as a whole, they'd undoubtedly have less reason to protest. My God, this isn't rocket science we're talking about here. Cops generally have an 'us against them' mentality, and when the cops are white and 'them' are black, you have a recipe for stuff like this.
    Your argument would have more weight if these looters cared about such things. After all, during the LA Riots in 1992, the blacks didn't attack white communities (the cops as I recall were white), they instead attacked the Koreans and even attacked black store owners.

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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Hopefully this though, finds bi-partisan support.


    WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman plans to introduce a bill to restrict a Defense Department program that provides machine guns and other surplus military equipment for free to local law enforcement agencies across the country.

    Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said the legislation is in response to the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb. The bill comes as members of Congress have called for the Justice Department to investigate the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.


    Ferguson inspiring bill to restrict police use of military surplus equipment | CJOnline.com
    So basically you're saying you want more situations like what happened with the Bank of America Robbery in LA 20 years ago then huh?

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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Far too few Americans recognise danger when we see it.

    The fiasco in Ferguson shows why you don't give military equipment to cops!


    First, let's see what they got. Here's a representative sample from Paul Szoldra, who served in Afghanistan himself:

    In photos taken on Monday, we are shown a heavily armed SWAT team. They have short-barreled 5.56-mm rifles based on the military M4 carbine, with scopes that can accurately hit a target out to 500 meters. On their side they carry pistols. On their front, over their body armor, they carry at least four to six extra magazines, loaded with 30 rounds each.

    Their uniform would be mistaken for a soldier's if it weren't for their "Police" patches. They wear green tops, and pants fashioned after the U.S. Marine Corps MARPAT camouflage pattern. And they stand in front of a massive uparmored truck called a Bearcat, similar in look to a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or as the troops who rode in them call it, the MRAP. [Business Insider]

    https://theweek.com/article/index/26...ipment-to-cops

    do you want them to look like Barney Fife

    of course they are armed....and wearing the best equipment they can get

    if you were a white cop, looking at a large group of angry black people, wouldnt you want more than a tan shirt between you and them?

    please try to look at it from their perspective as well as what the crowd may see
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