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

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    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.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen View Post
    Works for me. Of course at some point somebody is going to have to answer the question of why an unarmed black kid walking away from the cops was shot multiple times. For some reason these kinds of issues never bother conservatives.
    Are you kidding? It'll turn into south Chicago times ten.

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

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    Insightful comment on the situation. Did you get that one from Oxycontin Rush?
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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen View Post
    53 cops, of which 50 are white and 3 are black. Policing a population that is 70% African American. Cops generally aren't the most understanding people in the world, and their normal reaction is to shoot first and ask questions later. When the cop is white and the victim black, you get a reaction from people who are convinced the system is rigged against them. That you can't see that makes your lean of 'slightly conservative' to be an understatement.
    I can see by your post you probably aren't the most objective person when it comes to thoughts about the police.

    At this point, I don't think it would make much difference if there were only 3 white cops and 50 black ones. Buttons have been pushed and emotions probably need to play out. Going forward, whatever reasons that have caused so few blacks to pursue positions with the local police should be looked at.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm confused. I hadn't heard that the young man killed in Ferguson was the victim of improperly used surplus military equipment.

    This sounds to me like another knee jerk reaction by a politician who feels every action requires an ignorant reaction from a politician.
    There's something profoundly disturbing about cops running around geared up like they are about to go on patrol in Kabul, when what they are dealing with is unarmed protesters exercising their first amendment rights.
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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen View Post
    Insightful comment on the situation. Did you get that one from Oxycontin Rush?
    There's nothing insightful about yet another riot. That's what you don't get.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    I can see by your post you probably aren't the most objective person when it comes to thoughts about the police.

    At this point, I don't think it would make much difference if there were only 3 white cops and 50 black ones. Buttons have been pushed and emotions probably need to play out. Going forward, whatever reasons that have caused so few blacks to pursue positions with the local police should be looked at.
    Far too many cops are nothing more than thugs with badges. They overreact and often resort to far more force than is necessary to control a situation. You only have to read a newspaper - any paper anywhere in the country - to understand that. It attracts a certain kind of person, and often these are bullies who enjoy exercising power on the powerless.
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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    There's nothing insightful about yet another riot. That's what you don't get.
    And what you don't get is any concept of why the riot occurred. To you it's just another bunch of out of control black people that need to be kept in their place.
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    re: Protests over Missouri teen's death turn violent[W:647,807]

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggen View Post
    Far too many cops are nothing more than thugs with badges. They overreact and often resort to far more force than is necessary to control a situation. You only have to read a newspaper - any paper anywhere in the country - to understand that. It attracts a certain kind of person, and often these are bullies who enjoy exercising power on the powerless.
    As I wrote, I don't view you as being one who would be a source for objectivity when it comes to the police. So be it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Are you kidding? It'll turn into south Chicago times ten.
    Hey, you're the one that suggested it. Meanwhile, do you give a damn that an unarmed kid was gunned down in the street by a trigger happy cop? Or was he guilty of the crime of being a black teenager and therefore he got what he deserved.
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