Congressman wants to curb military surplus program
I'm also concerned about police department outfitting themselves for military-like action in the field. This is total overkill, and what do they think their mission really is?WASHINGTON (AP) — Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., says he plans to introduce legislation when Congress returns in September to curb what he describes as an increasing militarization of police agencies across the country.
"Our Main Streets should be a place for business, families and relaxation, not tanks and M16s," Johnson said Thursday. "Militarizing America's Main Streets won't make us any safer, just more fearful and more reticent."
Attorney General Eric Holder said he's concerned that use of military equipment by police in Ferguson, Missouri, is sending a "conflicting message." Holder said authorities there have accepted the Justice Department's offer of crowd-control help as it continues to investigate the Saturday shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
That opinion based on witness accounts DOES justify rioting apparently but the problem is those accounts are NOT complete.
I haven't heard one of the witnesses explain how the Police officer recieved his injuries.
What happened INSIDE the Police cruiser ? I bet you there was allot more than " arm wrestling " going on and I dont believe for one second that the door was kicked shut accidentally.
If this kid went for the officers gun the SHOOTING is justified, but there is not one witness account that mentions it.
Next time pick better, credible sources for your posts. Good job maligning an innocent man by repeating false information.
Can anyone confirm if the officer Darren Wilson is white or Black?
If he is Black, it would likely remove the large racial component there.
Ferguson police identify officer who fatally shot Michael Brown
A man without fear is a fool, a man that succumbs to his fear is a coward and a brave man acknowledges fear yet presses on.