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    Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is calling for the “demilitarization” of the police in Ferguson, Missouri, deeming the response by law enforcement “the problem instead of the solution.”

    McCaskill, who was in Ferguson on Thursday morning meeting with community leaders, said the community needs to do “better” to respond to the unrest in the St. Louis suburb. News reports have depicted heavily armed police officers staring down crowds demonstrating in response to the killing of teenager Michael Brown after a confrontation with police.


    “We need to demilitarize this situation — this kind of response by the police has become the problem instead of the solution. I obviously respect law enforcement’s work to provide public safety, but my constituents are allowed to have peaceful protests, and the police need to respect that right and protect that right,” McCaskill said.


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    Couldnt agree more! A militarized, aggressive police force has put a giant hold on our first amendment right to freedom of speech. It has lead us to look more and more like a police state, rather than a state that uphold our Constitution.


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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

    Claire is also joined in by Rand Paul in sharing the same position
    Senator Rand Paul on Ferguson: We Must Demilitarize the Police - TIME


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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

    WASHINGTON — Amid growing criticism of the military-style equipment and tactics deployed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a Democrat from Georgia plans to introduce the “Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act” in Congress next month.
    Rep. Hank Johnson asked his all his colleagues Thursday to join him in supporting the bill, which he said in a letter “will end the free transfers of certain aggressive military equipment to local law enforcement and ensure that all equipment can be accounted for.”
    Images of assault rifle-carrying camouflaged police riding through Ferguson on military vehicles similar to the IED-resistant equipment used by American armed forces in combat have proven to be a jolt of energy for a long-simmering debate about police militarization.
    In his letter to Congress, Johnson signaled that he expects his bill to break through the partisan gridlock in the House.
    “Before another small town’s police force gets a $700,000 gift from the Defense Department that it can’t maintain or manage, it behooves us to reign in the Pentagon’s 1033 program and revisit the merits of a militarized America,” he wrote. “I hope we can work together on this important issue.”
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    Man i hope it passes!


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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post

    Hard to sell that after what just happened in repsonse to the shooting in St Louis.

    Rioters need to be stopped immediately, and it takes too long to organize the National Guard.

    So Im all for equiping the first responders with what they need.

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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

    The police should have the equipment and training they need to put down violent rioters.

    That said, going straight to tear gas and rubber bullets may have been more than a bit over the top, although none of us really know how dangerous the crowds were or were not to the general public as well as public and private property.

    However, when people use a tragedy such as this to loot, destroy public and private property and endanger others lives, the police have a duty to not only respond but to do so in a way that reduces the amount of damage done to public and private property, protect the lives and safety of the general public and to reduce the amount of time that such violence lasts.

    Using tragedies such as the horrific sounding shooting of this young man as an excuse to be uncivilized and violent is unsupportable on any level. Anyone that says otherwise - that the rioters were justified in their violent actions - is stating that they are in favor of anarchy and the justification of unchecked violence against society as a whole.

    It doesn't matter whether it is the police or the violent protestors, neither are justified in using violence against peaceful people or their property.

    Peaceful protests are a Constitutional First Amendment Right here in the US. Violence is not, has never been, and never should be considered a right, justified or accepted by anyone.

    Using the military (National Guard or otherwise as was stated previously), should never be an option to use against citizens of this country... NEVER!!! With the sole exception of a full insurrection accompanied by home grown terrorism - wherein those that would be doing so would have relinquished their citizenship and rights.

    If this was proposed when I was serving, I would have refused to comply - taking the Court Martial in lieu of taking up arms against my fellow citizens, or turning around and putting me between the military forces and the citizens. Even if those citizens are violent protestors as these are. Again, the military should never be used. That is what the civilian police are for, not the military.

    And... to say that the response was due to the race of the protestors is just feeding the flames with lies for political purposes or to get better ratings if they are in the media. The same types of tactics and equipment (and types of police forces) are deployed and used in many cities regardless of the racial component of the group causing mayhem. Go to any college town after they either win or loose a national championship in almost any major sport and you'll see the same types of equipment, tactics and police forces staged just outside the area. If the people get out of hand, start breaking store windows, burning cars in the street and so on, then you will see the tear gas being fired into the crowd, rubber bullets, riot lines of highly equipped officers advancing on the crowd to regain order and if any of the people attack an officer by throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails or using other weapons, then you will also see busted heads and other injuries in the ranks of the protestors, regardless of race.

    I just don't understand how any group of people can think that destroying public and private property as well as attacking others is in any way a reasonable form of protest, in so much that they feel that they will garner any sympathy from me or most others when the police respond in force against their violence.

    Let the system work. This officer will be investigated and based solely on the limited amount of information we have so far, he will be more than likely be charged and then convicted (unless there is some evidence not made public that justifies his actions - which I doubt exists).

    Let the system work. Anarchy and violence is not the answer.
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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

    When police departments patrol neighborhoods with military equipment and vehicles, they no longer "protect and serve", but have become an occupying force. And when police departments toast innocent civilians, they are no longer the police, but a group of murderers, who do not belong in any kind of a uniform.
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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Would that included all the ABC dept. federal police forces?
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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

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    Re: Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Couldnt agree more! A militarized, aggressive police force has put a giant hold on our first amendment right to freedom of speech. It has lead us to look more and more like a police state, rather than a state that uphold our Constitution. [/FONT][/COLOR]
    The first amendment does not protect looters and violence. When confronted with violence like these police are, show greater capability. If those being violent don't get that message, then waste the ****ers. Rubber bullets should never be used, lead is so much more effective.

    Anyone doing this kind of lawless bull**** over something they don't even know the facts of are people society would be much better without and completely ****ing stupid. Let give Darwin a hand.
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