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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Rant about the 2nd Amendment!?!?!?!?! What the hell are you talking about????? I asked how do you define the charge of militarization of police and gave you some parameters. I have no idea what the 2nd amendment has to do with your outburst.
    Your whole bitchfest in this thread is about how anyone against police militarization hates police and then you wine how 2nd amendment advocates want citizens to have the newest arms but not the police.
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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Sorry, but I think there is too much violence in the US even if
    Again, you continue to shift away. Just admit you were wrong about how common it was for cops to get gunned down by uzi's and ak47's it's easy, most grownups are able to admit when they are wrong.
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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Stop your own whining bitchfest Rage. I never mentioned the Second Amendment in that post you linked to. My point was a valid one and if you don't like it - tough. My post was about right wingers who want ever increasing technology while wanting to limit the police. I stand behind that and it shows the hypocrisy behind this thread.

    My point has also been that the far right whined and carped and cried and moaned and bitched and complained about high taxes and big government so they got their way and taxes have been cut in many areas and municipal services have been cut and police officers jobs have been cut. So if cops are not there to patrol the damn streets - how do you think they make up for that loss of labor? technology. So on the one hand the far right helps to create a situation and then they attempt to use the results of that situation for petty political gain.

    Screw em - the damn hypocrites that they are.
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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    The reason why police are becoming so militarized is two fold.

    First, the industries that create military technology are the same industries which create police technology. They are selling to two markets: domestic law enforcement and the department of defense. It's pure profit to them. What most people fail to realize is that the bloated military budget and its innovations also end up being used by police. These corporations see no difference between enemies of the state and American citizens... their tech is designed to suppress either and it's just about money to them.

    Secondly, despite the decline in over all crime in the past 10-15 years, the government continues to funnel large amounts of cash into an over-bloated law enforcement system. Instead of laying people off, they are expanding and putting all the funds into weaponization. This is what happens when there's too many laws on the books, along with obsolete branches of government like the DEA.

    Actually... there is a third, more nefarious reason, and it's one that most people don't want to look at. And that's the increasing civil unrest that's going to take place as the economic system continues to tank. Most developed nations are investing heavily in domestic law enforcement right now despite declining crime rates, and it's because when the economy tanks all hell is going to break loose. Much of the police weaponization has already been exported to developing nations where civil unrest is more and more common. They're feeling the burn of economic inequity but it will spread here soon enough as our middle class is cannibalized by the aristocracy.

    It has nothing to do with right vs. left and it's utterly pathetic that people are still bickering over that crap when the house is already starting to catch fire. Wake up.

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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Again, you continue to shift away. Just admit you were wrong about how common it was for cops to get gunned down by uzi's and ak47's it's easy, most grownups are able to admit when they are wrong.
    I think you and me are going a bit off the straight and narrow and I am afraid it happened because of a unfortunate mistake with no malicious intent whatsoever.

    You seem to have gotten the impression that I have stated that it was common for cops to get gunned down by uzi's and AK'47's. And I simply did not understand what incorrect statement on my part you wanted me to own up to.

    Unfortunately I got a bit irritated (only a bit) and in that irritated state, I have been a bit short with you, and I apologize for having been a bit snippy but I just did not understand what you were accusing me of.

    Now in an effort to end this discussion/issue, I have collected all (or at least I think it is all) of the posts I have made in this thread, you can read them below this blue colored text. All I think I said in this thread is that in this day and age you can be shot with an Uzi or that if you raid a house, you can be sprayed with countless of bullets from an AK'47.

    I hope we can come to a peaceful understanding and to do so I, as stated above, would like to apologize for calling your statement arrogant and wise nosery, that was not right on my part to do so. I may not have broken the rules (I at least hope not) but it was not polite on my part.


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    If you would ask this question in my country, if the police was so heavily armed then I would have had said yes. But in the US I do not think that is true. While the use of swat or heavily armed officers has gone a bit too far, if you live in a country where every Tom, Dick, Harry, Susy, Mary or Linda can be armed to the teeth, then you have no sense of real security as an officer.

    I can still remember that heavily armed robbers had a 44 minute shootout with the police, if criminals are that heavily armed, it is not strange that the police will want to have, at least a few officers, that are equally if not better armed than the criminals they face.

    If the question had been, are militarily armed officers used too often, then I would have voted yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    Obviously you are living in a distant past when the times were "much more simple". In this day and age you can be shot with an uzi if you go to a car to give them a speeding ticket, you can be sprayed with countless of bullets from an AK47 when you go to house because of a noise complaint. Gangs, huge spread of heavy weaponry, people with whole stock piles of weapons, extremist groups with no respect for authorities whatsoever, etc. etc. etc.

    The time when a lawman was respected and feared by criminals (except with outlaws) is long gone, gangs in American cities have more weapons and troops than the police officers can troop together.
    I also wrote in this thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    Maybe that has to do with the continuing militarization of the police force?

    And yet murder statistic is still worryingly high. The same goes for other violent crime IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    I have to disagree, the safety of police officers is more important than a lot of other things, the rights or criminals to not be swamped by heavily armed police for example. If the police fear there is a reasonable risk for fatalities or injury on the side of the police officers or the public from armed criminals, then I choose the protection of the police and the public rather than the rights of the suspect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    Sorry, but I do not share your preference. They are there to protect and serve, not get killed due to not being protected enough themselves during their duties. If they have to arrest someone of whom they know that he owns a large stockpile of weapons then it would be foolish to not go in in a manner that protects the police officers and the public.

    As said, in a nation with no large numbers of weapons in a lot of homes I would agree that militarization of the police is a bad thing, sadly in the US it is a necessary thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    I am sorry, but using handguns does not save the life of an officer when he busts down a door to arrest a drug dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    I mean a person with several handguns can be just as dangerous to a police officer as a criminal with a heavier weapon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    No, you are wrong, I viewed the statistics before I first answered your question. But in the past I have also, in earlier discussions, compared crime statistics in the US to those in other industrialized countries and the number of murders as well as the insane number of people jailed in the US show that there is a problem with violence in the US. Without these militarized police units the violence might be much worse.

    So please don't thank yourself for things that live only in your mind and not in reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    That comment had to do with your incorrect accusation and arrogant wise nosery comment about me not looking at the crime figures.

    I also did not mean the use of heavy weapons but the risk and threat of heavy weapons. If the police raids a house they almost never know what kind of weapons the suspect has in his/her house and the liberal weapons laws and the availability of heavy weapons means that the police will have to act or assume that the suspect may have such weapons.

    That is the risk the cops have to deal with and it is not an assumed risk.

    Your wise nosery claim that I did not look at the crime stats was untrue. I did not dodge anything IMHO and that is all that matters. And I did not claim I looked at those figures, I looked at those figures and while the numbers are a good deal lower than sometime ago, the crime numbers and the threat level is still way too high for a civilized western country. That is the reality.

    And I am not shifting focus, I am still of the opinion that in a country with such an easy access to heavy guns and the risk of large numbers of handguns, it is not that strange that the police has become that militarized. Do I like it? No, I wish it were not necessary. Do I worry about it? Yes, there will be risks of excesses but for that there should be oversight and the moral standards of the police and it's officers. Because not all officers and/or police agencies always hold themselves to those standards does not mean that there is no need for militarized police units, maybe the biggest thing that is needed is better oversight and using these extreme police practices as seldom as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King
    You mean you made an incorrect accusation, saying I did not look at the crime statistics and I called you for it?

    Sorry, but I think there is too much violence in the US even if it is not as bad as it was a few years ago. Life for a police officer is still way too dangerous. I would much rather have a heavily armed swat team raiding a house with shock and awe. IMHO that gives the most safety for the officers and for the suspect. I think a suspect is more in danger if officers with much less training raid a house or try to arrest a person.

    The reality is that being a police officer in the US is dangerous. Just like being arrested or being stopped by the police can be a real danger in the US. Those things are reality. In the Netherlands and a lot of other countries it is very rare that a police officer needs to draw his gun and much less often he has to fire his guns.
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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Obviously you are living in a distant past when the times were "much more simple". In this day and age you can be shot with an uzi if you go to a car to give them a speeding ticket, you can be sprayed with countless of bullets from an AK47 when you go to house because of a noise complaint. Gangs, huge spread of heavy weaponry, people with whole stock piles of weapons, extremist groups with no respect for authorities whatsoever, etc. etc. etc.

    The time when a lawman was respected and feared by criminals (except with outlaws) is long gone, gangs in American cities have more weapons and troops than the police officers can troop together.
    No I am living in the present. The point is times were not much different in the past.

    Gangs and criminals and outlaws have always been as heavily armed and the police did not need militarization to deal with them.

    150 years ago they simply used shotguns or dynamite or whatever powerful weapon they could get their hands on. Same spraying of countless bullets but the cops did not feel the need to have a permanent army as they do today. Perhaps because in some cases the citizens assisted the police with posses or other support.

    The point your argument is a false one because only the cops are recently being more heavily armed the criminals and gangs are not more heavily armed than the 1930s or 40s or 50s etc.

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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    And denying what every dictionary tells us only makes one ignorant.
    Using the internet to try to prove a point that you know nothing about isnt very smart. Like I said, instead of looking it up and pretend you know it ask a real person who knows about it, it will make you look less of a fool.

    And not every link says the same thing:

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_a_polic...ilian?#slide=1

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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    Seems every government agency and city now has a SWAT team. And SWAT activity has gone up by 1500% in the last two decades.

    John W. Whitehead: SWAT Team Mania: The War Against the American Citizen
    The United States of SWAT? | National Review Online

    Police departments are now being given surplus military vehicles too to wage war war against its own citizens.

    TN Police Departments Get Tank-Like Military Vehicles - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports
    Leftover armored trucks from Iraq coming to local police agencies - NY Daily News

    SWAT teams now routinely use no-knock entry tactics and sometimes end up shooting innocent people when they enter the wrong house or due to faulty intel.

    Jose Guerena shooting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Five Unnecessary SWAT Team Raids Gone Terribly Wrong
    WND reports on SWAT raids on the innocent

    Let us remember one thing, cops are not military personnel, they are classified as civilians, like everybody else who isnt military. Why should they be issued military weapons and dress like an army of occupation? Should something be done about this?



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    Re: Are Cops Too Militarized?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    When in our history did the American right wing begin the hard turn against law enforcement? At one time American conservatives and support for law enforcement went hand in hand. Now, its obvious that the hate for government that is part and parcel of libertarianism has been extended to law enforcement. When did this devolution happen?

    This thread is merely the latest example of it here.
    Conservatives like the protect and serve model, not the sit down and shut up or else model.
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