The Militarization Of Our Police 

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 04:57 PM - Politics


Andy Taylor was a popular TV character in the 60s. He was a local sheriff in the small town of Mayberry, had one bumbling deputy, and never really ran into too much trouble. In fact, during the entire 249-episode run of "The Andy Griffith Show" I don't recall him drawing his service weapon more than twice, if he carried one at all. He was loved and respected by the community, and he kept them safe with a mix of stern compassion, and discretionary enforcement.

This was the image of the "Good Cop" that became popular in America in the last century. In stories and in media the police were always the good guys and more often than not, the "beat cop" would walk up and down neighborhood and city streets armed with little more than a nightstick, the law, and his wit. He made friends with local businesses who felt safe having him always just a few blocks away and his presence on the street allowed the public to see and get to know the man who they could call on for help, should they ever need it. The people trusted their local policeman. Now ask yourself, would Andy Taylor have ever driven a vehicle like this?



Note the machine-gun mount at the top and the desert brown paint, in an area that's clearly not a desert. This is obviously a military hand-me-down and as you'll see below, the uniform of these officers is a military-style camouflage.



Who are they trying to hide from with that forest camo pattern? Are they hunting? Or are they just trying to look more like the army they've become? Does law enforcement really require military vehicles, uniforms, and weapons these days? There were gangs during prohibition in the 30s as well and the police never needed anything like this. You'd think these vehicles were practically tanks, but they're not by definition. They're armored personnel carriers. They do have actual tanks though...





If you're wondering who they're gearing up to fight, it's you. These weapons are meant to be used against our own people should they get out of line. There was a time, however, when the police weren't an army and it was 1997. The North Hollywood Shootout scared alot of important people at the time and for good reason. Two bank robbers, dressed head to toe in body armor and carrying assault weapons robbed a Bank of America branch. Unable to escape in time they met with police and overpowered the officers, injuring 11 while being practically impervious to the 9mm rounds the police were firing back. So outgunned, the police had to resort to commandeering bigger weapons from a local gun store and eventually after hours two police snipers managed to hit their mark in their only unarmored location, their heads.

Ever since this incident, police have been arming themselves so their authority is never undermined again. It was embarrassing, to say the least, that our police were so easily outmatched by just two gunmen. The sentiment at the time was to re-train and re-arm, and re-arm they did. S.W.A.T. teams began training with military special forces, and precincts across the country started to acquire armored vehicles.



And with all of this firepower, they were still afraid. They began to hide and devote more time to undercover operations with all the paranoia and skulduggery of organizations like the CIA with none of the training or experience. Instead of being visible and present to prevent crime, they instead would lie in wait to respond to crime, allowing it to happen so they could then punish the criminal. Military-style raids much like the one that killed Osama Bin Laden were being carried out in the homes of citizens who were merely suspected of selling an illegal plant. The extra money from tickets and fines that came in when you allowed a crime to happen instead of preventing it, was incentive to abandon the visible "beat cop" altogether in most jurisdictions. They now rode exclusively in cars, conspicuous, yet unseen. You know it's a police vehicle, but you can no longer see the officer's face until he's in yours.



As they ramped up their "War" on drugs, they began to see all citizens as potential enemy combatants, retraining for caution over all else. The safety of the officer became far more important than the safety of the citizens they were detaining and they began to look far more like a military fighting an actual war. If the vehicle above didn't say "SWAT" could you tell if the man in uniform was a police officer or a U.S. Army soldier?

When our police become an army, we are living under martial law.

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Comments

Seven 

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 09:53 PM
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Kali 

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 02:51 PM
It's sick. The justification for allowing a local Government to have something as dangerous as a SWAT team was that it would only be used for hostage situations, active shooters, etc. But now they Use Military style raids for something as simple as serving warrants.

Kheper 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 03:28 AM
Interesting. A person in a uniform, operating a tank, is a combatant. Under International law, should the combatant train his guns on a neutral (a civilian) and kill him, that would be a war crime. Municipal governments won't rein themselves in, and neither state nor the Federal governments will rein the municipal governments in. Arguably, these combatants and their enablers could be liable under International law.

chris 

Friday, August 15, 2014, 07:57 PM / dewbottle
This is so fitting being posted on the same day as the death of Mike Brown.

Khaos 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 06:42 PM
We must fight back.

I can tell you it only takes about 35 pounds of explosives to rip the axle completely off and roll the vehicle over.

The engine is unarmored, the hood is just fiberglass.

metatron 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:56 PM
The reason behind it all is not the war on "Drugs", wars are fought between people, it is people that manufacture illicit drugs, it is people that "sell" and distribute them, it is people that "buy" them and it is people that use them, even more pitiful is the "criminalization" of the consumption of a natural plant in its dried form.

It is all about the worthless fed debt instruments commonly referred to as "money" borrowed by Govt.Inc at interest from the privately owned Fed Reserve and has to be paid back (hence the national "Debt"), and when there is an off the market drug trade that accounts for hundreds of billions or even trillions every year there is a huge hole in the repayment to the fed that needs to be accounted for.

The militarization of domestic law enforcement isn't a direct response to exponential increases in crime, it is preemptive build up in response to people waking up to the deceptions being played against them and demanding to exercise their constitutional, natural and unalienable rights.

The misconception being that these people are "law" enforcement when in reality they are nothing more than "policy"(police)enforcers, bending the people to the will of Govt.Inc legislative policies, an act of parliament being nothing more than a legislative rule of society given the "force of of law" by the voluntary consent of the governed, none of which are "law" unless one agrees to them.

As more people start to exercise their rights, seek true justice and demand due process of "law" the legislative and judiciary branches of Govt.Inc start to become fearful of a backlash from the people and implement more and more legislative rules (to the point where no one can keep up with all, over 60 million within the United States alone), whilst the executive branch finds more inventive ways to pay for it all, by then recycling, repainting and reusing military hardware and software to enforce statute regulations upon the people whilst at the same time suspending their rights.

"None are more so hopelessly enslaved than those who live UNDER a plutocracy believing they live IN a democracy"

SPES EST VIGILANTIS SOMNIUM.

DUM SPIRO SPERO.


ElementX 

Friday, December 30, 2016, 08:13 PM
I couldn't agree more with metatron. they are gearing up encase he sheeple wake up


don't forget about the new round they developed after the Hollywood shootout.
the 224 boz that only military and police can get. velocity pops body armor this round being a 10mm necked down to a 223 in tests penetrated light tank armor.
why would local law enforcement need to penetrate tank armor?

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