Flashback: The Militarization of Police Departments

What comes next? (Militarization of Police)

Black Americans need to pay attention, our police departments have become militarized and this all begun in the early 90’s. Turn off your Xbox, PS4, Sport games, etc, for a second and pay attention because this affects you. From SWAT to your local Sheriff department, police in the U.S are being trained to treat the American public as if we are all suspects/criminals(especially Black Americans). The bigger problem that is not being talked about though, are the politicians who we have let these occurrences flourish, created polices/laws that go against our Constitutional rights, (Bill of Rights) eroding amendments and most importantly HUMAN RIGHTS.

“The Fourth Amendment originally enforced the notion that “each man’s home is his castle”, secure from unreasonable searches and seizures of property by the government.  It protects against arbitrary arrests, and is the basis of the law regarding search warrants, stop-and-frisk, safety inspections, wiretaps, and other forms of surveillance, as well as being central to many other criminal law topics and to privacy law.”

Yet SWAT and police are not following with legal searches, but busting down the wrong homes and executing people absent of due process. After 9/11 the cards had finally fallen. Some American citizens were being treated as prisoners of Guantanamo Bay. In Ferguson, MO right now the media is being attacked with tear gas, police dogs, rubber bullets and other intimidation tactics that go against the 1st amendment. If they are doing this to the press in the U.S, imagine what is install for the rest of us.

 

In addition to the police interfering with peaceful protesting. Many have warned that the Patriot Act, and many other polices/laws that passed after 9/11 would lead to this. Yet we coward out and let them pass, and we continue to let the Obama administration do the same. On top of the fact, poor and people of color (Black and Hispanic more likely) are the first to be met with this brutality. After all, for Black Americans/African Americans in the U.S, our rights were never really considered God given. The law hasn’t and still doesn’t treat us as equal Americans who have been an important ingredient in what has made this country great. What further proof do you need before we as Americans of all creed do something about this tyranny?

” The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.”

 Ferguson and the Militarization of Police

“At the root of the problem is a country coming home from war, forced over a decade to design and deploy a literal army of 21st-century weapons to fight insurgent masses during protracted Middle East wars. A program that first took off in the early 1990s allows the Department of Defense, yet again downsizing, to reissue billions of dollars of this equipment to domestic security forces, particularly SWAT and other elite units that have traditionally needed tactical gear for high-risk jobs.”

“Have no doubt, police in the United States are militarizing, and in many communities, particularly those of color, the message is being received loud and clear: ‘You are the enemy,’” writes Tom Nolan, a 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department and professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, in an op-ed that appeared in DefenseOne in June, more than a month before the Ferguson riots.

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Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/08/14/ferguson-and-the-shocking-nature-of-us-police-militarization

Ferguson Police’s PR Stunt Poisons Independent and Impartial Investigation

“The public and the ACLU of Missouri have called for release of the police incident report on the shooting to resolve the dispute about whether the incident involved the excessive use of lethal force and illegal racial profiling, and to shed light on how many times and where on his body Mr. Brown was shot.”

Article by  Dennis Parker

Another Day, Another 124 Violent SWAT Raids

“It’s 3:00 a.m. Your children are screaming and your dog is lying dead in a pool of blood. Scorch marks and shattered glass cover the floor. You’re being held at gunpoint by towering figures wearing black and holding AK-47s.”

“This isn’t a Hollywood movie set. Odds are this is a predawn SWAT raid targeting a family of color. Mission objective: search the home for a small amount of drugs.”

Article by Kara Dansky

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