Friday, October 10, 2014

Militarization of Police

Police are not being militarized.  There are a few items to bring up when people say this to you.  Just as private security guards sometimes look like police; police sometimes look like soldiers.

Police don't call in air support to conduct bombing or strafing runs.
Police don't use artillery to blow up houses.
Police use tear gas and an flash bangs, but they don't use fragmentation grenades.
Police generally don't use suppressive fire and never do reconnaissance by fire; we only shoot when we have a specific target.
Police don't use belt fed automatic weapons, and rarely even use fully automatic weapons at all.

Police are not an occupying army, we are still here to protect and serve the people, we still operate under a system of laws, and we still strive to take prisoners of everyone we have to fight.  Police are not looking for a high body count; that's what the SGT Says.

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