Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Militarization of Police

The police are not being militarized.  The military is increasingly taking on roles that have been done by the police, so that gives the illusion that the police are more like the military.  As a result of the drawdown of troops from overseas, many pieces of military hardware have become surplus. 

People see the police with assault rifles and armored cars and helmets and think we have suddenly become like the military.  Police have used rifles since the cowboy days.  Police have used automatic weapons, the Thompson submachine gun and Browning Automatic Rifle, since at least the 1920's.

Police have worn helmets since the 1840's and have used armored cars since at least the 1930's.  Police have done these things because criminals have often used similar weapons against them and the helmet and armored vehicles have provided protection.  There is no militarization of the police, that's what the SGT Says.

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