Sunday, November 15, 2015

Militarized

Police are not being militarized.  Police have carried automatic weapons and driven armored cars since at least the 1920's in the United States.  Criminals carry all kinds of weapons, and often travel in groups.

Having automatic weapons give police the ability to confront multiple suspects with a greater chance of success.  Armored vehicles are strictly defensive in a police context.  They don't carry cannons, and they don't mount machine guns, like military vehicles.

Police don't use artillery or fragmentation grenades.  They are under strict rules on engagement based on the law and case law, not military rules.  Police have the intention of taking criminals prisoner, all the suspect has to do is give up and the police force stops; that's what the SGT Says.

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