Tag Archives: American freedoms

The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police


by Hanqing Chen, ProPublica

Protests have continued for more than a week since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters with full riot gear, armored vehicles and assault rifles, escalating tensions and leading Gov. Jay Nixon to replace the St. Louis County Police Department with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, saying the St. Louis suburb looked like “a war zone.”  Continue reading

The Warning Shot Heard Round the World. (But Not Here.)


by Mark Steyn, steynonline

Our most controversial item this week was Tuesday’s SteynPosts on US police shootings. It attracted a lot of criticism from law enforcement officers, so I thought we’d devote a bit of space to it. First up, Neal Castagnoli:   Continue reading.

Gun Control


by Mark Steyn, steynonline

Aside from doing my bit for the First Amendment (your continued support is much appreciated), I’ve lately been taking a much greater interest in the Fourth Amendment, particularly since a meek mild-mannered mumsy employee of mine was unlawfully seized by an angry small-town cop last year. Continue reading.

 

The Militarization of American Police


by Steven Greenhut,  FEE

In the summer of 2006 a frail, troubled 18-year-old girl named Ashley MacDonald ran through a nearly empty Huntington Beach, California, city park in the early morning holding a small knife. An onlooker called the police and soon two large male officers showed up. They shot the girl to death with 18 bullets, claiming she had lunged toward them and put their lives in danger. It was just another day for law enforcement in suburban Orange County, where—despite low crime rates—police have become increasingly aggressive and militaristic.   Continue reading.

Militarized Police and the Threat to Democracy


by Dennis J. Kucinich, The Huffington Post

As a former big city mayor of a racially diverse city, Cleveland, Ohio, I can understand the cross currents sweeping through Ferguson, Missouri.

We are at a moment of national crisis in the way our domestic law enforcement is being conducted. The killing of an unarmed civilian by a law enforcement officer is, sadly, not unique. But the police response to the protests has provided a powerful cautionary moment for America. The militarization of local police has led to the arrival today in Ferguson of the actual military, the National Guard.  Continue reading.

Militarized Police: The Standing Army the Founders Warned About


by Joe Wolverton, II, J. D.,  The New American

Cops storm a house wearing masks covering their faces, dressed in military special forces-style black uniforms and battle helmets. They bust down the door using a battering ram, then rush the occupants, seizing and breaking one camera and preventing another from recording the remarkable scene.

What was the heinous and violent crime of which the intended target of the raid was charged? Murder? Rape?

Credit card fraud.  Continue reading.

Overmilitarization: Why Law Enforcement Needs to Scale Down Its Use of Military Hardware and Tactics


by Evan Bernick,  The Heritage Foundation

Call it American law enforcement’s “We’re going to need a bigger boat” moment.

In the summer of 1965, a six-day frenzy of looting, burning, and sniping consumed 46 square miles of Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles. The rioters used tactics closely resembling 20th-century guerilla warfare—with people running and shooting in all directions, rather than massing in a single mob like Picket’s Charge. Continue reading.

Don’t Bring a Tank to Pumpkin Fest


by David Weigel,  Slate.com

In December 2012, when Washington’s press corps was peering over the “fiscal cliff,” Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn released a report that looked and sounded too goofy to be real. The cover of “Safety at Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending on U.S. Cities” portrayed a child-size drone flying nearthe Capitol…...Continue reading.

The “militarization” of police was not only inevitable, but necessary


by Jazz Shaw,  Hotair.com

The rioting, protests and controversy continue to swirl around Ferguson this weekend, and you will no doubt be reading plenty of coverage from both sides about it. But in the background, a disturbing, larger national conversation has erupted out of the troubles in the St. Louis suburb. The hot topic everywhere seems to be a growing call to halt the so called “militarization” of the nation’s civilian police forces, highlighted by the riot suppression gear on display in Ferguson.  Continue reading.

 

Rise of the Warrior Cop


by Radley Balko, The Wall Street Journal

On Jan. 4 of last year, a local narcotics strike force conducted a raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart at 8:40 p.m. The 12 officers were acting on a tip from Mr. Stewart’s former girlfriend, who said that he was growing marijuana in his basement. Mr. Stewart awoke, naked, to the sound of a battering ram taking down his door. Thinking that he was being invaded by criminals, as he later claimed, he grabbed his 9-millimeter Beretta pistol. Continue reading.