Tag Archives: police militarization

“Rat Park” and the Vietnam War

by Chris Campbell,  Laissez Faire

“Cops in Santa Ana, California,” Reason magazine’s blog reports, “donned ski masks to break and enter into a local medical marijuana dispensary, raiding it with guns drawn in a May 27 police action. Continue reading

Hotter Than Lava

by Julia Angwin and Abbie Nehring, ProPublica

It was just before dawn when 18 police officers poured out of an armored truck and an unmarked white van at the Laurel Park apartment complex on the outskirts of Atlanta. Continue reading

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.

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.