NPR does an interesting piece on our militarized cops

NPR does an interesting piece on our militarized cops August 20, 2014

here.

The problem, of course, is not primarily with the cops but with the policymakers who give the orders and are assiduously working to transform the police from peacekeepers in a free society to instruments for treating a subject population like threats, enemy combatants, and cattle. The weaponization and militarization of the cops tells you what you need to know about how the Ruling Class see the rest of us and what they are prepared to do to keep you at bay when their own paranoid and jealous fear decides that the rest of us are too much of a threat to their power and their stuff.

And that fear will have less and less to do with reality as time goes on. Sin makes you stupid. It also makes you full of baseless fear. The more godless our culture becomes, the more it will turn to force to hold things instead of love and the thousand small common decencies that used to make up a Christian society.

The answer of the Faith is to respond with Christ. The answer of our godless culture will be to reply to violence with violence.

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  • ivan_the_mad

    In stark contrast to this insane pattern in law enforcement stand these stories of a sane approach by law enforcement to deal with some of the most vulnerable among us, detailed here and here.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    One issue that seems blatantly obvious to me but no one seems to be addressing: How many current police officers are former military? What is done in their training to “de-militarize” their thought procedures?
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    Don’t get me wrong. I have the highest respect for the military. But the way a soldier is taught to behave and react and the very mission of the military is VERY different from the mission of police departments.
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    “To protect and to serve” used to be — and ought to be still — the primary motive of every police department. But the mission of most military operations is to subdue the enemy though force. Much of the problem seems to be that many cops now have a military mindset. That needs to stop.

  • Mark R

    I don’t want to sound xenophobic, but a lot of people living in the US came here from places with little respect for the law — which is more an indictment against the legal and police systems of their countries of origin than against themselves.
    We people born here are bad enough. I personally am no fan of the police but their work has been made more difficult.