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Thu Aug 29, 2013, 02:46 PM

Want Military Action? Look No Further Than Your Local Police


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Want Military Action? Look No Further Than Your Local Police
Posted on Aug 29, 2013


It seems fitting that as Washington revs up for another avoidable military confrontation, we remind you all of the increased militarization of police forces around the country. And like Chekhov’s gun, if a weapon is introduced in the first act of a play, you know it’s going to be used by the third.

Salon offers a chilling roundup of “11 over-the-top U.S. police raids that victimized innocents,” detailing moments in recent years in which police departments geared up for war stomped all over Americans’ civil liberties. Despite the “Keystone Kops” feel of some of the incidents, these were very real and very dangerous actions instigated by police, most without what a reasonable person would consider even minimal cause. For example:

In Indiana, a SWAT team raided an 18-year-old girl’s house smashing her windows and throwing flashbangs inside, despite the fact that the girl had her front door open and was just watching TV. In a case of mistaken identity, someone else in the street had signed onto the girl’s open WiFi network and was making threats about police. Once the police realized their error, they advised the girl to secure her WiFi account.

Their target was actually a teenage boy who admitted he had a “smart mouth” and a dislike for cops but denied making any threats. According to Gizmodo, the boy had posted a message that read, “Cops Beware! I’m proud of my country but I hate police of any kind. I have explosives made in America. Evansville will feel my pain.”


Note the lack of a specific threat, or even a clear path of information to the person posting the message. The 18-year-old girl was lucky; a SWAT raid on a Detroit house ended with the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was sleeping on a couch. The militarized cops had the wrong address of a murder suspect. And they also had a television crew in tow, making the increased militarization of American police part of your nightly entertainment package. ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/want_military_action_look_no_further_than_your_local_police/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2013, 02:52 PM

1. Oh, hey, sorry for the traumatizing and the home invasion....

 

...but you were asking for it with your unprotected wifi account.

I know you're probably going to say we should have done our homework better so we wouldn't have launched a tactical assault on your house, but you see, loose wifi connections sink ships.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013, 03:01 PM

2. don't mean to be argumentative, but

 

I totally agree with your premise, that militarization of cops is a horribly wrong approach
to policing, counter to all the "community policing" rhetoric .. but ..

I must admit, if I imagine being a cop, and seeing a pissed off late-teen saying "Cops beware!
.. I hate Police. I have explosives! Evansville will feel my pain." I'd be pretty damned alarmed,
so I'm not at all surprised that they responded somehow to this; but unfortunately they way
OVER-responded.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013, 03:42 PM

3. I fear one of the only ways to try and put a stop to this is to sue the crap

 

out of the towns and the police departments that do this. And I hope that there isn't some stupid new law preventing victims from suing.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013, 04:17 PM

4. Ha!

 

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