August 14th, 2014


Rand Paul on Militarized Cops

I've had a few posts here about out of control cops but it hasn't been a focus of the journal. I've worried about it, particularly when following Randy Balko's writing on the subject of "Warrior Cops" (I've contemplated picking up his book but feared it would depress me too damn much). Now Ferguson, MO has become a flashpoint for that.

There's a lot of things I disagree with Senator Paul about but his essay on getting the police back in their proper role I completely agree with.

The problem is police getting into the mindset where they view their community as an enemy they're occupying instead of neighbors they're helping. Military gear and pseudo-military attitudes are a big part of that problem. I think the worst of it comes from the "War on Drugs." When someone entertaining himself without hurting anyone else becomes a justification for tossing a grenade into a baby's crib the law is causing more damage than the drugs.

Edit: Fixed 2nd link
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