- Posted August 10, 2014 by
Watertown, New York
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The Swatification of the United States- Have Our Police Become the Newest Terrorist Threat to Americans?
But add the adjectives, the story line and the context and you have what is becoming all too common in the United States- murder by cop.
Now that statement outrages many people including good cops for this to be said.
First, it's a generalization about a group of people, among whom are many fine officers of the law who serve us in an honorable way daily, putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.
Americans understand all that. It is after that understanding that the real questions need to be asked.
How much equipment do police need to have to be fully prepared to 'protect us'?
Why do police need an assault rifle when a billy club was all that was needed before?
What happened to ask questions first rather than shot first, then arrest and allow the courts to sort it out?
And why do the good police protect the bad ones?
No. It isn't all police who are to blame. But when Americans see these type of police vs civilian events on a daily basis, people feel less inclined to call the police to help when they may need to.
Today's police shooting that caused the death of an 18 year old boy in Missouri is just another example of a police force that refuses to police it's own.
We wonder who the real danger comes from when images of a policeman are seen beating an elderly lady and then saying in his own defense that he was only trying to protect her from her own actions.
The choke hold of a man in New York City by a policeman that lead to the man's death when choke holds are illegal and then the police union representative saying it wasn't a choke hold we were witnessing in the video says all we need to hear about where this problem is and what needs to be done about it.
We need to either hold those types of cops accountable to send a message to the rest or disarm our police and issue them a billy club alone again.
The swatification of America's Police Force is complete.
So what's it going to be used for?
What is the need to do it?
And who is the real enemy now to the people- the criminals or our out of control police?
"The Blue Code of Silence (also known as the Blue Shield, Blue Wall, Curtain, Veil, or Cocoon) is the idea of an unwritten rule that exists among police officers not to report on a colleague's errors, misconducts, or crimes. If questioned about an incident of misconduct involving another officer (e.g. during the course of an official inquiry), while following the code, the officer being questioned would claim ignorance of another officer's wrongdoing."
These stories have become all too common in our country. Americans need to demand that an outside agency, other than police, investigate these outrages and if need be, prosecute.
If someone kills a cop, there is a greater charge for homicide for having done that to a policeman.
If a cop does something to a citizen he's sworn to 'protect and serve', there should be a greater charge for having violated his oath as a law keeper.
It should work both ways.
SWAT Teams Everywhere
By Mother Jones
"Are SWAT teams and other forms of "paramilitary" policing becoming much too common in the United States? I ask because in Slate today, Daniel Engber writes as an aside that "By the mid-1990s, more than 80 percent of American cities had active teams, as did more than half of all law enforcement agencies in the country with more than 50 officers." He links to a 1997 study by Peter Kraska, who found that the number of SWAT teams in America has not only risen dramatically since the 1980s, but that they've been used much more frequently:
"In SWAT units formed since 1980, their use has increased by 538 percent," said Kraska. He added that such units are now being deployed as full-time roaming patrols."