Seems like “police militarization” is the phrase of the week thanks to that unpleasantness in Missouri. Ran it through Startpage this morning and got over 25K hits for the past week alone. What some have been crying in the wilderness for years and years seems only to be noticeable by the card-carrying journalists for whom the first amendment exists when they’re sucking tear gas and getting rousted out of restaurants by anonymous but scary Rambo-wannabes with qualified immunity.
Cops have been gunning up very publicly since the seventies, duh. Supposedly it was all going to be a last resort they could keep in their pocket for those rare ‘hostage situations’ and such, but how often does power stay unused? In reality they’ve been using ‘civilians’ as training targets for nearly as long, and it never seemed to bother the boys and girls in the ‘media’ before now.
But this week – I suspect mostly thanks to a few seconds’ video in a McDonalds – the Warrior Cop seems to be getting his fifteen minutes.