Welcome to the party, pals?

To those awake to the problem, “militarized cops” aren’t exactly a new topic. But I’m seeing a flurry of more mainstream sources writing on the subject as if they’d only just noticed.

Washington Post, of all places:

The disturbing messages in police recruiting videos

…the SWAT team has its own page on the Hobbs department Web site, complete with a video of SWAT cops shooting and destroying things, set to heavy metal music. The statement in the video that “The rules of engagement of SWAT are simple: Defeat the enemy . . . any way you can” is also troubling. The mission of a SWAT team ought to be to resolve volatile situations without force and violence whenever possible.)

Note, too, what’s missing from the recruiting video: Public service. Cops walking beats. Community policing. Helping people.

This popular conservative blog, that never seems to have mentioned the issue before…

Why does the BLM have guys with rifles and mechanized infantry? The whole militarization of the federal government is disturbing. These guys don’t swear allegiance to the US Constitution, they don’t come from a culture of patriotism like most military volunteers do. They aren’t barred by US law from being active on American soil. Its like an end run around the military by the executive department, who apparently wants its own private army it can use against Americans.

Ya think?

There are lots more but after I’ve blotted out the tab I can never find these things again while I’m puttering around the web. We expect these things from the usual suspects, Codrea and Balko and such, and that’s fine: The choir certainly deserves to be preached to. But the flock needs to be lulled to sleep, not all agitated by the sheepdogs. If the shepherd is starting to lose the apologists at places like WaPo, he’s got a problem.

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5 Responses to Welcome to the party, pals?

  1. Bear says:

    “We expect these things from the usual suspects, Codrea and Balko and such, and that’s fine […] If the shepherd is starting to lose the apologists at places like WaPo, he’s got a problem.”

    You did realize that column is by Balko? That he moved to WaPo a while back?

  2. Joel says:

    My face is red. Without opening it again: Really? I knew he wrote for Huffpo, but I didn’t know he’d gone quite that far afield.

  3. Bear says:

    Looks like Balko’s last HuffPo piece was at the end of December. He’s been at WaPo since, so far as I know. As for “far afield”… um… I’d say HuffPo and WaPo are about equally leftist, but HuffPo tends to froth even more (which should not be taken as a compliment to WaPo); I wondered how long Balko would last over there. Answer: Not long.

  4. weambulance says:

    Huh. I was wondering why he hadn’t updated his column in four months. Good to know.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bookoo…binkoooo..bunkkoooo. the stink still smells

To the stake with the heretic!