Local police should be peace officers, not militarized law enforcers.
Police have become violent and abusive to the public they are supposed to protect, and we regularly document cases of abuse.
This is the natural result of the War on Drugs and of the influence the federal government has — through grants, training and the divvying out of military equipment — to local police.
When a “war on (whatever)” mentality is prevalent, everyone not a member of the force is viewed as an enemy combatant.
This has created an atmosphere of fear of the populace among the police and a fear of the police among the populace, putting them at odds.
The Founders recognized that a standing army is the bane of liberty. Local police officers and the federal law enforcement agencies are becoming that standing army by proxy.
There is definitely a war mentality. I heard it was when Len Bias over dosed that the local police ramped up and militarized and coined the phrase war on drugs.
that article left out a lot, he didn't ram one cop car, he wasn't in a idling truck when they he shot him, he was ramming him again while he was out of the car.
this has the full video of it.
I agree with legalizing many of the drugs that are currently illegal. The roots for much of the prohibition were done out of basically racism http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Race_...
These laws need to be examined and reconsidered, which is why I am optimistic when I see the work of Eric Holder and his push for more lenient treatment of non violent offenders in prison because of the war on drugs.
The article did leave out a lot and I am not arguing whether or not the police were justified I am merely pointing out that, the youth today in the United States are in trouble. The young men and women do not respect authority they live without thought about consequences. I am not sure how but something needs to happen so that we do not loose our youth.
exactly make them feel like they are a part of the community they live in. They have to feel vested (and I mean they are vested) but they have to be taught that they (the youth) are a major part of this community and they can make a difference. There is a big problem with young adults not voting.
Being a kid is hard and I can't help but feel like it is made even harder through alienating our youth through draconian style justice system.