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  •  The car backfired, they thought it was a gunshot (10+ / 0-)

    Yes, the victims were driving a really old car, 1979 model.  It backfired and scared the cops, who went out of control.

    IMO, police forces in most major cities need to be completely retrained.  As the ACLU points out, our police forces have become militarized thanks to post 9-11 activities by DHS, FBI and other federal agencies.  

    Police now think of their own cities as war zones, not communities.  They think of their local citizens as potential terrorists, not criminals.  IMO, the problem just isn't the proliferation of military weapons and tactics, it's also the training and psychological conditioning of local LE to view their communities and citizens as enemy territory.

    From the ACLU web site:

    American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war. Federal funding in the billions of dollars has allowed state and local police departments to gain access to weapons and tactics created for overseas combat theaters – and yet very little is known about exactly how many police departments have military weapons and training, how militarized the police have become, and how extensively federal money is incentivizing this trend. It’s time to understand the true scope of the militarization of policing in America and the impact it is having in our neighborhoods. On March 6th, ACLU affiliates in 23 states filed over 255 public records requests with law enforcement agencies and National Guard offices to determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments. Stay tuned as this project develops.

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:34:47 AM PDT

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