to every LE official in the country. Some places in particular.
Regardless of your stance on the militarization of American police in
general and the recent events in Missouri in particular, here’s a
simple truth: a police department that loses the trust of the community it serves can no longer fulfill its primary function.
I am not anti-police—I recognize policing duties as one of the few
legitimate and important functions of a state. But the War on Drugs,
onerous and liberty-destroying as it is, has merged with the War on
Terror, and as a result we have big-city police departments who are
perpetually in conflict mode. It’s not that I mind the cops having
AR-15s. What I mind is that “compliance by overwhelming force” has
become the first and only tool in the toolbox in many cases. If you
dress your cops like soldiers, equip them like soldiers, have them train
like soldiers, and adopt the lingo of soldiers, it’s really no surprise
when they sooner or later start feeling and acting like soldiers.
And, to push that point, this needs to be at the bottom:
Add this from Lawdog to it, too.