Libertarian, Liberal Lawmakers Share Concerns About Police Tactics in Ferguson

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Things in Ferguson Missouri are a bit out of hand. The looters are nuts and the response from the cops looks about as crazy. As bad as things might be in Ferguson, this kind of show of force (see above) by local law enforcement is over the top.

But it’s just reflective of a trend we have reported on here for a long time. Law enforcement units of all kinds, local police, state and federal agencies, are becoming mini armies thanks to a decade of weaponization by DC in the name of “homeland security.”

Add many soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and finding work as cops (something which is rarely talked about) and we have a recipe for trouble.

Remember the response to the Boston bombing and the armored vehicles rolling through the streets and the homes broken into by law enforcement without a warrant?

Boston police cc I sure do. And I hope you do too. Because it should not be forgotten.

I haven’t the foggiest idea of what happened a few nights ago outside of St. Louis. Unlike many people in the media I don’t pretend to. But I do know that the police response concerns me. We seem to be sliding down multiple slippery slopes at this moment. Some prominent people agree with me. And I’m not talking about Al Sharpton.

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(From The Wall Street Journal) And later Thursday, Mr. Paul published an op-ed in Time which he wrote: “There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response. The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action.”

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