Branson Cops Will Ready 4War With New Weapons
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#1 Dec 21, 2011
Local Branson,Missouri Cops Ready for War
With Homeland Security
Funded Military Weapons......
just like Fargo,North Dakota.
Dec 21, 2011
A decade of billions in spending in the name of homeland security has armed local police departments with military-style equipment and a new commando mentality.
But has it gone too far...common sense does not prevail in Branson,Mo.
Nestled amid plains so flat the locals joke you can watch your dog run away for miles,
Fargo treasures its placid lifestyle,
seldom pierced by the mayhem and violence common in other urban communities. North Dakotas largest city has averaged fewer than two homicides a year since 2005,
and theres not been a single international terrorism prosecution in the last decade.
But that hasnt stopped authorities in Fargo and its surrounding county from going on an $8 million buying spree to arm police officers with the sort of gear once reserved only for soldiers fighting foreign wars.
Branson Missouri Police Department qualifies for the same weapons, to be shipped in 2012.
Every city squad car is equipped today with a military-style assault rifle, and officers can don Kevlar helmets able to withstand incoming fire from battlefield-grade ammunition.
And for that epic confrontationif it ever occursofficers can now summon a new $256,643 armored truck,
complete with a rotating turret.
Branson will get a similar truck in 2012.
For now, though, the menacing truck is used mostly for training and appearances at the annual city picnic, where its been parked near the childrens bounce house.
Most people are so fascinated by it, because nothing happens here, says Carol Archbold, a Fargo resident and criminal justice professor at North Dakota State University.Theres no terrorism here.
Like Fargo, thousands of other local police departments nationwide have been amassing stockpiles of military-style equipment in the name of homeland security,
aided by more than $34 billion in federal grants since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
States Spend Billions on Homeland Security
Atlanta Police S.W.A.T. members searched a building for a shooting suspect in July of 2010.
The buying spree has transformed local police departments into small, army-like forces, and put intimidating equipment into the hands of civilian officers.
And that is raising questions about whether the strategy has gone too far, creating a culture and capability that jeopardizes public safety and civil rights while creating an expensive false sense of security.
The argument for up-armoring is always based on the least likely of terrorist scenarios, says Mark Randol, a former terrorism expert at the Congressional Research Service, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress.Anyone can get a gun and shoot up stuff. No amount of SWAT equipment can stop that.
Local police bristle at the suggestion that theyve become militarized, arguing the upgrade in firepower and other equipment is necessary to combat criminals with more lethal capabilities.
They point to the 1997 Los Angeles-area bank robbers who pinned police for hours with assault weapons, the gun-wielding student who perpetrated the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, and the terrorists who waged a bloody rampage in Mumbai, India, that left 164 people dead and 300 wounded in 2008.
The new weaponry and battle gear, they insist, helps save lives in the face of such threats.I dont see us as militarizing police; I see us as keeping abreast with society, former Los Angeles Police chief William Bratton says.
And we are a gun-crazy society.
#3 Dec 22, 2011
It has nothing to do with weapons. It is just one more string the Feds can yank the locals around with. If the locals don't do what they are told. The new toys disappear. You are right to be concerned. You are just concerned about the wrong thing.
#4 Dec 23, 2011
if the cops have these weapons they WILL use them. The police forces of the U.S have been militarized whether they want to admit it or not.
They don't even wear police uniforms anymore, most of the cops wear jack boots and BDU's to try to instill fear and intimidate the citizens. Is it any wonder people dislike the police?
They stop you and get smart mouthed with you and try to get you mad so they can say you disrespected them. Then comes the cowardly tazing and beatdown! Just watch the utube video of the ambulance driver and the Oklahoma highway patrol. It will piss you off. What's bad is there are hundreds of videos or police abuse on YouTube. Check them out!
#5 Dec 25, 2011
T-smegma, I am sorry you got a ticket. It's just the Adults are trying to have a serious conversation. The Feds are moving into a area we don't want them to! The federalization of Law Enforcement. You are whining about a ticket you recieved. You either need to grow up or just shut up. I wish parents wouldn't allow their children to post!
#6 Dec 25, 2011
what are you a nazi?,,,the feds are our goverment,,,without goverment this would still be like the wild wild west,,,now bend over and kiss your butt for thanksgiving that you live in the best country in the world,,,your free,,,but if we didnt have goverment to control the people,,,people would destroy themselves with no rules,,,if you beleive in the christian way,,then our lord taught us to respect the laws of the land,,,plus you just told a kid to shut up and leave the adults alone,,,got news for you,,,the reason the kids of today are like they are cuz you adults act like your serious all the time and know everything,,,kids learn from example,,,they arnt born with hate in there hearts,,,adults teach them hate,,they aint racist when born,,adults teach them racisim,,thats why our lord taught us that if you stay like a childs mindset,,life has way fewer problems and is much simpler,,,so smack yourself across your face for fu@#ing everything up,,,ha haa haaa
#7 Dec 25, 2011
who says I got a ticket you bootlick?
#8 Dec 25, 2011
whats a bootlick?,,is that the same as what you are,,a stump jumper,,,ha haa haaa
#9 Dec 26, 2011
You children prove my point, thank you both.
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