The continuing militarization of the police forces should be of grave concern to the people of Indiana. Police are not meant to be a military force and to equip them with military weaponry, equipment, vehicles and the like is going to lead us down a very bad road.
The police have no business adopting military tactics and equipment. As we have seen all too often it leads to tragedy and disaster for citizens. Radley Balko recently pointed this out to great effect in his paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America".
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#102 Feb 24, 2007
Just what we Need More Cops with More Military Hardware & tactics.
#103 Feb 24, 2007
The murder of Jason Baker could have been prevented years ago by the juvenile court system and IDOC. If they really tried to help kids in trouble turn their lives around instead of warehousing them and treating the kids like animals, things may have turned out differently. But without troubled teens becoming adult criminals, the criminal justice system would not be the big money maker it is today. Michael Paul Shannon was a kid in need of help as a young teen, but he was only seen as a meal ticket and a per diem by the system.
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