Anyone who has been paying attention is aware that we have a growing domestic terrorism problem here in America.
And by domestic terrorism, I mean our militarized police departments.
Here's how the FBI defines domestic terrorism, from their website:
"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:
· Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
Radley Balko, author of Rise of the Warrior Cop, wrote in the Wall Street Journal in August:
Since the 1960s, in response to a range of perceived threats, law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier.
Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop—armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties. (source)
Brave New Films has produced a new short film that explores HOW police have become soldiers. Here are some quick facts the producers compiled:
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Serve And Protect Is Now “Search And Destroy”
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