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Ferguson Police Response Spotlights Defense Program

by Brendan McGarry on August 15, 2014

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The use of tactical weapons and gear by cops in Ferguson, Missouri, in a show of force against crowds protesting the shooting of an unarmed black teen by an officer has sparked a debate about police militarization and cast a spotlight on the Pentagon’s equipment transfer program.

Police departments across the country increasingly participate in the Defense Logistics Agency’s so-called Excess Property Program. The effort, also known as the 1033 program, dates to the early 1990s and authorizes the Pentagon to transfer to local law enforcement agencies hand-me-down weapons and equipment, from clothing and sleeping bags to computers and digital cameras to guns and armored trucks.

Since its inception, the program has transferred more than $5 billion worth of defense equipment and supplies to more than 8,000 local law enforcement agencies, according to the DLA’s Disposition Services website.

The trend picked up dramatically after terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The value of transfers increased more than tenfold within the past decade, from 34,708 transfers worth $33 million in 2006 to 51,779 transfers worth $420 million last year, according to an article by Niraj Chokshi of The Washington Post.

During the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military spent almost $50 billion buying a fleet of 20,000 blast-resistant trucks, known as Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, to protect troops from deadly roadside bombs. Now, hundreds of the hulking vehicles belong to local police departments.

The program’s website includes among the inventory available for transfer such guns as the M-16A2 assault rifle, M-14 rifle and M-1911 .45-caliber pistol, such vehicles as the iconic Humvee utility vehicle and MRAP, and even aircraft and boats.

In an e-mail to Military​.com, Michelle McCaskill, a spokeswoman for the defense agency, said weapons account for only 5 percent of the transfers and tactical vehicles even less, less than 1 percent. She also noted how the congressionally mandated program was designed to aid communities requesting help with counter-drug and counter-terrorism activities.

The Ferguson police department does participate in the program, McCaskill said, but to date it has only received a trailer, a generator and two non-armored Humvees.

Even so, the sight of the police department’s Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, team members donning assault rifles and camouflage on an urban street in Missouri has drawn backlash from the community and civil-rights activists.

Kara Dansky, a senior counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Center for Justice and author of the report, “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing,” said her research shows that the vast majority of paramilitary police raids are for serving search warrants and other “ordinary” law enforcement purposes; just 7 percent were for a hostage situation or other actual emergencies.

“More often than not, these violent raids are conducted to serve warrants in search of drugs, disproportionately affecting people of color, despite the fact that whites and people of color use drugs at roughly the same rates,” she wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times. “And the militarization of policing is dangerous. Paramilitary weapons and equipment escalates the risk of violence and threatens public safety.”

Louis Anemone, a former chief of the New York Police Department, argues that surplus military gear is a good deal for cops and taxpayers. He oversaw the department’s acquisition from the Army of field ambulances, gas masks with filters for chemical and biological toxins, among other equipment.

“Each piece filled a void in the department’s inventory, and saved the taxpayers money,” he wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times. “If technology, equipment, weapons and/or training is available at little or no cost, it would be malfeasance for a city or a department not to seize that opportunity.”

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Joe August 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

If I point my loaded weapon at the police it is assault. If they point their loaded weapon at me without probable cause, it is what exactly?

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cabgx2 August 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Scary!!!

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rtsy August 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Officer misconduct.

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Bennie Brooks August 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm

"Bonus Army"—–US Army/US Police What is the Diff (82 yrs.) and those of you in the Military that Join your local US POLICE FORCE TAKE A LOOK BACK- TODAY THEM TOMORROW YOUR comrades. This is what happens to anyone asking for what is RIGHT NO MATTER HOW THEY ASK PROTECT & SERVE???. Who are you PROTECTING and Who are you SERVING; OFFICER?

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blight_asdf August 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

How did Radley Balko not get a mention here?

This has been going on for a while. These forces are expensive to maintain and train, and thus they have to be used somewhere. SWAT deployment is stepping up, and now they are being tasked with crowd control. Dare I ask why they were deployed first to confront rioters instead of to protect property? Putting SWAT guys with guns on your business strip with orders to deter looting is probably less confrontational than sending them head to head with rioters while letting looting happen elsewhere.

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blight_asdf August 16, 2014 at 8:54 am

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/chaos-er

On the plus side, I am glad civilians are doing their part, but the looting is sickening. Plays right into the hands of the police and other statists. "More cops, more flexibility" please.

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John Moore August 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

"e shooting of an unarmed black teen " Who had just commited a robbery at a local convenience store. Why is that part not included.

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Dfens August 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

And physically assaulted one of the store clerks, the other part of the story that doesn't show up. The thug is typically identified as the "unarmed teen who was shot by a policeman." And the entitlements go on…

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autonomousresistance August 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

The cops themselves are saying he was stopped not because he was a suspect at that moment but because he was walking on the street. Get your facts straight before broadcasting misinformation. Even if the kid did steal some cigars, that warrants him being shot multiple times when he posed no threat to the cop?

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Stop and Think August 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

It was my understanding there was a struggle for the officer's weapon. I would say that could be taken as a "threat".

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darby2000 August 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

He did pose a threat to the cop as he assaulted the cop and seriously injured him fracturing his eye socket also in going for his gun which are both felonies.

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solo August 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I saw a rap sheet online recently on Mr. Brown. He was no innocent. Death is not the answer but how long before something worse might have happened during another robbery?

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blight_asdf August 19, 2014 at 7:51 am

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08

Strangely, someone else seems to be saying otherwise. Someone is lying if two versions of Brown's arrest record are floating around.

The situation is also escalating:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/c

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Kim August 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Yeah wonder why. Maybe because it was not the case, after all?

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Dfens August 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Yeah, because he was a nice boy. He wouldn't do anything like that even if he was caught on a video doing that very thing. The police must have done something to that video, because that's the kind of crap we always hear thrown around because a double standard does exist in this country and some people are going to be real damn surprised when that gravy train comes to an end.

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Ben August 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm

So it's fine for police to gun you down if you take a pack of cigars from a store? I'm not saying that Brown should have gotten away with what he did, but damn. Police are far too prone to excessive force and it's something that NEEDS to be addressed.

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Dfens August 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm

What the hell are you talking about? In the real world, the kid not only stole some cigars, he assaulted the clerk, then went on to assault the police officer and try to take his gun. And yes, that will get you killed.

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autonomousresistance August 15, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Multiple witnesses state there was no struggle for the cop's gun, that info came from the cops trying to protect their own as is their mo… and again, the cops themselves are stating he was not stopped for the cigar theft but because he was walking down the street…

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Ben August 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

There's no evidence he assaulted the police or tried to take his gun. There are many witnesses who claim that he tried to run away, got shot, stopped and put his hands up and then was gunned down.

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Dealer8 August 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

Actually there are witnesses that claim there was a struggle and thats when the gun went off. But good job at simply ignoring some of the witness reports and just focus on the ones that support your pre-conceived conclusion.

Chris August 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm

More questions, fewer answers, and even more assumptions….. Speculation and theories about who did what to whom, and when.

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Ben August 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Police don't need fancy "smart guns," armored trucks or loads of military gear. What they NEED is better training and mandatory body cams.

If that cop in Ferguson was wearing a body cam, we'd all know exactly what happened. Hell, if he was wearing one, this might never have even escalated to a shooting.

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rtsy August 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Better community ties would solve a lot of this too.

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Ben August 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Agreed.

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Dfens August 17, 2014 at 1:46 am

Or kissing their ass…

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Tiger August 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

The blame game goes both ways.

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Nick August 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I'm more concerned about the decided lack of information being provided.

That being said, the response of the citizens of the town definitely deserve armored vechicles, smart weapons, smart munitions. I've been in combat zones that were quieter! What idiot destroys their own town?

Answer: TERRORISTS DO.

The mother of the teen, immediately after this happened, called for calm. Of course, the good reverend (and his hanger-ons) showed up for the photo opportunity. No call for calm from them.

As a I started, I'll wait for the facts. Until then, the people who are acting like terrorists need to go home, sit down, and act like they're Americans. As to the good reverend, why don't you and your entourage go to, say, Chicago, and do something about the "black on black" murders? Or maybe go to Detroit and do something about "black on white" crimes?

Never mind, can't get your 15 minutes on the evening news. Forget I mentioned it.

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mpower6428 August 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

……."good Americans go home and sit down"…..

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rtsy August 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm

All community leaders, including media hams like Sharpton, have been calling for an end to violence at every opportunity. Meanwhile, protesting isn't usually considered a terrorist act unless you're living under a dictatorship.

Expanding the conversation for a second:
America was founded by terrorists. The founding fathers destroyed property, organized armed militias, and encouraged violent dissent. There would be no USA without those willing to stand up to well armed authorities and entrenched power structures.

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NMI August 17, 2014 at 12:14 am

what idiot shoots and kills an unarmed teenager with their arms in the air and offering no resistance?

Answer: U.S. Law Enforcement

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wtpworrier August 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Some COPS think they are like Soldiers, they are not, not even close. For one thing, American cities "ARE NOT COMBAT ZONES"…no matter how much COPS tell themselves that they are, trust me, they are not. Nor are they Soldiers, so why would Local Law Enforcement use Military Vehicles to patrol the streets of America, the Army can't even do that according to the Constitution. This is why they had such problems in Ferguson MO. this past week, and if the Mayor, and the Police Chief did not see that comming, they should not be in Law Enforcement. Soldiers would have known that would have upset the local populace, because we are trained to know it…COPS are not, either that or they don't care. If that is the case, they still should NOT be cops. If you are a COP and you want to play Soldier, join the Army.

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Steve August 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

I bet at least half already joined the army and have served in combat zones. Are the police running people over with theses military vehicles? What damage are they causing besides to the ozone? They're not going to walk everywhere I can promise you that.

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moondawg August 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Those "thugs" are American citizens. Somehow the State Troopers are keeping the peace without the military gear and MRAPS. During the late 60s and early 70s I was on the military side of numerous protests much larger than these. We were military and didn't have all that gear. Shields, face visors and riot batons were enought. Darn well no small arms. They were available but out of sight in vans to the rear..

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Dealer8 August 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

Those "Thugs" are criminals. If they were peacefully protesting thats fine. But they weren't they were rioting, looting and destroying private property. While throwing rocks, bricks and Molotov cocktails causing injuries.

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Dealer8 August 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

Hold on they seriously censor the first half of the word of a very common alcoholic beverage. Thats hilarious.

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Rod August 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Multiple accounts say that the police were not stopping looters.

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LaZrtx August 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Just like the T Martin case facts can be greatly twisted by "news". Brown was not an unarmed teenager. Brown was a 6'5" 300lb Bloods gang member with a history of violence and assault and robbery. He had just committed a robbery and assault and was walking down the middle of the street obstructing traffic when the law approached and asked him to exit the street. Brown then proceeded to escalate the situation by confronting the police.

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autonomousresistance August 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Actually the fact is Brown was unarmed, and whatever attempt you make to assassinate his character won't change that fact. The cops themselves have stated he was not stopped for the cigar theft but because he was walking down the street. And there is no indication he even had a criminal record. What are you, an agent of disinformation?

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Tiger August 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Even bad guys have rights. That is what investigations are for. The shoot can be either good or bad. The actions prior do not change that.

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David August 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Assassinate or bring to light? Telling the truth about someone isn't assassinating their character.

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autonomousresistance August 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

The press were targeted. Some were violently arrested. Cops were announcing that all media were to turn their cameras off. Obviously media were targeted. As for militarization "just because of the looks" get real. It "looks" like militarization because the cops are wearing and using military gear. The "thugs" are citizens, including children, youth, and elders.

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conradswims August 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Barry, Do you even care about the lives of young Black males? The crime rate facts do not support your distorted rant. If you care about young Black males do what I did. Hire um and put them to work and teach um a trade like I did. Teach them to put the dope and guns away and stop murdering each other. Get some guts your self. Your post does more to destroy the chance of young Black males. You are wrong and hateful to them.

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puresaltA1A August 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

They are human beings period….. they are all Americans period… in no way does this justify the militarization of the police and shitting on the US Constitution nor the abuse that currently the citizens are taking…. yes they have problems because the government has made them dependent upon handouts… should be a lesson to everyone… the real thugs are the ones in the riot gear…

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Dealer8 August 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

So then you have no problem with rioting, looting, destruction of property. In fact if I came to your house right now and burned it down with 10 of my friends you would not be ok with the police showing up to prevent it?

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puresaltA1A August 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm

That's not what I am a saying… Being heavy handed I do have a problem with, its not one or the other.. both sides are wrong and both sides are inflaming the issue. Also it was my response to Misanthrophe2 who was out of line, because if you don't see it now… If you just let a certain portion of the population get mowed over, then who is next? Just like the Nazis did in Germany… The only thing that is right now preventing out right conflict is the US Constitution, once that is gone only thing that is going to stop it is force upon force…. nobody wants it to go that far…

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rtsy August 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

The police should be keeping civilians safe, not intimidating them with military hand me downs that they barely have training in.

These weapons were meant for use against terrorists or drug dealers, not protesting civilians and the media.

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conradswims August 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

You are 100% wrong!

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james kesl August 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Any weapon is a tactical weapon when used by police or military. Guns and vehicles designed to keep its occupants safe are solely for use against terrorists. Protesting crowds are frequently turning violent and causing more harm than good. From my research, Ferguson has one of the highest crime rates in the region, you can find the info in the FBI’s violent crimes database. The police in that are knwe what they were dealing with. Additionally, thE deceased was suspected of robbing a store minutes before the shooting and refused to comply with police. You should watch the video of the robbery, he blatantly robs the store and assaults the store owner.

Your comments are off base and uneducated. I recommend you read more on the issue or remain quiet so as not to show your ignorance.

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rtsy August 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

The officer in mention had no knowledge of the robbery at the time of the shooting. Furthermore strong arm robbery isn't grounds for killing, especially after a suspect has already been shot and given up with his arms raised.

The use of an MRAP and SWAT teams was uncalled for given the nature of the protesters surrounding the shooting site. Rather than showing an escalated response immediately after the shooting, the police should have engaged the community and been as open as possible.

Instead the militaristic response further heightened tensions and alienated the very community the police were supposed to be protecting.

I'm very educated on the issues, I simply see the situation differently than you.

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Dealer8 August 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

Your aware police are around as the exact solution required for rioters and looters? And these are not 'protesters' they are rioters and looters. They are criminals. I'm sure there were a few that were protesters and just got caught near the group when they turned violent but they should have left the area as soon as the rioting started.

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Tiger August 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Not educated. Just Opinionated.

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Tiger August 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Except the protesters have attracted crooks & terrorists to use the cause as cover for crime.

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PS1 RETIRED August 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

According to the article,
The Ferguson police department has only received a trailer, a generator and two non-armored Humvees.
So, what weapons are you talking about that the Ferguson police department were using that were recieved from the military. No weapons!

Read more: http://defensetech.org/2014/08/15/ferguson-cops-s
Defense.org

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Dfens August 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

But they have scary black rifles, and bullet proof vests. Oh, I'm so scared!

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conradswims August 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Urban warfare is the best use of COIN when done where we live. The ghettos in America need to be scraped and put all the young black people who want an honest job to work building new housing and learning a trade. Then sell the housing to the people with a job.
Regulate to dope business and take all the tax free profit out of it. The underground dope business is subverting America.

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Guest August 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I live in the neighbooring county and have worked in ferguson the media doesn’t portray the area as it actually is it is the most violent region in the entire state daily shootings and murders weekly these police know what kind of people where mixed in with the crowd and the steps taken where necessary especially after the riots also you do not hear about the multiple gun shots heard in the nights before this escalated they shot at police helicopters and threw objects at police it was a violent situation that needed to be disarmed rather have tear gas than bodies in the street

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Dealer8 August 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

I didn't have any problems reading it.

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jrk August 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

All sides, the police, the media, the protestor and the dead suspect made mistakes. How about we all shut our mouths and let the police do their investigation to figure out what happened. I’m sure our President will become involved for some reason and make things worse as well. Everyone of us who has made a statmeet here is simply wrong because none of us were there. None of us saw what happened, we simply read what others are posting and decide if it is right or wrong. Let’s all shut our pie holespecially and reserve judgement for when the facts are figured out.

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tres August 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm

The rogue police state is showing its ugly tails in broad day light now. An indication that the average IQ of Americans has sunk to new lows.

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Kathy August 16, 2014 at 12:21 am

How about allow our law enforcement to protect our streets with what they've been given? If that is military authorized equipment, then so be it. Keep in mind, some of the thugs in the streets have been equipped with illegal guns for years. Isn't it fair that our police force is adequately armed as well?

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Dfens August 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

Who cares about "fair". When the police officers in my neighborhood go to work, I want them to come back home fully intact. I don't want them to get into "fair" fights. I want them to overwhelm the criminals so that neither the criminals nor the police have to fight it out. It's when the fight is "fair", that's when the blood really flows in the streets.

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jd August 16, 2014 at 1:28 am

Yeah you say “give them what they need to protect our streets” I suggest you Google police violence 8.5million hits in 0.3 seconds.wait till the usual no knock warrant is served on you see if your still keen after they get the address wrong again. Wake up there not there to keep you safe like the way they disarmed “rich white folks” weapons after Katrina. Whatever he done doesn’t give power of judge jury and instant execution to the “fine boys in blue”

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Dealer8 August 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

And if you google furry porn you get 5M hits in .3 seconds. I don't think the number of google hits on a subject is in anyway representative of any subject.

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hibeam August 16, 2014 at 4:28 am

Ferguson News Response Spotlights Lopsided liberal news leaving out important details of the entire story.

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Michael Shatto August 16, 2014 at 4:37 am

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The problem is not surplus military equipment.
The problem is the fundamental shift of thinking
that has Law Enforcement behaving as if everybody
who is not Law Enforcement is a terrorist criminal enemy.

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Concern Citizen August 18, 2014 at 3:53 am

This I agree with completely. It is sad to say but this is a replay of the civil rights struggle. If there are those who have convinced themselves or had convinced themselves that racial hatred has died in America, need only go to the website Topix and read the comments from these individuals which gives me the impression they have an insatiable hatred for African-Americans.

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Grey Wolf August 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

And this is any different from the Democratic Underground that espouses the same thing?

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Dfens August 19, 2014 at 10:51 am

You don't fix racism with quotas or legal double standards. That only makes things worse.

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Ferguson PD August 16, 2014 at 7:29 am

Now now commies, these MRAPS are for officer safety for one, you never know what kind of weapons these gangs can get there hands on and for 2, what would you do if you were a SWAT team member or a patrolman coming across some rioters with bricks, rocks, and Molotov cocktails huh? Tell them to stop and wave a baton at them? Hell no, bring out the M4 with rubber rounds I say. Although I do agree with Ben about cops having body cams

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rtsy August 16, 2014 at 8:57 pm

A competent police force doesn't shoot unarmed civilians or let situations escalate to the point where a SWAT team would need to be deployed in the first place.

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Tiger August 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm

1. Not true.
2. That is like asking to control the weather. Police are called because things are not in control.

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Concern Citizen August 18, 2014 at 4:05 am

Towards the end of the civil unrest it was not the heavy-handed approach, nor the military equipment which brought calm to the crowd but rather someone they felt they could trust. I suspect of trust had been established long before this situation arose there may not have ever been a riot.

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Ferguson PD August 19, 2014 at 6:22 am

Bull**** Rtsy the teen grabbed for the officers gun and the officer shot him in surprise and self defense, maybe you want to get shot but I sure as hell wouldn’t, I’d pop a cap in him without a thought if that happened

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Kevin Smithwick August 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

The MRAPs are horrible for a police role and are a budget strain for most police forces. They have been offered and turned down in my area, citing exactly what I've said. Also take note that some of these MRAPs were literally donated and still turned down. As someone from a police family I know that being cop is more about a "show of force". It's about maintaining the peace, if you escalate force too quickly you risk losing control. Once the population becomes violate and you no longer have anything to threaten them with you risk losing officers. People seem to forget policing is largely about self-discipline and knowing when to apply force and too what degree.

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William August 16, 2014 at 8:07 am

Just to let you guys know. Another guy was identified as the suspect of the robbery.

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William August 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Incorrect his friend who was with him told police that he did in fact steal the box of cigars, but still you kill a kid for that even after he turns around and puts his hand up. If that is a reason for killing someone then there would be a lot of dead folks on the COPS tv show.

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Feed up August 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

I guess there are no black cops. Barry, you are a racist POS. By the way, George Zimmerman is Hispanic. When it comes to preferential treatment. Hispanics are classified as non white on every form when choosing ethnicity.

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Kevin Smithwick August 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Not to add my opinion but some legal/government papers classify Hispanic as white, I've seen it on birth certificates. Also the Ferguson Police Department is mostly white despite being in a largely black community. Does that mean that they're forced to hire only black officers until it reflects the community..no. Although these happen to be the facts on the ground and the politicians will use it for political gain.

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ken August 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

Continue the program as the threat level goes varies. Just don't give them tanks and warthogs.

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Ankon August 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm

military equipment in the police for me is a NO GO , maintain the difference between the police and the military to preserve civilian rights

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Ferguson PD August 16, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Seriously? It’s not like the police are using M1 Abrams and Apaches to patrol the streets?

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Dfens August 17, 2014 at 1:59 am

Yeah, but they have those scary black rifles? Oh, I am so scared of the police.

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Dealer8 August 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Perhaps Nerf will be willing to supply our cops with guns.

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Dfens August 18, 2014 at 12:04 am

They might be too scary for the cowardly "hate America first" crowd.

Dfens August 17, 2014 at 10:13 am

A black Ferguson resident spoke with News Channel 5 TV in St. Louis.
He said, “Why were the officers standing back? Why don’t they shoot these looters?”

The answer is, because it's black people's homes being burned and looted. If it were the homes of any other Americans the police would be shooting.

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Tiger August 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

Why? The Boston Massacre did not exactly go over well. Repeating that in 2014 is not a great idea. Live fire is the last choice in situation they are trying to dial down. Not up.
Then that same resident would be crying about shooting unarmed looters……
Deadly force is used in defense of self. Not property.

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Dfens August 19, 2014 at 10:55 am

Unless it's your home and your family in that home, right? Then it's use all the deadly force you can get. Typical double standard. After all, all black people are thugs so they all deserve to have their houses burned and their families attacked.

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Barney Rubble August 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

OH boy…where to begin…..first off,lets trump the race card…the black minority has been kept down so long it justifies rioting, burglaries, retail thefts, drug possession and sales, and murder. And lets not forget it justifies a black person resisting arrest ans assaulting a officer. Those white people were not justified in being angry when police tazered and pepper sprayed them for a peaceful protest in UC Berkley a while back….And all those white protesters were rudely detained and dealt with during the G 20 summit…but it is ok to be black and trump the ol’ race card…..and lets not forget lawenforcement…heavy handed tactics, officer related shootings on the rise, overly excessive fore in dealing with search warrants and arrests….better look at the way police are trained and equipped in this country rater than trumping the race card.

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Tiger August 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

Jumping on the card…….Lets set things straight. 1. Blaming "the man," is weak & a crutch. Never have stood for it, never will. In 2014, you make your own destiny. 2. We in the Black minority hate crooks as much as anybody.We tend to be the victims of their ill will. Let us not confuse persons engaged in lawful protest of a grievance with folks knocking over a liquor store. Nothing justifies the events of this last week. As for the Berkley punks? Ask & you shall receive. Your peacefulness ends when you tell the cops to f-off anf fail to clear when ordered. So White, Black or Polka Dot I say taze the bros….

As for for police & use of force? Have a valid complaint? File it. There rarely is a nice way to arrest people. Trying to handle a kid the size of a football Defensive back alone, is not something I'd like to try. How about you?

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Leo Johnson August 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I think that someone has lost their "Marble's Pon this one .sometimes I wish that our police department had a tracked weapon just to drive it down the street that I liveon just to show these drug dealers that live on our streer that they don't own the street.The street belongs to the "public".I don't believe in using tracked weapons on unarmed croeds of people because then the police is denying the people the right of assemble.and that is against the "First Amendment of the United States Constitution.But I presume that "Stupidy" is well entrenched on both sides of the situation in furgeson Missouri.Stupidity on the side of the "Protesters" for listening to their "
agitators" and protesting the way they have been doing and "

stupidity" on the way that the Police have reacted to the actions of the Protesters.

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rat August 18, 2014 at 7:08 am

Maybe everyone forgot that the police are C I V I L I A N S. It's supposed to be civilians protecting civilians. The police departments around the nation are not supposed to have the firepower and equipment of the USMC. Now every mayor of every hick town and city is now their own little Pol Pot.

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Andre August 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

Savages?

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orly? August 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Some people blame Obama (a black president) for the calling of the National Guard (and just coming up short of Martial Law might I add) on mostly unarmed black protesters and rioters (good luck on that accusation).

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Huehue August 20, 2014 at 9:23 am

Hello corporate police-state

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cohen August 21, 2014 at 1:36 am

Your hello is a little late.

The police state has been here for at least two decades now.

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Jake August 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

The militarization of domestic police is a complete threat to liberty. Our founding fathers new this – and accordingly standing armies have been barred from domestic law enforcement. The federal government has now armed street cops and changed their mindset from peace officers to soldiers hunting insurgents. God help us all. Look how deluded they are about their "safety mission" when they point loaded M4 Assault rifles at unarmed and peaceful protestors in Ferguson.

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Jack August 23, 2014 at 8:16 am

This is partially the result of the extremely rich running this country coupled with law enforcement political organizations with the likes of Police Chiefs and sheriff’s political action committees that have lead to years of self lead intetest. Our forefathers would turn in their graves had they envisioned what law enforcement would became! Even the US Coast Guard as silently slipped through public view with mounting and firing 50 caliber machine guns at unarmed civilians on US waters. They slipped through Congress while avoiding censure for the last 20 years

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Dfens August 17, 2014 at 1:45 am

These appeasers don't have the balls to believe the truth. Just give them a little more, then they'll be happy.

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