i cringe when anyone mentions militarization of police. nobody complains until they come for you, and then you’re all over it. if police are needing to get more violent, then maybe citizens (folks!) are getting more violent. or maybe police budgets have been cut so far that most cities no longer have adequate numbers of peace-keepers. calling the U.S. a police-state is an insult to good police-states everywhere. i say we appreciate our law-enforcement and don’t make it so hard for them to do their jobs. think of it this way — if we didn’t have an ocean between us and Gaza … a large part of our population would go running off to play in a war-zone.
why is that? think about what spurs the need for violence, and the human psych that yearns for efficacy.
no easy answer to violent demonstrations and riots. because it is the slow long-haul of providing decent jobs and living wages and enough opportunity and enough education and enough equality — that give people (folks!) a purpose in life and a greater reason to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
if you’re worried about over-zealous police, buy them a donut and some coffee, and ask how their day is going. it’s not that hard. and until we have checkpoints and armed men on every sidewalk, let’s not panic about “militarization.” try to remember what side you are on. this is the United States of America. the police have jobs to do, and if you don’t like the law they enforce, then you change the laws. if you don’t like how they are outfitted or armed, ask their wives or husbands or children what they feel about it.
fact is that peace starts with education. always did. so if there is less peace, what’s our next step?