Militarization of police refers to the use of military equipment and tactics by law enforcement officers. This includes the use of armored vehicles, assault rifles, flashbang grenades, sniper rifles, and SWAT teams. Proponents argue that this equipment increases officers’ safety and enables them to better protect the public and other first responders. Opponents argue that police forces which received military equipment were more likely to have violent encounters with the public.
Yes, ONLY in response to extreme situations. AND with strict training on how to and when to use the equipment. AND officers that misuse military grade weapons should NEVER have access to or be authorized to use those weapons ever again.
Define "military grade." Body armor, semi-automatic pistols, AR style rifles are all issued widely in the military. My sense is that this term as used here is meant to capture things like armored vehicles. I would not want to restrict the discretion of law enforcement to have access to any of these things because there are certainly situations that call for the use of such equipment. I would be in favor of more oversight and some mechanism to skew police agencies away from using them unnecessarily, though.
No they should not be handed military grade equipment because they can't even handle the fire arms they are given now. They don't even go through enough training or proper training to deal with some of the calls they get now with the weapons they are handed. So why should we trust them to carry military grade equipment. I understand that most cops aren't bad but the ones that do things they know they shouldn't do or they know it was wrong are the ones that can't be trusted. It's also the cops that know their partners did something wrong or have done something wrong but has not said anything about. But that's a whole different discussion.
NO because the more militarized our police gets, the more fascist rule we will have over our heads. We should have a system reform directed towards benefiting the people and not directed towards property protection and enforcing fascist law and order against minorities.
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