Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Community Policing vs. Military Occupation

Those in law enforcement circles used to use the phrase community policing.  This meant officers would work in neighborhoods & get to know the residents. Nowadays in the Orlando area however, it seems police only show up after someone gets shot.

Or 2 dozen cops with automatic weapons show up at my apartment complex with children playing to serve a warrant on people who'd moved.  Police now use military tactics of using overwhelming force in all situations.  Thus, the Orlando polics have an armored humvee that I've seen rolling on the street  with officers toting AR-15 semi-automatic weapons.

Military tactics exist to conquer territory and thus totally unsuited for use in American communities.

Nevertheless, the Orange County Sheriff's recruiting manager, Mary Ann Salazer said, "We are paramilitary organization."  (Orlando Sentinel, 14 August, '13)

This  leads to a shoot first mentality, leaving ap man shot dead by deputy sheriffs whern he answered xhis door with milk in his hand; it led to an alleged car thief ,  Tory Breedlove, gettig shot over 20 times inn a hail of 130+  bullets.

Paramilitary policing indeed.

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