Everyday one can find a news story about police brutality, police corruption, or a violent drug raid gone wrong. Of course, one can find stories of other horrific crimes perpetuated by non-police officers – sometimes against police officers – as well, but the storyline of needing protection from the protectors is particularly disturbing. The increase in these sad and enraging stories follows closely the increased militarization of mentality, equipment, weapons, and personnel of the occupying police forces in America. Are stories of police violence the new shark attacks that sell ads for news agencies or is there a serious problem?
Today, the militarization is complete to such a degree Read the rest of this entry »