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I think we have a real national crisis right now when it comes to the police. It seems like every day, there is a new story that pops up showing an officer using excessive or lethal force that did not call for it. At first I was on the fence with the Ferguson event. It seemed to me it was not as black and white as the media made it out to be, but some of the more recent ones seem to clearly show that some officers are basically committing murder of innocent people and getting away with it.
One of the big problems is no-knock raids on houses suspected of having very low levels of drugs. Many of these have injured or killed innocent people. An officer was even killed in one when the homeowner defended himself from what he thought was robbers. He was even vindicated in court when the grand jury decided not to indict him, but they still continue to do them on lower and lower priority crimes.
Last the militarization of police. These officers are given the same weapons as our troops use in war zones, but not the same training. There are numerous examples where police treat these very dangerous objects as toys and are itching to use them. One good example was in Ferguson with the now famous picture of the police in full military gear pointing their assault rifles at civilians. Or the many videos showing law enforcement playing around with their new assault vehicles. They are no longer treating citizens as those that they must protect, they are treating them as those they must protect themselves from.
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