Quote of the Week
Noted by Billy Beck:
I'll be convinced that this country believes in freedom when it brings the army home and turns them loose on the police departments.
Read Balko's coverage, both today and ongoing, of the police militarization phenomenon to understand why.
My question: where are the good cops, both during such incidents and afterwards?
And what rational basis is there to believe that those same good cops won't be equally impotent in the face of future aggressions?
UPDATED 1430 EDST 4 SEPT 09: Billy posts yet another incident, this one with the hed "Fire chief shot by cop in Ark. court over tickets", and offers this commentary:
...Does everyone understand? These are highway robbers in traditions brought all the way down from medieval serfdoms, melded with twenty-first century anti-thought, rationalizations and bullshit, and you are only ever about one step away from the same drill.
What will happen when the people that they pick on starting coming on in their weight-class?
A hard rain's a-gonna fall.