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    Police militarizing with few checks on power. Does community w/o murder need an APC?

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times - Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Police forces around the United States are militarizing at an alarming rate, often without the knowledge of those who pay them, a criminal justice expert said Friday. “Some of these city councils only become aware of what their police have and what they’ve been doing in the wake of a tragedy,” said Tim Lynch, the director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank.

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    When the media gets harassed, threatened, and arrested it finally starts to get their attention.

    The abuse of the media by the police in the St Louis area IMO has got their knickers in a wad. Let's see if a good taste will turn them from progressives to liberty minded media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkingWolf View Post
    When the media gets harassed, threatened, and arrested it finally starts to get their attention.

    The abuse of the media by the police in the St Louis area IMO has got their knickers in a wad. Let's see if a good taste will turn them from progressives to liberty minded media.
    They think that only they are protected by the first amendment ... lacky press.

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    from another forum:

    "I decided to do a quick sum of some of the equipment police departments received based on that excel sheet:

    UNITS ITEM
    292 - ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE, 4 WHEEL
    4,302 - BAYONET-KNIFE
    134 - BIPOD,MACHINE GUN (this NSN is for an M249 bipod. Although M249's were not acquired through the program, obviously departments have them)
    19 - BLASTING MACHINE
    17 - BRACKET,QUICK RELEASE,M203 (this is for the M4 under barrel attachment)
    787 - CAMOUFLAGE NET SYSTEM,RADAR SCATTERING
    53 - CARRIER,PERSONNEL,FULL TRACKED
    8 - CONTROL,REMOTE,FIRING DEVICE
    4 - DEMOLITION KIT,BREACHING SYSTEM,ANTI-PERSONNEL OBSTACLE
    7 - FAST ATTACK VEHICLE
    22 - FIRING DEVICE,DEMOLITION
    123 - GRENADIER SET
    282 - HELICOPTER,OBSERVATION
    109 - HELICOPTER,UTILITY
    174 - KIT,TACTICAL TRIPOD
    205 - LAUNCHER, GRENADE
    343 - MINE RESISTANT VEHICLE
    21 - MOUNT,TRIPOD,MACHINE GUN (this NSN is for an M240B tripod).
    2,471 - NIGHT VISION GOGGLE
    98 - ONLY COMPLETE COMBAT/ASSAULT/TACTICAL WHEELED VEHICLES
    1 - PARACHUTE (dafuq do you need a parachute for?)
    8,649 - PISTOL,CALIBER .45,AUTOMATIC
    61,548 - RIFLE,5.56 MILLIMETER
    17,726 - RIFLE,7.62 MILLIMETER
    2,565 - RIFLEMAN SET
    410 - ROBOT,EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL
    114 - SAW GUNNER SET
    26 - SHIELD,DEFLECTOR,MISSILE
    4 - SHIPPING AND STORAGE CONTAINER,GUIDED MISSILE COMPONENTS (Someone needed missile storage containers).
    1,448 - SHOTGUN,12 GAGE,RIOT TYPE
    570 - SIGHT,NIGHT VISION SNIPERSCOPE
    32,153 - SIGHT,REFLEX
    8 - SLING,WEAPON,M249 M
    1 - STAND,MAINTENANCE,GUIDED MISSILE COMPONENTS
    162 - TRUCK,ARMORED

    Also, tax payers in CO helped pay for a police department to go out and shred the gnar!

    1 - LAMAR DRAGON SNOWBOARD"

    https://github.com/TheUpshot/Militar...ster/README.md

    78,000 rifles "sold" to local LE. and 1 parachute. Really?

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