The militarization of our local protect-and-serve based law enforcement officials is well underway. More and more community based police offices are actively wearing green camouflage fatigues in public, wielding AR-15s walking down the street, driving up-armered assault vehicles and tanks through our neighborhoods, and piloting high-definition reconnaissance drones over our homes. It’s becoming more of a regular occurrence each day in America where heavily-armed SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams are being sent to the homes of suspects, often nonviolent ones, with enough firepower to take down a small army. In November, a botched raid ended with an 18-year-old girl in the hospital. Guns get drawn on both grannies and grandkids alike, and equipping law enforcement officers with the means to make these nightmares become reality is easier by the day. Why is our is our law enforcement being militarized?
Law enforcement officials across the US are becoming more like the military than the protect-and-serve community members that young school boys and girls once aspired to be. Not only are police officers being trained to act with intensity as the number of these home invasions increase, but more and more police departments are being awarded arsenals of heavy-duty weaponry that are then being turned not onto members of al-Qaeda, but innocent children and unsuspecting house guests. So, why is our law enforcement being militarized?
Many are beginning to doubt the basis for which this militarization is being based. While not often a friend of the second amendment believing American, the ACLU is taking a look at this trend. Kara Dansky, senior counsel for the ACLU’s Center for Justice, explains that “Equipping state and local law enforcement with military weapons and vehicles, military tactical training, and actual military assistance to conduct traditional law enforcement erodes civil liberties and encourages increasingly aggressive policing, particularly in poor neighborhoods and communities of color.” Again, why is our law enforcement being militarized.
Allie Bohm, an advocacy and policy strategist for ACLU, adds “The American people deserve to know how much our local police are using military weapons and tactics for everyday policing.” She continues by saying, “The militarization of local police is a threat to Americans’ right to live without fear of military-style intervention in their daily lives, and we need to make sure these resources and tactics are deployed only with rigorous oversight and strong legal protections.” This is the ACLU. So again, why is our law enforcement being militarized?
Our founding fathers inshrined our natural right to defend and protect ourselves from current day personal threats and tyrannical acts of a future government. While our police have not yet crossed either of these two lines, until they can answer the question on why their are militarizing themselves, we, as American, need to hold close the second amendment as the last line of defense for what is an uncertain future.