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Are You Concerned About What Has Been Called the Militarization of the Police? [POLL]

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The unrest in Ferguson, MO has given rise to another debate other than the race issue. Some are concerned about the response of the Ferguson Police and the so-called militarization of the police there and around the country. A writer at BusinessInsider described what he saw from the Police:

Putting aside what started the protests for a moment, it’s worth discussing the police response to the outrage. In photos taken Monday, we are shown a heavily armed SWAT team.

They have short-barreled 5.56-mm rifles based on the military M4 carbine, with scopes that can accurately hit a target out to 500 meters. On their side they carry pistols. On their front, over their body armor, they carry at least four to six extra magazines, loaded with 30 rounds each.

Their uniform would be mistaken for a soldier’s if it weren’t for their “Police” patches. They wear green tops, and pants fashioned after the U.S. Marine Corps MARPAT camouflage pattern. And they stand in front of a massive uparmored truck called a Bearcat, similar in look to a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or as the troops who rode in them call it, the MRAP.

Are you concerned about the militarization of the police or is it needed in some cases? Let us know your thoughts in today’s KFYO Poll of the Day.


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