The Economics Of Police Militarism

August 28, 2014 Nemes Random

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2 essential battles broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, this week. The very first started with the public airing of sorrow and rage after the fatality of the eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot by a copsa policeman, on Canfield Court, in the St. Louis suburb, at 2:15 PM last Saturday. Then came the local police’s rejoinder to the early round of protests. Officers rolled in with a fleet of armored cars, sniper rifles, and tear-gas cannisters, reinserting the phrase “the militarization of policing” into the cumulative conscience. The tactical missteps by the town’s authorities management have actually been a thing to see. (They’re also to be expected; any individual doubting as much should selectget Radley Balko’s “The Rise of the Warrior Police officer.”)

One moment, we see a young guya boy with a welt from a rubber bullet in between his eyes; the next, 3 officers with huge weapons are charging at another black man who has his hands up. On Thursday, Jelani Cobb submitted an effective account from the pathways and homes of Ferguson. Cobb asks about “the intertwined financial and law-enforcement problems underlying the objections,” getting, for instance, the court costs that lots of individualslots of people in Ferguson face, which often start with minor violations and eventually end up being “their own, intensifying, offenses.” “We have people who have warrants because of traffic tickets and are successfully locked up in their homes,” Malik Ahmed, the Chief Executive Officer. of an organization called Better Household Life, told Cobb. “They can not go outside because they’ll be apprehended. In many cases, individuals in fact have tasks however decide that the danger of arrest makes it not worth attempting to commute outside their community.”

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