“We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone”

August 13, 2014 by History in a Hurry

This Is The Terrifying Result Of The Militarization Of Police

BY PAUL SZOLDRA

AUG. 12, 2014, 4:05 PM 226,915 252

While serving as a U.S. Marine on patrol in Afghanistan, we wore desert camouflage to blend in with our surroundings, carried rifles to shoot back when under enemy attack, and drove around in armored vehicles to ward off roadside bombs.

We looked intimidating, but all of our vehicles and equipment had a clear purpose for combat against enemy forces. So why is this same gear being used on our city streets?

On Saturday, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black man. In the days that have followed, the town with a population of about 21,000 has seen massive protests in response to the shooting, as some witnesses said Brown had his hands up when he was killed.

Continue reading:

http://www.businessinsider.com/police-militarization-ferguson-2014-8#ixzz3AIzWxJGK

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