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Former Cops Speak Out About Police Militarization

(RADLEY BALKO)   Since my book on police militarization came out a few weeks ago, it’s been interesting to see the reaction from law enforcement officials. As you might expect, much of it has been negative, particularly on police discussion boards around the Internet. But it hasn’t all been that way. At a Cato Institute forum on Capitol Hill last month, Mark Lomax of the National Tactical Officers Association said that as he read the book, he was nodding his head in agreement far more than he was shaking his head with disapproval. (Not exactly an endorsement, but I’ll take it!)

In the book, I interview lots of older and retired police officers, many of them with SWAT experience. I also cite other police chiefs and sheriffs over the years who have raised concerns about militarization. The divide among police on this issue isn’t political. One of the former police chiefs I interviewed — Norm Stamper of Seattle — is a progressive. Another — Joseph McNamara of San Jose and Kansas City — is a conservative at the Hoover Institution.

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One Response to Former Cops Speak Out About Police Militarization

  • THE POLICE GANGS have caused their OWN death,they got into bed with a bunch of terrorists,and NOW their going to PAY for it,they abandoned the very people they swore to the LORD to protect and the LORD hates liers who swear to him and did lie,NOW they think them and DHS are friends,THEY couldn’t be more wrong,THE RUSSIANS AREN"T THEIR FRIENDS,and they are going to figure this out the hard way,BY BEING KILLED BY THEM…..and the american people won’t lift a finger to help them when it happens,cause not any of them will escape from the russians…they must have hired a bunch of dumb asses,they been SET UP and are to stupid to see it………….

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