Welcome to the American Police State – Armed & Dangerous 2018

In the American police state, police have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. In fact, police don’t usually need much incentive to shoot and kill members of the public. Police have shot and killed Americans of all ages (many of them unarmed) for standing a certain way, or moving a certain way, or holding something, anything, that police could misinterpret to be a gun… or igniting some trigger-centric fear in a police officer’s mind that has nothing to do with an actual threat to their safety.

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Show Notes

“Nervous About Traffic Stops? I Am. You Should Be, Too,” The Rutherford Institute

“DHS Reports: Greatest Threat Is Domestic Right-Wing Extremism, Not ISIS,” FOX News Insider

“How America’s police became so heavily armed,” The Economist

“Remember the DHS Right Wing Extremist Report?” Daily KOS

“Report: Military may have to quell domestic violence from economic collapse,” Raw Story

“Supreme Court Ruling: Police Have No Duty to Protect the General Public,” Tribunist

“Syrian Observatory: U.S.-led coalition strike kills 25,” Reuters

“I thought he was going to shoot me.’ Unsuspecting middle school students terrified by active shooter drill,” The Washington Post

“Why Operation Jade Helm 15 is freaking out the Internet — and why it shouldn’t be,” The Washington Post

“Multiple officers open fire, kill man in Baltimore County,” The Washington Post

“The Myth of the Hero Cop,” Slate

“Covert warfare coming to Texas sparks some fears of federal takeover,” Houston Chronicle

“‘Protect And Serve’ Now Means ‘Protect’ Officers And ‘Serve’ The Force,” Daily KOS

“Trump wants a military parade. Here's how other countries do it,” CNN

“Man shot to death by L.A. County deputy was not a carjacking suspect, officials say,” Los Angeles Times

“WWII vet's death a textbook case of excessive force, but no hashtag for him,” Chicago Tribune

“Trump would like to see a military parade on Veterans Day with ‘a lot of plane flyovers’,” The Washington Post

“EPA, FDA stocking up on body armor during President Obama’s watch,” The Washington Times

“The 24 ways we're tracked on a regular basis reveal something disturbing about the future,” Tech Insider

“New Details Released On Bartow Officer-Involved Shooting,” Cartersville Patch

“N.C. Trooper Investigated in Fatal Shooting of Deaf Motorist,” The New York Times

“Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone,” The New York Times

“Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place,” The Washington Post

“The Bipartisan Opposition to Sessions's New Civil-Forfeiture Rules,” The Atlantic

“Chicago Police Fatally Shoot 2, Raising New Questions for a Force Under Scrutiny,” The New York Times

“Man shot dead by Metro cops was wanted on felonies in Arizona,” Las Vegas Sun

“Police must pay $6.5 million after killing man holding water nozzle,” Los Angeles Times

“DHS ‘fusion centers’ portrayed as pools of ineptitude and civil liberties intrusions,” The Washington Post

“Law Enforcement’s “Warrior” Problem,” Harvard Law Review

“Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man, Again,” LA Progressive

“Why the police in Baton Rouge look like they’re dressed for war,” The Washington Post

“Police fatally shoot black man they say took ‘shooting stance’ in San Diego suburb, sparking protests,” The Washington Post

“Naked man shot, killed by police,” CBS 46

“Armed and Dangerous: If Police Don’t Have to Protect the Public, What Good Are They?” The Rutherford Institute

Battlefield America: The War on the American People

Rutherford Institute

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  1. Ciaran H. says:

    pretty well stated

  2. William Field says:

    Cheers all

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