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John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon Aug 18 14:19:22 MDT 2014

The Problem With the Ferguson Police

Published Mon, Aug 18, 
2014  | 
Eutaw, Managing Editor
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Police Are Being Allowed Too Much Authority

As I write this article, Bloomberg Businessweek 
is reporting that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon 
will relieve all St. Louis County law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri.

Representative William Lacy Clay said, “The 
governor just called me, and he’s on his way to 
St. Louis to announce he’s taking away the St. 
Louis County Police out of the situation.”

Given the events of the past five days – 
especially the dubious circumstances surrounding 
Michael Brown’s death and the police’s actions on 
the night of August 13 – relieving law enforcement was a foregone conclusion.

But the governor’s actions merely address the symptoms, not the disease itself.

Indeed, they do nothing to assuage the fears 
raised by the events in Ferguson, Missouri
of a militant police state that protects its own 
at all costs, covers up potential crimes, and 
suppresses Constitutional rights with outsized force.

As our own Floyd Brown put it, “America is a 
police state, and the police are a class above us all.”

A Universal Outcry

The public reaction to the events in Ferguson has 
been swift and decisive. Veterans, in particular, 
have been outspoken critics of the way police 
have handled the mostly peaceful protests.

For example, Phillip Carter tweeted, “FWIW, I led 
foot patrols in downtown Baquba, #Iraq in 2005-06 
w/ less firepower than #Ferguson PD.”

Jason Fritz tweeted, “As someone who studies 
policing in conflict, what’s going on in Ferguson 
isn’t just immoral and probably unconstitutional, it’s ineffective.”

And Dan Bramos tweeted, “I don’t know how it was 
in IRQ and AFG, but in Bosnia, we had less 
firepower while on patrol than the cops in #Ferguson.”

Cops have brazenly pointed guns at citizens and 
reporters alike, fired rubber bullets, and shot 
tear gas canisters into crowds, and even arrested 
reporters who were simply trying to cover the events on the ground.

Wesley Lowery, of The Washington Post, and Ryan 
J. Reilly, of The Huffington Post, were arrested 
– along with local elected official Antonio 
French – on August 13 for doing nothing more than reporting.

For those of you not counting at home, that means 
Ferguson has been witness to potentially criminal 
police action (that was covered up for a week by 
the police department), violent dispersal of 
peaceful protests, and the suppression of First 
Amendment rights in the form of arrested journalists.

To me, that sounds more like Nazi Germany than the United States.

To Arms!

It’s a disturbing comparison. We like to think 
that we live in a free country where most police 
officers abide by their duty to serve and protect 
– and where our constitutional rights are truly upheld.

But the reality is that the Pentagon has been 
arming local police forces to the tune of half a 
billion dollars per year, according to The 
Washington Post
 and as we saw in Ferguson, these 
local battalions aren’t afraid to flex their newfound muscle.

Specifically, the Defense Department’s excess 
property program “permits the Secretary of 
Defense to transfer, without charge, excess U.S. 
Department of Defense (DoD) personal property 
(supplies and equipment) to state and local law enforcement agencies.”

In total, the program has transferred $4.3 
billion in equipment since its inception.

It’s disturbing that this arms transfer has gone 
(relatively) unnoticed until the Ferguson police 
decided to roll out like a full-blown infantry 
unit. But now that the nation sees what our 
friendly neighborhood police force really looks 
like, we need to ask ourselves: What’s the purpose?

There’s no reason for local law enforcement to 
have the same kind of firepower as the U.S. Army or Marines.

In the end, this trend won’t save lives or keep 
the peace. On the contrary, it’ll ensure that the 
police are capable of suppressing our most 
important rights, particularly in moments when we 
need them to protect and serve the most.

In Pursuit of the Truth,

Christopher Eutaw

Christopher Eutaw's love of all things politics – 
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uncover the truth – make him the perfect fit to 
run Wall Street Daily’s politics division. His 
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