I haven’t said anything about what’s going on in Ferguson, MO because it seems to have deep-rooted problems. It does seem to have brought the militarization of the police to a wider stage. This isn’t a new problem and some have been talking about it for a long time:
But you’re also starting to see more high-profile moves against it:
- Rand Paul (in response to a tweet by Rep. Castro) has a nice editorial here; Claire McCaskill is also speaking out about it
- There are stories in the NYMag, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Nation, and the AP among others
- Rep. Hank Johnson has introduced a bill to stop sending military weapons to the police (the actual bill is here)
Perhaps something will actually be done.