…and you’re likely never going to hear anything remotely like this from me again – but – I agree with Biden on this:
Biden previously said the militarization of police “is like the military invading… they become the enemy,” during a July 8, 2020 interview with NowThis. “Surplus military equipment for law enforcement? They don’t need that.”
I do not like the trend toward an increasingly militarized police.
The military’s job is to kill the enemy and break their stuff. There are no nuances about little details like “rights”, or “presumption of innocence”. We declare war on you and we blow you up. That’s the military’s job.
That’s not the Police’s job. It’s the Police’s job to protect our rights as citizens. They do this by enforcing the laws, but enforcement is not the goal, that’s a step toward reaching the goal…the goal is ultimately protecting the rights of the citizens. When criminals violate the rights of the citizens, it is the Police’s job to find, apprehend and incarcerate those criminals to prevent them from continuing to violate the rights of other citizens.
Note that I didn’t say it’s the Police’s job to protect us. that’s why you don’t have a police officer stationed at your door 24/7. It’s not their job to protect you; that’s your job. It’s the Police’s job to respond, attempt to disrupt the crime in progress if possible and, failing that, to apprehend the offender and submit them to the judicial system.
Do the police really need armored personnel carriers and machine guns to do that job? I would say no. Those are tools used in controlling a population, not in providing effective policing.
It’s not the police’s job to control us. It is their job to protect our rights. Period.