A Decade After 9/11, Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized
“… stimulus spending became another way to fund militarization, with police departments requesting federal cash for armored vehicles, SWAT armor, machine guns, surveillance drones, helicopters, and … .”
…and obnoxiousness and officers who stand around staring, or sit around in parking lots doing nada, or stand laughing on the sidewalk after going to the neighbor’s, etc.
This pic was taken the morning of a neighborhood circling around festival. They ended up way down the street and knocked on the door of a house, went around the back yard and ended up chatting on the street…with the supervisor making various hand signs to the tactical vested cop. Why the tactical vest with stun gun affixed to the front of it for her and the basic vest and gun for him? He’s the one who knocked while she stayed below the steps. Just dressed to intimidate? IDK