☛ Sessions: Trump to Arm Police With Military Gear
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Donald Trump will revive a program that provides local police departments with surplus military equipment such as high-caliber weapons and grenade launchers. (Aug. 28)
☛ Policing for Profit
☛ Forfeiture $quads
☛ Got SqWAT?
Chief William H. Parker greatly reformed and streamlined the LAPD, Parker's reforms had the effect of making LAPD a paramilitary body. Daryl Gates was picked to be the chauffeur for Parker. Today Gates is considered the father of SWAT
☛ 85 shots: US cops use more ammo per man than Germans per year
Eighty-five shots: That’s the total number of bullets German police used in all of 2011, Der Spiegel reports. But what does it say when US cops use as much ammo to bring down one man as German cops need to keep the peace nationwide?
☛ The Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff's Department (that's them above) just obtained an armored personnel carrier, complete with a belt-fed, .50-cal turreted machine gun. Sheriff Leon Lott has charmingly named the vehicle "The Peacemaker," and insists that using a caliber of ammunition that even the U.S. military is reluctant to use against human targets (it's generally reserved for use against armored vehicles) will "save lives."