Huffpo journalist Radley Balko, author of the new book The Warrior Cop, explains:
“Today, police departments—or some of their key enforcement operations—appear to be on a war footing. Many [including the Austin police] dress in commando black, instead of the traditional blue. They own military-grade weapons, armored personnel carriers, helicopters and Humvees. Their training is military. Their approach is military. They are in a war against crime and violence and terror that they argue never ends.”
And we citizens increasingly are afraid of them. With very good reason.
Read all about our new police state here.
UPDATE: The Barney Fifes have taken over law enforcement and have a lot less respect than Sheriff Andy Taylor did.