Our Barry Hussein demilitarizes the police

Yep. His Earness finally has listened to reason. He’s demilitarizing the police. Officer Friendly will no long seem to be on a war footing everytime he takes to the streets in numbers of more than two.

“Items on the prohibited list include armored tracked vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, .50-caliber firearms and ammo, bayonets, and camouflage.”

It would be better to say goodbye to the MRAPS as well. It probably won’t be goodbye to the helmets and black uniforms, nor all of the automatic rifles (the s0-called “machine guns” of gun-ignorant reporters and editors). But, in general, our Barry Hussein is giving the police back their civilian look and role.

Which some of them won’t like, of course. They like playing soldier. But it really is all to the good. Maybe now they can start to reclaim some of the respect and even love their military appearance has cost them.

Via FoxNews.

6 responses to “Our Barry Hussein demilitarizes the police

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Stanley. As a purist in these matters I force myself not to eat any greens on this occasion, only Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie. It is a hard road to travel but I still have the strength.

  2. Well, he’s got to have the equipment for his domestic force as well equipped as the military.
    You are right about the black BDU’s and carbines not going away. SWAT teams won’t give up the cheap BDU’s, and why would they? They are much more practical than a conventional uniform for their work. As for helmets, depending on the situation, they are also very practical. Get scared shit-less a few times and you’ll put on as much armor as you can find or afford, assuming there is time, and the situation is appropriate. Armored cars, say one per county have their uses, North Hollywood for example. I would say some tracked vehicles, in floods or post hurricane situations would be invaluable. Like everything else, when they are needed nothing else will work, although it doesn’t happen very often. As for playing soldier, quite a few have already done that for real, and have no need to pretend. But for some situations there is no use reinventing the wheel and there is no pretend to it. Then too, quite often politicians pick out uniforms, not the police.
    As for poor image, there is an intensive media campaign to give them a poor image. Follow around any profession and publicize heavily every instance of mistake and bad behavior, and no profession will have a good image. The police of today are the most professional, and least prone to treat people badly than they have ever been, especially from the seventies and earlier. Like most groups, it depends on how good their supervision is, or isn’t and how good or decent the individual selected is, and what the community wants.
    I truly doubt many departments have 50 cals and bayonets, weaponized aircraft and vehicles or would miss them.

  3. Then, too, if wormtongue does anything it isn’t because he is listening to reason or doing it for the benefit of the police or the public.

  4. The truth, Les, seems to be that people are increasingly afraid of the police, especially the SWAT teams and, generally, when the police deploy on the streets in black armor and armored cars carrying black automatic rifles like an invading army. That fear makes people far less cooperative than they might otherwise be. Not in following orders, certainly, rather that than be shot, but in aiding their success. The police thus can choose to protect themselves (their go-home-alive-at-any-cost mentality, as if theirs was an ordinary 9 to 5 job) or to restore the respect they once enjoyed. I doubt they can have both. Demilitarizing them is a first step in the right direction. Their occasional need for tracked vehicles, specifically, used to be satisfied by bringing in the national guard. There’s no reason I know of that couldn’t continue. They don’t really need their own.

  5. The truth is that a good propaganda campaign makes all the difference. Once the propaganda was one way, now it is another. How many deployments from armor cars has anybody actually seen except on the media about Boston and Ferguson? Look around, how are your local police militarized? Black rifles, absent the continual litany from the left, are just rifles that most everyone I know have. It’s easy to forget the movement in the seventies to disarm the police, take away uniforms and have them dress in slacks and a blazer without the military vestiages such as rank. Of course, the Boy Scouts were under fire for their military type uniforms then, as well, because the military was deemed evil. The “I’m going home at the end of my shift” was a slogan from street survival schools from the early 80s that when an officer was wounded or beat down, he wasn’t just going to give up but was going to continue to fight on. Of course, it got out and was promptly twisted another way. People are being trained to be increasingly afraid, just as they are being trained to be afraid of the smell of a cigarette 2 blocks away or a person vaping. The irony is that in earlier times when the police had much more power (and tommy guns!) and were much more brutal, they were promoted as being perfect icons and now, in a much more violent era, when they are much more restrained, decent and watched constantly, they are depicted as some of the earlier ones should have been.

  6. Those are good points, Les. I well remember, from my police reporting days, the older (much older than me) saying of the police that “you may beat the rap but you will never forget the ride.”