The WaPo’s brilliant new hire (at least for the “opinion” pages, though he outshines their lapdog reporters) Radley Balko marshalls the statistics that show the drug war really is a war on the poor and minorities and the excuse for the militarization and corruption of police agencies and politics in general.
Odd that the war didn’t even rate a mention in Ditherton’s SOTU. And him a minority at that. Too realistic, I suppose.
Via The Volokh Conspiracy.
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.
Let me count the ways. But just take one for instance, the one you might not have expected from the former community organizer, Mr. Social Justice his own self: Despite 1,200 pleas for slate-cleaning pardons from ex-offenders who have served their time, and even more seeking sentence reductions, Barry has approved exactly none. Too much work, apparently, when he’d rather par-tay.
Via Radley Balko.