The videos below come secondary to the facts and figures that have been researched and will utterly astound those that deny that the United States of America has rapidly turned their police forces from “protect and serve” to an “above the law,” military police state.
Business Insider Australia provides the numbers, the cold, hard proof that the US government, via Department of Homeland Security, has deliberately and systematically given monetary incentive to local and state police departments across America to turn them into military police states.
First the “then and now” data:Peter Kraska, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies, estimates that SWAT teams were deployed about 3,000 times in 1980 but are now used around 50,000 times a year.
The first video shown directly below was put together by ScariestMovieEver111, showing what police used to be, compared to what they are now and fair warning, the images, the beatings, the abuse, are graphic and very disturbing to watch, but it is important to see in order to understand what the US has become.
Civil Libertarian Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” provides more data from his research, which found over 50 examples of innocent people who have died as a result of botched SWAT raids.
Two examples from the article shown below:Officers can get jumpy and shoot unnecessarily, or accidentally. In 2011 Eurie Stamps, the stepfather of a suspected drug-dealer but himself suspected of no crimes, was killed while lying face-down on the floor when a SWAT-team officer reportedly tripped, causing his gun to discharge.
Householders, on hearing the door being smashed down, sometimes reach for their own guns. In 2006 Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year-old woman in Atlanta, mistook the police for robbers and fired a shot from an old pistol. Police shot her five times, killing her. After the shooting they planted marijuana in her home. It later emerged that they had falsified the information used to obtain their no-knock warrant.
Between 2002 and 2011 the Department of Homeland Security disbursed $US35 billion in grants to state and local police. Also, the Pentagon offers surplus military kit to police departments.