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I’ve noticed a few scattered concerns on the WEB by people who think the 21st Century militarization of civilian police forces is a bad thing. Seems to me those complainers aren’t looking at the bigger picture.
Time was when a person with a mean streak, or just a desire to kill someone didn’t have many options. He could sneak around and do it and maybe get by with it a while, or he could get drunk and do it, and go to the slammer. Or he could unhealthily suppress it and go around frustrated and unhappy.
But nowadays there are plenty of outlets for a person with those needs. Sure, he might spend years becoming a SEAL, a Marine Sniper, or a Green Beret. But those are really too large and too institutionalized for the local badass who just wants to blow the face off someone without being criticized for doing it. Municipal, County, or State Police SWAT teams offer a lot easier outlet. Plus, they’re clubs where all the members have the same goals and can be depended upon to protect one another by keeping their mouths shut if it’s needed.
For instance, there used to be a cop in Socorro, New Mexico, who was involved in a couple of extremely questionable shootings. Residents and city officials had all witnessed, or heard about his blusterings, his posturings, his suspected desire to use that firearm as frequently as possible. After the second shooting incident he was quietly encouraged to find greener pastures elsewhere.
So he applied for, and was accepted to the Albuquerque Police. Trained for the SWAT team. Wasn’t long before he got to put a bullet into a suspect and got a lot of praise for doing it. Short while later they were raiding a drug house and an 80 year old neighbor saw what was going on, thought it was a gang. Ran out of his house with a flashlight, yelling, and the Ex-Socorro cop stopped him in his tracks. Turned out the raid was conducted at the wrong address, but the 80 year old was found ex post facto to should have minded his own business.
A year or two later someone was holding a baby over a freeway overpass threatening to drop it into the traffic below. Ex-Socorro cop plugged him so’s the baby only dropped on the overpass. Hero again.
I heard over the years he got to kill a number of other people who got downrange of the Albuquerque SWAT team, as well. Managed to make what would otherwise probably just been a lifetime spent in prison, or sneaking around murdering people, into a healthy, productive life.
People who criticize militarized police forces aren’t considering the needs of the SWAT teamers and the healthy way they’ve dovetailed themselves into the greater good of society.