There’s just no appropriate domestic application for a tracked tank or for guns that shoot .50-caliber ammunition.
The second objection is more about mindset, symbolism and the kind of society in which we want to live.
Others can be found along the blocks of row houses spray-painted “R. P.,” empty liquor bottles clustered on their porches in memorial to murder victims.
The police acknowledge that they have all but ceded these streets to crime, with murders on track to break records this year.
Additionally, the new policy would attach some restrictions and conditions to the transfer of other equipment, “including armored tactical vehicles like those used in Ferguson, as well as many types of firearms, ammunition and explosives.” These restrictions include requiring the agencies to present “a clear and persuasive explanation of the need for the controlled equipment,” adopt community-oriented policing strategies, agree to “close federal oversight and monitoring overseen by a new federal agency with the power to conduct local compliance reviews,” train officers who will be using the gear, and keep data on how the equipment is used and with what results. There are types of objections to how the 1033 Program affects police militarization in America.
The first is a practical objection — this equipment was designed for use on the battlefield.
And now, in a desperate move to regain control, city officials are planning to disband the Police Department.
The reason, officials say, is that generous union contracts have made it financially impossible to keep enough officers on the street.
The Huffington Post warned, “Chris Christie Pushes Union-Busting Police Plan For Country’s Poorest City.” Think Progress howled, “Crime-Ridden New Jersey City Busts Police Union To Save Money.” But the Camden police contract was ridiculous.So in November, Camden, which has already had substantial police layoffs, will begin terminating the remaining 273 officers and give control to a new county force.The move, officials say, will free up millions to hire a larger, nonunionized force of 400 officers to safeguard the city, which is also the nation’s poorest.Since the median Camden County taxpayer is a good deal wealthier than the median Camden city taxpayer, this is a progressive change in the tax burden.What’s more, a County police force will achieve some economy of scale by consolidating administration on the back-end."Things like this that may come back and really happen and we just can't turn our back on it," Johnson said.The Clover Garden school is a K-12 charter school, which "gives parents and students a choice in their child's education," according to its website.Free societies tend to draw a clear line between cops and soldiers.Blurring that line indicates a failure to appreciate its importance.For example, an incredibly generous leave policy meant that on an average day, 30 percent of the city police department called in sick.The new arrangement actually brought more cops into Camden and paid them better.