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August 26, 2013

"America as we (thought) we knew her."

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Two excerpts from an article at Canada Free Press - Are Police in America Now a Military, Occupying Force?

Despite the steady hue and cry by government agencies about the need for more police, more sophisticated weaponry, and the difficulties of preserving the peace and maintaining security in our modern age, the reality is far different. Indeed, violent crime in America has been on a steady decline, and if current trends continue, Americans will finish the year 2013 experiencing the lowest murder rate in over a century.

For those who want to credit hefty police forces for declining crime rates, the data just doesn't show a direct correlation. In fact, many cities across the country actually saw decreases in crime rates during the 1990s in the wake of increasing prison sentences and the waning crack-cocaine epidemic. Cities such as Seattle and Dallas actually cut their police forces during this time and still saw crime rates drop.

Some troubling figures culled from the above article:

LAPD has 10,000 police officers. That's 469 officers per square mile. A 36% increase within the last eight years.

New York has 36,000 officers. 303 per square mile.

Chicago has 13,400 officers. 227 per square mile.

There are no separate numbers in the article for SWAT team personnel within our police departments. Only these figures:

25.6% of towns w/populations between 25K & 50K people had a SWAT team in 1984.

80 percent by 2005.

3,000 (roughly) SWAT team-style raids in the US in 1980

45,000 by 2001

80,000 SWAT team raids per year currently.

100 plus American homes per day have their homes raided by SWAT teams currently.

The federal government has multiple agencies with their own SWAT teams, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Consumer Product Safety Commission, NASA, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the US National Park Service, and the FDA.

This comment was left in the comments section of a related article elsewhere by someone named Gyrwan - "Borders, Language, & Culture" as Michael Savage used to say (does he still say it? I haven't listened to him in a long while) were all dissolved as we slept through the 1990s and spent Bush's first 4 years getting over our shock and righteous rage at the 9/11 attacks while thinking that Islam was the greatest threat to America as we (thought) we knew her.

Posted by LadyR at August 26, 2013 11:21 AM



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