The Balanced Response [Hub Debate]

Several commentaries have been offered on the internet about Ferguson, Missouri. Mora particularly, those comments have been made regarding the arming of police forces with “combat gear.” A more balanced response is necessary. One such post was right here on the Utah Politico Hub; “Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State.” It was written by David Rogers, whom I admit I do not know. In his post Rogers asserts “Many agencies now have the tools and equipment to impose substantial power and control on their communities if necessary. And…

How to Create a Downward Spiral of Fear and Paranoia [Hub Debate]

If you spent your entire day hearing about how murderers are lurking behind every corner, you’d probably never even leave your house. If you had to, you’d probably be heavily armed and ready to shoot almost anything that moves. Of course, it would be silly to live like that. Violent crime in the US is at historic lows, even better than the time period we associate with the Mayberry ideal. Unfortunately, we all still seem to still think of life as a “Detroit in Robocop” kind of hellscape and the “it bleeds,…

Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State [Hub Debate]

The local news and internet sites have been rife with images that taken independently seem a matter of course. However, looked at cumulatively a different story might emerge. The images are of men and material of an increasingly military nature being acquired by law enforcement agencies across the country. The events in Ferguson, Missouri over the last week might be illustration number one of a shifting future of law enforcement in America Traditionally, the policeman has been an admirable position in American society. The baby boom generation of the fifties…