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Policing a Riot

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 11:04 AM
There are also some methods for sorting out bank patrons and bank robbers.
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Policing a Riot

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 11:02 AM
I find it hard to believe this was done on purpose but the effects are what really matter. Strong stuff.
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Policing a Riot

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 10:59 AM
Demonstrators: in the street or on sidewalks engaging police while carrying signs. Looters: in shops with broken doors avoiding police while carrying tvs.
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Policing a Riot

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 2:45 AM
Thomas Sowell has written several times about the false assumptions regarding 'too many bullets' being fired. Shooting people is not the same thing as shooting targets, and especially not the same thing as watching actors pretend to do it on the screen.
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Policing a Riot

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 2:30 AM
As Walter Williams likes to ask, 'what did we do before?' Cops are normally armed with pistols and truncheons with optional bullet-proof vests. They have faces, badges and clearly visible names. During riots they add riot shields and riot helmets (which tend to obscure faces, badges and names). Rocks, Molotov cocktails and armed rioters aren't new. But full combat gear, armored fighting vehicles with gun mounts and machine guns are new. That kind of stuff should be left to the National Guard after a governor declares a state of emergency and enacts a curfew. Amateur hour just gets more people killed.
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Policing a Riot

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 2:20 AM
I really want to believe that it is because they work during the day.
"...reflexive support of law enforcement and tough-on-crime policies." Who are these Conservatives? What I hear here and elsewhere is distrust of and opposition to militarized cops and the hope that Wilson will go to trial and be severely punished if he did indeed shoot Brown while he was surrendering. Paul is trying to claim leadership on the cheap by jumping in front of a moving parade.
Actually, I think that was St. Twain.
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The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 12:50 AM
"20,355,000 were in household on Supplemental Security Income." I'm not sure that early use of Social Security is properly considered welfare. Walter Williams maintains that it is and his reasoning - that it comes out of someone else's pocket - is pretty persuasive. Nevertheless, it was designed to come out of the community pot so that the widows/orphans of working men would have something when the men died early which would make it an insurance plan. Until Congress emptied the pot. But that's not the fault of the recipients.
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De-Mil...Militar...

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 19, 2014 5:41 AM
I have no idea where you got these ideas Paulie but I'm not hearing them from conservatives. What we object to is faceless, badge-less ninja-cops who are allowed to breakdown doors in lieu of serving a warrant and who come to non-riots loaded for bear despite the populace being no more dangerous than they've been throughout US history.
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Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson, Missouri

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 19, 2014 4:39 AM
"Why is so little attention paid to African-Americans who have overcome difficult circumstances to become responsible citizens and committed husbands and fathers?" Here's another possible answer: we don't pay attention to such stories when white people do it either. Except for the occasional local 'human interest story' on a slow news night, people behaving in an exemplary fashion are not the ticket to Nielson ratings.
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