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The militarization of America’s police Trunews:

 How heavily armed are the police? Many small-town police departments now boast the same weaponry once wielded by U.S. military units in Afghanistan — including tanks with 360-degree rotating turrets, battering rams, and automatic weapons. Those weapons are today deployed against Americans suspected of crimes in their own homes. Every day, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams connected to local police conduct 124 paramilitary-style raids in the U.S., according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union. One of them recently drew national attention when a SWAT team in Atlanta burst into a private home and threw a live flash grenade into a 2-year-old’s crib, severely injuring the toddler. Most raids by SWAT teams are conducted against suspected drug dealers, but they’ve also been deployed against a private poker game; a gay bar in Atlanta; a New Haven, Connecticut, bar suspected of serving minors; and even people suspected of credit card fraud. “Neighborhoods are not war zones,” says the ACLU in its report, “and our police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies.” Why do police have SWAT teams? The first SWAT team was created by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1967 and reserved for the most extreme circumstances: riots, hostage scenarios, and active-shooter or sniper situations. But the “war on drugs,” coupled with the sense of danger promoted by tragedies like the Columbine massacre in 1999 and the 9/11 terror attacks, encouraged police departments even in small towns and rural areas to create special units equipped and trained for worst-case scenarios. “There’s violence in schools, and there’s violence in the streets,” said Sheriff Michael Gayer of Pulaski County in Indiana. “If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, that’s what I’m going to do.” How do police get military equipment? In recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has provided $35 billion to local police throughout the country to help buy weapons for “the war on terror.” The rest can be traced to the Pentagon, which has off-loaded $4.2 billion of surplus armored vehicles, rifles, and equipment to police departments… Read more at http://www.trunews.com/militarization-americas-police/#tkU3PsRCOA3izU7s.99

IL cop shoots 6-year-old girl’s pet in head as she watches: ‘The dog wasn’t doing anything’

By David Edwards
Monday, July 28, 2014 8:41
Apollo the dog shot by police (Facebook)
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Police in Illinois promised a full investigation over the weekend after a Chicago-area officer shot a family’s dog in the head as its 6-year-old owner watched.
Mother Nicole Echlin told WMAQ that their 1-year-old shepherd-mix Apollo escaped on Friday, and the family was returning home just as officers from the Hometown Police Department were arriving.
“We were in the lawn and the cop already had his gun out,” Echlin explained. “I tried to call him in the house and he just stood there staring and I guess he showed his teeth and the cop just shot him, right in front of me and my 6-year-old daughter.”
The daughter immediately “started screaming,” Echlin recalled.
Neighbors who witnessed the shooting insisted to WMAQ that the dog had not tried to attack the officers.
“The dog wasn’t doing anything. I didn’t see it doing anything, it wasn’t barking,” Nicco Torres observed. “Then I saw a cop shoot the dog, the dog fell to ground on the lawn. I saw through the window the dog was on the floor shot but the dog was still moving, it was moving its legs like it was trying to run but it was laying down.”
Apollo’s co-owner, Kristy Scialabba, who is Echlin’s 23-year-old sister and works at an animal care center, said that the dog was not aggressive.
“I don’t know why they would pull out a gun they had so many other options,” Scialabba pointed out. “And to shoot a dog in front of a child, that’s going to scare her for the rest of her life.”
In a statement on Hometown Police Department’s Facebook page, Chief Charles Forsyth promised a “full investigation.”
“It would be too early for me to make any statement without reviewing all the facts,” Forsyth said. “I can assure the people of Hometown that a full investigation of the incident will be conducted.”
Apollo died on Saturday after being treated at an animal hospital.
“We’re just completely broken and we really don’t know what to do,” Scialabba lamented. “That was my boy, that was my dog. This is hometown you don’t hear anything like this. Nothing ever happens here.”
The family is using a “Justice for Apollo” Facebook page to promote a rally outside the police department on August 3, and to sell T-shirts.
Watch the video below from WMAQ, broadcast July 26, 2014.

RAW VIDEO: 'Gentle Giant' Dies After NYPD Cop Puts Him In Chokehold The Huffington Post | By Sebastian Murdock Posted: 07/18/2014 11:16 am EDT

RAW VIDEO: 'Gentle Giant' Dies After NYPD Cop Puts Him In Chokehold (sorry video has been removed)

A New York resident died Thursday after police officers put the man, who was asthmatic, in a chokehold before apparently slamming his head on the ground.
The New York Daily News obtained exclusive video of the incident, which shows Staten Island man Eric Garner, 43, begging officers to let him breathe as he lies on the ground helpless.
Now, his family is demanding accountability from the NYPD.
Police said Garner, who was a married father of six children, died of a heart attack during the arrest, according to The Associated Press. The NYPD said Garner had been seen selling untaxed cigarettes, and that he had been arrested before for the same offense.
In the video, Garner denied the allegations and asked a plainclothes officer why he was stopped.
“Every time you see me you want to mess with me," Garner told cops in the video. "I’m tired of it. It stops today!”
When Garner refused to put his hands behind his back, and asked one officer not to touch him, two others moved in to make the arrest.
Video shows at least one officer putting Garner in a chokehold and slamming him on the ground.
Garner can be heard screaming "I can't breathe, I can't breathe!" before going quiet.
Multiple witnesses to the death expressed anger at the NYPD.
“They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth,” 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, who took the video, told The Daily News. “And that’s it, he was done. The cops were saying, ‘No, he’s OK, he’s OK.' He wasn’t OK.”
Another witness said Garner was "absolutely not selling cigarettes," Staten Island Live reported.
Those who knew Garner described him as a "gentle giant" and "a big teddy bear," according to the publication. His family members, including his wife Esaw Garner, said her husband suffered from chronic asthma.
Police told The AP that an investigation into his death is ongoing. The NYPD said Garner "took a fighting stance" and "absolutely resisted arrest."
In 1993, then-Commisioner Ray Kelly banned the use of chokeholds by officers, the New York Times reported.


This Guy Was Shot And May Never Walk Again Over 31 UNPAID PARKING TICKETS 9:32 AM 

Eric Owens
Education Editor
Things somehow turned very ugly on Thursday morning when two Pennsylvania state constables attempted to serve a man with a warrant because the man had accumulated 31 unpaid parking tickets.
The two law enforcement officials approached the man, Kevin McCullers, in the garage at his residence in a suburb of Allentown, reports The Express-Times. It was about 7:30 in the morning.
McCullers’s girlfriend, Hafeezah Muhammad, told NBC Philadelphia he was in the car because he was headed to Dunkin’ Donuts.
The constables positioned themselves on both sides of McCullers’s car. One of them told McCullers to turn the car off, and he did. There was a short conversation. Then, according to Lehigh County district attorney James Martin, one of the constables opened the driver’s side door of the car.
McCullers responded to this action by restarting the car. He began backing out of the garage with the car door ajar. With that, the district attorney said, the two constables drew their guns and began shooting.
One constable shot McCullers, 38, in the back. The other one shot out the vehicle’s left front tire.
One of the constables told Martin they pulled out their guns and shot the unarmed McCullers because they felt threatened while standing in his garage as he fled.
Muhammad, the girlfriend, noted that the constables could have walked up to the door of their residence to serve the warrant.
“They never knocked on the door! No nothing,” she told NBC Philadelphia. “I just heard the gunshots! He pulled the car out of the garage and all I heard were gunshots,” she told the NBC station
Muhammad indicated that McCullers may never walk again.
“For parking tickets?” she said. “It’s insane.”
Martin, the district attorney, expressed concern about the fact that a constable – an elected state official — shot a man and possibly left him paralyzed over some unpaid parking tickets.
He promised a full investigation into the use of deadly force and, possibly, criminal charges against the constables.
The district attorney also suggested that the position of constable — a Pennsylvania oddity, of sorts — is troubling because people who hold the job are poorly prepared and largely unaccountable.
“Although they receive training, they really operate under no one’s direct supervision,” he told NBC Philadelphia. “And that I wish was something that could be cured.”
At the same time, Martin refused to identify either constable. He also took the opportunity to suggest that the shooting incident might not have occurred had McCullers entered into a payment plan to pay the money he owed.
Meanwhile, McCullers has been admitted at a local hospital.
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posted on Jul, 10 2014 @ 10:45 AM
Origins of Separation of Church and State

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
~First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

The phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the first amendment, nor does it appear in any of the foundational documents in American history. The actual phrase is widely used, and incorrectly, by those who would push for the abolition of any religious practices within any body of government.

We do not want in America what we had in Great Britain. We don’t want one denomination running the nation. We will not all be Catholics, or Anglicans, or any other single denomination. We do want God’s principles, but we don’t want one denomination running the nation.
~Congressional Records of our American founders, June 7th – September 25th, 1789

As we can see from the quote above, our forefathers were in complete understanding that God’s principles were desired within our government, but the purpose of the first amendment was to prohibit an institutionalized church, to which all must attend.

So where did the phrase “separation between church and state” come from?

In the year 1801, in Connecticut, the Danbury Baptist Association heard a rumor that the government was planning on making the Congregationalist denomination the official denomination of the nation. However Thomas Jefferson wrote the Danbury Baptists and told them, ”the First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between church and state”.
So the first true quotation of the aforementioned saying was simply telling a religious organization that there would be no nationalized denomination – not that the practices of religion would be prohibited within the body of government, nor the expression thereof.

"Had the people (the Founding Fathers), during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, but not any one sect (denomination)…. In this age, there is no substitute for Christianity…. That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants."
~House Report from Judiciary Committees of House and Senate, May 27th, 1854. Senate Report reflected the same ideals

"The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the believe of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

~Judiciary Committee Declaration, one month after original House Report

As we can see from the quotes above, directly taken from our founding fathers and documents, the separation between church and state was never intended as a religious divide. Nor was it intended to drive a wedge between religion and governance.

The purpose for this post was to guide the ignorant, and bring to light the flawed logic of those who would use the aforementioned concept against the TRUE foundation of Christianity being the true recognized, and universal religion, of the United States of America.

The purpose is to correct the lies stating our forefathers were not Christians.

God-Bless. Let truth reign. Let ignorance be denied.