Barack Obama has just signed an executive order that gives the federal government the power to apprehend and detain Americans that show symptoms of “diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.”
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
Monday, July 28, 2014 8:41
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.