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Forum Post: Anaheim protests UPDATE 7/29 - Police Militarization during protests

Posted 9 years ago on Aug. 1, 2012, 1:18 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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Footage from an anti police brutality march in Anaheim on 7/29.

"What began as a gathering of locals in response to what they believed was yet another incident in a string of police misconduct cases that have included 7 suspicious shootings with 5 deaths, has now morphed into a much larger mix of protesters after more than 10 days of marches."

"There has been a complete mainstream media blackout, despite the following video that shows what looks like a foreign occupation, with armored vehicles, and police with assault rifles. "




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[-] 1 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 9 years ago

Glad to see folks are finally realizing how militarized all local police depts are becoming, though I get the feeling that few find this of much importance in the movement.

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 9 years ago

A lot of this militarization has gone on under our noses, essentially. I just realized it's very important indeed. Check my post for more on this disturbing militarization if you get the chance:


[-] 3 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 9 years ago

The military itself doesn't worry me as much as the militarization of law enforecement. The Constitution forbids the military to be used against citizens, but the powers that be have said fine, let's just amp up law enforcement.

Think about it....as best as I can come up with state, county, local cops each state has a Bureau of Investigation fbi, cia, nsa, batfe, ice, dea, tsa, air marshals, us marshals, dnr. Am sure I have missed a few.

Each podunk city/county has a swat team and a tank or some other armored vehicle. Cameras on every corner. Drones soon to be over national airspace, coming over a roof near yours.

How did we, as a nation let this happen? Probably cause they didn't ask permission (put it to vote) and we have kept silent as we watch dozens of people decked out like the Aurora shooter kick down the doors of our local pot dealers. They even occasionally get the wrong house and kill innocents, but still we are silent.

What will it take? Fuck wall street and money out of politics, I don;t want to live in a police state. And that's where we are.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 9 years ago

The whole militarization issue has got out of hand. Although the militarization of our civilian law enforcement agencies is an issue, it's just a small part of the puzzle. I suggest again to check my post, this militarization has permeated not only law enforcement, but movies (obviously), video games, music, even schools in some cases. And more. And it's part of a deeper issue.

[-] 1 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 9 years ago

I see what you are saying, but I don't think the militarization of law enforcement is a 'small part'. Obama recently said ak's belong in the hands of military, not criminals. He should also have said they have no place in law enforcement. If he wants to take that out of citizens hands....then he must do it unilaterally...cops and non cops.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 9 years ago

It depends on our definition of "small part." But that's not important. What is important is it's everywhere and spreading. That's definitely a bad thing, in my opinion. Check my post if you get a chance. Maybe bookmark it and check some of the links later. It's a lot bigger, deeper, and more insidious than most Americans realize.


[-] 2 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 9 years ago

Cops all across America are decked out like Special Ops dudes these days. Glad you finally noticed. Hell, I'll squat on someone else' s property over our police state if OWS ever decides to take that on.

[-] 1 points by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM 9 years ago

Chick fil A.

[-] 0 points by Porkie (-255) 9 years ago

He was serious - see the above.

[-] -1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 9 years ago

Something is Happening in Anaheim: Why the Media Blackout?

Photos, video and commentary on the Anaheim protests and the police reaction

RT news - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zxidboDibI&feature=player_embedded

[-] 1 points by slizzo (-96) 9 years ago

"Why the Media Blackout?"

2 reasons:

  1. no one cares
  2. they are far too busy working on the president's reelection campaign