Stop the militarization of our police force

I agree with Eric Holder about as often as I exercise, which is to say pretty much never. It’s no surprise I’m not usually on the same page as a guy who won’t say the phrase ‘radical Islam’ in public.Despite our many differences, I believe we must begin to look for common ground. Today we don’t have to look any further than Ferguson to find it. Eric Holder was there this week, he met with citizens and explained to them that he understood, first hand, why black people distrust the police. Holder talked about his personal experience of getting pulled over many times, he contends, because of the color of his skin.

Given the history, it’s very understandable for the black community to have a deep seeded mistrust of police. I would argue that more white people, who have no deep history of being abused by police, are beginning to lose some of the blind trust they once had. But that’s not where we will find common ground.

Here’s where I believe we can stand together: stop the militarization of our police force.

If you have a distrust of the local police, why allow them to be armed with enough firepower to invade a small country? Why give them tanks, Humvees, full Spec Ops tactical gear, and fully automatic assault rifles? The local police are supposed to protect and serve, not shock and awe residents and transform their towns into a middle east like war zone at the flip of a switch. Imagine, for a moment, how history would be different if the Birmingham police were militarized like many towns are today.

Police need to be aware of this distrust that exists and continually work to earn it back. Rolling into town with an MRAP will make citizens feel like the enemy, not part of the community.

Let’s ratchet things down. Let’s bring harmony to our towns, not drive the wedge deeper.

We need to stand together on real justice not social justice. No one can fix the past except God. But man can create a justice system that is blind. One that punishes the bad guy whether he is black or white, poor, rich, a cop, attorney General, unemployed, electrician or president. You break the law, you go to jail. Nixon should have been sent to the concrete Hilton, no one is above the law. But that also requires us to wait for that system to work.

The police have to do their part, but so do we. The rush to judgment on both sides hasn’t been helpful. Taking one nugget of information and extrapolating that into a conclusion about what happened is only dividing us more. The right is quick to point to the communists infiltrating and enflaming the protests. But does that make the entire protest illegitimate? No.

Many on the left are vilifying the cop. It’s true that a white officer shot an unarmed black man. But does that make him guilty? No.

In time, all the facts and the truth will come out. What we do between now and then is up to us. We can choose to further the divide or seek common ground. We can’t become comfortable in our own beliefs and throw fireballs at everyone who disagrees. We must continually challenge long held ideas and see if they hold up. And we must, even if it makes us uncomfortable, do our best to walk in one another’s shoes.

I have a whole new understanding of cops in the last five years or so. I still have immense respect for what our men and women in law enforcement do, and I still think most are honorable and decent people. That said, I do think it’s becoming more commonplace for them to run rough shod over the rights of others much more than I would have previously thought.

Before you reach for your fireball, consider the many recent examples where local police seem to overrule the 2nd Amendment. People exercising their right to open carry only to be told they can’t do that. That gets a visceral response. Imagine if the infringement was over the color of your skin? What if you were always deemed the troublemaker because you were a white conservative or carried a Tea Party flag? We must consider this very real history in our response.

Now, to the media on the left, who vilify the police and march the streets in solidarity with anti-police protesters. What makes you any different than what some on the right did in the Bundy case? You were so worried about violence (which never came) and blamed talk radio for fanning the flames. Yet you don’t seem to have much of a problem with the protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and burning the city of Ferguson to the ground. To have credibility you must point out the communists and Islamists and anarchists who are literally in the streets fanning the flames. If you are going to make a theoretical connection between talk radio and violence (that didn’t happen) then you must
point out actual people fueling the violence in Ferguson.

You cannot call for peace in one instance and not in the other. Not if you want to be taken seriously, anyway.

There is common ground to be had. We just have to look for it. We must look for it. I think it can be found here:

The rioting and looting should stop. We should promote the voices calling for peace, restraint, and mercy.

Let’s root for this amazing system of justice to work instead of fail.

Let’s get the tanks, Humvees, MRAP’s, tactical gear and the rest of the military equipment out of our local police departments.

Let’s fire the bad cops and send them to jail when they break the law.

Let’s talk to each other and better yet – let’s listen to one another.

Let’s demand justice, even when it goes against our interests.

Let it begin with me admitting that black Americans view the police differently than white Americans due to history. But let us please ask Eric Holder to reach out and recognize that America is no longer the country of the 1960s. We have a black president and black Attorney General among many, many other high profile leadership roles filled by men and women of many colors. It is happening without force or coercion. It is happening because perhaps for the first time this generation of Americans really does believe “all men are created equal”.
Americans know that these truths are indeed still self evident.

When we can do all of these, we will have rediscovered our values and principles that have always made us an exceptional people.
I, for one, am ready to stop being divided into groups and placed in boxes.

I’m ready to just be an American again.

Is anyone else?

Front page image courtesy of the AP.

  • Wm Reed

    Expertly put again.

  • Dave Gustavson

    A nice speech by Beck, but as the guy that gets a “random” annual audit each of the last 6 years, pulled over for (what the trooper told me) DOJ directives on bumper stickers, was placed on the terror watch list by Hussein obama’s first autopen signature and being a “white” taxpayer subject to extra scrutiny, no. I’ve quietly been on the sideline since obama was allegedly “elected”. I and my family have been hurt by every call (all have been bad) obama makes. I’m in the game now. I don’t play on a court- I play on a field.

  • soybomb315

    Agreed. Been going on for a long time. Also was seen in the aftermath of Boston Bombing when an entire town was turned into martial law unnecessarily…The heavy-handed approach of the BLM was also the reason Bundy Ranch protesters needed to be supported.

    These things are like ‘dry runs’ for the ever-increasing police state and to condition americans into the next phase.

  • Shawn Cameron

    That’s all fine and dandy and I wholeheartedly agree that we need to out the extremists on the right. But I would die of shock if the other side ever did the same. The same people that called the protesters at the Bundy Ranch anarchists, traitors etc. are making heroes out of rioters, most of whom are simply out for destruction and blood than any concern over civil rights or justice.

  • lisalake

    Easy to be an American today with lots of money and armed security.

    • zemla

      Hahahaha! Nice jab

  • Beverely

    Ok maybe this is the plan make us afraid of local police. Then DHS will ride in and our local police can’t defend. Think about it. Local police live within the community. The community can control the local police. DHS is training with live fire What exactly are they protecting us from ???

  • Bobby Emerine

    Police should be Police – Protect and serve the public, not elected officials. Police are not trained to be Military so quit giving them Military equipment and putting them in situations that require a Military response. Police can not protect against riots. Leave that to better trained and equipped Military organizations. Above all, train Police Officers better so that mistakes like 1st and 2nd amendment errors don’t happen. I am a retired Police Officer and it breaks my heart to see and read of the lapsed in judgement perpetrated by Law enforcement people. If you want Law enforcement that is more Military then send them to Boot camp where they can get proper instruction on acting like a team.

    • brad

      You must be retired for a while, because we do train and qualify with all of our gear.

    • Chuck

      This man is not retired law enforcement because he has no clue what he is saying. I am afraid Mr. Beck has no idea what he is talking about either. I’m sure Mr. Beck thinks he knows what a police officer’s duties are but sadly he does not and I would be more than happy to have a serious conversation with him to explain. It’s ashame that someone with so much access to research material didn’t bother to learn

    • CommonSenseIMO

      No way are you a retired Officer. As a citizen you should understand the military cannot enforce law within the US either, that is reserved for civilian law enforcement. And yes, police can and frequently do protect against riots.

  • Ricky Green

    nicely written Glenn

  • soybomb315

    If they are going to roll with MRAPs, perhaps the residents will respond with IEDs….People in USA dont know how to build IEDs because they havent needed to – but that may be changing.

    A wise person once told me, “If you didnt go to Iraq – Iraq will be coming to you”

    • zemla

      A sad day that will be

  • G….h.i

    The National Guard exist for this reason. I mean you can’t have it both ways here. Obama and holder allows BLM and other agencies under the DOJ run wild abusing their authority. What about the Brown Shirts running Obamas illegal immigration scheme at the border?

    Again it’s about the abuse of power committed by the federal Government. Take the crisis at the border for example. Instead of supporting the idea of the national Guard going to the border the president politicized and mocked Rick Perry while having his Brown Shirts running the show in these so called refugee camps.

    It’s only right if Obama and the DOJ can use their heavily armed militias to suppress their opposition for political reasons.

    Look at the IRS scandal and how Obama and the left goon squad abused and even violated people’s constitutional rights by using the IRS to target political opponents.

    I agree with you Glenn but the problem is this administration. What do you do when someone like AG Holder selectively targets or defends based on political ideology.

    I’m a fair person but I’ll be the first to say Glenn in order to keep peace and calm in America the left needs to put the whole country first instead of a set of radicle beliefs.

    The constitution is that red line that communist and socialist can not cross. If they do then we’ve allowed them to do it.

    Glenn if you can get the left to reason with truth/facts then all the more to you.

  • Richard Wagner

    Clueless comments from Beck on “Militarization” of police. I guess time makes people forget. I’ll point out one of the reasons why police had to bump up their arsenal. Feb. 28, 1997, Botched L.A bank heist turns into bloody shootout google it.

  • TopO’Ut.

    *I mean to post my comment to this article, not the previous one!*

    Glenn & staff: you know the climate of UTAH, how relatively laid back the overall climate of things are here, as compared to other places across the nation…?

    Well…would you be surprised to find out that today’s headlines of the Ogden Standard-Examiner loudly announced that “Top of Utah Police Departments Receive Military Weapons and Gear” from the feds (DoD, FEMA, etc)? Why does the Ogden City Police dept. need an MRAP military vehicle?!!? HERE of all places in the USA?!

    It just doesn’t seem appropriate to me for feds to give military equipment to local police departments that have no history of need (statistical or historical proof of need), and compared to Chicago, no police department in Utah has a need for military equipment, IMO.

    • CommonSenseIMO

      Yes lets wait until an armored vehicle is needed and there is not one there for use. Better yet, lets wait until some Officers or civilians get killed when the use of an armored vehicle could have prevented it, THEN ask for one!

  • windtalker700

    Folks this could get bad! The fact of the matter is the
    nation is becoming militarized and I am ok with that. You should know that any
    private citizen in good standing can own your very personal armored car. With
    the proper permits you can own and many do a suppressed full automatic machine
    gun. It is unbelievable what a private citizen can own and does regarding
    firepower and armament. Between the novelty of it all and the sheer fun of
    shooting fully automatic weapons folks you would really be surprised how many are
    out there and all of them including law enforcement are monitored and regulated
    by the Feds. Now that being said what you need to understand about demilitarizing law enforcement is simply this. If that kind of regulation were to come do you really think the Feds are going to overlook what you can own. Think about it. Lastly anyone who hashad riot training knows you don’t quell riots in SWAT entry gear that’s why it’s
    called riot gear. The officers in Ferguson have probably never had riot
    training and they may not have even had riot gear. Either way let’s not use Ferguson
    as an excuse to tamper with the 2nd amendment. Thank you.

    • Yo Mamma

      LOL – ‘could’

      I guess that support of South African enemies, the ANC supported by Russia, was SUPPOSED TO LAST A MILLION YEARS?

      How long did you expect that deflection of YOUR problems to last?

      Aside South Afirca, which America turned its back on, what other major racist issue is there to deflect on now?

      And thats the fun part

      There is none

      Time to face the years of anger built up in the minds of generations

      Be a good white christian man and gos stop it, by the means you always have

      The bible and the gun

      Go boy

  • http://sowitnetwork.com Eric Swain

    I am. It is time to be just American again. Not African-American, Mexican-American, Irish-American, Italian-American…just American. If people want to be one of the former or any other they have the freedom to go and be one of those. Otherwise, label yourself an American and stop dividing yourself from the rest of us.

  • Matt Murdock

    I’m a great fan of Glenn Beck and have been for a long time. I agree with what he said here. I’m ready to be an American too, but America isn’t. I fear America has gone too far. The black community will never let go that they were discriminated against in the 60s and had all those terrible things happen to them by whites. In their opinion, whites will always hate them and always be the bad guy. This opinion will never disappear, especially with political leaders like Al Sharpton and Eric Holder and so many others continually affirming that most whites hate black people. It will never stop with all the rap teaching young blacks that the police and whites are the bad guys and solely want to imprison them. It will never stop with the political correctness forbidding anyone from addressing this racist attitude that is within the black community towards whites. With how far it has gone, it is now irreversible.

    To prove the extent and degree of this racist attitude among the black community, just look at Ferguson. Most of the blacks in the community, with one unproven and likely false incident of police brutality, unleashed their hatred towards the white man. The whole city was and is in chaos because of this racist attitude that is being perpetuated in the black community. They unleashed their hatred on white store owners that had done absolutely nothing to them, solely because these Ferguson criminals hate whites. The racism within the black community is very real and irreversible for the reasons I stated earlier.

    So yes, Glenn, you and I and many others are ready to be Americans again, but American society is not. One of the reasons it is not, and probably never will be again, is because of the perpetuated hatred among the black community towards whites.

    • BlueMN

      “The black community will never let go that they were discriminated against in the 60s and had all those terrible things happen to them by whites.”

      If you think discrimination began and ended in the 60’s, you need to watch something besides Fox and Beck, maybe read a newspaper and a history book or two.

      • tonybigs

        Slavery and detrimental human discrimination* has been around for thousands of years. No one particular people, country or race can claim ownership. The practice is ongoing and not expected to end anytime soon.

        *”Discrimination” by itself, by definition, isn’t necessarily an evil act.

        • BlueMN

          “Slavery” by itself, by definition, is necessarily an evil act, especially when you follow it up with a century of oppression of that one particular people, country or race by other means.

          • tonybigs

            Agreed.

          • Yo Mamma

            So you are saying God Creator is therefor evil

            Slavery is common practice in Torah. I could potentially buy you and your kids and your wife, if she can cook, and have you as slaves.

            You have a problem with that?

            If so

            REMOVE THE TORAH SECTION OF YOUR CHRISTIAN BIBLE

            This is after all the will of God Creator

      • Matt Murdock

        If you think that whites are still discriminating against
        blacks on a basically universal scale in this nation, you need to stop watching MSNBC, stop listening to racist orators like Sharpton, and get a grip. Whites are discriminated against just as much as blacks or any other race in this country, as seen in the aggregate hatred of whites among the black community and the advocacy of affirmative action, which is simply discrimination against qualified whites and Asians. If you think that the black community is the only race that is discriminated against, you need a reality check.

        Further, you need to learn how to interpret a piece of writing. Where in that quote was there an argument that discrimination has ended? That was never the argument and there is no valid justification for that conclusion. Stop arguing like a typical liberal by accusing people of having beliefs that they don’t have.

        • BlueMN

          “…on a basically universal scale…” so unless everyone is discriminating against Blacks, it’s not happening? LOL The rest of that paragraph is straight out of Stormfront too. It also confirms my correct “interpretation” of your 60’s quote.

          • Matt Murdock

            Yet again, you have given us another unintelligent liberal
            response and continue to affirm that I said something that I did not. Just to make it clear, because obviously you won’t understand unless it’s completely clear, and even that’s not a guarantee, I never stated that there is no discrimination against blacks today. So, you can stop saying that I said
            that. There is no logical justification of that “correct” interpretation, of which you are so proud.

            I said that “the black community will never let go that they were discriminated against in the 60s and had all those terrible things happen to them by whites.” That means that they were discriminated against in the 60s. There is nothing that states, or even implies, that they are not discriminated against now at times. So, just to make it clear, and I’ve tried to use small words so you can understand, I never said what you claim I said.

            People of all races are discriminated against at times in
            this country, and for the most part, there is not a race that is discriminated against more that any other race. My statement is that whites, on a general scale, do
            not have racist feelings towards blacks. If you deny that, then you are the racist; if you deny that, you have unwarranted animosity towards whites and brand them with something that is most often not true about them. Yes, there is discrimination against blacks, just as there is against whites, Asians, Hispanics or any other race. So, with me having to explain it yet again to you, I hope that you were finally able to understand what I said.

          • Matt Murdock

            And your statement about Stormfront further shows your bias, lack of intelligence, and inability to understand writing. There was nothing in any of my statements that advocated white supremacy or Neo-Nazism, both of which I highly oppose. I oppose racism, and the racist views held by many in the black community is what I was opposing in my statements. I want racism to be condemned wherever it is found, not just among whites. You, as a typical liberal, try to engage in arguments by accusing people of things that they did not say and then by attacking what you accused them of saying. It shows a high lack credibility, intelligence, or any possibility of truth in your statements.

          • BlueMN

            I really upset your little apple cart by pointing out how wrong you are, didn’t I? LOL

            “Yes, there is discrimination against blacks, just as there is against whites, Asians, Hispanics or any other race.” And, “…for the most part, there is not a race that is discriminated against more that any other race.”

            How many times have you been”Stopped and frisked?” Have you been pulled over because you were driving in Black neighborhood? Have you been asked for a green card? You really think that’s the same as society trying to even the playing field with some affirmative action after centuries of oppression? No Matt, it’s not the same.

          • WinChll

            Hey, Blue,
            get over yourself, ’cause you’re also caught in a form of slavery like the rest of the taxpayers.

          • Matt Murdock

            i responded to your additional logically incoherent argument, but the site didn’t post it. I see that you will never accept that other races face discrimination, which shows your racism, so it’s no using to continue to defend that fact to you.

          • BlueMN

            Bring something legitimate to the conversation next time. That “those poor oppressed White people” routine only flies on Stormfront and the like.

          • CommonSenseIMO

            Nevermind the fact that he happens to be correct. Just keep throwing the Stormfront name around and insult him again. Its sure to stick sooner or later.

          • WinChll

            There are many forms of “discrimination” not necessarily related to race or color. Are you going to hire someone with pants hanging halfway down their backside? Probably not, but if it’s a minority, suddenly it’s racist.

  • brad

    Why should we not have gear that helps us go home at night? Why take away valuable equipment that could save my life and let me see my family again? Demilitarize the police force? Why not give the men and women that keep the streets safe every piece of equipment that can help them stay alive?

    • BlueMN

      The police made Ferguson look like Gaza. There’s no reason for civilian police to have snipers sitting on armored vehicles, or aiming assault rifles at protesters telling them, “I will f#%&ing kill you!!” They made a bad situation even worse. Enough already.
      http://youtu.be/8zbR824FKpU

      • GNAR

        This cop was from another place helping with security and he was suspended and more. research it and include that information please.

        • jim

          Did you know that police departments officially disqualify high-scoring IQ applicants? That’s not to say that all cops are stupid-Just that if you’re too smart, the police simply won’t hire you.
          The powers that be want want obedient slaves who do not question their actions-they want enforcers and revenue generators not peace officers

          Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

          http://abcnews.go.com/US/court-oks-barring-high-iqs-cops/story?id=95836

          • Hilary

            Don’t paint all the departments in the country with this one paint brush.

          • jim

            A story appeared on ABC News regarding such a policy- Robert Jordan wanted to be a cop and he applied for a job as such in New London, Connecticut.- http://abcnews.go.com/US/court-oks-barring-high-iqs-cops/story?id=95836
            His problem? He scored too high on the IQ proxy test and was thus excluded from consideration.

            Jordan took the exam and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

            The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.
            Jordan sued for discrimination but to no avail. Here’s what a federal court ruled:

            The U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23,2000 the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.

            IMO they are revenue producers and they get that money however they can,- They enforce the will of the State- protecting and maintaining a community’s people or peace is in a much lower order of priority !

          • CommonSenseIMO

            Wow only one example from over 14 years ago. You have been holding onto that one a long time just waiting to throw it out there!

          • jim

            An example that revealed a policy-none the less
            They’re running the old style peace officers, out.and In their place, they are placing law enforcers incapable of critical thinking and without the intellectual curiosity to question behaviors that are clearly,unconstitutional and abusive

        • BlueMN

          It is irrelevant to my comment.

      • Yo Mamma

        Ah yes, reminds me of the rioting in South Africa and the police and the army and how they were rightfully criticized by the like of Oprah and denzel washington and the rest of America.

      • CommonSenseIMO

        Yes please cherrypick one admittedly improper response to fit your agenda, then grab your broad brush and make sure to paint all 800,000 plus US police with it. On another note I would love to see how you handle days of incredible stress from having insults, threats, rocks, Molotov cocktails, rounds, and who knows what else at you. He snapped, no doubt, and he paid a price for it. Just like he should have.

  • brad

    Why take away equipment from police that can help them stay safe? I say give the local government more equipment then federal. Militarization of my profession saves lives of police, but our lives are less valuable then the people we protect, apparently

    • Robert Worcester

      Exactly. And people need to understand that we use this gear only in times like these, SWAT callouts, etc…

  • Hilary

    Glenn, you’ve broken my heart. I was there with you your first day on Fox, I camped out over night on the mall to listen to your message on 8/28, I’ve been to both your theater events and spent a weekend with you in Salt Lake City. I’m a public school teacher working against Common Core; I’m a believer in the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights; I’m an American who believes all men are created equal. But I’m also a realist who knows that there are a chunk of people who live to cause chaos and hurt people. I also recognize that we need people to protect us from these scum. I would’ve followed you to the moon and back, but now you want to take away that thing that is most dear to me, my husband. As a police officer, he is commanded to go into situations that the rest of us run from. He has been given “surplus” military equipment to help protect him from those crazy people that want to take him away from me forever. And now you want to take away that equipment, too, so in effect you are ok with him dying too. I don’t see our police acting like our military, I see them trying to protect themselves and everyone else from the scum who want to do harm to the rest of us. So please tell me why you don’t want my husband to be as protected as he possibly can be? Why do the bad guys get to have the body armor and big guns? Why shouldn’t my husband come home to me at the end of the day? You get to go home to your family. Unlike many police wives, I’ve received the phone call that my husband was involved in a shooting. Do you know the all encompassing terror that grips your whole being at receiving that phone call? Of not having access to any information for hours, other than he’s going to be ok? And he was fine, thank God, but it was because he and his officers had good equipment and even better training with that equipment. You have broken my heart with your comments today, Mr. Beck.

    • Yo Mamma

      Your story reminds me of the many wives, mothers, sons, daughters, that looked lovingly at their fathers standing at the doorway of the living room with their gun, blood dripping from their shoes, saying

      “You’re our hero”

      Then he walked out and murdered some more Jews as they entered the cattle cars

      • Hilary

        First off, it’s not a story, this is MY life. Second, I have no idea how you twisted my love and devotion to my husband-the man I married before God, and vow to love and cherish for all eternity-into something so horrible as the holocaust. I just want him and every other officer that swears to protect YOUR life and mine, to be safe. And if that means giving them items, which by the way aren’t even equivalent to what the a*#holes on the streets have, then so be it. He’s a good man, with faults, just like you, but if you call 911 he’s the person running to protect you. So I respectfully ask that you not compare him to the Nazis-because you couldn’t be further from the truth. I pray that you never need the services of your local police department, but if you do, I still pray that they come running with guns drawn, ready to protect you against the evil that parades this earth.

        • Yo Mamma

          I made a comment but its waiting police approval….. Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by Glenn Beck.

          I’ll try again, maybe this time without the intervention of the Beck police.

          Being in a position of power, the ability and authority to take lives and even terrorize is a wonderful thing. But as with superman, with great power, comes great responsibility.

          So what does one do when your superiors order you to do the unthinkable?
          An act of immorality? Some place in your gut it to be wrong and will forever haunt you?

          What do you do then? You make a decision. Its not easy, but it needs to be done.
          You have 2 choices, so pick one.

          You either obey the order or you walk away.

          Hopefully if the person who wields such power makes such a decision & you will be a backer of that decision.

          And let me say this. I respect authority and the police. I’m not a problem. But I’ve noticed many a christian with their bible and gun, being disillusioned about government, presidency, police and they want things to change. They be the ones, the disillusioned ones with guns and bibles you need be very very concerned about.

          You hear and see the brutality of the new IS. Look closely at their skin color. Guaranteed, many are American trained once christians, now turned Muslim and gearing up to fight America. Such a well disciplined force can only be of christian origins. But I digress

          The reign of the christian soldier is probably the most determined and influential known to earth. A wonderful fighter. But to what good? Whats the benefit to them or the earth in general your pillaging and plundering the lands of natives? The reality is that IS is reacting to your advances and seeing you’re in no position to retreat, it will be bloodshed on an enormous scale. And nobody should want that. So reign in you desire for world domination. Take a chill pill and don’t build the highest ivory tower or the most gold in your religious castles – Show restrain, you respect for others and it will lead to a better world, for you too

          • G….h.i

            Why are you liberals so angry?

            Obama was voted in because of his race.

            We got out of Iraq and Obama is confronted with the reality of IsIs. Now Obama has to do exactly what he promised he would never ever ever do again and that is military intervention in Iraq.

            Obama created all these wonderful jobs and yet the people in ferguson is saying FU to Obama.

            I wonder if there’s more to the anger in MO than what we are being told.

            And of course they just had to bring out registration booths to register black voters because it’s really about politics to the left.

            Wonder why they said F U to Obama? Could it be that the root of the problem is those at the top never give back to those at the bottom?

            Could it be that food stamps is second rate to actually having a real paying job?

            Jesse Jackson yells justice but I think this community just wants respect or rspect if your Obama.

          • Yo Mamma

            Nice attempt at highjacking my thread dork…

            He was ELECTED

            Thats called a democracy

            If you don’t like democracies that much move to Russia or at least every country in Africa.

            He was ELECTED

            You should respect his position and not be an anarchist – Something you genetically challenged ingrates have a hard time relating to

          • G….h.i

            So you can agree with me that America isn’t as racist as your side claims.

          • Yo Mamma

            I didn’t realize I had a side. I have an inside and an outside but neither have opinion

          • WinChll

            You mean the liberals respected Bush? LOL’s

          • Debra Oneil

            elected? by whom? oh, the electoral college! did you know some states do not even consider the popular vote in the position of their electors? did you know we are a republic, not a democracy? did you know a moderator is not a sworn police officer? have you ever heard the phrase, he who smelt it, dealt it? did you know you can go to a deserted island and have an anarchist society? did you know that you are fewer than 7% of america? do you realize how uninformed you sound?

          • Debra Oneil

            did you know I VOTED FOR OBAMA… the first time, not the second? did you know, I adopted the TEA party because their views were most in line with my own? did you know I don’t spew propaganda, I base my change of heart on the facts on the ground? I will NOT vote for a republican… they are filth… but the dems have become commies… and I want neither. I now vote libertarian. meet white middle class america sir. not at all what your professors brain washed into you.

          • asybot

            Hello are you talking to your self? better go see a doctor.

          • Joel

            Democrats are not commies, some are more socialist than others maybe but defanently not commies. Why would you vote for a commie the first time and not the second and then become a libertarian? Thats quite a switch, did you have a brain tumor?

          • Yo Mamma

            Go to Africa and put a bone through you nose

          • asybot

            No answers again Momma, just slander, the more you do that the more ignorant you sound, kinda like the lady that was so proud to vote 6 times for your so called resident of the WH on TV remember? Are you jealous of her? She got lots of TV time are you her neighbor? Hey lets give you some TV time as well okay?. Just wonder how silly you would look and for all I know you might be the same person

          • Joel

            Do you know that Obama still won the popular vote? Do you realize how uninformed YOU sound?

          • CommonSenseIMO

            So I should respect Obama’s position but not a police officer’s position? And just fyi – we are not a democracy. We are a representative republic.

          • Joel

            You should respect both of their positions. But that doesn’t mean you should not hold them both accountable. However most police officers aren’t elected, Presidents of the United States of America are! And FYI we are a democracy and a representative republic both. Just not always a direct democracy because of this country’s stupid outdated electoral college. Just saying not hating…

          • Yo Mamma

            Aaaarg

          • Reliquary

            Your story never happened…in fact it is the ramblings of a sick and deranged mind… Really ..you should consider seeking help and avoid posting your perverted nonsense. I will continue to pray for your healing. God Bless you (yo)

          • Yo Mamma

            You keep praying to your god and I will hope to a long relationship with mine. I already told my God Creator that YOU did not heed. Lets see if God Creator will force you, as promised in Torah – Please be kind enough to inform if any misfortune should befall you or your near and dear

          • Sail Away

            Hatred at it’s finest ,
            You do this just for fun .
            Beware of the rooster for he shall tell you of many a empty mornings .
            Everlasting life comes through LOVE be a little kinder .

          • Yo Mamma

            I see no love in requiring you to follow a faith. This order is do or die. You somehow see love in that? You are strange. But there is no hatred too. Just zero tolerance for a cocky genetic strain.

            These words are etched into the front section of your stolen sacred text, Torah. I hop one day you realize the sin you have committed in having these words next to your bed…

            I will raise them up a prophet from among their
            brethren, like unto thee; and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall
            speak unto them all that I shall command him. 18,19 And it shall come to
            pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which he shall speak in My
            name, I will require it of him.

            SAIL AWAY
            You are also one of those that use the Lords name in vain.

            You do this when you say “May God bless………”

            God Creator is not your errand boy, your slave your b-i-t-c-h

            Don’t go around thinking and saying to people you have God Creator in your pocket, hoping there will be a favor to you especially.

          • Sail Away

            As long as there is wind in the canyon’s and a moon on the rise we can Sail Away .
            My best to you

          • Yo Mamma

            You going to love this paragraph……
            You can run like the wind, but there is no corner on earth to hide you….

            But if ye will not hearken unto Me and will not do all these commandments and if ye shall reject My statutes and if your soul abhor Mine ordinances so that ye will not do all My commandments but break My covenant I also will do this unto you: I will appoint terror over you even consumption and fever that shall make the eyes to fail and the soul to languish; and ye shall sow your seed in vain for your enemies shall eat it.

            You like to forget. Its convenient to forget, your obligations and excuse it with other gods you now favor but Hate God Creator, the reason you are here. The truth is people like SAIL AWAY hate God Creator. They hate harshness, terror, threats and want it all to just GO AWAY. Wouldn’t that be great??? But you will not heed and you will not love God Creator because the idea you abhor.

            God Creator realized after human creation that we are too fickle for free will and need LAWS to keep us in line. The laws are created. The laws are broken, but you see no punishment, so you continue, generation after generation. But all along you are being watched as you have been warned, that the time comes and when it comes your decision will be crucial to a continuation of your living. Its all there in Torah, but its coded so you cannot fully get it. Unless you are of the bloodline, will you ever get it. I get it, but you do not believe me

          • Sail Away

            Judge not lest ye be judge :
            You no me not nor shall I care to sit at a table that you pick for your own when you have the references, but your works are those of a jackal .
            Worry not dear one for this tree has great roots and little time for the puke spill forth from the sword you keep in the hole under your nose .
            good day

          • Yo Mamma

            “Judge not lest ye be judge” is an ‘add on’ law to Torah. A law like this would be considered the works of non-believers and dealt with accordingly, like the other man that decided to preach to the Land.

            Some of us are judges by the blood that flows in our veins and those that choose us. But your executioner is not me but God Creator. Its at God Creator you need direct your anger. Your feeling of remorse, regret, not to me, but to God Creator. I am but a mere messenger. Its to God Creator you should take issue and remark about your lost ‘love’

            Here I will help you seeing its tough to help yourself….

            Dear oh terrifying God Creator
            “Judge not lest ye be judge :You no me not nor shall I care to sit at a table that you pick for your own when you have the references, but your works are those of a jackal .Worry not dear one for this tree has great roots and little time for the puke spill forth from the sword you keep in the hole under your nose .good day God Creator, you suck and ps, the jackal was deeeelish

            Anyways the only wind blowing is between your ears

          • G….h.i

            Lol you need help if there’s any out there for you.

          • Yo Mamma

            LOL gabs, you’re so occupied with the Obamas and Arabs you forgot to be concerned about your bible

            Ha ha ha

            When last gabs

            When last did you eat pork?

          • Reliquary

            LOL see now we have already discussed your lack of understanding and actual knowledge of the Torah; including your hypocritical association with it. The only entity i know of that listen to and tolerates liars, hypocrites, the prideful, and haters such as yourself is H’Satan. So good luck with that one….lol

          • Reliquary

            LlOL see now we have already discussed your lack of understanding and actual knowledge of the Torah; including your hypocritical association with it. The only entity i know of that listen to and tolerates liars, hypocrites, the prideful, and hateres such as yourself is H’Satan. So good luck with that one….lol

          • Yo Mamma

            By you constantly showing desire and interacting with me, CLEARLY shows a need for your schooling. But your mind and soul are beyond repair, so give it up water mongoose – The vatican is on notice to give back the stolen furnishings of the last Temple in Jerusalem and you to give up your stolen Torah

            Until then, the vatican, you and all others that are not authorized to have such items are thieves and possess stolen goods.

          • Reliquary

            lol

          • Yo Mamma

            No visitations, unexpected maybe,rather violent yet from God Creator?

            Don’t text and drive

            Avoid sharp objects

            For goodness sake man, don’t go to the gun range

            If you broke your tooth, I would hardly consider that God Creator ‘requiring’ you to follow Literal Torah. Thats a false positive 4 sure

          • WinChll

            Think twice. Should a police officer take orders to confiscate guns from law abiding citizens? That is a question. Don’t think that time may not come. Already happened with Katrina. That was just practice. All those good God loving citizens just let it happen, ’cause after all, some authority said so. Oh yes, by authority of power, come people like Stalins, Maos ,Hitlers. Don’t think for one minute it can’t happen here just because this is America, land of the free. LOL’s

          • asybot

            seems to be a problem ever one talking to themselves.

          • Feet2Fire

            You are ranting incoherent gibberish. You are the one who needs RESTRAINT, preferably of the white-jacket variety.

          • Yo Mamma

            racist

            This is a compliment ASYBOT. don’t get so bent outa shape.
            God Creator is a racist too

          • asybot

            AAAAHHHH the usual reply of liberals , if you cannot answer a question, just start throwing epithets at the other person , Hey it is the easy way out is it not ? Momma? and your are not my Momma, you are far from it.

          • Yo Mamma

            Calling him a racist is a compliment. why ur getting so bent outa shape

      • Feet2Fire

        Your remark is totally out of line, and let’s hope the moderators remove it. Shame on you.

        • Joel

          How about the moderators post my comment instead of them having it as pending for five days! Is this how Disqus runs the show. Don’t like what you have to say so they keep it “pending” indefinately?WTF Disqus? I got it you, “DISQUS” me.

      • yourpaled

        You idiot. How can you compare what a street policeman does vs your idiotic example of something that happened in the most evil times of WWII?

        • Yo Mamma

          No you idiot – You idiot because you write to idiots idiot things. Idiot

          ASYBOT
          So you think naming someone racist is an insult? Strange

          • asybot

            People please just leave her for awhile , you are all stoking her, she is not on the same page for tonight, give her a rest. it would be humane.

          • Yo Mamma

            So you think naming someone racist is an insult?

            Strange

    • webescrewed

      People of the ruling class seldomly see themselves as oppressors. Militarization of police has little to do with protecting the police, less to do with protecting the public and more to do with protecting the government from the people. Government knows that using the military against the people would cause a constitutional crisis and that the military is unlikely to take up arms against the people, but a well armed police force will.

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012

      I think you should encourage your husband to find a safer profession.

      There certainly are criminals who need to be dealt with in order to maintain a civil society. It can be achieved without making the nation a police state or having to take away the freedoms generations have fought and died to protect.

      If you feel your family can not be safe then by all means find another job.

      • CommonSenseIMO

        If many do exactly that then who will you call when you need help?

        • brotherbaldrick

          Lawdy, lawd, where to begin. The situation is not that black and white, ‘scuse the pun. I would definitely want to call the police should I be the victim of a crime, what I don’t want to have happen though is like what happened to the family who called the police one evening asking for them to lend a hand in controlling their schizophrenic son, the cops pitched up and put 5 holes in youngster! Dead. I don’t want to sound like a whining lib-tard on CNN, but I think the cops need to stop behaving like little Rambo wannabe’s! It seem they have now adopted the motto “shoot first, and to hell with any questions”, and even as a pale-male I am now getting veeery edgy about calling the cops for any reason, they are just way too gung-ho these days. It’s time they had their big toys taken away from them because they have proved that they cannot be trusted to behave in a mature and reasoned manner.

    • http://www.family-survival-planning.com/ JC

      I’m sorry but Glenn is correct. The bad guys on the streets don’t have MRAPs, tanks, or humvees. Most don’t have body armour. Some have big guns – so should police. The bad guys rarely come dressed in helmets and tactical gear. I believe your husband knew exactly what he was signing up for when he became a policeman. It’s a dangerous job – so are lots of other jobs. We deal with whatever we signed up for in this life. No one is making him be a policeman. He chose. Whatever happened to Officer Friendly?

      • CommonSenseIMO

        I heard “tanks” thrown around a lot on TV in Ferguson. I’ve seen the word a lot in print stories and stupid comments like yours, but I have yet to see one photo of a Police Tank. An MRAP is a great armored vehicle, something the police in Ferguson used to shelter behind when thugs were shooting at random during the peaceful protests. A Humvee is a big Jeep, nothing more. As previously addressed, I would bet money there are zero tanks. Helmets and tactical gear save lives because a traditional bulletproof vest will not stop a rifle round, period. Just because we sign up for a dangerous job does not mean I am forced to take unreasonable risks while doing it. You don’t see this type of gear being used all day every day. Officer Friendly is still there but friendly does not get you far when you are facing superior firepower.
        One thing I saw in the Ferguson police response I did not like was an officer training some sort of machine gun, maybe an M60 or similar, at protestors. That I thought was out of line.

    • Joel

      If your husband wants a safer profession then he should look for it. However he should not be a commercial fisherman, construction worker, equipment operator, fireman, electrical lineman, roofer, chauffeur/taxi driver, pilot, steel/iron worker, truck driver, trash collector or a farmer/rancher. These jobs top a police officer as the most deadliest jobs in America FYI. No one is seriously wanting to take away your husband’s sidearm or certainly his body armor and most people in society realize we need a police force, just not one that resembles our military by having SWAT teams doing regular patrols, trampling on OUR civil rights, falsifying police reports, warrant-less searches and wiretaps, in essence being bullies with badges, assaulting, murdering the same people they were sworn to protect. In Ferguson MO they have arrested/intimidated journalist and have assaulted protesters(much of it is on camera if you don’t believe it) some of the offending officers have done it several times before the officer wilson shooting. Some have been fired only because of the media attention and the acts caught on camera but it happens all over America on a increasing level. I have seen it first hand and I don’t consider myself, “scum”. The cop in Ferguson pointing his assault rifle at protesters threatening to “kill them” was a twenty year veteran on his force. How many times has he done unlawful acts in the past and not been held accountable? He was only fired, he should have been brought up on assault charges and convicted like any other person would have been. That is a double standard. The police that I have personally dealt with in my life have done more to harass and screw me and my neighbors over than they have ever helped. Much of it is the fault of politicians allowing this situation to get out of hand with giving them uncalled for weapons/tactics to begin with to fight the BS “war on drugs” and playing on peoples fears after 911 creating of the dept. of homeland security etc. However I blame law enforcement and ignorant people like yourself for lobbying our people/politicians for the current state we have found ourselves in as well, after all your husband and his cop buddies have a bureaucratic self interest in perpetuating these bad polices. I wouldn’t expect any different from a cop’s wife. Glenn Beck isn’t, “in effect ok with your husband dying” he just doesn’t want to live in a police state where the cops become the “scum” we the people are afraid of. Crime is at a all time low in this country, we don’t need to keep militarizing the police and I don’t want my kids growing up in this current madness. It has gone too far!

      “Check yourself before you wreck yourself”

      -ICE CUBE

      • Hilary

        Dear Joel,
        My husband doesn’t want a different job, and I guarantee that you don’t want him to either. Someone has to be the enforcer of the laws in this country, and this is what he feels called to do, just as some are called to be doctors or teachers.
        My question to is this: are you going to be the person to handle the incidents where people have been taken hostage, or are threatening to kill many innocent civilians? If not our police SWAT teams, then who? Certainly not you, and as our Constitution makes it quite clear, certainly not our military. Even I don’t want our military involved in incidents in our country.
        While I do agree that our federal DHS is problem, it is another issue entirely. I’m sorry that your involvement with the police has been negative, not all cops are like the ones you have encountered. There are jerks in every profession that cast a negative eye on those with the same jobs. However, you are showing your ignorance by saying that police lobby for these policies. Obviously you’ve never had a job where you took an oath to obey the orders of a higher commander. They are bound by the laws that these politicians make, they have no hand in making them themselves. That would be a true abuse of power. Our constitution is not set up that way, so I suggest you read about the separation of powers and checks and balances.
        Finally, it is offensive that you assume automatically conform to my husbands ideals, simply because I am a “cop’s wife.” I have my own brain and opinions. I don’t always agree with the laws that my husband has to enforce, but I know that’s not his fault.
        What I find scary is the break down of our country’s military (do you know how much military equipment is destroyed every day in this country?) c..and how Obama is more concerned about school lunches than ISIS.

      • jeffreyhamadey

        Joel, well said, well written I just sat through an hour and 15 minutes reading the article and the comments and the only one who makes any real sense is you, thank you. God loves you and so do I, yours Jeffrey

        • Joel

          Thank you Jeffrey, I would very much like to post more comments/replies on this subject but apparantly some of the comments I made are listed as “pending” indefinately(five days). It is very unfortunate since it was some of my best writing. Mr. Beck or Disqus is censoring me. So much for free speech Jeffrey.

    • Sonny A.

      As a retired police officer and one who understands the unique form of government a true constitutional republic provides its citizenry, I find this issue very thought provoking. First, I accepted the fact that my chosen profession would always be inherently dangerous (as much psychologically as physically as evidenced by high rate of divorce, suicide, and alcoholism –at least among those serving in high crime areas). Second, no matter if it made my job easier, the citizenry had a right to its liberty (within reason).
      Second, one cannot deny the inevitability of technology, whether regarding the police or the citizenry. So let me get this right…the constitutionalists argue that responsible citizens should be allowed to possess new tech firearms (so called “assault rifles”, etc.), but the local police should be limited to 1970’s police weapons??. Seems to me the same criteria should apply to the police as to the citizenry: deal with those who misuse the tools–not the availibility of these dangerous tools. The latest trend in police overuse of the high tech gear is a supervisory/managerial/department philosophy one, not an equipment problem. Should be addressed accordingly.
      Lastly, think about this: given the current threat of terrorism (I am convinced it will grow worse), don’t you want the first responders (local police) to have what they need to handle the problem? If they don’t, get ready to accept the reality that the feds will have these well armed teams (Quick Reaction Forces or similar name) that will be in at least moderate to large urban areas all over the country. They would pretty much have to do so if the local LE agencies were ill-equipped to deal with these scenarios….right?
      Take a look at the new ebook on Amazon titled EMP LOS ANGELES for a preview of what could happen.

  • pgson

    News flash, Glenn: There is no common ground. These people are EVIL. Holder has long ago sold his soul. You can’t reach him by playing nice.

    • Yo Mamma

      Yes, reach them with your bayonet

      Thats original soldier

      And what future do you wish for?

    • FiineTapestry

      Whose people do you mean? Black protesters? Blacks who recognize racism and police brutality is a problem?

    • Debbie

      AMEN!!!

    • Yo Mamma

      “These people are EVIL”

      These people?

      I am confused

      The average christian feels the majority of the world is evil, but not them

      NOOOOOOOO

  • jim

    COURT OKS BARRING HIGH IQS FOR COPS
    If you want to join law enforcement, don’t be too smart-
    They don’t want folks that can use their critical faculty’s they want folks that will follow orders without question!
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/court-oks-barring-high-iqs-cops/story?id=95836

    Many communities now look upon police as an occupying army, their streets more reminiscent of Baghdad or Kabul than a city in America.
    Inheriting both the weapons and the mindset of the US military, police are becoming militarized and ‘hyper aggressive’ in their approach to maintaining security on the streets of America. New study calls on police not to treat people as ‘wartime enemies’.

    The militarization of the US police force poses an increasing threat to the American public, they are increasingly being used as corporate enforcers and revenue generators and not as peace officers by the powers that be

    • Hy Alldredge

      The percentage people with a high IQ is relatively small, most of them aren’t clamoring to join the police, anyway. This will have negligible impact, although their reasoning seems specious to me. The bigger threat to the quality of the police force is the lowering of standards which is necessary to achieve the appropriate diversity.

    • CommonSenseIMO

      Once again, one situation 14 years ago. You know civil service testing requirements are often lowered to have more eligible minorities, right? Maybe that was a reason they did it as well.

      • jim

        Actually the court ruling was upheld on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

        IMHO- it offers clear insight on why we have so many problems with police today. They often lack the intelligence to operate as peace officers once did, such as using people skills instead of swat teams and making independent judgments about the situations and people they encountered.

        They lack knowledge and understanding of the nation’s fundamental governing principles and the rights of the people. And, worse,as a result many lack the intellect to understand why respecting and protecting those rights is as important to them as it is to the people.

        • CommonSenseIMO

          It MAY have been “official policy” of one agency over 14 years ago. I have worked for several police departments in 2 states and I’m telling you the only way to advance in the hiring process is to score as high as you can on the civil service test. They don’t throw out the high scores, a high score is what you need to move on. If you want to use “people skills” in the face of Molotov cocktails or automatic weapons, knock yourself out. I did not sign up for this job to talk to those people while they try to hurt me. A large percentage of officers come right from the military. Would you care to explain why you think they are not intelligent, cannot think for themselves, or think on their feet? You have no idea what you are speaking of.

          • jim

            The simple fact is that the perception among a large segment of society is that the Police no longer serve the interests of the public at large-but have been transformed into revenue collectors and corporate enforcers rather than community peace officers .

          • CommonSenseIMO

            Which is a completely different argument that you were making to start with and has nothing to do with the so called militarization of some police, the whole point of this opinion piece. The people that usually feel the same about the revenue collection are the same people that get stopped for speeding and have to pay a fine, which are quite often the same people that call and complain about speeders in their town but think that, because THEY live there, it does not apply to them. Then you have the bean counters in both the administration and the political entity that oversees whatever police force you want to discuss and THEY think that the officers have to be “doing something” to justify their existence. That leads to quotas, performance standards, or whatever term of the week you would like to use. Why don’t you step from behind your keyboard and sign up to do the job, THEN you can speak from a position of experience rather than just how you feel about it.

          • jim

            Staying on topic Ill lay out some of the issues concerning the rise of the “warrior cop”
            The “war on terror” has come home–and it’s wreaking havoc on innocent American lives. The culprit is the militarization of the police.
            It harms, and sometimes kills, innocent people. When you have heavily armed police officers using flash-bang grenades and armored personnel carriers, innocent people are bound to be hurt.
            Children are impacted. the police busting down doors care little about whether there’s a child in the home(plenty of cases of it).

            The use of SWAT teams is getting out of hand. In many cases, using militarized teams of police is not needed.

            The “war on terror” is fueling militarization. It was the “war on drugs” that introduced militarized policing to the U.S. But the “war on terror” has accelerated it.

            Police are cracking down on dissent. In 1999, massive protests rocked Seattle during the WTO meeting. The police cracked down hard on the demonstrators using paramilitary tactics. Police fired tear gas at protesters, causing all hell to break loose.

            Asset forfeitures are funding police militarization.
            So SWAT teams have an incentive to conduct raids where they seize property and cash. That money can then go into their budgets for more weapons.

            Dubious informants are used for raids.
            Given SWAT teams’ focus on finding drugs, it’s no surprise that informants are used to gather information that lead to military-style police raids.

            There’s been little debate and oversight. Despite the galloping march towards militarization, there is little public debate or oversight of the trend.

            On topic enough for you !

          • CommonSenseIMO

            I don’t value only the police point of view, I merely point out why many police have and need more equipment that what some of the public think they should have. Most of the public that feel this way have no idea what a lot of police deal with on a routine basis yet they think they are qualified enough to tell them what equipment they should have. Peaceful protest will not cause any issues. However there was nothing peaceful about the Ferguson protests on several of the nights people were protesting.
            You must have watched a different version of the WTO protests. All WTO protests are full of anarchists, not just peaceful protestors, and they do a lot of the things, and more, that were happening in some of the Ferguson protests. Anything but peaceful. Police are not “cracking down” on peaceful dissent, only that which is unlawful.
            Asset forfeiture only happens with the consent of a court when you can show the asset is directly tied to illegal behavior.
            Informants are used because they have the best information on the illegal activity that is being investigated. There is an entire process for the use or informants, again overseen by a court, before they can be used and have the information held as good in any trial.
            You find drugs, you find guns. They go hand in hand. A rifle round will go right through a standard bulletproof vest that the typical cop wears. Unfortunately anymore a lot of the big dopers out there are carrying more powerful weaponry than the police are so I fully stand behind the police swat type teams serving a lawful warrant ISSUED BY A COURT. You don’t hear about all the times they get exactly that they think they will find, its not very interesting. You sure will hear the media bleat about one that goes wrong though, you can bet on that. Ratings, my boy!
            Jim, we will have to agree to disagree. Disqus makes finding this conversation very time intensive and I am done trying to get you to see any reason. You obviously have a chip on your shoulder with respect to Law Enforcement and would not mind seeing a lot more dead officers out there trying to protect you. Thankfully, Police will still show up to help you should you call them.

          • jim

            Tell it to Ex Seattle police chief Norm Stamper -who takes a different view from yours-he says that the post-9/11 militarization of police forces across the U.S. has led to the abuse of non-violent activists
            (Fyi-Norm Stamper was a police chief during the controversial Seattle WTO protests in 1999-his words are not easily dismissed)

          • jim

            Hmm It appears you value only the cops point of view and dismiss the public’s concerns out of hand -But hows this for on topic-

            Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper published an essay arguing that the current epidemic of police brutality is a reflection of the militarization (his word, not mine) of our urban police forces, the result of years of the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror. Stamper was chief of police during the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999, and is not a voice that can be easily dismissed.

            American law enforcement appears to have intensified police hostility towards the civilian population, blurring the lines between protesters, common criminals, and terrorists.

            having them heavily militarized does not help matters

      • jim

        Its official police policy- that operates on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

        The fee and fine harvesting arm of the State has no desire for officers that think. They’re running the old-timers, the peace officers, out. In their place, they are placing law enforcers without the intellectual curiosity to question behaviors that are clearly, on their face, unconstitutional and abusive, like searching cellphones without a warrant, shooting family dogs, arresting and taking an 83 year-old woman to jail because her grass was too long, and so on.

        They are revenue producers -They enforce the will of the State, protecting and maintaining a community’s people or peace comes a very distant second

      • jim

        The theory is that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.
        The problem is that they often lack the intelligence to operate as peace officers once did, such as using people skills instead of swat teams and making independent judgments about the situations and people they encountered.

        Most lack knowledge and understanding of the nation’s fundamental governing principles and the rights of the people. And, worse, they lack the intellect to understand why respecting and protecting those rights is as important to them as it is to the people.

  • Yousbabtle

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  • ken.

    it’s not as much about having the equipment as it is when and how they use it.

    • CommonSenseIMO

      EXACTLY!

  • Yo Mamma

    So what did the average American do when the black rioted in South Africa?

    Do you remember?

    America placed sanctions on South Africa
    America turned a blind eye as Cuba sent its entire army to Angola to fight against the SADF
    America turned a blind eye as Russian Migs attacked SADF troops
    America turned a blind eye as Russian trained troops attacked South Africa
    America turned a blind eye as the terrorist Mandela was released

    So now you bleed too
    Your time is now America

    The white man is running with his tail between his legs desperately trying to hold onto his ivory towers

    You let South Africa fall to Russia and Communism because you were too scared to go up against your own black ‘problem’

    Now you can deal with is first hand

    You cannot deflect this rage onto some small country in Africa

    Now its all about you America
    You and your racism and your hatred for anything but white people that should be christian.

    Its kinda therapeutic to witness this – In some good and all powerful book it says that you will pay for the sins of your fathers. I guess its about that time now, but payment isn’t financial, payment is something you lose and cannot ever get back

    • zemla

      Piss on you, Africa. Save yourself.

      • Yo Mamma

        catholics have stolen the sacred furnishings of the Hebrews

        The vatican has been placed on notice

        You need to know this – you being one of them

        • zemla

          Hahaha! Your comments always put a smile on my face ya tool. I’m not, nor will I ever be a catlick, but please, don’t hold back, I’m a giggling fool for you

          • Yo Mamma

            I accept you as my giggling fool for me

            Giggling fool, you should giggle for 5 hours continuously, then giggle off a cliff

        • AmericanIrish

          Different day/topic, yet the song remains the same. Yawn…

          • Yo Mamma

            Yep, me Hebrew loyalist, you Catholic and confused, Yawn

          • AmericanIrish

            Kudos, your a Hebrew loyalist. Hate to break it to you..it’s not relevant to each and every topic.

          • Yo Mamma

            Nor is hating on the black president, the libs and whatever else you silly white anglos think of

          • AmericanIrish

            You must be confused, big surprise. I haven’t been here hating on ANYONE !! Although you’re not a favorite. .wouldn’t say I hate you.

  • MichaelMJames

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  • Debbie

    Listen Mr. Deceiver you can’t find common ground with those that are trying to destroy America!! You can’t find common ground with those that are EVIL!! Wake up!! You have lost your soul!!!

  • Kathy Phares Daniel

    I can not understand this line of reasoning from Glenn Beck. Our police deserve every tool afforded to them ensuring their safety and ours. You have a completely different landscape going forward from what generations before have ever known. The absolute lawlessness of both genders and all ages is frightening. Their are increased numbers of peoples, foreign and domestic who have no respect for our laws. The local police are the first responders and should be equipped to handle situations without waiting on federal assistance. Why shouldnt our local police have this equipment? The ones that live here, have families here, have a stake in our communities future? You only want the feds to save the day? Makes no sense to me. I have a husband in law enforcement. I want him to come home to his children. He sacrifices much, for very little. Why would we handicap these men and women?

  • Hy Alldredge

    There has been protest over police officers having military equipment for years, and especially over the increased use of no-knock warrants and usage of SWAT teams, which admittedly deserves some scrutiny.

    What I find odd is that so many people are saying that what happened in Ferguson somehow demonstrates that a “militarized” police force is a danger to society. Call me crazy, but to me it showed that the equipment is sometimes called for. They weren’t firing tear gas and and donning body armor in response to peaceful protestors. They were looting, setting fires, and throwing molotov cocktails! What were the police SUPPOSED to do? I mean, in the end, they called in the national guard to stop it, AFTER things got worse when the local police softened their response.

    If you’re going to try to drum up support for taking away equipment from local PDs, Glen, pick an incident where they used it when it wasn’t necessary. Show me the cops acting like an occupying army. Because I haven’t seen it yet.

  • Tom

    I’m confused Glenn, Law Enforcement is controlled by local and state governments not the federal government. You support the right for the state to make their own decisions. So why are you telling us, in our towns and our states that that OUR police cannot be armed with military grade equipment. If you want your Dallas police to act like Barney and Andy in Mayberry then by all means please push your local government to stop equipping and arming your police. I would appreciate it if you let us in our community decide how our police, who live in our neighborhoods and attend our churches, are armed. By the way since the airing of the Andy Griffith show and the Mayberry Police in 1960 more then 8800 Police officers have died in the line of duty. I’m not sure how many oaths you have actually taken to support and defend the constitution of the United States and the laws of the city and state you live in but 8800 people did take that oath that paid the ultimate sacrifice for defending it. You support our military to the ends of the earth but you kick our police in butt and out the front door they go.

    • zemla

      Sigh, the feds don’t give anything without wanting something in return. So if they are “giving” this stuff to Your local police, they may not be so “local” anymore. Again, beck hops on board a day late and a dolla’ short. Militarization is one thing, federalizing is another, they can be related. I mean, it’s not like corporate mercenaries are out there or anything.

      Oh,wait, they are.

      • CommonSenseIMO

        Typical arm chair quarterback BS. I’ve worked at an agency that got rifles from the Feds. Beyond the paperwork nightmare required for tracking and inventory of the rifles, there were no strings attached. it sure saved the local taxpayers a lot of money though.

    • WinChll

      Law Enforcement is controlled by local and state governments not the federal government
      You sure about that?

      Please do keep in mind, the police are being trained much differently these days; ready for war. By the way, Watertown, MA comes to mind when people were thrown out of their homes at gun point. Oh, forgot, those weren’t police, but military practicing. The irony of it all is the suspect was found by a citizen.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHODO8hW10Q

      • Tom

        Hello WinChil, first off yes I’m 100% sure that the Federal Government does not control local police departments. The fact that you do not know that is scary in itself. We might be the only country in the world that the federal government does not control local police ( thank you founding fathers!)
        Yes the police are being taught differently these days from say 40 years ago…. So are mechanics, IT people, doctors, lawyers just about every profession out there.
        I would like to address the terrorist attack on our country in Boston that you brought up. A police officer was killed and one was gravely wounded during a gun battle with them. The only reason he lived is because of the quick thinking and ( military style MEDICAL training) from a responding officer.
        Then the police mobilized and went on an old fashion man hunt after the terrorist made good his escape in the chaos. The police this time had better equipment to do this search then in the past. They locked down the area preventing the terrorist from fleeing and escaping. The terrorist went to ground ( hid in a boat) because of the massive police presence.
        Then like most times the police chase someone and loose them in backyards a citizen called a suspicious person in their yard. Thousands of people are arrested because of 911 calls to the police after the suspect hides.
        My biggest point is after he was taken into custody the police left. That neighborhood is not under siege the police are not in that neighborhood with armored vehicle and M4 rifles on every corner. The police reacted to an unprecedented event handled it and then the police left the scene and responded to an accident or theft call like they always do.

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  • Yo Mamma

    “was just after midnight on July 4 when at least two dozen US Delta
    Force commandos arrived on heavily armed Black Hawk helicopters in
    Akrishi, a small town near the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa on the bank of the Euphrates River.”

    Amazing but CNN has not discussed the attempt to free captives held by IS. No mention made?? Why is that we need read routers to get the news

  • Joel

    Glenn, I am a liberal who doesn’t ever agree with much you have to say, I am however thankful that you have decided to find common ground on this issue of our local police being militarized. These are the jack booted thugs that conservatives warned us about in the 90’s after WACO and to my chagrin and other liberals we didn’t listen then but we hear you now. Lets’ please work together on this common goal, liberals/conservatives and everyone in between. Time to wake up America!

    • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

      Look what they did at Ruby Ridge, shooting at children and a mother in the head while holding her baby…disgusting pigs they are!

      • zemla

        Pssssh, john Africa, philly, PA, pigs drop a bomb on the house which burns up some 50 homes in the area, and all we ever hear about is waco….

      • Joel

        Just another fine example of a tyrannical govt. whose power has gone to his head.

  • Debbie

    Come clean Beck

  • stephaniejmota

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  • Debbie

    Glenn who are you?

  • FOOpoosiekeyboardwarrior

    I love Glenny Beck. He is my favorite controlled opposition snake oil salesman carnival act..ever!!!!
    He is what man should aspire to be. The complete opposite of that evil John Wayne type. But when he needs to fool the sheeple he can lovingly turn on the progun libertarian act, with manly rears!
    Being a smart globalist sellout he has his life fortified, cattle ranch, money, bunkers what have you. All while coning his loyal listeners for the cash. When it all collapses he will be secure and will have a seat albeit in the childrens table at the elitist cabal.
    I hope he takes a few of us gatekeepers with.

  • John Baker

    We do not live in a make believe world of a TV show where crime was the
    last thing on the minds of the writers and actors. No, we live in a
    savage world where you can’t even walk down the street without worrying
    about the “knockout game”. Now let me refresh your memories for a moment
    and take you WAY back to 1997 and the LAPD North Hollywood shootout.
    The LAPD officers were armed with only 9mm hand guns and a few had 12
    gauge shotguns. The two bank robbers were covered neck down with body
    armor and had modified fully automatic weapons and enough ammo to start a
    small war, which they did. The suspects fired off 1,100+ rounds that
    morning. The police were so out gunned they had to get weapons from a
    private gun store owner and then had to commandeer a bank armored car to
    try and save wounded civilians and officers. In the aftermath of the
    shootout the majority of people agreed that police departments needed to
    be better armed and needed better equipment. Now that many departments
    have the equipment that most Americans wanted them to have in the first
    place, everyone is now jumping on the militarization bandwagon. Patrol
    officers never wear camo while on routine patrol, this isn’t Mayberry,
    Andy isn’t in charge, officers killed in the line of duty is up 14% so
    far this year and having armored vehicles for SWAT and hostage
    situations in necessary. Either give the police the very best equipment
    to keep themselves and us safe or don’t. You can’t have it both ways.

    • CommonSenseIMO

      John you need to quit making sense Right Now.

  • JLWright

    I think we all know these, but a little refresher never hurts……

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=575727099190133

  • Wade Johnson

    I agree with all said Glenn but you also need to consider this. As with you I was raised in the time of MLK and understood his message and made every attempt to live my life as he asked and yes I am a white man.

    However from the time of his assassination and Jesse Jackson taking over his legacy, it has been warped and twisted by Jackson, and Al Sharpton and the others of their type into something that Dr King could never have imagined.

    The images from Ferguson and the news coverage of the death of Michael Brown, with their extreme bias and/or fear of covering what Brown supposedly did to the Officer before his death was something to be disgusted about. It makes you think Selma Alabama has been continuing all these years.

    But also consider the shooting of the unarmed white man by a black officer in Salt Lake City, UT on August 11, 2014. I heard about the shooting several times over the last 2 weeks but saw my first story about it nationally yesterday. There were no protests, no riots, no looting, but also no coverage. Why the double standard. Because the whites respect the law and the blacks are taught not to trust the law and blame everyone else for them not following the law and being arrested.

  • Debbie

    We America needs to stop is LYING!! Start telling the American people the TRUTH and that means you too Glenn.

  • landofaahs

    A guy intimidates a shop owner and steals some smokes. A bit later he apparently beats up on a cop and gets smoked. Who’d a thug it.

  • TB

    Glenn…I love ya brother, but you are wrong on this one. As one of your neighbors (well, I’m in the Metroplex) I’ll be happy to explain why. It won’t take long and you being the reasonable guy you are, will jump back on the reason-wagon!

  • BlackBeaver

    First let’s disarm the SWAT Teams now being formed in virtually every federal government agency. Does the Department of Education need a SWAT Team? The Department of the Interior?
    One can make the argument that our police departments should have the best possible arms so they are always in command during a confrontation. But how can one argue for these federal SWAT Teams?

    • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

      Good point, now even Postal Workers will be armed & have SWAT Teams!

  • hacham14

    I usually agree with Glenn, but on the demilitarization of police, he is wrong. The example of the looting and violent rioting only proves as to why the police need such equipment. That equipment not only protects the police but also the community at large from these violent people. It also gives the police the power of deterrence and from encouraging more people to join in on the violence. This military equipment also allowed the police to capture the terrorists of the Boston Marathon bombing and has helped to prevent numerous terror attacks from occurring. I understand where Glenn and others are coming from who believe the police should be demilitarized. However, the question isn’t whether or not they posses such equipment, rather how the equipment is utilized. In other words, what are the procedures for engagement or under what circumstances is that military equipment to be used.

    I think most would agree that using tanks to pull over cars for speeding would be ridiculous, not to mention the fact that most cars can outmaneuver a tank. However, in the case of violent rioting, a school shooting, or dealing with drug cartels usage of some of this equipment would be more appropriate.

  • http://rmusdhs.ss4.sharpschool.com/programs/redskins_sports/ Thunderthud

    I wouldn’t mind it so much if the militarized local police were to turn on the federal government, perhaps with the blessing and assistance of the military.

  • JLWright

    ·
    What benefits do skin-color-exploiters gain from a guilty or not guilty 
verdict in the Ferguson skin-color court case? Other than failure to teach acceptance of responsibility it looks like the skin-color-exploiters have a win-win status quo either way while the losers keep loosing – and while blaming whitey and the militarized local police!

  • Joan

    Maybe the police have been supplied with all that firepower in prep for an invasion from ISIS. Who knows, maybe I am way out, I don’t know.

  • Sail Away

    I wish we could all change this : LOOK BELOW
    Hatred fixes nothing never has never will .

  • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

    Not shooting people dead, and arresting them if they commit a crime might help.

  • William Dwyer

    Glenn’s comments are truly disappointing. Has he forgotten 911? Is he ignoring the IsIs leader who has vowed to fly the Hamas flag over the White House. Has Glenn finally gone completely mad and switched sides? Our police departments do not have the option of losing. You meet force with greater force. Of course these departments should be armed to the teeth in the event of a major attack. It is the use that can be questioned if at all. Do even consider disarming the police is insane. You have lost it Glenn. Your credibility has taken a major hit. Your call for everyone to stock up on food and other vitals has been proven to be the classic case of the little boy crying wolf. I think we all see now why Fox gave you your walking papers.

  • AmericanIrish

    Normal Americans don’t throw Molotov cocktails and looting sprees either. Seems to be extremes on both sides. So when the citizenry start acting appropriately perhaps the police will be able to respond in kind.

  • Kaiser

    Obama wants to “De-militarize” our police? Is this the same Obama that bought tens of thousands of rounds for the Post Office and other government offices like the IRS?

  • Debra Oneil

    okay… if you would have asked me a year ago… I would be against posse comitatus by proxy… but with the border in its current state and islam on the march… I am beginning to think those mrap thiggies … are a pretty good idea. and if we have economic collapse… you will see ferguson on steroids, all across the country. this is just a test run to see who will be okay with it, come that time.

    I normally distrust the police a bit. I have seen way too much where I grew up to trust the cops fully. but in this case… I think the officer justifiably shot Micheal Brown. again, I have seen his type before. and whether or not it was justifiable… there is NO justification for tearing up personal property of people not involved.

    now, here is what gets me. why hold the store video back? obvious, to create chaos… a reason to use these things, to get us used to seeing them, just like the blackhawks urban warfare drill amongst the high rises of downtown chicago. …to what ends? what are they expecting, that they will need us to be ok with military type forces on our streets? now, why would they want to create racial divide, then disavow the weapons they want to deploy? because if something does happen … before the next election… they can blame the war mongering republicans, who side with the cops, and the war machine… careful. october may be a big surprise! :) so endeth the lesson :)

    • Joel

      Were you an eye witness to the Ferguson shooting? You should give a statement to the investigators! STFU tard!

  • Debbie

    Glenn you are such a hypocrite!!!

    • Yo Mamma

      Said like a true christian that has sacred texts in front of their bibles that they do not obey

  • John Covaleskie

    Here is the thing that confuses me. I agree with almost every word you say above, Mr. Beck. And yet when I listen to your program you still make your living by saying anyone who disagrees with you about policy hates America and wants America to be destroyed and Americans to suffer. Do you see that you are one of the major contributors to the problems that concern you?

  • Pocahontas

    OK People. Obama and Holder like to play the role of the Emperor in Star Wars. Their playing both sides against each other. Why else would Holder pay people to start the riots? Stop the arguments. Beck needs to catch up on things, since he has been on vacation. I appreciate him stretching out to become a mediator, because we sure do need one right now. Even though this article is a “FAR STRETCH” for even me.

    • Joel

      Holder pays people to riot? Thats some pretty nutty turds u r talking. When are the aliens going to land?

  • andes

    Tactical equipment saves lives, both citizens and police. it allows the police to inset themselves into situations that otherwise would be next to impossible to even think about. Today, the criminals are often better armed than our police, and with insurgents infiltrating our country through illegal entry in our country, tactical equipment gives the police some degree of an edge. In most scenarios the police use such equipment with moderation. However, in a few places, perhaps Ferguson, better education and training might be needed, along with better supervision. That is not to imply that there was a problem in Ferguson. It is quite possible that Ferguson was about to explode anyway for other reasons, be they economic, sociological, etc. Glenn, please don’t handicap our police. I love you and I’m thankful for your wise and sage advice. However, I do think you need to evaluate this particular stance regarding our police. Thank You and may God continue to Bless You, Your Family, and your co-workers. – Andes

  • Debbie

    All I have to say is Glenn come clean!!!

  • 7tom7

    A possible scenario we must consider that police officer was attack , the officer was injure while fighting off his attacker who was trying to get his gun !! Now this criminal took some step back or ran a couple feet , then turn to do a bull charge to attack the officer again and another attempt to gain control of the officer gun !! The officer being injure was in no condition to repulse the attack of a mad dog attacker ,paying no attention to the arm officer to stop in his plan attack or officer be able to fight off this assailent in his another attempt to get his gun !!

  • GenuineLoving

    With all respect for Hilary, I don’t think Glenn’s central point is demilitarization of the police. I believe that he is focusing on the idea that all Americans should come together and recognize points upon which we agree concerning the principles of liberty. I believe that Glenn sees the militarization of the police merely as an indicator that there is a problem between different groups of people in the United States. What he is concerned about is whether we as Americans will come together as ONE people, rather than permit ourselves to continue to be divided by those who fan the flames of division.

    Remember, the saying is, “Divide and conquer.” So the opposite must be true. A country of people who are united CANNOT be conquered. Are we united or divided? The necessary response to division and fighting among people is the militarization of the police. So if we don’t let the leaders divide us, then there will be no need for excess military equipment by the police.

    I think that is Glenn’s point.

  • Debbie

    For those of you that still supports this idiot, you need open your blind eyes and see this Moron is a SELL OUT!!! http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/08/25/Glenn-Beck-Ripped-Conservatives-While-Trying-to-Get-CNN-Deal