Those War-Ready Cops in Ferguson Are 9/11's Awful Legacy—and Your Taxes Are Paying for It
First came the police officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black
teenager on the way back from the convenience store with a friend. Then
came the protests and looting. Then came the astonishing police response,
which by Wednesday night transformed the streets of Ferguson, Missouri,
an inner suburb of St. Louis, into a scene out of Cairo, Kiev, or
Tehran. Which has led appalled onlookers to ask: Who has been outfitting
local police departments to look like battle-hardened military units?
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THIS IS NOT A U.S. SOLDIER IN IRAQ
It's a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
the Sept. 11 attacks, the American taxpayer has been providing the
funding for an eye-popping influx of money from the Department of
Homeland Security to state and local law enforcement agencies. The
funding is all in the name of preventing “terrorism,” but funds are
fungible, and so are heavily-armored vehicles and high-powered weaponry.
As the Missouri Department of Homeland Security explains on its own website