Officers have tanks now. They have drones. They have automatic rifles, and planes, and helicopters, and they go through military-style boot camp training.[…] The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.
Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. The killing ignited several nights of protest and has drawn outrage on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.