Protecting You From Yourself.

February 13, 2009 at 11:43 am | Posted in Historical, public safety | Leave a comment
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Sheldon Dick)

National guardsman with one-pounder, overlooking Chevrolet number nine and number four during strike at Flint, Michigan, January or February 1937. (Photo: Sheldon Dick)

(Police)The Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Department has acquired an armored personnel carrier complete with a turret-mounted .50-caliber belt-fed machine gun for its Special Response Team.

Sheriff Leon Lott told the Columbia State newspaper that he hoped the vehicle, named “The Peacemaker,” would let the bad guys know that his officers are serious.

“We don’t look at this as a killing machine,” Lott told the paper. “It’s going to keep the peace. We hope the fact that we have this is going to save lives. When something like this rolls up, it’s time to give up.”

“The Peacemaker” uses “a caliber of ammunition that even the U.S. military is reluctant to use against human targets (it’s generally reserved for use against armored vehicles) …

Radley Balko wrote a paper in 2006 titled “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America” that is available at the Cato Institute’s website.

Will South Carolina’s Governor, or any other, protect citizens from over-zealous police?

The Battle of Bulls Run had another major effect: Michigan Gov. Frank Murphy sent the National Guard to stand between the strikers and the police, allowing strikers to occupy the plants with little threat of forced eviction. Murphy’s courageous decision could have been political suicide, but he eventually became a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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