President Trump has decided to reverse a decision made during the Obama administration and will now allow restrictions to be lifted which will American police departments access to excess military equipment for use against U.S. citizens.
As you might expect, Fox News is all in favor of turning police departments into paramilitary units, and Fox & Friends co-host Jillian Mele gushed about the idea, saying it would give “major backup for our police officers on the front lines of protests.” She then added:
“He’s reinstating a program that supplies local police departments with surplus military equipment, including armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and high-caliber weapons. Attorney General Sessions will announce the change later today.”
Such equipment, Mele went on to say, would come in handy for use in upcoming protests around the country:
“Al Sharpton (is) leading the 1,000 Ministers March for Justice on the National Mall (and) a 10-day march to Washington kicks off in Charlottesville in response to the deadly clashes in Virginia earlier this month.”
Yes, how reassuring it is to know that cops in Washington and other American cities will be able to deploy grenade launchers against anyone who dares to question the authority of them or the government they represent. How glorious it would be to see armored vehicles and police officers with all sorts of military gear patrolling the streets of a town near you. Hell, I’m feeling safer already, aren’t you?
One wonders, however, if Ms. Mele and her corporate masters at Fox would be as pleased to see such weapons used against members of the alt-right, KKK, and neo-Nazis. After all, there are some “fine people” among them, as President Trump told us in the aftermath of Charlottesville.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org