Monday, August 18, 2014

Roll Over, RoboCop — Meet Officer Unfriendly Of The Ferguson (MO) Police Department

The entire world got a preview of militarized police following the Boston Marathon bombing. Entire neighborhoods instantly became free-fire zones. Now, the police in Ferguson, MO have provided another demonstration of a military response to a Missouri-style Infitada. Tear gas and rubber bullets came into use when Ferguson's Thin Blue Line was confronted by civilian rioters. What's next? Drones and Hellfire missiles? "Use 'em or lose 'em" is the motto o'the day when dealing with The Department of Defense Excess Property Program's distribution of surplus military equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies for use in counter-terrorism and counter-narcotic activities. The Ferguson Police Department probably has received a re-supply of rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. If this is a (fair & balanced) national disgrace, so be it.

[x This Modern World]
Officer Friendly
By Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins)

Tom Tomorrow/Dan Perkins

[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow". His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Daily Kos. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly. Perkins, a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, currently lives in Connecticut. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002. When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political weblog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001. More recently, Dan Perkins, pen name Tom Tomorrow, was named the winner of the 2013 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.]

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