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Aug 15, 2014

What will happen when Australian police have military weapons?

Images of Ferguson, Missouri, are reminiscent of a war zone. Jeff Sparrow, writer and editor of Overland, says with police behaving more like armies, it's inevitable -- and militarised police are coming to a precinct near you.

Barely 48 hours after the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police in Los Angeles had shot dead another young black man, described by his family as suffering from “mental problems“. Accurate and up-to-date figures on police killings in the United States are hard to come by, but statistics from the Department of Justice showed that from January 2003 through December 2009, 4813 people died during “an arrest or restraint process”. Black men were, of course, substantially over-represented. As Salon noted  a few years back, “if you are a young man, a person of color, and live in a poor urban area, you are far more likely to become a victim of police gunfire than if you are none of those things”.

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  1. Roger Clifton

    We don’t need to control workers’ choice of tools of trade, just their powers to use them.

  2. Forever Marshall

    the sort of antics seen in ferguson in a veritable propaganda goldmine for america’s enemies, i’m just picturing russia’s news papers tomorrow. teargassing and arresting journalists is certainly not the image america wants to project overseas, especially not now, and a large part of the reason i think the whole show got closed down so quickly. in the battle for hearts and minds america just had a decisive defeat.

  3. GF50

    I am with Terry Goldsworthy. The current socio-political environment is poisonous and inductive to a shitstorm of protest. No critique on policy direction to be tolerated.
    Employ Stassi tactics. Plebs to STFU

  4. The Cleaning Lady

    It seems to me that the Victoria Police were unduly aggressive during Occupy Melbourne. Remember the horses trampling protestors and their belongings?

    In contrast, WA Police had a far greater risk to manage because Occupy Perth occurred as CHOGM was about to get underway. The Queen was just one dignitary here of many, with 6000 visitors in Perth for CHOGM. There were multiple groups geared up to protest.

    Yet, WAPOL took a very reasonable approach.

    An Occupy Perth organiser was reported as saying, “The Police have contacted us, they were incredibly friendly, supportive and non-judgemental. We were very impressed by their enthusiasm for our cause. Joining with the CHOGM Action Network was our decision prior to Police contact, they basically got in touch to explain that by doing this we could forego the complex permit process.”

    http://indymedia.org.au/2011/10/29/interview-with-an-occupy-perth-organiser

    Authorities originally declined to allow camping at Forrest Place, but backed down and allowed the event for a few days.

    Behaving reasonably and respectfully meant that the police did not fuel anger and the protesters were able to get their messages across peacefully.

    In contrast, the Melbourne city council and police caused many of their problems by their attitudes.

  5. GideonPolya

    More hardware for politicized police, more “anti-terror law” violations of Australian human rights, carte blanche for traitorous “homegrown” Zionist jihadi militant extremists brainwashed at the taxpayer’s expense at racist Zionist (RZ) private schools – we may indeed be heading for a police state under the pro-war, pro-Zionist, US lackey, “all-the-way-with-the -USA”, human rights-abusing Lib-Labs. A few days ago a resident of Fairfield, Melbourne, told me that local residents were alarmed by huge explosions coming from the former APM paper factory between Heidelberg Road and the Yarra River. They thought that this was due to explosive demolition of the site which is to be converted to Yuppy Housing – but no, on ground inspection revealed that explosions were due to a massive Police and Military Operation on the banks of the Yarra River in leafy Fairfield.

    The anti-democracy, anti-environment, Coalition -ruled, genocide-based, rogue state of Tasmania (0.5 million Tasmanians have 12 Senators, the same as the 7 million people of NSW) has laws providing mandatory lengthy prison sentences for people peacefully demonstrating (e.g. over environmental vandalism). After pro-environment demonstrations at Hazelwood, (climate criminal Victoria’s dirtiest coal-fired power station) the Victorian Labor Right Government passed similar laws criminalizing demonstrations immediately adjacent to utilities (touch the fence and you face a mandatory prison sentence).

    Australian Federal Police and Australian Intelligence sensibly keep tabs on Muslim extremists, but Zionist militant extremist, terrorists (Zionist jihadis) like the late Ben Zygier (tortured to death by Israelis in long-term solitary confinement in a suicide-proof cell) have carte blanche from pro-war, pro-Zionist, human rights-violating, US lackey Lib-Labs (Liberal-Laborals, Coalition and Labor Right) for committing war crimes (e.g. 2,000 Palestinians killed and 10,000 wounded recently in response to zero Israeli deaths from Gaza rockets in the previous year), spying on Australia, subverting Australians, large-scale forging of Australian passports and the tasering, shooting, bombing, wounding, killing, kidnapping, imprisoning without trial and robbing of Australian citizens.

    I sent a huge, detailed, documented dossier to Australian media, MPs and the AFP about 50 ways in which Apartheid Israel and its “homegrown” Australian Zionist jihadi supporters violate Australians and Australian sovereignty (see Gideon Polya, “Racist Zionism and Israeli State Terrorism threats to Australia and Humanity,” Palestinian Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/racist-zionism-and-israeli ) – but the Silence has been Deafening. Indeed one of the Coalition Government’s first acts was to fast-track entry visas for Israeli war criminals and militant extremist, Zionist terrorists (Zionist jihadis) into Australia under Australia’s New White Australia Policy of fast visas for people who Apartheid South Africa called Whites and Honorary Whites.

    Decent, anti-racist, patriotic Australians will reject the traitorous, mendacious and human rights-abusing Libs-Labs who for financial and ideological reasons put the interests of a nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel before the safety, security , privacy, human rights, health , welfare and national sovereignty of Australia – decent, anti-racist, patriotic Australians will reject the growing pro-Zionist police state, vote 1 Green and put the Coalition last.

  6. david fisher

    You have to wonder what is wrong with governments that they need to invest in this hardware, Is good-old policing really that bad now?

  7. AR

    BOYZ with toyz will always want to use them, to someone with a hammer everything is treated as if it’s a nail.
    I’ll always cherish the memory of NSW Kops Kommissar Skippy, almost in tears after the Ring of Steel jamboree in Sydney during the Rodent’s Last Daze, because his storm troopers ddn’t get a chance to use (and still haven’t, despite costing tens of thousands a year to mothball)her beloved quarter mill water cannon – and his words for psoterity “this is how we (hoo you mean we/I>, Paleface?)do bizness in NSW”

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