This is the guy the cops murdered the other day in Maryland.
A woman called the Gestapo to seize her brother's guns. On her word of unspecified "danger" alone, as is now the law in Maryland, the cops came right over and killed him to death. And so the fantasy of government as peacemaker comes right up against the reality of who they really are and how this really works. What are the odds they'll realize their error and repeal this law any time in the next 50 years?
The militarization of America's police has been hotly debated in recent years. Critics argue that effectively turning cops into soldiers risks alienating them from the communities they supposedly serve. New research provides evidence supporting such warnings. It finds the use of SWAT teams—perhaps the most common and visible form of militarized policing—neither reduces crime nor enhances public safety. It reports this aggressive approach to law enforcement is disproportionately used in minority communities. And finally, it finds portraying officers in military gear decreases public...