This is a response to Joe Tarcia’s Sept. 14 column regarding the militarization of law enforcement (“A mix of feelings over police excess”).
I remind you that law enforcement, fire and paramedics are first responders. As such, we expect them to arrive at any emergency situation with the best equipment available to them; not a garden hose, a Band-Aid or simple side arm.
In today’s world, terrorists and criminals have access to numerous military style weapons through theft and the black market. Remember the bank shootout several years ago in Los Angeles between the LAPD and two heavily armed suspects. I am sure the LAPD wished it had access to some of the weaponry you men tion in your article. The bank robbers did.
“Cool Toys” — come on Joe. As for “intimidation,” I would hope that they would intimidate terrorists and other law breakers. Law enforcement officers’ duty is to protect life and property, which includes their lives as well as the citizenry. I am not “oppressed,” but “impressed” when I know our local law enforcement personnel have what they need to get the job done.
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We should thank them for their service and quit looking for areas to criticize.