Here:where did you find a listing of what went where? im sure i could find it but if you have it handy id like to see it.
Nothing I wasn't aware of but I'm glad the subject was broached by a main stream publication like Popular Mechanics!
Gotta play the devil's advocate on this one....I seem to remember a certain bank robbery in North Hollywood where cops armed with 9mm handguns and 12 gauge shotties were getting their arses kicked by perps wearing body armor and carrying full-auto AK 47's. The LAPD had to borrow an armored car from a private company that was servicing local ATM's in order to safely reach downed officers, as well as begging a nearby gun store for high-powered rifles that could defeat the bad guy's armor. Back in the "Adam 12" era there was no such thing as body armor, and civilian-owned AR-15's and AK pattern rifles were a rarity. Back then, the "less lethal" options available to police were pretty much limited to nightsticks. Nowadays they have Tasers and pepper spray canisters, and a lot of the "military" looking stuff we see in Ferguson consists of the sound projectors and tear gas mortars that are being used to reduce injuries.
We gun owners take issue with anti-gun liberals who ignorantly want to ban "military style assault weapons" based solely upon the appearance and cosmetic features of many of these weapons. We cant be using the same flawed logic to protest the "military" looking equipment used by our police.
and what became of it? NOTHING!!!!! point being if they have it they are going to use it for what is designed for even if it could be handled differently without it."example: cop jumps over a fence looking for someone, the family dog fenced in like he should be and the cop shoots him because he was afraid for his life".
That cop could have been wearing blue flippers and a pink tutu and that dog would be just as dead**. What that cop was wearing didn't shoot the dog, the gun he carried didn't shoot that dog...the cop did. Rightly or wrongly, he made a split second decision, and with 20/20 hindsight it looks like the wrong one was made.
Anyone know if the cop caught his perp though?
"something tells me if the cop was afraid for his life wouldn't the same be true for the bg" ( I assume that bg = bad guy?)
Unless the bad guy was wearing a uniform the dog may have not reacted, or the dog may not have had time to react with the bad guy's presence before he was gone again....but he was ready for the next guy coming over the fence. (what is it with dogs and uniforms anyhoo?)
** either shot or died laughing
This right here is a spot on awesome idea! set it up with requirments for both time on the force as well with qualifications. have it based on the person not on the rank. this would also open up an easier way for the general public to know what kind of person they are dealing with. would it ever pass? hell no. there would be such backlash from the LEO community about having to actually do somthing extra it would never go anywhere.' Perhaps they need to find a way for a cop to earn the right to wear certain levels of gear and not just hand it out to every rookie and parking enforcer (and NOT based on the number of dogs he shot).