Cops and their toys

Why are the authorities in Ferguson, Mo. so given to quasi-martial crowd control methods (such as bans on walking on the street) and, per the reporting of Riverfront Times, the firing of tear gas at people in their own yards? (“‘This my property!’ he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face.”) Why would someone identifying himself as an 82nd Airborne Army veteran, observing the Ferguson police scene, comment that “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone“?

via Police militarization in Ferguson, Missouri – Overlawyered.

Well, I guess the terrorists have won. Because of our completely irrational response to the 9/11 tragedy, we spent like drunken sailors to turn our local police forces into storm troopers. Why are suburban cops wearing camouflage? Why do they have armed personnel vehicles? What’s next? Abrams tanks?