ACLU: Arizona Police Have So Much Military Equipment They're "Equipped to Wage a War"

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio riding a tank owned by MCSO.


An American Civil Liberties Union report on the militarization of police forces across the country spotlights "massive military-grade weapons caches" across police agencies in Arizona.

"Arizona law enforcement, designed to serve and protect communities, is instead equipped to wage a war," the report titled "War Comes Home" says.

See also:
-ACLU Looking Into "Militarization" of Arizona Police Agencies
-Sheriff Arpaio Wants Drones

Through research, the ACLU was able to identify 37,467 pieces of military equipment transferred to police departments in Arizona through the Department of Defense's 1033 program, in which it provides surplus equipment to law enforcement agencies.

Here's the gear acquired through the program that the ACLU found at Arizona agencies:
  • 32 bomb suits
  • 704 units of night vision equipment, e.g., night-vision goggles
  • 1034 guns, of which 712 are rifles
  • 42 forced entry tools, such as battering rams
  • 830 units of surveillance and reconnaissance equipment
  • 13,409 personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or uniforms
  • 120 utility trucks
  • 64 armored vehicles
  • 4 GPS devices
  • 17 helicopters
  • 21,211 other types of military equipment
From the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, that includes a .50-caliber machine gun, 120 assault rifles, five armored vehicles, and ten helicopters.
The report also notes how the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, under Sheriff Paul Babeu, turned around and passed off some of the equipment to non-law enforcement agencies, against the terms of the program with the feds.

In addition to the military weapons, the report also details how war-like tactics have been used by police departments, specifically mentioning one Arizona-based case:

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"The militarization of policing is one example of how contemporary policing in America is failing to deliver on its primary objective of protecting and serving communities," the ACLU says in its report. "The culture of policing in America needs to evolve beyond the failed War on Drugs, and the police should stop perceiving the people who live in the communities they patrol--including those the police suspect of criminal activity--as enemies."

It's not mentioned in the report, but the ACLU also represented the family of a Scottsdale man who was gunned down by police in the doorway of his home, while he was holding his child in 2012, leading to a settlement of more than $4 million.

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jurywork
jurywork

Simple anticipation of riots in the streets is just a means of culling the herd.  Dead folks don't have the potential to collect so-called entitlements, federal, state, or local.  Call it a layoff with severance pay.  A pine box and dirt if you're lucky.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Before you get too excited by this inventory, talk to a member of a gun club.

I'll bet there are a dozen or more gun clubs in the State, and I don't mean militia-wanabe's, I mean sane, safe, sporting gun clubs, that have more firepower among their memberships.


EleanorRigby
EleanorRigby

This news of the police becoming militarized has been in many articles in many papers for atleast a year now. It is obvious that for whatever reason the goverment is gearing up for some form of uprising, or atleast hoping to.

I wish people would stop using party lines to divide us. We all essentially want the same things, a natural declaration of rights to freedom. The democrat / republican / libritarian / what ever you want to align yourself with is just a ploy to keep us divided. United we stand, divided we fall..it is just that simple. If shit hits the fan in this country and we put ourselves into little groups of left vs right it will greatly limit any chance of succeeding.

Remember , aside from petty little differences, when you look at the bigger picture, we all want the same thing. It is us against them.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Get ready, the war against the people is coming, its just a matter of time...


Criticalthinkin
Criticalthinkin

When an ACLU attorney starts taking rounds, that's when they'll have credibility in this arena...

dadadadiox
dadadadiox

Welcome to America, a 21st century police state.

arizonanewtimes.com
arizonanewtimes.com

Actually police don't have enough.  The stupid ACLU should be questioning the cartel's firepower instead.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If past experience holds, most of the people who are shocked by this inventory have no idea what "assault rifle" or "semi-automatic" mean.


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Does Arpaio recall how to use a weapon like the one he's holding?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

But I thought the Republicans.. who run this state.. wanted SMALLER govt and smaller govt intrusion....


Oh wait, this involves guns, which fire such powerful bullets...


Republicans must have really really tiny dicks

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

You know your a low life un American fascist pig when you have to wear a black mask to enforce the will of the oligarchy over the will of the people and call it law enforcement. 

Or a least that was what I was taught in school growing up in the 50's and 60's. They would always use pictures of Russian police with black masks on, dragging off someone who did not conform as an example of what America would never become because we where supposed to be better than that and, we where free. What a joke that turned out to be.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Did the cops have warrants for each house they raided, or were they at the wrong address, something that happens all too often?

teknik
teknik

"small government" in action folks..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz your warning is a little late i think

reading the papers..............i think it has been going for a while now

EleanorRigby
EleanorRigby

@arizonanewtimes...you can't be a real person, you are a paid shill. There is no way a normal human being with a functioning brain as well as morals , even in the slightest bit could possibly feel tha way. It simply is not possible. You don't really think the things you post are true, we understand you have a job to do and a family to feed. It's just sad that the only employment you could find was sitting at a computer posting heartless comments that are put out there just to enrage the average person. You do realize walmart is usually hiring and even though the wages are low, atleast your not selling your soul ....

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com just answer my question

are you retarded or something?

you come up with the most asininely stupid comments. you have got to be sporting an extra chromosome

Lovely-
Lovely-

@valleynative Assault rifles are the scary looking ones. Semi-automatic ones means one shot fired for each trigger pull. Both are very frightening though and should be banned.

1959cutter
1959cutter

@Flyer9753  im happy with my penis,thats why I drive a small car and carry a glock 9

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Flyer9753


"Republicans must have really really tiny dicks"


I suspect you would know fly.  You have no doubt climbed up on your little ladder and sucked several.  

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

@RetiredArmy I remember being told about how the Soviets had internal passports that were required for any travel, but not us! Cut to half a century later and we have internal check points all to Hell and back, and computerized surveillance of vehicle travel. We've come a long way, baby.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@teknik 

When conservatives call for smaller government, we're calling for a smaller federal government, primarily.   A strong local police force is not a major threat to our freedom.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@royalphoenix if his driving is an indicator of his skill sets...........i think shooting it is also out of the question

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@fishingblues @Flyer9753


Stop begging fishing, I'm never going to blow you, no matter how much you beg


Maybe you can get your avatar to do it for you, clearly you like that sort of thing and hey, you already know for sure that he/she in your avatar sucks, it's in the picture that you posted...


So tell us, since you never did in the other thread... why is it you have that avatar again???

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

"A strong local police force is not a major threat to our freedom."

When said police force is as rogue and corrupt as MCSO valley, then it IS a major threat to our freedom.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

@valleynative @teknik 

I'll believe that when the conservatives stop taking all those federal dollars in excess of what Arizona pays into the feds.


When the police and prosecutors do not have to obey the same laws the rest of us do, as is the case now, the local police are a major threat to our freedom.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Flyer9753


Well you perverted little chicken-dick, I'm not a Republican. 


Damn you are a slimy little cock sucker.

thereyougo
thereyougo

@Flyer9753 you blowing somebody is a scary thought, chompers. the idea is to NOT drag your teeth and I don't know if that would be possible for you to accomplish.

thereyougo
thereyougo

@fishingblues @justwondering @RetiredArmy I watched full metal jacket the other night and the scene with the helicopter door gunner "just not leading them so much" made me wonder about how often it happens. I figured someone who identifies himself as a soldier might have some insight. 


I asked a prospective doctor last week if he'd ever killed or maimed anybody due to malpractice. If you're wondering why I did that, it was because I'm taking his answer into account as I make the decision to retain him as my own doctor or not.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

Seriously?   Have you ever felt threatened by MCSO?

Arpaio is an ass, but he's not kicking down the doors of private citizens.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@RetiredArmy @valleynative @teknik 

You need to read beyond the headlines.  Arizona gets a lot of federal money because so much of our land is Indian Reservation or military bases or other federal land, plus the number of impoverished people they allow to cross the border and spawn citizens.  It's really not the conservatives who are getting the money.

Don't be paranoid about local law enforcement.  Abuses are actually few and far between, but are always newsworthy.

 

ShameOnHim
ShameOnHim

@fishingblues @Flyer9753 Why does that Flyer guy follow you around all of the time? The steady stream of obscenities coming from him are really quite shocking to this civilized person.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@thereyougo @Flyer9753 whatever that is supposed to mean....


You make less and less sense with every one of your stalking posts.... please, get some professional help for your own sake.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Actually valley, the old man sent his Gestapo goons after me 3 years ago, claiming I was part of an armed robbery....I wasn't.

It didn't stop them from trying to kill me.

So yes, to answer your question, I have felt threatened by MCSO.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

I can't resist this one, and I hope you also find the humor in it......but...........no he isn't kicking down the doors of private citizens. ........but he has kicked in the doors of the new times personnel

How's that?

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

@valleynative @RetiredArmy @teknik 

" Don't be paranoid about local law enforcement.  Abuses are actually few and far between, but are always newsworthy."

As George Carlin put it "They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it". 


So sweet dreams, and hope that when you wake up, their not raping you.

chupacabra
chupacabra

@Flyer9753 @thereyougo every time fishing blues and I come to our favorite libtard weekly, there you are. why are you following us around? you shouldn't be here, this is our weekly free circular.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

If they tried to kill you, how did you manage to escape, and why in the hell would you believe that this is a common occurance?

 

Criticalthinkin
Criticalthinkin

How did they try and kill you? Did you file a complaint? Did you sue?

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

@danzigsdaddy He may not kick peoples' doors down, but his stooges do. He's damned near a nonagenarian for God's sake.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@RetiredArmy @valleynative @teknik 

Again, don't be paranoid. Take a class in critical thinking at a community college. While you're at it, you might learn the difference between "they're" and "their".

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I showed the deputies my ID, told them I don't have a gun, and they calmed down. They left after about 20 minutes.

Um, just read the stories NT has put out valley. Dog day afternoon is one. Or the killing of Marty atencio.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Critical, when a military division of brown shirted thugs point loaded weapons at you, orders you to show your hands, ID, etc, claiming they are looking for someone who just committed a felony, and they accuse you, that's TRYING to kill me.

No. I felt I wouldn't be taken seriously.

No. I don't have much money. (I did just start a new job though)

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

I've read them.  They're very rare, albeit very newsworthy, incidents.

Think for a moment.  With all the federal attention Arpaio has drawn, if MCSO was really the festering heap of corruption that you imagine, don't you think they'd be all over them by now?

 

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

@valleynative @RetiredArmy @teknik 

I see you also have a problem with basic math. I know it might be hard for you, but try to count the number of people who have checked the Like button after each one of your comments and compare it to the number after my comments. Then tell me again who has no support for their position.


As of 25 June at 0850

valleynative = 0

RetiredArmy = 11

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@RetiredArmy @valleynative @teknik 

I'm sorry, I didn't realize I was debating with an idiot.  "Support" doesn't mean how popular your ideas are.  What I mean is that you have no facts to support your position.

 

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

@valleynative @RetiredArmy @teknik 

Well then, say what you mean, and stop with the double speak. 

As soon as you have to resort to name calling, it's a sure sign that you have no facts to "Support" your argument, and that's a fact.

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