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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:27 PM

 

The next step in the militarization of this country

"Outrage over the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre may or may not spur any meaningful gun control laws, but you can bet your Crayolas that it will lead to more seven-year-olds getting handcuffed and hauled away to local police precincts.

"You read that right. Americans may disagree deeply about how easy it should be for a mentally ill convicted felon to purchase an AR-15, but when it comes to putting more law enforcement officers inside our schools, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and liberal Democrats like Senator Barbara Boxer are as one. And when police (or “school resource officers” as these sheriff’s deputies are often known) spend time in a school, they often deal with disorder like proper cops — by slapping cuffs on the little perps and dragging them to the precinct.

"Just ask the three nine-year-old girls and an eight-year-old boy who got into a fight at their Baltimore elementary school — then got arrested by real police. Or Salecia Johnson, age six, cuffed and arrested for throwing a tantrum at her elementary school in Milledgeville, Georgia. Or Wilson Reyes, a seven-year-old at a Bronx, New York, elementary school who last December 4th was cuffed, hauled away, and interrogated under suspicion of taking $5 from a classmate. (Another kid later confessed.)
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"Which is precisely the problem: standard juvenile misbehavior (a five-year-old pitching a fit, a 12-year-old doodling on a desk, a 13-year-old farting in class, a class clown running around the football field at halftime in a banana suit) is increasingly being treated like serious crime, resulting in handcuffs and arrest. If you can’t understand why such “consistency” is crazy, please desist from reading the rest of this article."

http://my.firedoglake.com/tomengelhardt/2013/02/26/chase-madar-handcuffing-seven-year-olds-wont-make-schools-safer/

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AnotherMcIntosh Feb 2013 OP
Tien1985 Feb 2013 #1
Initech Feb 2013 #2
AnotherMcIntosh Feb 2013 #4
Initech Feb 2013 #5
whatchamacallit Feb 2013 #3
MindPilot Feb 2013 #6

Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:40 PM

1. We had a police officer

at my high school.

He sold cigarettes to the students and looked the other way when he thought a kid being bullied deserve it or amused him.

I am NOT thrilled with the notion that this should be the norm.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:12 PM

2. Welcome to police state America: where it's easier to get arrested than to get a job that pays well.

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Response to Initech (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:04 PM

4. Well said. It may even be easier to get arrested than to get a job that pays poorly.

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:11 PM

5. Hey six year holds can get arrested now. Its that easy!

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:18 PM

3. Being American now

is being a craven moron.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:15 PM

6. It is very difficult to have a rational conversation about this.

Even here at DU there is a group of authoritarians who see nothing wrong with this and want the book thrown at these little criminals.

But from pepper-spraying peaceful protestors to putting away people for decades who have committed no crime except for having the wrong files on their hard drives, we now have law enforcement involved in almost every aspect of our daily live to the point where most of us have more to fear from the police than we do from the criminals. I can defend myself from a criminal, a cop not so much.

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