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PIERCE COUNTY: This isn’t a police state, is it?

Letter by L.H. Smith, University Place on Feb. 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm | No Comments »
February 27, 2013 1:03 pm

In June 2011, an elderly woman’s home in East Pierce County was invaded, and she was threatened with death by the home invaders. The event traumatized both the senior citizen and her daughter, who is home-bound and suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Who were theses invaders? They were the Pierce County Sheriff’’s Department SWAT team (TNT, 2-26). They had attacked the wrong house because they were incompetent and did not verify the address of the house they intended to storm with assault rifles and other military equipment.

In this country now, we are having a debate as to whether a citizen’s right to bear arms includes military-style assault rifles. For those out there who wish to abolish these firearms for possession by private citizens, is it time, also, for us to look at the militarization of the police forces? Why should civilian police forces be allowed to have assault weapons? (Yes, the police are civilians, too.)

I am very concerned about the police assuming a military aura. The cops are not the military and never will be. It’s time to take away the dangerous weapons in police hands, lest we witness another testosterone-fueled event as described above.

As far as the SWAT team involved in this tragedy is concerned, I certainly hope these men lose their jobs, all benefits, will never work in any government job again or possess any firearm. They need to learn this is a free country and not a police state.

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