So this is all over the news right now so I figured it would be a good discussion point. Admittedly, I haven't followed this as closely as I probably should because I mainly get my news from Bloomberg TV. With that said, I didn't realize burning houses down, ala Branch Davidian style, was standard police tactics.
Since when did police go from humble civil servants to a paramilitary force doing pretty much whatever they want. And one must wonder how many violations of justice occur when the cameras are off.
This also ties into a couple other important recent topics, such as video taping police and gun control. It seems like whenever someone video tapes a cop they get arrested, which is concerning since the police and cities seem to love rolling out more and more surveillance equipment. Also, gun control arguments are usually supported by police and by supporters who insist that it is the polices job to protect you.
When you have a group of people who are paid to protect and serve, who basically forbid citizens to tape them and who act outside the law when one of theirs is harmed, I fail to see how they are protecting or serving anyone but themselves. Furthermore, I find it concerning how cops have gone from guys walking the beat to pretty much a paramilitary force.