Saturday, January 31, 2015

NYPD equates terrorists and protesters...

Do the police really need machine guns to deal with protesters? What happened to water cannons?

Via The NY Post:
The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months. The Strategic Response Group, or SRG, will be devoted to “advanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection,” responding to the sort of demonstrations that erupted after the Eric Garner grand jury decision and also events like the recent Paris terror attacks. “It will be equipped and trained in ways that our normal patrol officers are not,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday. “It will be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and the machine guns that are unfortunately sometimes necessary in these ­instances.”

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