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Article posted Apr 17 2014, 10:09 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Washington Post Print

The Disturbing Messages in Police Recruiting Videos

By Radley Balko



According to the New Mexico Watchdog Web site, this is a new recruiting video being used by the police department in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Note the aspects of policing the video emphasizes: Shooting stuff. K-9 enforcement. Nabbing the bad guys. The SWAT team. This is the first step in the process.

(There’s also the separate but related question of why Hobbs -- a town of 35,000 people -- needs a SWAT team in the first place. As the Watchdog reports, the SWAT team has its own page on the Hobbs department Web site, complete with a video of SWAT cops shooting and destroying things, set to heavy metal music. The statement in the video that “The rules of engagement of SWAT are simple: Defeat the enemy . . . any way you can” is also troubling. The mission of  a SWAT team ought to be to resolve volatile situations without force and violence whenever possible.)

Note, too, what’s missing from the recruiting video: Public service. Cops walking beats. Community policing. Helping people.

Now ask yourself:  What sort of person would be attracted to a career in law enforcement based on the images and activities depicted in that video? And is that the sort of person you’d want wearing a badge and carrying a gun in your neighborhood?

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dougo

Posted: Apr 17 2014, 2:54 PM

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68107 who would be drawn to law enforcement on the videos depictions?all the sickos who can't make any other way.most cops just want someone to tell them what to do so they think they can tell others what to do.of course the pretensei is, we are here to help,bullshit 90% of the time.


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