I read this article about police forced entry raids:
Police *preferring* forced entry raids to arresting someone at work or on the sidewalk? Flash bang grenade tossed into a baby's crib? Officers shot in self defense by people in their homes during a raid? Storms of bullets from the police?
Holy s**t. The US has way bigger problems than gun control.
Do you think that militarization of the population plays an impact on more extreme tactics used by police?
Can you define or substantiate a militarization of the population? More relevantly, a militarization of the groups who are being attacked like this?
For my part, I'm more inclined to blame two things:
(a) Land use patterns of the last 70 years mean that you're less likely to encounter police officers in non-threatening ways that embed them into the community. More likely they're chasing after you in their cars. Or blinding you on the roadside with their bright blue lights, confusing all your fellow drivers and consequently making your commute even more dangerous.
(b) Agreements between federal agencies and local police departments. In the same way we feed the war machine by selling arms to foreign nations, we do it at home with local agencies.