Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am highly concerned by the actions of the police in Ferguson over the past few days, starting with the murder of an unarmed man and continuing in massive over-response. I am also highly disturbed at the contrast in response from the Cliven Bundy Ranch in Nevada, where a militarized response was actually in order.
The police of the United States of America are not and should not be a military force. They should be peace keepers, who are armed no more than necessary. Rather than modeling themselves on the US military at war, they should instead model themselves on the Irish Garda (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garda_S%C3%ADoch%C3%A1na#Equipment).
I would like you ask you, as my representatives in Congress, to open two investigations. First, one into the militarization of the police in the US, starting with the “1033 Program” but expanding into the connections between the military industrial lobby and the forced expenditure and militarization of police. Second, I would like you to ask the Attorney General’s office for a federal investigation into the racial disparity and overtones of the Ferguson and St Lous County police departments.
This sort of injustice affects us all.
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