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Letter: No need for army-outfitted police in Canada

To the editor:

Regarding the opinion question from Aug. 26: “Do you think the militarization ofhte police in the U.S. is something that police departments in Canada should adopt?”

I have been paying a lot of attention to what your question is implying, which is the shooting of an unarmed teenager by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and the protests that followed for weeks after. With the exception of one night after the killing of the teenager where riots and looting took place, all of the protests and rallies were peaceful with demonstrators saying “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”. But for the police to show up to these peaceful demonstrations with armoured trucks, tactical military equipment, high-powered sniper rifles and automatic assault weapons is something unbelievable, considering that those who were protesting had the right to “form a peaceful demonstration” which by the way, is part of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Militarizing the police here in Canada is something far-fetched, and I hope that never happens. If any member of the police feels the need to be dressed head to toe in surplus military equipment, they should join the army.

M. Issler,

West Kelowna

 

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