April 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm
A page full of 25 images of municipal peace officers outfitted like mobile infantry units is...a little freaky.
April 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm
I was thinking the exact same thing. But hey, we can trust all of those guys.. Right?
Brian J. Schmidt:
April 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm
Eric Diesch, but of course, we can trust them to violate our constitutional rights, we can trust them to violate out civil rights, we can trust that they'll whatever they want, regardless...
Mark R Medina:
April 18, 2013 at 1:45 am
You hit the nail on the head.
Howard Tatum Bareford Jr:
April 19, 2013 at 2:32 am
Pull your head out of the sand. Maybe you when they save your ass you will understand
April 19, 2013 at 2:33 am
so I know most cops have penis envy for Infantry guys and what not but cmon...ACUs?...thats shit camo unless your trying to hide in a furniture store that just sells floral patterns.....anyway...the gear doesnt make the soldier...and infantry are trained way the hell better then cops
April 19, 2013 at 2:35 am
I trust them and thank them for thier service
April 19, 2013 at 2:40 am
Brian J. Schmidt The guys on the front lines are not the ones violating your rights
April 19, 2013 at 3:30 am
Eric Diesch you're using sarcasm, right?
April 19, 2013 at 3:43 am
How about all of the civilians completely oblivious to it/them? ?
April 19, 2013 at 10:48 am
WTF?? Now why would there be a heavy police presence unless something else is being planned. Talk about a police state what is this country turning into the USSR?
April 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm
But at least citizens can carry guns in Mass... right?
April 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm
For most Americans, this is probably their first look at the militarization of our police force.
April 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm
Keith Grant at least not until they are ordered too
April 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm
Richard Kern, Not just the 'militarization', but now they have become 'paramilitary'...
April 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm
Juston Hutson Absolutely...all we have to do is look back to Katrina, and the door to door searches and confiscation of guns...
April 20, 2013 at 3:18 am
When was the last time your Constitutional rights were violated?
Robert W Brooks:
April 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm
After all...they work for are all-trusting Government.????????
October 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm
Howard Tatum Bareford Jr Fuck off collaborator. Your kind will stand trial along with the other traitors.
October 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm
Carl Sartain A couple of weeks ago. Illegal search and false arrest.
April 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm
Don't worry, we're here to help you. We're going to serve and protect the shit out of you.
April 19, 2013 at 10:49 am
Yeah about that....... they can't be everywhere all the time.
James Kelly Rende:
April 19, 2013 at 2:47 am
Jesus... people, someone set off a BOMB and ya'll are acting like the cops breaking out the heavy weapons is a bad thing and they want to target you? Get real. Folks would be screaming stupid if the cops just walked around like wasn't nothing unusual going on and suddenly a dozen al qaeda operatives began blowing people away with AK's, then people would be bitching that the police were unprepared. There's just no winning with some people. These aren't the feds or freaking UN soldiers, these are the people who are supposed to be carrying the heavy firepower to protect you and me. A WHOLE LOT of folks commenting on this need to stop and THINK ABOUT IT.
April 19, 2013 at 4:11 am
And how many times exactly have you seen Al Qaeda operatives walking around on American soil blowing people away?
April 19, 2013 at 4:14 am
After thinking about it...The last thing I want is multiple 30 round magazines fully loaded going into an explosion. Turns into a long-range frag grenade. And this isn't going to give them anything they want, in that the culprit hasn't been caught, and is probably long gone. I know if a bomb had gone off and I saw cops suited up like this, I'd be getting suited up just as well, because it can only mean worse things are on the horizon.
April 19, 2013 at 10:02 am
Woah, James, you are the one who must stop and think. This is completely unneccessary, and if you use the argument "we got bombed, so we should expect a freakin' expeditionary force to land here soon", than you got some serious brainwashing.
April 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Well lets not prepare just because it hasn't happened yet. Who would EVER hijack a passenger plane and fly it into an office building?
April 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm
so they shut down a major American city and violated how many rights for one guy, my ass, this was an exercise to see if they could...I'd like to see them try that shit in Texas
April 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm
I stopped, and I thought about it. And when it comes to the actions of the police/state/federal government doing forced house-by-house searches, my thoughts are:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States..
--- If posts about this are true, then the government and police forces overstepped their bounds here just as they did in the wake of Katrina. From what I keep reading and seeing in video, it appears this is the case. If others have contributing information or information to the contrary, please provide.
Anyway, of course I know how important it was to catch the kid. I get it. We all understand that.
But it is times like this when liberty is most tested. It is times like this that government should be most vigilant in 'how' it exercises police powers. The marshall-law like precedent set here is not a good one. The government should not be forcing people out of their homes, involuntarily, at gun point, and then begin searching said homes without consent. All of this could have been accomplished by following the law (constitution) and asking citizens to allow their homes to be searched voluntarilty, and getting warrants (IF there was adequate probable cause to do so.. ie: the home is of the family or friends of the suspect).
It wasn't even directly those efforts that located the kid. It was one single citizen that saw some blood and a sliced tarp-strap on his boat when he came outside to smoke a cigarette despite the orders to stay inside (some report that the order had been dropped in his area and/or that he was also just outside of the zone of police lockdown anyway).
All of that police-state-like violation of the 4th amendment, and it was a single observant citizen outside of the zone of police lockdown that is to credit for locating the suspect.
April 19, 2013 at 2:21 am
So why can't I have the same to protect my family?
April 19, 2013 at 2:34 am
I think these are good men doing a good thing. Most LEO don't agree with ignorant gun laws.
April 19, 2013 at 2:45 am
You can if you move to Wyoming.
April 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm
They'll be back.
April 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm
uh huh, ever try walking down the street with an AR-15? I bet you wouldn't make it far, not in Mass.
April 18, 2013 at 1:19 am
I'm sorry but I don't find this comforting at all, Police looking like combat military is not cool it is actually very scary.
For the live of me I can't think of a reason of why the police need to patrol the streets looking like this, Yes the bombing was horrible but we are not being invaded by a country or a large force of terrorists.
April 19, 2013 at 2:29 am
Canderous O Rendaroro:
Question is, when a civilian wears body armor and carries as their right to do so, would they over react?
Thomas Eddie Paschal:
April 19, 2013 at 2:38 am
Some sheep can't see the cliff coming no matter how many of their friends go over it, you sir are an idiot!!
April 19, 2013 at 2:41 am
how do you know this and why do police scare you?
April 19, 2013 at 2:55 am
Jorg, wonder now but scream for one later as your jewelry store is emptied by thugs....dress for the occasion you never know who's gonna ask you to Dance....
April 19, 2013 at 3:20 am
In a word, Mumbai.
April 19, 2013 at 10:07 am
Scott Gebhardt This is stupid, you could get robbed in any day and in any city, but you don't see SWAT rolling everywhere? The 2nd Amendment is quite enough in times of no direct threat (whoever decided that there is still a threat in Boston is purely retarded or has a hidden agenda behind it)
April 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm
its also hightly illegal, this militarization of the police force, Breaking the posse comatatus act. Wake up Americans!!! this is your police state in action, if you allow this, worse is coming down the road.
April 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm
when? After im shot by the BG, or after the bombs exploded? Im sure the victim of the marathon bombing were saved my LEOs, oh NO they weren't!
April 18, 2013 at 12:58 am
I count about 10 30 round mags on just one officer in one of those pictures. It might be 7 Why the hell does a police officer need a full battle load out like they are going into combat.
April 19, 2013 at 2:31 am
to protect and serve
April 19, 2013 at 2:53 am
The stats they used to say the public doesn't need magazines that big show that police don't need magazines with that capacity, either.
April 19, 2013 at 4:26 am
Cory, I do believe you just tapped into the purpose of DHS purchasing 1.4 Billion rounds of ammo. Their agents will be carrying several high capacity mags to "quell the riot". Read that "civilians who might resist government tyranny".
April 19, 2013 at 10:50 am
Keith Grant It sounds like a snow job to me.
April 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm
Lets just hope they don't start shooting spray fire as Senator Feinstein says these weapons are made to do. This is a good reason why I want my AR-15.
April 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm
You ever see a target that a cop shot? :>)
April 20, 2013 at 2:54 am
April 20, 2013 at 3:29 am
Even though I support the cops all the way, I do wonder why so much gear sometimes. In Vietnam, the platoon sergeant would have stripped about half that crap off of you.
April 18, 2013 at 8:15 am
Militarization of the police is a direct violation of the constitution. These guys aren't even wearing masks to hide their faces. Don't even care that their breaking Oath of office.
April 19, 2013 at 10:06 am
Maybe when the government enforces their will through them, then you will understand. All of this is overreaction and won't help at all.
April 23, 2013 at 3:08 am
Those who give up their freedoms and rights, for the sake of security, lose freedoms rights and security. something like that from Ben Franklin.
May 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Do you remember when SWAT first started they all wore masks, because they were in violation of their Oath to uphold the constitution.
April 18, 2013 at 8:49 am
"Martial Law in Boston" more like!
They're still there armed to the hilt, driving around clinging to the backs of APC's on Wednesday's live news report.
It's a major case of "locking the stable door after the horse has bolted" and I don't understand the reasoning behind such a post-attack display.
April 19, 2013 at 2:50 am
Wonder how many had to search for an hour or 2 to find all their gear and dust it off...
April 19, 2013 at 9:59 am
Trevor Strayer I see what you did there!
January 1, 2014 at 7:44 am
I am still pretty proud that I took 50% of these pictures.
Bryan Honey Badger:
Folks, listen up. The majority of your LEO's are former military. Thus, when outfitted, they use the same hard gear that will hold up like their brothers in arms serving across the pond. There is no cool factor. That crap is hot, its heavy, it kills your back, but it protects you, thus it is necessary. What you see is called a show of force - the same thing occurs overseas in Afghan and Iraq. While the average American might not get it, those overseas visiting our country or overstaying their visa - they definitely take notice. You want that. You're an American, act like it. It's not scary, grow up or grow a pair. For those of you complaining why you can't have the same weapon systems, that's on you for not fighting for the rights you recently lost (NY, CT, CO, etc) because of the leadership you elected or elected not to fight. These LEO's are putting their lives on the line for YOU. They are missing birthdays, quality time with family, dinners, anniversary's, story time, and the like for YOU. The insults and the insensitive comments only show your true character. Thankfully the internet is forever - which means when your future employer goes to google your name and these comments pop up, it will show your true character and help them see past the BS interview you gave them. Good luck landing that gig :-)
April 19, 2013 at 4:08 am
I live in NY and didn't vote for any of these clowns and have fought to try and get these laws overturned.They passed them in the middle of the night without informing the public because they know how it would have turned out so dont hand me that shit.Most of NY is against these laws but that doesn't seem to matter to any of our "leadership"When the government "leaders" want something they will get it and believe me there isn't anything the public is going to do about it by telling what they want.Whats going to happen when our leaders want the police on the streets like that against the public because they voiced their opinion and it is against what the"leaders"want?How protective are they going to look than?
April 19, 2013 at 10:16 am
Hey, go unwash your brain, Bryan; while everybody acknowledges the individual contribution of each person employed in the law enforcement, fire brigades and medical services, it is obvious that it's not individual choice of any of these people to go out all-SWAT and roll, somebody's telling them to do it. Yeah, I respect LEO folks, but question the motives of their superiors.
And about the employer - if that employer thinks bad of me after he reads my comments, then I wouldn't want to be his employee at all.
David Wayne Johnson:
April 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm
it helps to use a really common name whether it is your real name or no
April 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm
Looks like overreaction to me.
April 19, 2013 at 2:36 am
and if they weren't there and something happened you would say they didn't do enough
April 19, 2013 at 2:39 am
Complete test fitting of peoples reaction to living in a "police state"
Put a check in that box...
Howard Tatum Bareford Jr Maybe when the government enforces their will through them, then you will understand. All of this is overreaction and won't help at all.
April 19, 2013 at 10:09 am
Keith Grant This is stupid, you could get robbed in any day and in any city, and chances are neither of your acquaintances nor the acquiantances of your acquiantances will ever see a terrorist attack with their own eyes, but you don't see SWAT rolling everywhere? The 2nd Amendment is quite enough in times of no direct threat (whoever decided that there is still a threat in Boston is purely retarded or has a hidden agenda behind it)
April 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Howard Tatum Bareford Jr. is that your answer to every one or just to lazy to type and past the same thing to every one.
William Hendrix Sr.:
People study your history, Adolf Hitler did the same thing, are the liberal progressives making you feel safe yet? Or more threatened?
April 19, 2013 at 10:19 am
History repeats itself because people fail to understand it and learn from it... too bad.
June 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm
April 18, 2013 at 12:56 am
What do you do when you cant legally use the military against your own people. You create an army and call them police. Not that the feds give a crap about the law but they do want to appear to. Andy Griffith is DEAD. Murdered by the communist storm troopers we call SWAT.
April 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm
I can outrun that fat cop in photo#12.
April 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm
I think a good majority of the US can outrun him, but I'd like to see you try to outrun the bullet that fires out of that SMG...
Brian K Murphy:
April 19, 2013 at 2:28 am
April 19, 2013 at 2:49 am
April 19, 2013 at 10:10 am
Martin Rudolph We hope that the cop won't shoot if we're unarmed.
April 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm
uh huh, unless you can run faster than 900FPS, that's a moot point
April 18, 2013 at 10:52 am
looks like all the mags hold more than 10 rounds! why would they need more than 10?
April 19, 2013 at 2:57 am
Because it takes 5 officers and 165 rnds to hit a suspect once.
April 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm
wow. no we did not militarize our police. its for your safety. I'm sure there is not another chris donner in that group. they have better gear than my unit.
April 19, 2013 at 3:10 am
And when the government tells them to go into citizens homes and round up their firearms what are they gonna do than?Will they be there for our protection than?
April 19, 2013 at 2:20 am
coming to a city near you!
April 19, 2013 at 3:44 am
They are probably already there, just waiting for the call of their masters
April 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm
good reason to not live in a city eh LOL
Tristan Chris Heiss:
April 19, 2013 at 2:19 am
here it comes people the destruction of america by a non us citizen in the white house..a man that should be executed.
April 19, 2013 at 2:59 am
I'm not a fan of Obama, but execution is a lot extreme.
April 19, 2013 at 2:46 am
Um, hey idiots, there was a visit by POTUS in an active terrorist attack crime scene. Every major city deploys like this for a POTUS visit, just not usually as visibly as this, but especially in to an area that just had a terrorist bombing. You should have seen the presence (off camera, of course) when Bush visited Ground Zero in 01. It put this to shame.
April 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm
Right, but they weren't ripping people out of their houses at gunpoint to search. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LrbsUVSVl8
This reminds me of a sene taken from WWII Natzi Germany. just saying!
April 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm
Comparing this to Nazi Germany is alittle bit extreme. Have you ever looked at a history book?
Christopher Todd Dallas:
April 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm
Airsoft fashion show. Who purchased the H&K G36 arsenal at $3k - $4k each? Not a great idea since everyone uses the AR platform. I love H&K though.
April 19, 2013 at 2:58 am
What picture has a G36?
April 19, 2013 at 10:22 am
Ha-ha, we wish it was just Airsoft show :D
April 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm
anybody else notice /the weapons they are carrying to defend us/, are the some ones that our government is trying to take away from us/ to keep us from defending ourselves?
April 19, 2013 at 4:29 am
Just seeing this should make people feel the need to have the means of protecting themselves and their families.I know they are their "right now"for the protection of the people.But what happens when that's not why their there? If seeing people dressed like that and those kinds of vehicles on the streets doesn't give you an uneasy feeling than there's something wrong and you've already had your fill of the Kool aid, eaten what the governments feeding you.....BRAINWASHED! LOL
April 19, 2013 at 10:21 am
April 19, 2013 at 8:12 am
the intent is to acclimate the public to seeing the police state in action. the people don't know the difference in the uniforms or jurisdiction. they can bring in foreign troops and no one would know. Sheriffs should know, but most of them are compromised by the DHS funding & grant money that "gave" them all the whoopie new toys, at your expense.
It's all a false sense of safety..Their not going to protected anyone..Their was bomb sniffing dogs and drills going on that day in the that same area...It didn't stop anything..and I forgot to mention the snipers on the roof that day too. so don't give me that hog wash!