And so it begins, my worst fears have been realized.
Militarized US police have begun patrolling indoor and outdoor venues.
The NYPD will be rolling out additional security around Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as the holidays approach.
Similar patrols are expected next year at Yankee Stadium, MCU Park, Citi Field and other summer or outdoor venues. (Source)
How did the mass media justify putting commando-style police at public venues?
They claim that SRG’s presence at arenas is sure to make visitors “feel protected and feel more comfortable.”
Putting commando-style police at public venues will not make people feel more comfortable.
What they are really trying to do is normalize their presence.
Why would I say that?
Because, crime is at record lows across the country and especially in New York City.
“Crime remains close to record lows, in the nation as a whole and in our city centers” said Ames Grawert, of the Brennan Center’s Justice Program. (Source)
So if violent crime is at record lows, why do police need SRGs?
Cops with machine guns intimidate protesters
A 2015, New York Times article revealed the real reason Commissioner William Bratton created the NYPD’s private army SRG.
The creation of a heavily armed unit to patrol areas of the city and respond to large-scale events, such as protests or terrorist attacks. (Source)
It doesn’t get much plainer than that; law enforcement uses commando style cops to intimidate protesters.
The new unit would be equipped with heavy protective gear and machine guns and receive advanced training in counterterrorism tactics and “advanced disorder control,” he said. (Source)
Communities United for Police Reform warned, “a militarized police force will use counterterrorism tactics against protesters.”
As you can see, the mass media is great at hiding the truth and even better at justifying militarized police.