The ball is slowly rolling on this topic. Hopefully it will keep picking up speed.
There is quite a strange off kilter "balance" when it comes to cops and swat.
In some areas you have a "good" local economy, crime rate is relatively low and you have these cops/sheriffs that are armed to the teeth almost ready to roll out the sofa and fight an armed insurrection.
Other areas you have a not so good economy, high crime rate and cops/sheriffs who are not so well armed and only harass areas they feel safer in and let the real bad guys pretty much get away with what they do.
Both of these are complete opposites of what should be happening. Yet there are other areas where the balance makes more sense but cops in the bad areas that are well funded and armed and they are still essentially letting bad guys get away with what they do because they are going after low income areas where they can feel safer to go around and harass drug sellers and users. Instead of going after the murderers, rapists, molesters and other serious offenders.
Nobody's perfect but the "war on drugs" has blown the balance of the scales into some very bad places. Until the "war on drugs" is at least eased and things like legalizing, reducing mandatory sentencing, and the ill perceived notion of morality policing happen things will likely remain as they are.
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