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How Much Do the People Fear the Police Now?

World Net Daily has these articles up today on the Militarization of Law Enforcement and S.W.A.T. Raids on the Innocent.

With the articles was a reader poll:

Do You Fear the Police?

No, of course not, they protect and serve us, putting their own lives on the line daily
No, they merely enforce the law of the land
No, as criminals get bigger and more dangerous weapons, we need the police to keep up
No, the better armed my local police are, the better they can protect us
Their military-style SWAT teams are scary, but overall, I trust them
I wouldn’t say I “fear” them, but I do share concerns they’re too militarized
Yes, when SWAT teams are called in to enforce silly things like raw-milk laws, you bet we have cause to fear
Yes, the militarization of local cops is way over the top
Yes, I used to get a nice feeling hearing the word “police.” Now I quake in abject fear
Yes, sadly, America has become Police State, USA
Yes, we’re seeing an America where brownshirts aren’t just a possibility, but a reality
Yes, and I’m sure they’re more than happy to do Obama’s bidding
Other

And here are the answers (so far):

  • Yes, when SWAT teams are called in to enforce silly things like raw-milk laws, you bet we have cause to fear (22%, 117 Votes)
  • Yes, we’re seeing an America where brownshirts aren’t just a possibility, but a reality (22%, 117 Votes)
  • Yes, sadly, America has become Police State, USA (17%, 90 Votes)
  • I wouldn’t say I “fear” them, but I do share concerns they’re too militarized (12%, 66 Votes)
  • Yes, the militarization of local cops is way over the top (10%, 53 Votes)
  • Yes, and I’m sure they’re more than happy to do Obama’s bidding (10%, 52 Votes)
  • No, of course not, they protect and serve us, putting their own lives on the line daily (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Yes, I used to get a nice feeling hearing the word “police.” Now I quake in abject fear (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Their military-style SWAT teams are scary, but overall, I trust them (1%, 8 Votes)
  • No, as criminals get bigger and more dangerous weapons, we need the police to keep up (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Other (less than 1%, 3 Votes)
  • No, the better armed my local police are, the better they can protect us (less than 1%, 1 Votes)
  • No, they merely enforce the law of the land (0%, 0 Votes)

And World Net Daily has a generally very conservative readership. (When conservatives fear the police …)

(h/t Wendy McElroy)

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