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I ♥ U Captain Carrot
(The original art for this piece is available on my Etsy shop)
That feel that I am one of those guys who skipped Captain Carrot insert story while reading New Teen Titans and I am liking him in Multiversity.
He’s shrunk since the original stories…
I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK
Oh god, Sleipnir is a moose.
IT’S WHAT WE’VE ALWAYS FEARED.
Next step towards live-action Beavis & Butthead.
The ABC7 I-Team is uncovering thousands of pieces of military equipment meant for the battlefield that are instead now in the hands of local police forces statewide.
From high powered military grade rifles to combat helicopters, law enforcement agencies statewide are cashing in on a federal program that provides battle-ready equipment to agencies in your backyard. For the past two decades, Illinois officials have used the Federal Law Enforcement Support Office or LESO 1033 program to outfit law enforcement departments with the latest in military grade equipment and technology. Distribution of weapons as part of the program has come under new scrutiny after the widespread utilization of military grade equipment this week to counter protests in Ferguson, Missouri after a police officer shot and killed teenager Michael Brown there this past weekend.
As the I-Team first reported in 2013, the LESO 1033 program has given away at least $2.6 billion dollars in surplus military equipment nationwide, with at least $37 million ending up here in Illinois.
Now, the I-Team has uncovered a county by county breakdown of exactly what military equipment is here in Illinois. Federal officials refused to release what specific department possesses the equipment, citing homeland security concerns. But, a federal spreadsheet obtained by the I-Team following our initial reporting does detail the kinds of equipment local departments have received as of May 2013.
According to federal records, Illinois law enforcement agencies have received roughly 5,500 rifles and pistols,16 military helicopters and more than 12,000 pieces of assorted military equipment as part of the program. Knox County, west of Peoria, received the most non-weapon military equipment statewide. Knox County agencies’ inventories include more than 1,900 pieces of equipment, from Kevlar combat gloves to paintball guns to combat knives. Cook County is in second place statewide with 1,700 pieces of military equipment registered with the feds.
Weapons distributed are counted separately in federal LESO 1033 program inventories provided to the I-Team. Cook County leads the state with 1,336 weapons assigned to county law enforcement agencies. Downstate Sangamon county has 794 weapons assigned to agencies headquartered there. Interestingly, Knox County, the leader in equipment statewide, only has 15 weapons assigned to their countywide agencies.
"You can’t arm police departments with military-grade equipment and expect them not to behave like an occupying force," says local watchdog Rey Lopez-Calderon with Common Cause Illinois. He continues, “the Ferguson madness can happen anywhere in the USA including Illinois.”
Now that Missouri Highway Patrol are policing Ferguson, things are a lot different.
This is what happens when you remove racist, belligerent cops from a non-violent protest.
it is very good news that the citizens are no longer living under militarized attackbut please don’t forget that this sudden surge of friendliness is a deliberate tactic to placate unrest and maintain order, not to bring justice or to truly answer to the problem of police brutality
it is a move to shift the narrative to “a couple cops are bad apples, but look how good the rest of them are”
This stuff still doesn’t make sense. I’m hopeful that this change of authority will cause results, but we CAN’T let this die down just because the ‘good cops’ have taken over. We still need to make sure laws are put in place to stop things like this from happening ever again, and we can’t get complacent. It’s not over yet.
The problem is, there are laws that are already in place — they’re not being enforced.
This is where the courts and civil lawsuits come in. Laws need to be enforced. A good lawyer will know how to put on a good “intimidating a police force” lawsuit against the county police, research it so that it can’t be dismissed as frivolous, and force the enforcement under penalty of monetary damages.
It takes time, yes, but while the wheels of justice grind slowly, the grind to a fine powder.
The first thing I thought was Samurai Groo?
please make this image famous
Commission for coyote-only
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