Police cars remain parked with the pavement marked by spray paint, in an aerial view of the crime scene of a shooting attack in downtown Dallas, Texas, U.S. July 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Brandon Wade

New York City police upgrade gear after Texas, Louisiana shootings

The New York City Police Department has acquired $7 million in military-style protective equipment for patrol officers in response to recent shooting attacks on police in Baton Rouge and Dallas earlier this month, officials said on Monday.

“You name it, we’re buying it,” Police Commissioner William Bratton told a news conference. “There’s not a police department in America that is spending as much money, as much thought and interest on this issue of officer safety.”


  • xavier

    Golly American cops will look like the paramilitary police that you see in other countries and not the friendly officers in blue? Whoda thunk it?

  • Minicapt

    Bring back the law that killing a policeman is a capital offence with no appeal.


    • With all due respect:
      A) The point of an appeal is that there is a possibility that there may have been a fault in the legal process which led to conviction. However much this may be abused in practice, the notion is not “well maybe we’ll feel like being nice to you later”, it’s “maybe you were wrongly convicted”. So, no, not really behind that one.
      B) Why should there be special laws for cops? Because their job is dangerous? Should we grade legal penalties based on actuarial assessments of the dangerousness of the profession of the victim? They take the paycheck, don’t they?

      • Minicapt

        1. The appeal process is for the benefit of the lawyers, not the accused. It’s their CYA process just in case they screwed up on an innocent person. It also reduces the need for applying those professional rules which might require disbarment actions.
        2. Those were in place prior to 1970, when the distinctions of First, Second, and Third degree murder were exercised. First degree murder was a capital crime which merited the death penalty, and was mandatory for a specified list of victims, such as police officers.


        • Sorry, I have a ponderously logical mindset sometimes.

          1) Would you have the possibility of appeal abolished completely in any criminal procedure? Because that does seem to follow.

          2) Yes, I think I knew that, at least as far as it went in Britain. Well… I don’t agree with it. I may be a conservative, but just because something went on prior to 1970 doesn’t mean I have to like it. The whole point of the police, as we understand the notion, is that they are citizens. Not army etc. (This is why it’s so particularly grating to hear cops talk about themselves vs. “civilians”.)


          • Minicapt

            !. Sure. If there’s a screw-up, let the officers of the court serve the punishment.
            2. Your point has nothing to do with what I said. Sorry.


          • Oh, well, I’ve been refuted. Cheers, mate.

          • “Your point has nothing to do with what I said. Sorry.”

            Well I’m sure you’re right. I don’t know which “point” or exactly what the….. but no, I’m sure you’re right.

            “If there’s a screw-up, let the officers of the court serve the punishment.”

            How would that work in practice? What would it involve? I love to learn, please walk me through it.


      • V10_Rob

        A) Agreed. Convictions should require “Beyond reasonable doubt”, execution should require “Beyond any doubt.”

        B) Special laws to protect cops, I can get behind that… As long as there is a corollary of stiffer punishments for cops who abuse or misuse their enhanced position of authority and trust.

  • Dave

    I’m no friend of the feds (especially f*ckups like this POS mofo douche-bag who needs to be gut shot with a 10 gauge shotgun) but until we are legally allowed to defend ourselves we (cough, cough) need them.
    Just sayin’