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Supplying Law Enforcement With Military Style Gear

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Supplying law enforcement with military-style gear can lead to citizens losing their trust in the police force. While President Obama visited Camden, New Jersey he said in a speech that "we have seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people the feeling like there 's an occupying force- as opposed to a force that 's part of the community that 's protecting them and serving them" (Obama quoted in Johnson). By seeing law enforcement with equipment that is used against an enemy, it creates the image that the public is the enemy. People become defensive in run-ins with the police because of the equipment being used. Not knowing whether or not the officer will see you as a citizen or an enemy causes the public to be hesitant to trust the police. The equipment is an addition to the officer, but sometimes the officer themselves are not the best to begin with. There is a lack of diversity in the police force not just regarding race but also intelligence. When hiring many police departments cap “acceptable” general intelligence test scores. The average points scored on the test is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, which is a little above average (“Courts Ok Barring High IQs for Cops”). They do this in order to “reduce turnover rates, fearing smarter candidates would quickly get bored with day-to-day policing” (Rizer). This also limits the emotional intelligence, “one’s ability to perceive, use, manage and understand their emotions as well as the emotions of those around
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