Demilitarization of the Police Requires Demilitarization of Civilians

Aggression brings itself to life and it will jump out of the mirror it stands before and shake the hand for which it stood begetting. Then again and again and again. By then we have a shattered mirror in which its shards go running for its life into a crowd of beauty blinded as it now only is a piece of the reflection bloomed monster it has given life to- a blind reflex of irrationally flailing arms lashing harmful means. How hypocritical of ME to say- that ego needs taming- yes. However this is how the cycle stops. Gotta stop pushing away. back twice as hard. At all. Just a thought. No manifesto. That said I walk long before I talk. Bleh

Benjamin Studebaker

The recent clashes between demonstrators and police forces in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police forces has many calling into question the slow, steady rate at which police forces in the United States have become militarized. If we want to stop and potentially reverse this trend, we need to understand its underlying cause–the simultaneous militarization of the civilian population.

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Published by Brian Anthony Hardie

artist, musician, and poet from Portland, Oregon.

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