In the Morning Reads, I made mention of the militarization of the police force following the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Missouri, but it seems our own Doraville has a unique level of over-the-top police militarization policies and procedures.
A Washington Post article highlights officer prep for the response of a ‘downed officer’ in the city of Doraville (population: 8,500) in a terrifying video, which at press time for WaPo, was on the Home Page of the Doraville Police Department. (It seems to have since been ‘removed’.) While edited by a third party complete with skeleton images and a soundtrack of the audio being “Die Motherf—-r Die” by Dope, one has to question the intent and condemn the preposterous tone.
Take a look:
Doraville, to its credit, is fairly safe. In the 3 year period from 2009-2012, they didn’t report a single murder and their website states they are currently one of the 50 safest cities in America. The city is of a lengthy list of Georgia towns equipped with weapons and tanks of such a high caliber. Perhaps we should question the willingness of the department to include the video as part of their ‘official’ platform.