Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces.

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TheDoubleChin
I want to see a video of the APC rolling up to a little ceasers when there is a robbery
Joarthus
"It is unclear what led to this shooting, but witnesses said that the victim was definitely black."
Jamster
He was unarmed, he assaults an armed police-officer. Anyone who assaults a police officer is potentially armed.
Haunted Melon
Did he just... did he just compare Chinstrap penguins to asians
Hafiz Nazawi
the creation of modern polis is to be NOT military.
Resuarus
John really missed a good opportunity for a Martha Stewart joke when he was talking about making jail cells more colorful.
Crybaby Phan
I live in MO and my best friend's cousin lives in South Africa. When asked where she lived, the citizens of SA responded, "Oh, Missouri is the Ferguson place right?" Glad we are known for that.
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USA country of fucking coward
Mad Mady
just saying, its kinda hard to feel bad for the black 'community' when they use the death of their so called 'brother' to go and loot and raid local businesses and destroy tax funded property.
one thing i cant stand is how all these assholes spit on martin Luther king's memory by calling themselves 'peaceful protestors' it's fucking abhorrent.
the policing IS an issue, but don't paint them all as innocent its a two way street with this problem.
Mehenur Yasmin
fucking crazy it's like batman rescuing a cat.
NoSoMuSk
9:03 ... Go to a football game Kickers Offenbach vs Mannheim and tell me again that there is no use for these vehicles. Look it up on YouTube.
Cheikh Elmoustapha
This is bigger than the police and the governor. This the direct consequence of the ridiculous greed that stems out of the military industrial complex. The stream no the sea of money ridiculously flowing into this complex cannot be stopped let alone be reduced. As a result, what we have now is the overproduction of these lethal machines and no where to park them. The 3rd world ecomony cannot afford to buy them, the emerging economies are buying less from the US since they're producing their own or buying fron Russia and China. A new garage or parking lot is been being discovered right here at home at the police stations. To justify this or in assuring the viability of this new trade route, there must be a need for it; so create riots, stimulate racial conflicts, kill few people which in turn may explode into civil disorder and unrest, bring the machines out, journalist film them and the American people somehow feel secured. This could very well be the reason why in these cases the police person who did the shooting is protected at all cost... after all he's just the mail man who's delivering the package.
David Van Riper
62% of stops isn't bad if the town is 2/3 or67% black
stas plyam
the video of him robbing the store had everything to do with it. it showed that he was nothing more than a criminal
Yur Face 2.0
I'm from Baltimore and haven't seen junk like this while these tiny towns are getting mine proof armored vehicles...
ChopsHannigan
Where did Oliver post his apology to the Ferguson police?
Oshony
Did no one notice that the mayor only had 3/4 of a goatee?
animalia555
Ever since Ferguson I have been ashamed of being a resident of St. Louis. While it has diminished that shame has never fully gone away.
Eartheart Baratheon
13:01 That guy is actually right, those are fucking animals.
Liam Najor
FUCK THESE CLOSED MINDED ASSHOLES! I, AS A WHITE MALE, AM AUTOMATICALLY ASSUMED RACIST/SEXIST/HOMOPHOBIC(I am none of those) BECAUSE I'M WHITE! IT IS ONLY ACCEPTABLE TO JUDGE SOMEONE BASED ON THEIR *ACTIONS*, AND THAT ALONE! BEING LGBT/BLACK/FEMALE(almost 100% cosmetic, in a physical sense) IS NO EXCUSE TO HATE OR JUDGE SOMEONE! the example I always use is that if I had a job interview with 4 people, one a black male, one a black female, one a white male, and one a white female, I'd pick the one most qualified for the job. if it was the black girl, I'd pick her, and vice versa. NOTHING ELSE ABOUT A PERSON MATTERS EXCEPT THEIR ACTIONS OR QUALIFICATIONS.
kommandantbaker
while I am in no way saying that these police forces should be packing military grade heat. I would like to point out that the "Tank" that was shown is actually a demilitarized M-113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC). which without it's armament is basically an armoured box with treads (and a poorly armoured one at that). I have seen multiple news sources reporting on these issues refer to this model of vehicle as a Tank. the thing of it is that if your tactical response teams were properly trained then this vehicle being in their inventory would actually be a good thing. this demilitarized M-113 APC can be used by a tactical team as a mobile cover point to move their tactical response teams over open ground safely. Canadian police forces (such as the RCMP) use similar vehicles and our tactical response teams don't have to worry about civilians potentially being armed with military grade weapons. it all comes down to training and discipline. Our tactical response teams receive better training then most national guard units before they are given that equipment. (Fun little side note in some states a civilian can own Anti-Material Rifles like the .50 Calibre Barret M-107 which can punch through the aluminium frontal armour of that M-113 APC like a hot knife through butter)
Chloe
some police forces need to understand theyre not special. they won't run into a terrorist every day, they won't save a family from being brutally murdered every day, and they sure dont fucking need weapons every day. this idea of being prepared at all times has its benefits but when the police itself is reckless, racist, and borderline anxious, this leads to police brutality that is way uneeded. i know this is stupid coming from someone who's never been a policeperson before, but they have to be trained to keep their cool and only shoot under the worst circumstances.
IamMe
8:40 damn that are 2 idiots ...
Bilal Psychoo
Reaaaally best mooovieeee. I found it hereee => https://twitter.com/2b325b39a6ad4fdb6/status/824453001297289217
irllcd13
On one hand I agree with everything here, on the other, BLM makes it very difficult to be sympathetic to them. Like that bullshit during the primaries, they interrupt Bernie Sanders. They just see an old white guy and start screaming nonsense, ignoring or unaware of the fact that Bernie Sanders has a 99% approval rating from the NAACP. Or when they are picketing and blocking ambulences. I'm sorry, you don't get to fucking block an ambulence because people can fucking die when you do that.
Nikhil Kapoor
America is so fucked Up!!!?!??
Chris Cameron
Is one of the officers in the photo @9:48 using a paintball gun? Any specific reason for this?
Christopher Brown
Michael Brown was wrestling with the officer and for his gun before the officer could even get out of his patrol car. Blood spatter from the shooting was found inside the door in the front seat area of the patrol car.
Muhammad Faris Bin Rahmat
Debatable,Italy/Spain/France has a militarised police force plus a civilian police force. Police militarisation is necessary to an extent,but the separation has to be there.
Stephen Reynolds
the fuck the police photo, is the guy in the back holding a paintball gun??
LastOfLeviathans
Shout out my my home
Andrew Grove
pig
nunya
This gets even worse when you remember that they just release the video proving he didn't rob that damn store. He got the death penalty over a false accusation.
J.E. Dyche
Police departments are being allowed to militarize for a serious more hidden agenda.
Connor Burke
very very very funny
David Bozic
It's fascinating to watch videos like this many months after the fact. Hopefully Officer Wilson has gotten on with his life. If only Michael Brown had just paid for his cigarettes instead of strong arming the convenience store clerk for them.
John Juanda
love johns work
Gabe 2000
Chad's suped up Honda Civic is actually a Nissan Silvia tho
Mike Long
how was the robbery not relevant?
Ash J
Dope is a good band.
Jehu the madman
The town I used to live in has a tank and they've been under investigation multiple times
Primordial Pete
If the police think they need armored vehicles and assault rifles to curb unarmed people they should join the armed forces.
Lets see how well you perform when someone is shooting back at you.
And what is wrong with black people?
Why do they loot and stuff? Just protest.
Enrique Martinez
I like it how they bleeped "FUCK" the police but it wasnt blurred out on the mailbox lol
Tumble Weed
They're pigs! Who's the animal? Oink, oink bitches.....enjoy eternal hellfire! ; )
HRD DCK
I'm not an American but to the outside world, America is one screwed up country! They all morons over there...
Chicory Miles
well at least we know no pukmins are geting merdered
Ben Miron
Anyone else love the pumpkin festival??
Wardog
We can all agree that the south is primitive and needs to be punished. It's their fault for halting Reconstruction. Too stubborn to move on from the 1860's
Soara Corporation
Fuck you John Oliver. Comparing serious issues with comedy. Fucking pathetic attempt by liberal media to get morons to agree with them on stuff so serious they try to make so silly.
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