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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Dr. Emeter Diacope
Authority should provide something that the people respond to. Not men like me, but men who need authority. The question is, who is providing to whom and who is providing with what? This is a potential problem larger than organized crime in the 40s riding on the shoulders of a sparse few fathers of failing ferocity.
Payton Pitstick
I don't think we should take away the swat team, but allow them use in in extreme cases. My school once had a lock down to a guy with a gun being there. The swat team was called, and luckily no one got hurt. Situations like that, where multiple life's are at risk or a huge case are the only time I think swat should be used.
Nosraceroom
That little caesers joke is my absolute favorite john oliver joke ever
Evan Lee
FUCK THE POLICE
AnarchyAlchemist
Good news, Obama administration made it harder for the police departments to obtain military grade weapons and even stripped some of their weapons they currently had, the bad news, the Trump administration has now repealed that order, and the police can be as militarized as they want at this point in time
Harrison Rutledge
The militarism of our police force was just made worse with Trump selling them more surplus military grade equipment. Great.:/ why we should be pro 2nd amendment.
Erik BuddhaTao
bet a lot of these guys belong to those little survivalist armies and since they all belong, the plan is for this to be on their side when anarchy breaks loose.
Travis Land
Censor the two F-bombs in the video, then show the thumbnail with the caption without the censor?
F/O Zach
What's next for the states:
"Johnny get off your phone"
"No ma"
"LSPD PUT THE PHONE DOWN"




Yes u used LSPD
Tyler Carhart
the reason the police have camo vests and gear along with military armored vehicles is not because they are trying to be more like the military even if that is what basically happens. the reason most departments get these sorts of things, is they are cheaper to buy second hand gear and vehicles from the armor or national guard then by new swat uniforms or tactical vest. and if I were in a terrorist situation like the aftermath of the Boston bombing Id like to have my police well armed. In short it safes tax payers money.
tredaeci
11:06 That Doraville police website used the Punisher logo? That's stupid on so many levels.
rwcasals
You look like a penguin that ate a sour candy.
Jamie Lybeck
cnn is bad at noticing things. remember when they showed the dildo flag reporting it as isis?
sami aspeli
Funny how you retards still today believe that Mike Brown was innocent even though there's plenty of evidence of him being violent towards people.
Random Random
Watching from the Netherlands. Is this all that happens in the US? I just found this show.
Vanessa Ibarra
Americans are so full of themselves and the rights they think they have that that they go and just do racist sh*t. Also kind of reassuring when a white male has to tell you "Oh hey, racism bad, equal races, good." That's some f*cking f*cked up f*ckery.
Oh hey, this just in, Trump kinda lifted restrictions on the Ferguson police force.... great.... just... great.
Mrsomeawe
Check out athens, military trucks everywere
Mrsomeawe
I watch this to feel better about our situation in europe
Gleb Abroskin
Why would they cut black (afro-american) soldier from the picture? On both the show and CNN?
Jenthedruid
install gentoo
Bethany Bordner
You pronounce the word Antarctica very strangely.
Niriel Nabokov
Does anyone in the USA know about the Bayes Theorem? Mathematics aren't racism. If X has been strongly correlated with Y in the past, and you don't like Y, then looking at X isn't discrimination, it's just fucking sense. It doesn't matter if X is your skin color or the number of dishwasher you own, X does matter in this context.
Jonathan Johansen
the term everyone throws around "its just a few bad apples" should really be changed to "A few bad apples spoil the whole bushel so let's make damn sure there are none"
Chihiro
I'm sick to my stomach watching this today after everything that's happened since. America has taken a big orange step back, I live in Missouri and it makes me sick to know that I live among people like the police in Ferguson. I live in a small town and I honestly worry when my mixed race girlfriend comes into town for her safety. I hate America, I fucking hate America. I have no shred of patriotism. What have we done to advance the world in any meaningful way? Someone tell me because nothing comes to mind. We invented the atomic bomb and arguably are the major force driving climate change. Not only are our internal affairs deplorable our affect on the rest of the world is and likely will ultimately be fatal. America will likely end the world. And for what? People havent added anything to the world but suffering
Joey DeCerbo
Anyone else want to stop a burglary at Little Caesar's?
Game Tastic
I'd like to address the people that want john Oliver to run for president.

Unfortunately, John Oliver Oliver an immigrant, so thus by law he cannot run for president (Damn you laws). However, If my knowledge is correct, his son is an American citizen. So if John Oliver raises him correctly, Which I hope he does, when he is an adult he can run for president. I hope that gives you a ray of hope in these dark times.
POLYMETRIC
How the fuck is the US any better than russia?
odstarmor557
11:06 i love how the police video starts off with THE PUNISHER LOGO. You know the vigilante that shoots first asks later and (while cool) should never in anyway be associated with the police.
BoxOfGod
US has became very very unstable country.
aditya sanjeev
A simple guide to have a peaceful society:
Step 1: gun laws
Step 2: no military equipment for the police
Step 3: police training for atleast a year if not more
Step 4: most importantly, no racism or racial profiling
Step 5: profit
You're welcome america 😘
Gregory Auger
Dat thmubnail face XD
Jonathan Mukeng
I would fucking Love having heavily armed cops in My neighborhood. I feel way More safe because they are there to protect me. I am black
M S
How is a video of Michael Brown violently robbing a store before getting shot after assaulting a cop in the fear of being sent to prison for said robbery "irrelevant"? Come on Johnnie.
Parm Johal
this whole video is miss leading... easy to say stuff when you've never lived and dealt with real life problems.

SWAT is used for drug warrants because drugs and guns go hand in hand... you don't just knock on someones door and say hey, lets go to jail. It's easy to Monday morning quarterback a cops decisions after the fact... lets see people put themselves in there shoes... split second decisions. I just hope people watching this take that into consideration, idk what do I know?
Erin Vasquez
cops need to be disarmed
Binshuo Hu
"Chinstrap Penguins, you are cool. You guys are good at math". Cuz he's got slanty eyes? ROTFL.
Joey Mac
This Brit doesn't know shit about anything America except his rich friends.
Promethium61 01
New Hampsheer lol
Liz
That "tank" is an Armoured Personnel Carrier. Tanks have a really big gun on them that an APC doesn't have.

That said, unless you're dealing with video game terrorists invading the US you probably don't need an APC to do anything in the US.
Danny Scales
This shows how off the mark John Oliver can be. I wish he would publish an update to this now that ALL of the forensic evidence shows that the officer was completely in the right.
Brendan Moroney
I think that people are just too dumb in America. Like everyone, both sides of the racist and 'profiling' victim divide.
John m
Tax payers up your butt. Gay guys up your something you dont like .
SourDoughBill
Three years later and still an awesome clip.
SoniLOID
As someone that lives in Saginaw, Michigan, sure, we got some bad shit going down (i've heard the phrase 'don't go over the bridge at night' countless times) but not enough to warrant that monstrosity of a police vehicle. (i'm open to opinions)
Julia Connell
I'm just a wee bit late commenting on this... for once (once, first time ever) I'm going to have to disagree with you John (like you're going to read this lol) - not saying there is not racial inequality in treatment by police - and I'm certainly not a fan of the police (I have ptsd because of them - so not a fan) - the start of the story makes it sound like Michael Brown was simply innocently standing outside his apartment block and the police just shot him. them releasing video of him committing a crime minutes before he was shot IS relevant. "irrelevant" video of him committing a crime to "distract everyone with a video that has absolutely nothing to do with Micheal Brown's shooting" WHAT? he was committing a crime minutes before he was shot. was it a justifiable shooting? no. but it is relevant information - not "irrelevant", not a "distraction"
Christian Toth
message to black people: maybe don't dress like thugs and gangsters and mispronounce every word and make up words that are incoherent and make you sound like you're fucked up on drugs and don't gather on street corners to presumably sell drugs and don't carry weapons and have some self respect and MAYBE the police will harass you less. Just a thought.
Aidan Gildehaus
This scared me when it happened because I live in Missouri and my town is about half an hour away from Ferguson
Dylan harris
but if he aint rob the store why would the cops pull up
Fact Nerd
Which one of these people are right about what what it's like to be a young African American

Probably the young African American
Happy Torrent
Why does Keene, New Hampshire have a military vehicle but Las Vegas, Nevada doesn't?
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