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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Andrew Bell
in Keene's defense there was a riot at the pumpkin fest a few years ago...
v d
Do you really think that because they arrested 93% means that police are racist? It means that the black community creates a disproportionate amount of crime
Garrett Helmick
Dear Mr. Oliver, let me just begin by saying wonderful show; you are a joy to watch. Absolutely brillent! And while I know you most likely have fundamentally different views than myself, I also know you are one that always emphasizes the use of facts and evidence as the basis for supporting, or not, an issue. I simply ask that maybe you look at all the evidence that has come out since the Ferguson incident. After hearing both the left's and the right's view on the circumstances of this case, the only thing that can be concluded is that neither side tells the full story without some sort of obvious bias towards one conclusion or the other with each side deliberately over emphasizing certain pieces of evidence or testimony, or deliberately undervaluing other parts of evidence and testimony. For example: Mr. Brown was almost assuredly not shot from behind, having both medical examiners stating so with only the privately contracted examiner's assistant stating that one bullet wound in the arm may have been fired from either the front or the back, which calls into question the testimony of the Brown family's premier testimony, that of Mr. Johnson. However, with the injuries not nearly as extensive as the right would have you believe, the threat to the officer's life was not as desperate, while still being very real, as bias right winged media would have people believe. Attached are medical documents, as well as the most balanced sources of information readily available detailing the case ( I know that Wikipedia isn't a scholarly reliable source, but it has much more specific information with links to that information than anything found on Fox, CNN, ABC, NBC, and BBC). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Michael_Brown https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1370726-darren-wilson-medical-records.html http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28841715
starview1
Mike Brown was a criminal, he was shot because he tried to take a policeman's weapon Further see:https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ferguson-the-play-world-premiere-in-nyc#/
Flipyap
The cop had every right to shoot Michael brown. He just robbed a store, resisted arrest and tried to reach for the cops gun when he was shot
Name2site
If 2/3 of the town is made up of African Americans then doesn't that increase the chance that those stopped by the police happen to be African American? It seems mathematically in favor of "just so happen to be" rather then "its because they are black."
Dan Rivard
One of the many reasons we call it Misery.
Samuel Robinson
Duuuuuuuuude!!
Nomad2001
The family dollar is not a dollar store, and it bugs the fuck out of me for no great reason
Yamaha R3
I snort heroin all the time off my dashboard...
MrFlipperInvader782
3"50 nice macklemore diss lol
thinh Nguyen
I just realized Oliver joke about the penguins is talking about the Asian communities. That is racist af John :)
Kubes Voxel
The band that wrote "Die Motherfucker Die", "Dope", was my favorite band to listen to when I played Battlefield when I was younger... That song specifically...
Joy Petinrin
Tanks don't make sense for local police at all. Who even thought it did. It's not the job to stop terroists. They can't ever actually do that. It's counterintelligence, and surveillance and spys that stop terrosim. A tank can't stop a building from blowing up. We need the police to get people out of the buildings and comfort them and mental health units on standby. Not a roided up police force with inappropriate ammo bags. Even in a city with bad gangs, a tank doesn't make sense. Who was the idiot that thought after an asshole blew up a building and caused devastation, what our local police forces needs are tanks and militarilization to make our citizens feel safer?
Adam Onis
Duuuuuuuuude
Joanne nichols
Arjjacks has said it succinctly. See below
Earl of Destruction
I wish police in my town had a tank but I live in Europe :(
Picklepacker69 P
Blackliesdontmatter. Or their dindu spawn.
Uppity Donkey
Ya we fucked up
BrendanJ Rice
So the roits are are less important to you?
Chris Sullivan
Actually, the only time you point your weapon like that is when make contact (get shot at) and you point your weapon within your field fire. You also do it when you're moving into an area you're like to make contact. However, there is no reason a cop should do that walking down a street up to a building to do a dynamic entry. At most, point a weapon or two at the house, but only cases you feel there is a very good chance of getting shot at from the house. The only other time it would make any sense, if you've pissed off an entire neighborhood and you're getting actively gettting shot at in several directions.
jaelynn zee
This is just a bunch of men, who are still children, wanting expensive toys. It doesn't go away when they grow up to be "men." Real cops don't need all that and I recommend checking our and supporting Michael A Wood, Jr, and ex-cop from Baltimore who has invented a way to do community policing, using the public. Sounds great but he needs a city to sign off on his plan.

I'd certainly think twice before calling cops, esp if you are having family disputes. No need to involve them, and have someone end up dead. And we have learned from the Justine Diamond to NOT go out at night if you think you hear a crime happening. Jumpy cops.
Frank Meier
If you like to shoot niggers, become a American Police man.
Pearl barral
Throw all the assholes involved in this in jail. State of emergency? What an asshole Gov. Nixon an idiot. That's just showing what is to come if we don't stop it now. What a world. Trumps getting his way.
Kevin De Souza
As a Fascist I encourage police britality
Rixoli
Now i'm not going to say the shootout that took Michael Brown's life was entirely justified, speaking as a veteran of the US armed forces we are taught to meet any and all threats to our well being w/ extreme force.

I will say this though, the fact that a vast majority of these outrageous riots were based on suspects that had just robbed someone, had ties to felonies or had otherwise been caught in or just recently committed crimes that would lead to someone more willing to take a cop's life than risk going to jail.

If a cop shoots someone that just minutes ago held up a convenience store, there is probably a reason for that, the suspect was likely believed to have a fucking gun or weapon they could use to harm that officer.

We hear about riots over other black community members where officers are, on camera, stating that they thought the person was reaching for a weapon or saw them openly reaching for a weapon and fired in self defense.

Arguing a man robbing a fucking store not minutes before is irrelevant considering robberies are generally committed with the threat of a weapon is foolish.

Thats like saying "This man just committed a bank robbery 10 minutes ago" then crying out that he was killed by police because he resisted arrest. If you just held up a fucking bank odds are you have 0 fucks to give for the lives of officers whom actually DO want to protect innocent lives.
Seleucid 55
Why the hell do we have military vehicles in michigan. Oh wait I guess crime. I should know cause I live in Michigan.
Nate Wilde
On SWAT teams, has anyone heard of that sheriff (I forgot what area he was in) who had a very peaceful approach to executing search warrants? They would stakeout the house, and when the suspect got into their vehicle to leave, they would follow them and pull them over down the road. The suspect would be told they need to execute a warrant, and they would get the keys. No dead dogs, not even a busted door frame.
LightningFletch
You guys I found a video that goes to greater detail about this story. https://youtu.be/qu6r7Yd_iG8
Katherine B
This infuriates me. I love Owen, but this was proven to be bullshit.
dorkydevil
It's really good if you like stability, law and order.
Klutzy68
John, congratulations for winning the Emmy. Your show is the BEST!! No one else does in-depth reporting like you; and to make it funny too...WOW.
JohnKazuma
Serve and protect the people to Shoot and Point Guns at people. That escalated quickly.
tifforo1
"Yeah, of course [the store video sparked protests], it's irrelevant." Yeah, Dorian Johnson, the main witness whose statements to the media sparked the protests, potentially being guilty of felony murder and therefore potentially having an incentive to slant his statements, is irrelevant. Things that shed light on what incentives Brown might have had in an encounter with police are irrelevant. I suppose the constant statements about how Brown was going to go to college and was a "gentle giant" that were all over the place before that video was released were irrelevant too.
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
Zak The Street Fighter
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?
Cadet Superjedi
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?
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
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