John Oliver Tears Into Police Militarization
The media landscape is already saturated with pundits ranting about the death of Michael Brown, and you’ve probably already seen too many videos of it today; but ever since his show Last Week Tonight debuted earlier this summer, John Oliver‘s in-depth verbal assaults have become a fixture of Monday morning YouTube viewing. This week, he took on the tragic shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old.
With segments lasting up to 15 minutes (with no commercial breaks, thanks to his home on HBO), Oliver can explore the week’s issues more thoroughly than many similar programs. Here, he begins looking at the racial aspect of the case, mocking the mayor of Ferguson, MO for downplaying historical racism and touting the town police force’s single “Hispanic;” Oliver then turns to the broader issue of police militarization, playing bizarre clips of small town police forces with tanks and combat vehicles that even the US Army has declared unsafe for street driving.
Oliver concludes by saying that the police, with their history of misconduct, should be treated with the suspicion that they are currently casting on the residents of Ferguson.
What do you think? Should the police “have their toys taken away” until they can learn to play nice? Let us know in the comments below.