The National Tactical Officers Association, the lobbying group for 1,600 SWAT teams across the country, e-mailed all legislative staffers in the U.S. House and Senate this week, the Daily Beast reported, and assured the legislative aides that its members share "our nation's grief" over the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. But the main message from the NTOA was a plea to protect the federal program that gives surplus military weapons and equipment to state and local police. The program has become subject of national debate, given the highly visible "warrior cop" image of police during the uprising in Ferguson.
In another example of the "tolerance" practiced on college campuses, a Jewish Temple University student was violently attacked by a pro-Palestine activist simply for expressing an opinion.
Dorian Johnson's credibility as a star witness against Officer Wilson continues to plummet as more information comes out about what actually happened in Ferguson.
Two days after the Michael Brown shooting, another unarmed young man was shot to death by police in another American city. But unlike the Ferguson case where a white cop shot a black youth, in this instance the races are reversed — and so is media attention.