Paramilitary policing is a reality in California.
The largest state police organization in the country openly describes themselves as a paramilitary organization. The California Highway Patrol Cadet page states, “The California Highway Patrol is often described as a “paramilitary” department, and that is true. The uniforms, ranks and insignias, chain of command, and the long-standing traditions resemble a military organization.” There is zero dispute than California law enforcement is highly militarized.
Case Study: Paso Robles California
Date: June 19th, 2015
On June 19th, in Paso Robles, California, officers from departments all throughout the county surrounded the police station as a precautionary measure because the Vagos motorcycle club was expected to “ride through town.” Streets were closed with barricades between and around the police department. The Vagos motorcycle club, authorities argued, has been known to have a particular distaste for the police.
If “distaste for the police” is the criteria law enforcement uses to justify massive militarized responses, no one in America is safe…