Yes it is time, it is time to create a citizens oversight of weapons and gear deployed by the police. The events in Ferguson last night ignited a smoldering firestorm with regard to the militarization of the police in this country.
The actions of the police in Ferguson and St. Louis were despicable, horrible and unamerican. I watched the events unfold via Ustream last night in horror as police violated every single constitutional right afforded protesters and the press.
So I will be asking Attorney General Jack Conway for an advisory opinion, or whatever my lawyer tells me to ask for, with regard to the ability of private citizens, and the press, to audit the types and amounts of weapons, tactical gear and ammunition held by police departments within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
I have also asked a State Representative, who will remain nameless at this time, to sponsor comprehensive legislation that would create an oversight committee for the purpose of monitoring the weapons, training and tactics used by the police departments in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Hopefully he listens, this time, or the gloves come off.
So in the end it is time to step up our activism and hold police departments accountable. I am not anti-police. I have worked with Kentucky's law enforcement for over 10 years and they are some fine officers out there who perform a dangerous duty for the citizens of the Commonwealth. I used to serve as a Master at Arms in the United States Navy, a law enforcement duty. So I will not be called anti-cop because I am not.
We must protect our rights and it is time to ask questions.