To all you people in the OWS who hate cops (I know, its not most of you but some) thought I'd fill you in on why the cops have militarized. Violent ambushes, bigger guns, huge explosion in mental subjects, foreign cartel invasion, etc, etc, and here are a few examples: Before we start, the Officer Down Memorial Page: Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths in 2011 To date today, in 2011, 54 cops killed by gunfire alone. In 2010 59 killed by gunfire In 2009 47 killed by gunfire In 2008 40 killed by gunfire In 2007 66 killed by gunfire In 2006 51 killed by gunfire In 2005 53 killed by gunfire In 2004 56 killed by gunfire In 2003 48 killed by gunfire From 2003-current date 420 cops killed by gunfire alone. In comparison.... From 2003-current date 140 United Kingdom troops have died in Iraq. In 2011 to date, 54 cops have been killed by gunfire only in America. In 2011 to date, the US Coalition has had 53 deaths in Iraq/Afghanistan (iCasualties | Operation Iraqi Freedom | Iraq) (Great job US military stabilizing that region) And you wonder why American Cops have militarized. North Hollywood Shootout- 2 russians with AK47s make warzone in LA Columbine High- 2 heavily armed kill 13 while patrol waited on swat VA Tech- Crazed gunman kills 33 Fort Hood- Killer was dropped by a city cop DC Sniper- High powered rifle sniping citizens 9-11 Ambush kills 4 Oakland SWAT officers 2009 shootings of Oakland police officers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ambush with AK47 kills several Pitt cops; Original 911 call was over a cat pissing in house: 2009 Pittsburgh police shootings - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ambush kills 4 cops who were having coffee: Lakewood, Washington police officer shooting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ambushed with AK47 in Arkansas: Police: 2 suspects ambush officers at apartment complex - FOX16.com Little Rock, AR Maniac kills 5 in shopping mall before off duty cop engages, saves lives: Trolley Square shooting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Woman calls for help; Husband ambushes and kills 2 cops with shotgun: 2 cops, suspect die after shootout in South Carolina - Orlando Sentinel Barricaded man ambush, kill cops in biggest shootout in SC history: Officers Gather On Anniv Of Abbeville Standoff - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville I can go on and on for dozens and dozens and dozens of more PAGES of hundreds upon hundreds of examples. But you get the point.