All over America, police forces are receiving excess military equipment. Since 2006, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft. Most of this has gone under the radar of the average citizen because we rarely see them. Recent events such as the Boston Bombing, Occupy Wall Street, and now Ferguson, Mo are drawing more attention to the militarization of the police. The quick response we hear is that we should demilitarize the police, but this will not solve the problem. The problem lies within people believing that they should be ruled by force.

In Ferguson, Missouri there was a boy named, Michael Brown, he was walking down the street when a local police officer shot him to death. The officer claims that Brown attacked him and tried to grab his gun. Eye witnesses state that Brown and a friend were jay-walking when a police told them to, “Get the f—k on the sidewalk!” The eyewitness claims that the two headed towards the sidewalk then started to walk away. The police drove his car to the side walk and slammed the door into Brown. As the policeman got out of the car he grabbed Brown around the throat. Brown tried to pull away with his hands in the air and the police officer said, “I’m going to shoot you!” This is when the police officer allegedly pulled the gun and shot the teen.

Since the shooting, there have been several days of protests. The first day, protesters turned violent after the police released their statement of the shooting. There was looting and destruction of private property. The following protests have lacked violence from the protesters themselves. The violence during the last four days has all come from the police department. They have shown up to the protests in armored vehicles. The police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful protesters [Disturbing Video]. There have also been over 50 arrests including two reporters. Some of the reporters have had their video equipment destroyed by the police. It appears that the first day the protesters destroyed private property and the rest of the days the police have kidnapped, assaulted, and also destroyed private property.

Senator Rand Paul championed the idea of demilitarizing the police in his most recent op-ed. He said that there is a systematic problem, “Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear”. Here he is basically saying that big government is the problem, but I argue that the monopoly on force is the real problem. We will continue to see the police brutality as long as law enforcers are seen as being above the law. If there are no consequences for their actions, then they will continue to be brutal and it will only become worse.

It is inevitable that we come to a time where people in each city be allowed to choose their own security. Technology is growing at a rapid rate and we are able to daily see the brutality that the police force is using on innocent civilians. This is not to say that there are not good cops, but the system is set up to protect the bad cops. That is how monopolies work! The solution to the brutality is to privatize the police force. This will insure good customer service from the security force and better protection of the people against violent crimes. Currently, our system is promoting the demoralization of police officers. We are constantly seeing police beat innocent people and police are constantly being told that we are bad people that need to be ruled. If the security was privatized, police would have to serve or they would lose business in that particular community.

This already happens with large corporations. Companies feel that the police are not adequate enough to be there in time of an emergency so they hire their own security force as a primary source and use the police as a secondary source. They do this because they have found that privatized security forces work well. The complaints are few, because they have to be nice or they will be asked to leave. When there is an issue it is quickly handled in an orderly fashioned. Violence is rarely seen in these areas. Isn’t the point of a security force to reduce violence? In America there has been a decrease in violent crimes and an increase of police brutality, this will only continue until the people exercise their freedom to chose a superior security force.