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SWAT Presence at McKinley Hill Street Fair Draws Mixed Reactions
Over the weekend the McKinley neighborhood held its first street fair in several years. There was a great turnout, with perfect street fair weather and lots of family fun.
We also heard that Tacoma's SWAT team turned out - mostly via several lively conversations on various social networks. To say people had mixed reactions to the SWAT presence at a neighborhood event would be an understatement.
It sounds like the police and their SWAT vehicle were invited to the event by organizers, and were giving tours of the vehicle to the public. It was nothing like the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri over the last week, but for many who have been following that story, it was hard not to draw comparisons.
This week in particular, a SWAT vehicle is a pretty powerful symbol - whether of law and order, or of intimidation and threatened violence seems to depend on your perspective. The militarization of this country's police force is suddenly a hot topic.
Leaving aside the specific, peaceful event in question, can have a level-headed conversation about these issues for Tacoma?
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