“Shock Troops”

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012



Brian Miller, former chairman of the Pima, Arizona, GOP, sends me this picture of police at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, with the comment:

I remember when I got kicked out of the Pima GOP how one of their biggest beefs was that I used the term “shock troops” when referring to the Pima SWAT…

Eapen Thampy

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44 Responses to ““Shock Troops””

  1. #1 |  Stephen | 

    Meh… They are so weighted down that I could take one out if I was wearing only shorts because they would be so slow. It’s all for appearances and scaring people.

  2. #2 |  el coronado | 

    Their Honor is Loyalty.

  3. #3 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    It doesn’t look like their nuts are protected well or that they eat enough yogurt for it to matter.

  4. #4 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    “Don’t you guys have a game to umpire?”

  5. #5 |  Toby | 

    Hardly shock troops, that’s absurd. Riot police? Yes, hence all the padding and protection. Shock troops….nah, someone doesn’t know what a shock troop is.

  6. #6 |  Whim | 

    Aren’t these uniforms lacking a NAME TAPE which identifies the name of the police officer?

    Are they trying to stay anonymous for some reason, like charges of police brutality?

  7. #7 |  Samsam von Virginia | 

    The armor looks rather cartoonish… kinda like Star Wars. I spent a few minutes searching for body armor that looks like the photo without success. All of the serious products have a much more practical appearance.

    Armor should protect you. It shouldn’t be so silly that it inspires sane, sober folk to want to harm you.

  8. #8 |  marco73 | 

    The helmet says “Trooper” and shoulder emblem is Florida Highway Patrol. These guys look like extras for the next Mad Max movie.

    There are something like 50+ armed law enforcement agencies in town for the RNC, even postal inspectors. I hope they have been briefed on what ridiculous gear everyone is wearing; wouldn’t want them to smack around each other.

  9. #9 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Rich folks need protection against peons, news at 11.

  10. #10 |  Mt Lawn Fan | 

    Officer Friendly?

  11. #11 |  Fatwa Arbuckle | 

    The armor looks rather cartoonish… kinda like Star Wars.

    Heh. That was my first thought, too…followed by “cut-rate Batman costume”.

    I’d bet wearing all of that tac-y stuff is just a bit warm for our brave heroes in khaki ‘n’ Kevlar.

  12. #12 |  Dustbowl Daze | 

    LOL. What a bunch of losers. Are you guys about to go skateboarding in those knee pads or lay some flooring? WTF.

  13. #13 |  Bdogg | 

    Kinda went nuts protecting the chest area & forgot about the twig n’ berries. Those kneepads will come in handy when serving closeted Republican dignitaries later on in the evening.

  14. #14 |  egd | 

    I can only assume the mostly peaceful protestors will once again be throwing rocks, bottles and human waste at the cops. This doesn’t seem like unnecessary protection under those circumstances.

  15. #15 |  Mairead | 

    Only peripherally related to this article, but something that should be seen: an executive of Deutsche Bank beaten to a pulp by cops who then tried to fit him up.

  16. #16 |  Yeah, that guy... | 

    I have to wonder whether there is less violence because they are there, or simply more violence that is directed at them. Anyway, way to go America. We’re now pre-policed just like everyone wanted. Oh, wait a second… not EVERYONE wanted it.

    To Serve and To Protect – The highest bidder.

  17. #17 |  Alex Wolcott | 

    That’s a pretty heavy security presence just for keeping away the legions of twink hookers and grindr connections that will be trying to get into the convention hall. They must suspect something else (which is to say other than the usual) will be afoot.

  18. #18 |  Bob | 

    Oh! The extras for my fan-fic version of “Starship Troopers” are here! Places everyone! Cue the bugs! And…. Action!

  19. #19 |  John Sabot | 

    How many pigs does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Sheesh!

  20. #20 |  liberranter | 

    @#10: The peaceful protestors won’t be throwing anything – rocks, bottles, human waste, or anything else. The agents provocateurs, on the other hand, the people the government has placed in their midst to incite trouble – well, that’s a different story.

  21. #21 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    The photo makes me dislike Republicans and Florida even more than I used to.
    I didn’t think that was possible.

  22. #22 |  oooorgle | 

    These are not Peace Officers. They are Law Enforcers, synonomous with Soldier.

  23. #23 |  divadab | 

    What a bunch of Chicken Littles – only fearful little men would armor up like this to deal with the public.

  24. #24 |  SP | 

    You will see the same Nazi Stormtroopers at the DNC Convention in NC. We have become a police state. DHS has moved out of the airports and into the streets. Is this the army that Obama spoke of during his last campaign – the one just as large as the US Military? Reminds me a little of the SA.

  25. #25 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Yogurt Eater, they are LEO’s they have no nuts. These are the same band of creatures that routinely shoot 12 pound terriers ,suffer from spontaneous reaction and shoot innocent bystanders. Not a single backbone in the bunch. Take a good look at this picture and realize how far America has fallen, this is the response of a banana republic to free assembly of its citizens.

  26. #26 |  egd | 

    @15 – Ah, my mistake.


  27. #27 |  Chip | 

    Security provided by Jango Fett

  28. #28 |  John Donnelly | 

    When the police becomes militarized, the community becomes the enemy. I think we need to cut their budgets.

  29. #29 |  JLS | 

    derfel cadarn “… this is the response of a banana republic to free assembly of its citizens.”


    I’m actually kind of surprised at how many people, and I mean people I know and talk to, just assume that protesters should be beaten and jailed for, you know, protesting. We can blame the government a lot but let’s not forget the American people have become incredibly authoritarian.

  30. #30 |  Bergman | 

    No groin protection. Aim low.

  31. #31 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @18 – So you’re blaming people for doing their job, as ordered by their superiors. The usual!

  32. #32 |  Anthony | 

    You can tell who came to riot by they way they are dressed.

  33. #33 |  Jim | 

    #25 So you’re apologizing for the total state, the usual!

  34. #34 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @27 – Nope! You’re simply attacking anyone who isn’t prepared to rabidly condemn anyone who isn’t backstabbing everyone else.

  35. #35 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The phrase “Uniformed Prats” springs to mind. On the other hand, given the record of deranged twits doing violent things to people and places connected with the Republican Party over the last several national elections, I’m not completely sure they are overreacting….

  36. #36 |  albatross | 

    Nothing says “respect for democracy” quite like a line of jackbooted thugs in front of your political convention.

  37. #37 |  marco73 | 

    What really makes the security for the RNC ridiculous, is just how darn far it is from the edge of the security zone to the actual convention sites. The buses take delegates right up to the Forum, but if you park and want to walk, it is quite a few blocks in 90+ heat. My office isn’t even in the picture above, but I have to pass through 2 security checkpoints just to get to my parking lot. With the Crosstown shut down completely for the week, traffic has been an absolute bear. Next time, why don’t we just book the Shriners or a Tupperware convention?

  38. #38 |  egd | 

    @#31: While generally a good rule of thumb, lets see how things play out, shall we? I suspect there will be a significant lack of rioting by the police.

    I have little respect for free speech zones and militarized police, but I have even less for those who would do violence to suppress speech.

    If (when) the cops step out of line and attack or arrest innocent protestors, I’ll join you in calling for accountability. As it stands, there is a history of violence by anti-RNC protestors, and the cops are not wrong to garb themselves in protective gear.

  39. #39 |  StrangeOne | 


    You say you have little respect for free speech zones and militarized police, yet here you are defending both. You’re assumption that protesters have “a history of violence” and that nameless riot cops don’t speaks volumes about how you’ve weighted the scales.

    The fact is the mere presence of these officers is an implicit threat against any protester. If you try and protest, like you have every right too, you are going to be blocked off a quarter mile away by a row of storm troopers. You cross that line and you get a beating. End of story. “You don’t have a right to protest sit down and shut the fuck up” is what those guys are there to enforce.

    If they actually cared about safety or protesters, the cops would be off to the side, unseen and waiting. If, and only if, the protesters caused any trouble would they have justification to move in. This preemptively treating every protest like an ongoing riot is an attempt at suppressing free speech.

    If you have to wait for the cops to actually hurt people before you have a problem with there presence or tactics then you’re tolerance for free expression is so low as to not even matter.

  40. #40 |  Darwin | 

    History of violence by anti-RNC protestors? Prove it. Because there is no such thing.

  41. #41 |  Vic Kelley | 

    #6 – good point why the hell don’t they have their names clearly visible.
    #24 – sad but true. Some people are going to look at that photo read that it’s taken in Tampa during the RNC. Don’t just equate Republicans with police state crap. Democrats, too, are submit-and-obey types. Especially in bigger police departments with strong unions Democrats support the police and overlook their transgressions.

    I don’t know how it could be exploited, but all that crap they’ve got on has got to be hot as hell. Tampa feels like a swamp even on a good day. Those guys have got to be feeling it and could easily get heat stroke or dehydrated.

  42. #42 |  Personanongrata | 

    Spring time for tyranny in Tampa Bay.

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