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Posted on Jul 28, 2009
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New Los Angeles police officers mingle on graduation day at the city’s Police Academy.

In the midst of a recession with continuously rising unemployment, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the government will hand out $1 billion in grants to law enforcement agencies across the country. The money will go toward hiring and rehiring police officers in all 50 states.


The federal government will give $1 billion in grants to law enforcement agencies in every state to pay for the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.

The money comes from the stimulus bill—the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009—the officials said. The law is designed to help pull the U.S. out of its recession by providing and saving jobs, and helping those most affected by the downturn in the economy.

Beneficiaries can include state, local and tribal governments.

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By Steven haob, April 8, 2011 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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police are doing a great job

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By rylly, July 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Oh yeah, beef up the police state…they’re going to need all the help they can get when the natives can’t eat any more grass and dogs and want food and shelter or health care…they’ll wander into the “haves” community begging for sustenance.
After the Cambridge incident, this give-away to police is even more cringe-worthy.

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By Folktruther, July 29, 2009 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

You can’t have a police state without police.

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By Libra96, July 29, 2009 at 7:15 am Link to this comment

“The tremendous demand for these grants is indicative of both the tough times our states, cities and tribes are facing, and the unyielding commitment by law enforcement to making our communities safer,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement.

Hmmm… who’s communities?...  I’d wager, the HAVES… not the HAVE NOT…

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By Howie Bledsoe, July 29, 2009 at 3:13 am Link to this comment
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Just like a banana republic.  The poor can only find work in the military, and its job is to supress the poor and spread fear, weather that be over seas or at home.

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By Chris Fretwell, July 28, 2009 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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Proof the Government has no intentions of working for the people. V for Vendetta

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By hippie4ever, July 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

Lipstick is expensive after all.

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By PatrickHenry, July 28, 2009 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

Gotta buy some of those new tasers.

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By LostHills, July 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

A government that won’t take care of it’s people must take care of it’s police…..

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By Steve E, July 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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Here we go, a great chance to start hiring the bent malcontents coming back from Iraq. Maybe add a few Blackwater rejects to give the cops some umphgrowing42. Lookout America.

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