There are generally six types of abuse that exist in a violent relationship, physical, emotional, verbal, economic, mental and sexual abuse. Currently domestic abuse is a hot topic that has again reached national attention due to the Ray Rice issue. A video was released that showed the Ravens football player hitting his girlfriend in the elevator of a casino and was later suspended indefinitely from the NFL.
This week for pizza and politics we are interested in the consequences that the media plays on focusing and/or glamorizing current issues and what are individual opinions to the issues of domestic violence. This matter is not only of national concern but is also affecting our State and Cedar City, this was shown by various facts: Rape is the only category of violent crime in Utah which has a rate that exceeds the nation’s average. (Rape in Utah. 2005) In fact, since 1991, Utah’s reported rape rate has consistently been higher than the national rate. In 2003, Utah’s rape rate was 18.1% higher than the national rate.
Please come to express your opinion, and learn about the issue of domestic violence in our State and City.
What a week! As you know it is not only Homecoming for the Thunderbird Nation in Cedar City, but also the Inauguration for SUU’s new president Scott Wyatt! Join us for this week’s Pizza & Politics as we have the honor of hearing from the main man himself in a Leavitt Center special: Pizza with the President.
Building upon last week’s discussion of the police shooting of Michael Brown, this week’s Pizza and Politics will focus on calls from Ron Paul to demilitarize local police and the potential benefits/drawbacks to such a policy. As demonstrated in Ferguson, local police departments currently have access to a variety of tactical equipment including armored vehicles, riot gear, tear gas, and sniper rifles. Politico reported on the issue of demilitarization on the 18th of August:
Former Rep. Ron Paul on Monday called for the elimination of the Defense Department program that has transferred billions of dollars in surplus military equipment to local and state agencies.
“It should be gotten rid of,” the Texas Republican said on MSNBC of the Pentagon 1033 program, which has come under increased scrutiny because of the equipment used by St. Louis County police forces in Ferguson, Missouri.
“Police are supposed to be local people, and they’re supposed to be peace officers,” he added. “They’re not supposed to be warriors…” Later in the article, Paul said that police militarization “encourages the police to overreact, and it’s very, very dangerous.”
Some questions to consider when discussing the demilitarization of local police:
1. Is it possible to have a demilitarization of the police without demanding a universal disarming of the American people?
2. Will reducing the amount of weapons/tactical equipment available to local law enforcement make cities and communities more susceptible to terrorist attacks from domestic and foreign threats?
3. What role should local police play in defense?
4. Can we expect federal forces to arrive in a timely manner during a crisis?
5. Do recent threats from the terrorist group ISIS affect your views on the demilitarization of local police departments? Why or why not?
6. Can we afford to continue funding the armament of local police? Is such armament worth the investment? What alternatives would you propose to having militarized local law enforcement?