police militarization

With $5.1B in New Toys, SWAT Deployments Rise 1,400% in 20 Years

With $5.1B in New Toys, SWAT Deployments Rise 1,400% in 20 Years
It almost makes sense on the surface: Police departments across the country receive the military's excess equipment, everything from fax machines to riot shields to "various types of land vehicles." While in effect since 1990, things really skyrocketed after 9/11 and then the de-escalation of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The data regarding these acquisitions and the local departments' ability to use them are starting to flood out, and it's just as scary as the images of police militarization that have made Ferguson, Missouri, the center of this debate.
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Brandon Perkins
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