How Protect and Serve Became Search and Destroy

Ever wonder why police look like soldiers?  Quick facts on Police Militarization: • Pentagon’s Excess Property Program (1033 Program) has supplied police departments across the country with more than $4.3 billion in gear since 1997. This includes $449 million in 2013.  • St. Louis County, where Ferguson is located, received two military vehicles, a trailer, a generator, 12 5.56-millimeter rifles and six .45 caliber pistols from the Pentagon.  • Military style police raids have increased in recent years, with one count putting the number at 80,000 such raids last year.  • In SWAT style raids, people of color are most affected - 37% were Black, 12% Latino, and 19% White. Race was not known for the remainder. Police militarization grew out of our failed drug war. Does a town of... read more
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