Report finds little oversight, racial disparities and federal policies that encourage military-style weapons, tactics
The increasing use of military-style tactics and weapons by police forces across the United States puts civilians at needless risk of death and injury, according to a strongly-worded ACLU report slamming the development.
The study, called “War Comes Home:The Excessive Militarization of American Policing,” warns that police departments across the country have been offered incentives by the federal government to arm up, and now risk alienating communities as a result of heavy-handed raids.
Federal policies that allow the military to distribute unwanted military hardware to local jurisdictions are a big part of the problem, the ACLU found.
Employed primarily to search for drugs, military-style SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) raids happen far more often in poor and minority communities.
“It is widely known that policing tactics across the country often…
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