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Since the 1980s, police departments received billions of dollars of ex-Vietnam military gear to patrol U.S. streets. What is militarization?
Pentagon orders Ferguson to return Humvees amid concerns about police militarization
“The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is being forced by the Obama administration to return two military vehicles that it obtained from the Pentagon, amid widespread concern and criticism over the deployment on American streets of equipment intended for war zones.”
Overview of the posse comitatus act
“This appendix provides a broad overview of the Posse Comitatus Act, which restricts the participation of the military in domestic law enforcement activities under many circumstances.”
Ferguson Police Militarization: Cash Flowed To Lawmakers Who Voted To ‘Militarize’ Police
“As local law enforcement has deployed martial tactics against those protesting the police killing of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, a debate is suddenly raging over how municipal police forces came to resemble military units.”
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