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Militarization of the Police

Nickie Phillips

Business Insider reports that nearly half a billion dollars worth of military equipment was transferred to civilian law enforcement agencies thus far this year. For more on the increasing militarization of policing post-9/11, see Radly Balko’s article here.

For a study on the rise of police para-military units in the United States, see Peter Kraska and Victor Kappeler’s “Militarizing American Police: The Rise and Normalization of Paramilitary Units” published in Social Problems.See also Kraska's article "Militarization and Policing—Its Relevance to 21st Century Police" published in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, and book Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System: The Changing Roles of the Armed Forces and the Police.