The militarization issue

The debate over whether policing has become more militarized in recent years, and if so whether that’s a problem, is not new, but recent events in Ferguson, MO have given the issue additional urgency. This brief article summarizes the issue and provides links to several previous stories. David Couper blogged yesterday on the issue, and police took a different approach Thursday night, with apparent success.

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2 Responses to “The militarization issue”

  1. Ashley Says:

    The anonymous author(s) should use scare quotes to make it clear the mention of tanks isn’t to be taken literally.

  2. Thomas J Burke Says:

    GC – your old student, Thomas Burke here. Made my way to the blog hoping for more of an opinion on the matter. Oh, how I miss the classroom forums 😛

    I don’t think anyone can deny that the police are becoming more militarized in the United States; whether or not that is a good thing remains to be seen.

    One thing that I don’t think anyone can deny is that particular force was highly militarized, Scenes from Fergusen almost resemble those from Syria or Gaza.

    Here is another article I found interesting

    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2014/08/14/racial-tensions-in-ferguson-started-long-before-dontshoot

    Regards,
    -TJB

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