We’ve written before on the militarization of police departments across the country. From big cities to tiny towns the police are receiving funds and equipment from the federal government for armored vehicles, military grade weaponry, armor, training, and nearly everything else needed to militarize the police.
It certainly makes sense for police departments to have the tools they need to meet evolving threats. However, since the September 11th 2001 attacks all caution has been thrown to the wind, and nearly $34 billion in federal funds have found their way to local police departments. That equates to big business.
DHS grants to LPDs have totaled $34 billion as defense contracts continue to come without fail. Riot gear, military-grade weapons and training are becoming common place in cities and townships across the nation.
Timothy Lynch, director of the criminal justice project at the Cato Institute,states: ‘What is most worrisome to us is that the line that has traditionally separated the military from civilian policing is fading away. We see it as one of the most disturbing trends in the criminal justice area — the militarization of police tactics.’
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