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Ferguson Riots Underscore Police Militarization

With little public awareness and scant oversight, the U.S. government has equipped state and local police agencies with surplus military equipment worth billions of dollars and conducted tactical military training programs with law enforcement for the past two decades. These efforts initially were designed to counter increased crime in American cities in the 1990s as part of the War on Drugs. They have been significantly ramped up since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, critics...

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