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  •  Excellent reporting and issue. ACLU report.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Just Bob, Meteor Blades

    ..from June is referenced in this Alternet article:
    11 Shocking Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces - By Alex Kane | June 27, 2014

    In June, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought more attention to police militarization when it issued a comprehensive, nearly 100-page (appendix and endnotes included) report titled, “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing.” (pdf)

     Based on public records requests to more than 260 law enforcement agencies in 26 states, the ACLU concluded that “American policing has become excessively militarized through the use of weapons and tactics designed for the battlefield” and that this militarization “unfairly impacts people of color and undermines individual liberties, and it has been allowed to happen in the absence of any meaningful public discussion.”

    1. It harms, and sometimes kills, innocent people.

    2. Children are impacted.

    3. The use of SWAT teams is unnecessary.

    4. The “war on terror” is fueling militarization.

    5. It’s a boon to contractor profits.

    6. Border militarization and police militarization go hand in hand.

    7. Police are cracking down on dissent

    8. Asset forfeitures are funding police militarization

    9. Dubious informants are used for raids.

    10. There’s been little debate and oversight.

    11. Communities of color bear the brunt.

    That asset forfeiture (8) and racial oppression (11) (putting it gently) are Nixon/Reagan policies  covered by Michelle Alexander and Eugene Jarecki. I wrote about it awhile ago:
    Criminal injustice: the American cradle to prison pipeline

    This is exactly what we Dems should be doing. Tying all these racist, Jim Crow oppression policies into a coherent picture. Domestic policies that kill

    Thank you MB - for stepping back for the wider view and doing just that

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