How Cops Became Soldiers

For 30 years, politicians and public officials have been arming, training, and dressing cops as if they’re fighting a war. They’ve been dehumanizing drug offenders and criminal suspects as the enemy. And of course they’ve explicitly and repeatedly told them they’re fighting a war. It shouldn’t be all that surprising that a lot of cops have started to believe it.

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Swat-team nation

SWAT-Team Nation Posted by Sarah Stillman The New Yorker, August 8, 2013 http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/08/swat-team-nation.html The moment the assault rifles surrounded her, Angie Wong was standing in a leafy art-gallery courtyard with her boyfriend, a lawyer named Paul Kaiser. It was just … Continue reading