Militarization of Local Police

USA Today article regarding the Pentagon’s contribution to the confrontations between the local police and people protesting the shooting of Michael Brown by the local police.

This article is one of many detailing the militarization of local enforcement in the U.S.:

Of course, the article to start with is The Militarization of U.S. Police: Finally Dragged Into the Light by the Horrors of Ferguson by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept. The first sentence should entice to further reading: “The intensive militarization of America’s police forces is a serious menace about which a small number of people have been loudly warning for years, with little attention or traction.”

(The Pentagon gave nearly half a billion dollars of military gear to local law enforcement last year from the Washington Post, “The events in Ferguson, Missouri this week are an uncomfortable reminder of the militarization of America’s small town law enforcement agencies. ”

A not too bad report from NPR, “One of the stipulations for getting this equipment transferred is that it’d be used within a year of receipt. It’s a kind of use it or lose it policy. And that gives law enforcement agencies a real incentive to put these military weapons and vehicles to use in things such as crowd control, as we saw in Ferguson. There are a lot of questions from civil liberties advocates about accountability for the use of this military surplus equipment. There’s very limited information about what exactly it’s all being used for and why.” By not too bad I mean that NPR has a tendency to smother disconcerting facts in a cotton candy substance and file down edges.

For more source material a simple search on turns up a slew of articles regarding the Pentagon militarizing local law enforcement.