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Abstract

“Police Militarization” is a hot-button topic. The highly publicized events in Ferguson, after the tragic death of Michael Brown, and the grand jury choosing not to press charges against police officer Darren Wilson, nationally showcased a “militarized” police response to public protests. Media coverage showed Ferguson police in armored vehicles, dressed in camouflage and pointing M-16s at unarmed black civilians. These events spurred a nationwide dialogue about the wisdom of providing local law enforcement with military equipment.

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