by Kara Dansky, The New York Times
Police departments across the country have unquestionably become excessively militarized. Our year-long investigation found that not only has policing become excessively militarized, but this militarization has occurred with almost no oversight. Further, of the more than 800 paramilitary raids that we studied, almost 80 percent were for ordinary law enforcement purposes like serving search warrants on people’s homes. Only 7 percent were for genuine emergencies, such as a barricade or hostage situation. Continue reading.