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The Militarization Of America’s Police Forces

Hour 1:           What’s happening to our country’s local police departments and is police work changing from a “serve and protect” style to a more muscular and tactical role? We’ll talk this hour with journalist Radley Balko. His new book is “Rise Of The Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” (Public Affairs, 2013).


  • TB

    I live in Dallas and we are today remembering Santos Rodriguez, a 12 year old male that was shot in the head when an officer played russian roulette with him b/c he suspected him of stealing. Russian Roulette w/ a 12 year old!
    my question is – what will it take for men whose lives apparantly have value to acknowledge the often very real data that shows decades of devaluing the lives of black and brown men? Especially where police misuse of power and force is involved?
    TB – Dallas

  • Rod

    After 12 years for America at war. I don’t know the numbers, but I would bet most police forces are staffed with over 50% former military. These guys are coming from a very aggrisive and violent world and then change uniforms and then walking our streets. I am a former marine and it always bothered me that the former marines who become cops keep their military style hair cuts.

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