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The Rise of the Warrior Cop

Militarization of Police is Expanding

by Jimmy Mengel, Outsider Club:

The militarization of the U.S. police force has been rapidly accelerating for the last three decades. We’ve even seen it around the Outsider Club offices. This is from an article I wrote a few months back:

I was leaving a restaurant recently with a couple of colleagues when the thunderous chopping of helicopter blades disrupted our leisurely stroll.

I should tell you that living in Baltimore, I’m somewhat desensitized to police helicopters… So I wasn’t too alarmed.

That is, until a large black military-style vehicle screamed up alongside several police and Department of Homeland Security vehicles. When I asked a local police officer what was happening with the ominous tank idling a few yards away, he shrugged and said he didn’t have anything to report.

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