The history of policing in the US
Police militarization explained
$5.4 billion of military equipment for cops
Why are police in the US becoming increasingly militarized?
Armored personnel carriers, 50 caliber machine guns, M16s and more.
There are over 50,000 SWAT raids conducted in the US per year.
79% of these are to serve search warrants.
What percent of the time do these heavily armed cops find anything at all illegal during these raids?
Just one out of three times.
Here’s what’s going on: Repressive techniques invented overseas are often brought home, used against the poor, “improved” and then re-exported to dictators around the world.