The Militarization of Police Forces

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SWAT teams and Humvees are essential to diffuse crisis situations, but increasingly, local police departments are using military equipment for routine law enforcement. In light of the clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, we’ll look at a new study on the militarization of American policing, and how Ohio’s forces are gaining a military feel.

Guests

  • Kim Jacobs, chief of the Columbus Division of Police
  • Michael L. Birzer, professor of criminal justice and director of the School of Community Affairs, Wichita State University
  • Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist, ACLU of Ohio

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  • nique

    I listened to this, and was struck by Ann Fisher’s treatment of a black community member caller who phoned in to voice her opinion on the police chief’s claim that Columbus cops rarely racial profile… Ann Fisher seemed irritable that the caller was passionate (not angry!) and furthermore, rushed her off of the line claiming that there wasn’t enough time and then proceeded to take longer calls from others who were voicing the same opinion yet white. There also seemed to be plenty of time given to the police chief to provide a vague defense of the accusation, and the other commentator’s opinions before break. Way to devalue the opinion of african american caller on a topic that is CENTERED around blacks!

  • dh

    You stated ” but increasingly, local police departments are using military equipment for routine law enforcement.” Can you provide examples / statistics? I have never been pulled over by a police officer in a Humvee or APC. This is all being hyped up for a political / social agenda.