Police Militarization and Professionalism


Reports of racially motivated, fatal shootings by police officers have garnered extensive public attention and sparked activism across the nation. New research from Michigan State University and University of Maryland reveals findings that flip many of these reports on their heads – white police officers are not more likely to have shot minority citizens than non-white officers.

Cops With War Toys: Militarizing police is the worst way to fight crime.

Alexandria, Virginia’s annual big event is its George Washington’s Birthday parade. When I lived there, I usually went. One year, as President Washington passed in his carriage, I gave him a proper 18th-century bow-and-scrape—real conservatives know how to do these things. He was so pleased he stood up in his landau, doffed his hat and bowed to me in return.

CASE STUDY: Ferguson Missouri shooting incident and aftermath by Louis Hayes

In the last few hours, I have fielded several requests to make comments on the Ferguson Missouri situation. Most of the interest arose from a revitalized post on analyzing the NYPD Glenn Broadnax incident. Here is my highly abbreviated analysis and setup of the situation in Ferguson, from a complete outside perspective.

SWAT Cop Says American Neighborhoods Are 'Battlefields,' Claims Cops Face Same Dangers As Soldiers In Afghanistan

I just got the kindle edition of Rise of the Warrior Cop The Militarization of America's Police Forces By Radley Balko. Balko has been writing a lot of the last several years on the topic of police militarization and recently has been taking a lot of heat from law enforcement and I have posted many of the articles on the topic here on the web-site.

Overmilitarization: Why Law Enforcement Needs to Scale Down Its Use of Military Hardware and Tactics By Evan Bernick

Call it American law enforcement’s “We’re going to need a bigger boat” moment.

Police militarization and the Ethical Warrior By Jack E. Hoban & Bruce J. Gourlie

The public has nothing to fear from well-trained tactical teams made up of motivated Ethical Warriors

Police militarization has become a popular topic in the mainstream media — people are even writing books about it. Allegations abound that American law enforcement is becoming an aggressive, over-gunned commando army. Critics argue that our police are becoming militarized, adopting the weapons and attitudes of the battlefield for policing America’s streets.

Is this concern valid?

Police militarization and rise of the warrior journalist by Lance Eldridge

Radley Balko’s new book on police militarization — and subsequent articles by him and others — signals the radicalization of America’s discourse on civilian law enforcement

The spate of recent anti-police articles appearing in mainstream media, including the BBC, are a result of Radley Balko’s new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.

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