Essay On Police Militarization

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It is true that terrorist attacks are now perceived as one of the biggest threats to the world. Especially, North America and Europe continents are the main targets of the new terrorism. People all over the world are scared of terrorism since the September 11 attacks in 2001. Militarization of state and local police departments has accelerated as one of the effects of the 9/11 attacks. In this circumstance, we need to think about the necessity of police militarization. Do we really need our domestic police forces to be armed with military equipment and heavy hardware? My answer to the question is “no.” The United States has been arming its police forces since the early 1990s. U.S. government realized that the Department of Defense had excess equipment and the Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in 1990. According to the Section 1208 of the NDAA, the Secretary of Defense is allowed…show more content…
SWAT team was designed exceptional circumstances at the first time. Yet, putting SWAT teams became normal these days. According to the survey by the criminologist Peter Kraska, 13% of the towns between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team in 1983. By 2005, up to 80% of towns had a SWAT team, and this figure is still rising (Balko, Radley). Dr. Kraska collected data that there were approximately 50,000 raids in 2005 (Balko, Radley). In other words, SWAT teams raided 137 times a day, and it terrorized American citizens. Imagine that a militarized SWAT team raids on your home at the middle of the night and make you lay down. People can only question the nation’s police militarization program. In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that “It is widely known that policing tactics across the country often unfairly target communities of color” (Dizard, Wilson). Below is an example of the unfair targeting of
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