By Jonathan Bean | Thursday July 21, 2016 at 2:09 PM PDT | Comments Off on Big Government, Racial Violence, and the Police
In August 1965, the streets of Los Angeles erupted in fire, as black rioters burned hundreds of stores and ill-equipped police withdrew from the violent scene. Initiated by a minor altercation with a police officer, Watts was followed by worse riots, often sparked by encounters with police, turning cities like Detroit into burnt-over districts....
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Tags: American History, Civil Liberties, Crime, Criminal Justice, Liberty, police militarization, Regulation, riots, The State
By Abigail R. Hall | Thursday January 7, 2016 at 4:41 AM PDT | Comments Off on New Video on History of Police Militarization
Several years ago, my coauthor Chris Coyne and I wrote a paper titled, “The Militarization of U.S. Domestic Policing.” Although we’ve since written on a variety of other topics, I frequently field questions on this paper and its themes. It’s hardly a mystery why. Over the past three decades, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)...
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Tags: Civil Liberties, Learn Liberty, police brutality, police militarization, Police Paramilitary Units, SWAT, war on drugs, war on terror