Why The Feds Are Putting Grenade Launchers In The Hands Of Local Cops
Confrontations between protestors and heavily armed police over the past several days in Ferguson, Missouri have left many observers wondering how suburban police departments come to have so much military-style equipment in the first place. The answer, roughly, is that in the 1990s, when federal, state and local governments were scrambling to win the “war on drugs” and fight high crime rates, the federal government started helping local police officers get military equipment.
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