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    Militarized policing is counterproductive, Stanford expert says.

    Stanford law Professor David Sklansky says that the militarization of police departments is doing more harm than good. The question is whether communities need heavily armed police, armored vehicles and military-grade equipment for law enforcement in neighborhoods that are not warzones.
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    The Stanford News Service recently interviewed David A. Sklansky, a Stanford professor of law and a former federal prosecutor, on the subject. He teaches and researches criminal law and policing. Sklansky has written extensively on police reform, democracy and law enforcement, and the future of policing.
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    • Why the trend toward militarized police?
    • Does police militarization result in police abuse and unnecessary or aggressive actions?
    • How does militarization interfere with community policing?
    • Does police militarization have a disparate effect on communities of color?
    • What does the law say about police militarization?
    • What do groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and others say are the options for communities that don't want military equipment?
    • Are the NRA and firearms manufacturers driving police militarization as much as the Pentagon?
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/a...-sklansky.html
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    Simplicity itself...fear. Once a populace is in fear then control is far more easily maintained. Don't need a college degree to figure this one out.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

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