On the militarisation of police
Have guns, will use them is apparently the new “Serve and protect”. “We expect and find that when departments receive more militarized equipment, they behave more violently,” says the author of a 2017 report on police militarisation in a Guardian story this week. The Graun digs into the value and source of some $7.2bn of hardware, including over a thousand “mine-resistant vehicles”, and asks the obvious question. Why?