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Police Militarization

NPR reports on a story from an ACLU investigation about the militarization of police departments. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were initially formed to aid police with high risk situations that fell outside regular police department capabilities. They were used for rare situations like hostage rescues, dealing with heavily armed criminal and/or entering barricaded buildings. Today, SWAT teams are used to combat even minor crimes on a daily basis.

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