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Today on Your Call: What explains the militarization of police forces in the US?

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On today's Your Call we’ll talk about the escalating use of military weapons and tactics by police departments.  Reporter Radley Balko, says, “Police militarization is now an ingrained part of American culture.”  We’re seeing local police dressed in riot gear use stun grenades and rubber coated bullets on demonstrators.  How did we get here? And how is this affecting the relationship between police departments and local communities?   Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What’s an appropriate use of force? It’s Your Call with Matt Martin, and you.

Guests:

Norm Stamper, former Seattle police chief

Radley Balko, investigative reporter for the Huffington Post

Ali Winston, freelance investigative reporter

Resources: 

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Local police forces are now little armies. Why? 

A Decade After 9/11, Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized

Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street

Oakland: Federal Ammo Running Short for War on Crime

OPD Used Violent Cops Against Occupy 

OPD Facing More Legal Trouble 

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

Occupy Oakland steps up after city cancels police forum

America's War Within

Local police stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear

The War at Home: Militarized Local Police Tap Post-9/11 Grants to Stockpile Combat Gear, Use Drones

SWAT Raids, Stun Guns, And Pepper Spray: Why The Government Is Ramping Up The Use Of Force

Occupy Oakland Provides a Lens into the Deep Dysfunction at OPD

The Cancer in Occupy

Ali Budner came to KALW as a volunteer reporter with Crosscurrents in early 2009, then joined the Your Call team as a producer in March of 2010. She loves the dynamic daily interactions of live radio and the inspiring guests and listeners that Your Call attracts. She still makes stories for Crosscurrents in her free time.