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Your Call: How have weapons and tactics from the military changed policing in the US?

Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Missouri


On the August 19th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the militarization of police forces across the country. According to a recent ACLU report, last year, the Department of Homeland Security pumped $1 billion into local law enforcement, while the Department of Defense supplied another $449 million worth of equipment for police forces.  Why are police so heavily armed? And how is this playing out in places like Ferguson, Missouri?  Join the conversation on Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Daniel Newman, president and Co-Founder of MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit revealing money's influence on politics.

George Schulz, investigative reporter focused on homeland security for The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Stephen Downing, retired LAPD Deputy Chief

Web Resources:

MapLight: Defense Industry-Backed Lawmakers Voted to Continue PoliceMilitarization Program

Mondoweiss: Weapons fired in Ferguson come from companies supplying Israel, Bahrain and Egypt

Mashable: Ferguson or Iraq? Photos Unmask the Militarization of America's Police

Propublica: The Militarization of U.S. Police Forces and More in MuckReads Weekly

Business Insider: This Is The Terrifying Result Of The Militarization Of Police

ACLU: War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

Vox: A nation of Fergusons: Why America's police forces look like invading armies