(Carlson 2011) Battlefield Main Street


Carlson, Benjamin. Battlefield Main Street. Daily. 2011 Dec 5. Available from: http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/12/05/120511-news-militarized-police-1-6/. Accessed 2011 Dec 8. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/63nAARFUs.

Carlson describes the “1033 program” by which the U.S. military donates vast amounts of surplus hardware to law enforcement — nearly half a billion dollars worth in fiscal 2011 alone. The donated hardware includes helicopters, military robots, assault rifles, grenade launchers, and tanks. The article includes a slide show of military-style hardware used by police, some of which looks as though it came straight out of a Mad Max film.

 

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