10 facts about the SWATification of the US

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SWAT team raids in the US have gone up 25-fold since 1980. Time’s recent article about the militarization of the police reports that “the federal government has funneled $4.3 billion of military property to law enforcement agencies since the late 1990s.”

End of the American Dream has assembled 10 facts about SWAT teams:

In 1980, there were approximately 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States.

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Ferguson police response ‘a municipal version of shock and awe’

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Eyewitness Jelani Cobb, reporting for the New Yorker: “What transpired in the streets appeared to be a kind of municipal version of shock and awe; the first wave of flash grenades and tear gas had played as a prelude to the appearance of an unusually large armored vehicle, carrying a military-style rifle mounted on a tripod. Read the rest

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