Police Militarization Press
Will Congress Finally Put a Dent in the $4.3 Billion in Surplus Military Equipment Going to Police Departments?
Congress returns to Washington this week, one month since the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing police crackdown on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Right away, lawmakers will address one of the many civil-rights issues highlighted by the tragedy: the militarization of local police.
As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold a hearing Tuesday on the militarization of local police—not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but across America—a short new video from Brave New Films underscores that the problem of trigger-happy, armed-for-warfare cops is more widespread and disturbing than we think