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Militarization of Police (english)
07 Mar 2003
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When Cops Play Soldier, Protesters Become the Enemy

Research conducted several years ago by Skolnick and his colleague James Fyfe--now deputy commissioner for training for the NYPD--showed that police-community relations erode when police departments take on a war footing. They argued that such programs as the "war on drugs" and the "war on crime" encourage cops to regard citizens as enemies rather than as people they are meant to serve and protect. Is the war on terror doing the same?....

If anything, police are becoming ever more militarized. Frank Morales, a researcher for Covert Action and other publications, has chronicled how "civil disturbance training" of military units and law enforcement has been under way for years, and was stepped up in response to the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999. Since 9-11, he says, the blurring of boundaries between military and police operations "is more consolidated and out in the open."
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