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Posted March 23. 2014 7:04PM

The Economist: Why America's police are becoming so militarized

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Peter Kraska, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University's School of Justice Studies, estimates that SWAT teams were deployed about 3,000 times in 1980 but are now used around 50,000 times a year. Some cities use them for routine patrols in high-crime areas.


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