Police in full riot gear firing tear gas into a residential neighborhood in Ferguson, Missouri: The image was shocking to many citizens of the United States. To many others, it was no surprise at all, simply part of a pattern of escalating police tactics that includes SWAT teams breaking into people’s houses in the middle of the night and suppressing peaceful demonstrations with paramilitary techniques.

The American Civil Liberties Union released a report in June of this year called “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing” [PDF], which includes a statistical analysis of 800 SWAT deployments in 20 separate jurisdictions just between 2011 and 2012. “[T]he use of hyper-aggressive tools and tactics results in tragedy for civilians and police officers, escalates the risk of needless violence, destroys property, and undermines individual liberties,” the report concludes. [Read more]

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