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Demilitarizing America's police
Demilitarizing America's police

It never made sense for the Pentagon to offer surplus materiel such as grenade launchers and mine-resistant armored personnel carriers to local law enforcement agencies. The practice helped increase the militarization of the nation's police, leading to such jarring images as assault-gun-toting officers in full body armor arriving in armored vehicles to confront demonstrators during the Ferguson, Mo., protests last year. Police officers enforce laws; military units rout enemy combatants and hold territory. Those two missions should not be commingled. So we were heartened by President Obama's announcement Monday that the federal government will remove some of the more...

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