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California's crime rate may be falling, but my dystopian nightmares are rising
California's crime rate may be falling, but my dystopian nightmares are rising

Crime is falling in California. Yet the state's police agencies have one of the highest concentrations of surplus military hardware in the United States. People started paying more attention to a post-9/11 Defense Department program to transfer military gear used against Afghanistan and Iraq to civilian police departments here in the United States in the wake of racially charged clashes between demonstrators and heavily armed police in Ferguson, Mo. California law enforcement agencies began seriously taking an interest in military-style hardware after a February 1997 shootout between bank robbers and overwhelmed cops in North Hollywood. In most places at most times, however, police...

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