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US Police Militarization Leads to More Violence, Targets Black People: Study
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33791"><span class="small">teleSUR</span></a>   
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 12:40

Excerpt: "A new study shows that militarizing police units has a reverse effect on communities, triggering higher levels of violence, distrust towards law enforcement, and discrimination."

A demonstrator covers her mouth with the #BlackLivesMatter slogan to protest police brutality after the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (photo: Reuters)
A demonstrator covers her mouth with the #BlackLivesMatter slogan to protest police brutality after the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (photo: Reuters)

US Police Militarization Leads to More Violence, Targets Black People: Study

By teleSUR

28 August 18

"The routine use of militarized police tactics by local agencies threatens to increase the historic tensions between marginalized groups and the state,” Mummolo said.

new study shows that militarizing police units has a reverse effect on communities, triggering higher levels of violence, distrust towards law enforcement, and discrimination.

Some 9,000 law enforcement agencies were under inspection in a recent analysis published by the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science Journal last week when a Princeton University professor gauged the real benefits of militarized units in communities.

“I started getting curious about what we actually know about militarized policing, in terms of the claimed benefits and the purported costs that are asserted by critics,” said study director, Professor Jonathan Mummolo.

“There’s not a lot of data readily available, and in many cases depending on which type of agencies you’re studying, there may not be any data that exist at all,” he said.

In his report, Mummolo notes that, unlike local police officers, SWAT teams receive advanced combat training and therefore have a higher commitment to both military equipment and training.

However, the majority of SWAT deployments occur to issue warrants or in non-emergency situations and primarily directed towards African-American communities where “ trust in law enforcement is already depressed.”

"The routine use of militarized police tactics by local agencies threatens to increase the historic tensions between marginalized groups and the state,” Mummolo said.

Research shows that, between 1997 and 2014, the Department of Defense donated US$4.3 billion worth of military equipment as well as deployed SWAT units to over 50 percent of the country's law enforcement agencies.

In a pair of surveys, the professor also asked 6,000 people to comment on their impressions of a highly militarized police force. The majority felt it gave the appearance of affluence to the law enforcement agency while others believed it gave the impression of higher crime in those areas.

Mummolo concluded that the practice had “no detectable public safety benefits” and only “stunted civic participation,” which negatively affected police criminal investigations.

“Taken together, these findings suggest that curtailing militarized policing may be in the interest of both police and citizens,” the researcher said. your social media marketing partner


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-24 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-28 15:43
Maybe they are deployed to black communities because that is where the outstanding warrants are.
+3 # Jaax88 2018-08-28 22:55
Isn't that what the article is saying? That the police are improperly, immorally, unfairly, which should be illegal, singling out blacks. Dropping a dime by those who took an oath to protect society.
-2 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-29 10:57
That is what the article is saying, and I am calling BS on that. Warrants exist for wanted criminals. It's not the cops fault that the criminals are black and live in those neighborhoods.
+3 # krallison 2018-08-29 01:29
Quoting Cowboy 45:
Maybe they are deployed to black communities because that is where the outstanding warrants are.

Cowboy, take your racism elsewhere.
-3 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-29 11:00
Can't handle the truth?
0 # economagic 2018-08-29 18:18
Whose "truth" do you buy? For all your bile toward the corrupt government you nevertheless insist that judges at least at the local level and also police are fair, unbiased, and seek only justice.

On what planet have you been spending most of your time? Never mind: as people have already pointed out, it is Planet Fox, or some asteroid even farther from the sun.
-1 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-30 04:10
It's called facts. If you want to know why there are more warrants in black neighborhoods, just look at the crime statistics of that neighborhood.
+5 # economagic 2018-08-29 05:25
That is where law enforcement often CHOOSES to issue warrants, rather than issuing them according to the crime regardless of race or place. This is especially true in certain cities (Chicago, NYC) and states. All well documented for decades. Educate yourself.
-2 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-29 11:05
BS the judge will only issue the warrant if there is probable cause that a crime was committed. So if the cop suspects a white person committed a crime they don't get a warrant, only if they are black? You people are insane. That is just plain disrespectful to the people out there doing police work.
+4 # Glen 2018-08-29 06:30
You mean, where warrants are issued, unlike in white communities where people get away with crime in much greater numbers.
-2 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-29 11:07
You are a nut job also. Yes cops in white communities just choose not to enforce the laws. That is why we have chaos out in the suburban white areas.
+2 # Glen 2018-08-29 13:19
Whoa, big fella. Hold that horse in the road. We all know there are good cops, but we also know there are a lot of VERY bad cops - I've seen them in action. Of course they don't have control over warrants, but they do on arrests and bogus arrests.

There is no doubt whites get away with a lot. Blacks can get shot right after pulling over for a traffic stop - for doing nothing wrong. Is the chaos in white neighborhoods the fault of the cops or white people running amok? When was the last time a black individual was caught in serial killings or engaging in sniper attacks?

It ain't as easy as you would like to imagine.
0 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-30 04:14
I was being sarcastic. There is no Chaos in the white suburban areas because the police do enforce the laws, contrary to your assertion that cops only enforce the law for black people.
0 # Glen 2018-08-30 12:34
Calling a person you don't know a nut job is not being sarcastic; it is being insulting to put someone you disagree with in their place . Cops are not necessarily enforcing the law in black communities or elsewhere. They are all too often persecuting them. And worse.

As I said, it is complicated but the brutality is getting worse and white people are on the list for persecution. Keep in mind that both blacks, whites, Asians, indians, thousands of people, have been subjected killings, persecution, prison. Remember that and check out history. The U.S. has already been pretty damn brutal with its own people.
0 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-31 04:26
It's not that complicated. Statistically blacks commit crimes more than any other group therefore there are going to be more arrest warrants issued in black neighborhoods. The trash articles on this site try to make the reader believe it is racially motivated, and many of the people that come to this site are stupid enough to fall for it.
0 # Glen 2018-08-31 15:21
Wow. You are using a heavy piece of equipment to roll over this site. You do need to increase your vocabulary and debating style.
0 # Cowboy 45 2018-09-01 05:26
Maybe I should just become one of the sheep that mindlessly consumes the trash presented on this site.
0 # economagic 2018-08-29 18:21
What chaos are you referring to? Clearly you are white. Do you live in a chaotic neighborhood, suburban or otherwise? I thought you said it was blacks that commit most of the crimes.
0 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-30 04:19
Again being sarcastic. No I do not live in a chaotic neighborhood. Where I live people respect the law and each other, we don't go around stealing, murdering, raping each other.
+2 # CEB 2018-08-29 00:29
It’s nice to see a study validate empirical data, although in this case the article doesn’t really talk much about how data was gathered, what potential influences were controlled for etc. if the question posed contains the word militarized my understanding is that the word would tend to bias the answer in a certain direction.

Nonetheless at least academia is asking the questions which need to be asked and studied systematically. It’s sad that the answer is so obvious, that one doesn’t need a study just a reasonably alert brain, but studies are necessary to prove the truth to those who believe that more advanced weapons and military tactics are the universal panacea for societal ills, when the opposite appears to be the case. What people without advantages who are living in the communities studied want, are better lives, what they are getting is more deaths. Is it any wonder this approach generates more rather than less violence?
+7 # elkingo 2018-08-29 01:11
Since when do we need military assault squads to execute civil warrants? Lil' racism there? Of course blacks are marginalized and oppressed, and murdered most frequently by the cops,and likely to be a bit resentful.
+2 # economagic 2018-08-29 11:33
"Lil' racism there?"

Yes, and a touch of authoritarian rule, aka tyranny, despotism totalitarianism , etc.
+5 # Citizen Mike 2018-08-29 07:45
This is not a fault but a feature, the long-term strategy is to provoke minority communities to riot against the police to create an excuse to kill them all. It is the modern version of Jim Crow law designed to keep minorities in their place. Militarized police are encouraged to express race hatred and reinforce each other in this attitude. The idea that minorities are likely to be criminals is promoted to the public as a part of this long-term campaign. This is one of the pillars of Republican thought, an example of what that party stands for.
0 # Cowboy 45 2018-08-31 04:39
You people are nuts. Seriously nuts. Can you site a modern day example of the police gunning down a group of protesters? Can you site your source for you claim that swat training includes training on hating other races? Are you aware that there are swat officers of different races? You people just make this crap up.
0 # economagic 2018-09-01 07:26
This thread has gotten WAY out of hand, and it began with wild and unsupported exaggerations, half truths, and name calling.

I am not going to wade through it again to be sure, but Citizen Mike said nothing about "police gunning down a group of protesters," and I'm fairly certain no one else did either--because it hasn't happened (here; yet).

Mike cites no evidence for his claim that "Militarized police are encouraged to express race hatred," but credible circumstantial evidence abounds if one is willing to take an unbiased look. "Militarized police" in the sense of former combat personnel becoming police officers are by definition taught to regard "the enemy" as non-human, generally not in so many words but not particularly subtly. I have not heard of any police department that has taken steps to teach such officers that very few of the "suspects" they encounter should be viewed as "the enemy" rather than fellow citizens, but clearly many of them today do so regard them.

A couple of years ago a former high-ranking black police officer (from Philadelphia, I believe) that his fellow officers, white and black, routinely expressed disrespect for "people of color" and treated them accordingly. The black person who denies the prevalence of white racism is a classic figure grappling unsuccessfully with cognitive dissonance.

The people you are addressing are not "nuts," and neither are you, but you practice similar denial of the realities of the world we live in.
0 # Cowboy 45 2018-09-01 15:19
This is what happens when someone enters the liberal bubble and offers a different point of view. That is why liberals try to stop the free speech of conservatives, it exposes the ridiculousness of their views.

Citizen Mike did not directly say the police were gunning down protesters, but he did make the asinine comment that it was the strategy of the police to to provoke minorities so that they can gun them down. So turning his own comment back on him, the lack of instances of police gunning down protesters is the proof that he is full of crap.

Your circumstantial evidence argument is also full of crap. The term militarized police does not describe a situation of putting ex-military in police uniforms, but rather equipping local police with surplus government weapons and equipment.
0 # economagic 2018-09-02 17:39
You are of course entitled to your opinion, and you are also entitled to claim that your opinion is fact even in the face of massive evidence to the contrary. I am NOT stating that there IS massive evidence contrary to your opinion. It is my OPINION that such evidence exists as I have seen a great deal of it throughout my 70 years, but I do not have it at my fingertips, and to lay it out would require far more than 1500 characters.

The paragraph above is a little "precis" of how rational discourse (reasoned argument) works. If you are not familiar with that rubric you might want to study it a bit before jumping feet first, head lagging behind, into a forum populated to a significant degree with people who have formal training and years of experience in separating fact from fiction.

You have done no more in the way of supporting your claims than I have, yet you continue to call people who disagree with your opinion "nuts." Nobody here attempts to silence you, and a couple of us have tried to have a serious discussion with you, to no avail. And you accuse US of being in a "liberal bubble," when you seem trapped in some kind of bubble yourself--not a "conservative" one in any sense of the word except that created by the Mainstream Media which hardly anybody trusts. Look it up, but in a genuine printed dictionary, as not all online dictionaries are reliable.

I am closing this tab. You are welcome to the last word, but not to any more of my time.
+2 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-08-29 08:51
Unsurprising, in an occupied country. Think about it.
0 # DongiC 2018-08-29 09:06
Police forces often do very good things: they carry oxygen in their vehicles which can be life-saving to cardiac and near drowning victims, they are often the first people at an accident with any knowledge of first aid, at house break-ins they often help the homeowner search the residence for safety purposes, when serial killers are on the loose and neighborhoods are petrified with fear, they lead the efforts to apprehend these dangerous killers.

Like firemen they exist to help protect the public. Perhaps, that role should be emphasized and not their law and order one. Selection and training are important but so is self awareness. Police should be reminded often and praised frequently for their important contribution to promoting the general welfare. For this they are indispensible. It is very sad when the police are regarded by some of our citizens as a threat to their safety and not as a helper and protector,
0 # economagic 2018-08-29 11:39
I certainly agree with the beneficence of the role of the police that many of us would like to see as primary. But I suspect that there is no way to combine those functions with law enforcement, certainly not as that role is now practiced and unfortunately too deeply embraced by many police officers.

Some societies have attempted to separate those roles, or to allow those tasked with actually helping people with only limited authority and power to deal with violent and potentially violent crime.
+1 # lfeuille 2018-08-29 18:29
Good cops? No. Good cops would stand up to the bad ones and drum them off the force. There are bad cops and others who are afraid to stand up to them.