A new study called on authorities to “curtail” militarized policing because it doesn’t work and targets Black communities.
Arming law enforcement officers with military equipment may look impressive to the law-and-order crowd, but it’s ineffective at decreasing crime, fails to protect officers and weakens the police’s public images—and it is totally racist.
“Taken together, these findings suggest that curtailing militarized policing may be in the interest of both police and citizens,” Jonathan Mummolo, an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, concluded in his study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The militarization of police departments became a national issue during protests over the police killing of Michael Brown in 2014. Images from the Ferguson, Missouri protests included officers in military armored vehicles ready for combat against unarmed Black demonstrators.
Former President Barack Obama issued a ban on transfers of certain military equipment to law enforcement departments. However, President Donald Trump reversed that decision in 2017 as part of his law-and-order agenda. Under Trump’s plan, police departments are allowed to receive surplus equipment that includes rocket-launchers, bayonets, armored vehicles and ammunition.
For his analysis, Mummolo created a nationwide model of nearly 9,000 law enforcement agencies. He also looked specifically at the use of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments in Maryland, which is the only state that has a statute requiring every law enforcement agency to record SWAT activity.
He found that, on average, creating more SWAT teams and increasing SWAT deployments had little-to-no benefits on crime reduction or officer safety. And after controlling for social factors and local crime rates, he found that Black residents were more at risk for militarized policing than other communities.
“Given the concentration of deployments in communities of color, where trust in law enforcement and government at large 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 with no detectable public safety benefit,” he stated.
The World Pays Tribute To The Legacy Of Aretha Franklin
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5. Barbra Streisand
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This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
6. Don Lemon
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.@DonLemon: This country has lost one of our greatest treasures. Aretha Franklin.— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) August 17, 2018
With a heart as big as her voice, and a soul that helped power the March for Freedom for people of color, when she insisted like she always did on Respect https://t.co/QN8HgpBYuU pic.twitter.com/OPnLVGARMf
7. Harlem Gospel Choir On GMA
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The Harlem Gospel Choir is here with us live in Times Square this morning, helping celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/DkZxIrdq0N— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 17, 2018
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This woman played a BIG part in my life. She played a genuine role in my life similar to how my Grandmother was very dear to me. I’ll never forget the talks we shared together. Auntie, kill the choir up there in Heaven & know that your Music will last forever. #Iconic 💔 pic.twitter.com/UXAw9PCQ8H— Fantasia • #SketchbookOutNow (@TasiasWord) August 17, 2018
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I'm saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed.The most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. / Je suis attristée d'apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. La chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque. - Céline xx…— Celine Dion (@celinedion) August 16, 2018
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10. Clive Davis
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