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The militarization of the police: low budget video version

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The San Jose Police Department made this video to recruit new cops; it clearly illustrates the worrying, increasingly militaristic orientation of many modern US urban departments. Are the police here to protect and serve the civilian population, or do they see themselves as warriors in a war zone?

Watch the video and try to see where "protect and serve" fits in to the thematic. Before or after the Hollywood chase scenes, explosions and SWAT raids?

Read more on the militarization of the domestic police.

(h/t for video to Radley Balko)

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