The New York Times recently observed that United States police forces are becoming more and more militarized. Al Baker reports:
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally bars the military from law enforcement activities within the United States. But today, some local and city police forces have rendered the law rather moot. They have tanks — yes, tanks, often from military surplus, for use in hostage situations or drug raids — not to mention the sort of equipment and training one would need to deter a Mumbai-style guerrilla assault.
Of course, this is something that many liberty advocates have been saying for years; it is progress when the New York Times also notices.Published in