MILITARIZATION OF POLICE CONTINUES SURGE

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The militarization of local police and law-enforcement agencies across America has been thrust into public focus because of the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a police officer.

But an author who observes a growing police-state atmosphere in the U.S. contends those who think the attention will prompt changes should think again.

Cheryl Chumley, author of the newly published “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming Our Reality,” believes it probably will be “business as usual.”

She said deeply linked private companies and police departments will veto citizen efforts to rein in the use of military-grade equipment in local communities.

“Companies aren’t going to be take so kindly to legislative campaigns that curb the purchasing power of one of their largest customers – the local police,” she said.

She noted that according to OpenSecrets.org, the defense industry spent $134,377,531 for lobbying last year.

With that influence, she said, plans to curb militarization probably are dead on arrival.

Written by Josh Ely
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