As the events in Ferguson, MO demonstrate, America’s domestic police forces can come to resemble the standing armies the Founders feared. “Shock and awe” tactics are fast becoming the new normal as federal policy has fed an unhealthy warrior mentality among what used to be called “peace officers”—with federal subsidies and Pentagon giveaways of military ordnance. The clampdown in Ferguson highlights the dangers of our drift toward paramilitary policing, as well as the broader trend of law-enforcement lawlessness documented by Cato’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.
- “Police Misconduct: The Assault on Civil Liberties,” featuring Tim Lynch
- “The Michael Brown Case” by Tim Lynch
- “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America,” by Radley Balko
- “Homeland Security Grants Subsidize Dystopia,” by Gene Healy
- “The Reality of Militarized Cops,” featuring Walter Olson