Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon?
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Following the controversial use of military vehicles and weapons by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama ordered a review of federal programs that facilitate the flow of weaponry from the Pentagon to local police departments. These military transfers raise a host of questions. Do the police need armored vehicles, M‐16s, and grenade launchers to do their job effectively? Are the Pentagon programs adequately monitored? Should no‐knock police raids be rare, or routine? Please join us for a wide‐ranging discussion of modern American policing.