All across the country, heavily armed SWAT teams are raiding people’s homes in the middle of the night, often just to search for drugs. It should enrage us that people have needlessly died during these raids, that pets have been shot, and that homes have been ravaged.
Our neighborhoods are not war zones, and police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies. And yet, every year, billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment flows from the federal government to state and local police departments. Departments use these wartime weapons in everyday policing, especially to fight the wasteful and failed drug war, which has unfairly targeted people of color.
Thankfully, NewsChannel5 in Nashville Tennessee is willing to sound the alarm.
The following Arkansas law enforcement agencies are recipients of the specialized vehicles:
- Benton Police Department
- Benton County Sheriff's Office
- Hot Springs Police Department
- Jacksonville Police Department
- Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
- Little Rock Police Department
- Texarkana Police Department.
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