ACLU launches nationwide look into police 'militarization'
Affiliates will send open records requests to agencies to look at SWAT teams, drones, more
By Kristen Butler
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in 24 states filed over 177 public records requests with law enforcement agencies to determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments.
Requests will include information on SWAT team weapons, deployment, injury rate, and funding. ACLU cites ten cases where the use of excess force and weaponry demonstrate the need for investigation.
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