Militarized Police

Militarized Police
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This lesson introduces the disturbing trend of police militarization in the United States. It makes mention of President Hoover’s Wickersham Convention (on Police Abuses) and the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960’s to stress that there has been historical tension between the police and the community in the US. It highlights the Posse Comitatus Act which prohibits using the US military for law enforcement. It touches on the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act and calls attention to the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program which is most directly responsible for providing our community police forces with military hardware. It cites reports from Newsweek, the New York Times and others related to the direct effects and unintended consequences of this program. It challenges students to reflect on the differences between police forces and the military and asks them to dialogue and debate the importance of our Constitutional rights. The teacher is free to modify the lesson in any manner that facilitates its use in the classroom. (This product has been very successfully classroom tested)

Militarized police, police, police militarization, law and order, Constitutional rights, Posse Comitatus, NDAA, human rights, Ferguson

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10 pages
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90 minutes
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