Tag: militarization

Lessons of Ferguson for Salt Lake City

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– Ferguson, Missouri looks like a war zone. You can’t turn on the news without seeing angry citizens facing off against well-armed police officers. Tensions are high, people are being arrested, and at least one young black teenager

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Utah police get seriously armed at serious costs

Recently, the Salt Lake Tribune published a front-page story outlining the acquisition by Utah police departments of vast quantities of military equipment, particularly assault rifles and armored personnel carriers. This acquisition of military equipment is part of a long and pervasive trend of militarizing police departments across the country and Utah, but Utah’s police departments

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