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Rise of the Warrior Cop

By Radley Balko & Campaign Zero

Insight: Since the 1960s, in response to a range of perceived threats, law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier. Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield.

A team prepares to enter a house in Vallejo, Calif., on March 20, above. DAILY REPUBLIC/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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