Armored Police Tanks are “Multifaceted Public-Safety Vehicles”

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A story on the Dallas-Fort Worth Police State and its use of “multifaceted public-safety equipment.”

But some criminal-justice experts are troubled by law enforcement agencies’ growing use of military-style equipment. Rather than employ such equipment only in extreme situations, the critics say, their use is becoming commonplace, leading police to use unnecessary force and intimidating residents. For example, some cite an episode last year in which police used a battering ram to raid a Duncanville swingers club when no one answered a knock.

5:41 pm on May 31, 2009