ISD (information synthesis document)
Conflict is composed of opposing forces.
The two opposing forces in the militarization of police are the people who believe it is unnecessary and the people who think that it will benefit the community.
- The two sides oppose each other because some people feel that the police do not need military weapons to serve and protect our community while some people feel that it is necessary to give police military grade equipment to serve and protect our community.
- Some people feel like militarizing police will NOT help protect our community and think that militarization of police will provoke more violent confrontations. In the article,” Police Use of Military Style Tactics Can Be Recipe For Trouble”, journalist Radley Balko states, “The problem with the overwhelming use of SWAT teams today is they’re used to serve these drug warrants, and here, they’re creating violence and confrontation where there was none before.” This means that SWAT teams are being used for serving warrants and are creating more violent confrontations.
- Other people think that militarizing the police will help protect the community. According to the article, “Police Militarization in America - A Negative or Positive Trend,” the author states, “The two heavily armed criminals in this incident wore body armor and had combat-modified assault weapons with 100-round drum magazines, a variety of other weapons, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) initial responders were only armed with .38 caliber revolvers, nine-millimeter handguns and shotguns.” This is indicating that police officers should be properly equipped.
COnflict maybe man-made or Natural.
Militarization of police is a man-made conflict because local and federal police departments purchase military grade weapons and giving them to police officers when they have the possibility to use it during their regular policing.
- Local and federal police departments are buying military grade equipment for police officers because if there’s an emergency or a riot the police can more effectively protect the community.
Conflict May be intentional or unintentional
This conflict is intentional because the government wants to fight the war on drugs effectively in communities but, the war on drugs has made local law view Americans as the enemy.
- Militarization of police is intentional because the federal government is supplying local police officers with military grade equipment to fight the War on Drugs. According to, Glenn Greenwald in, THE MILITARIZATION OF U.S. POLICE: FINALLY DRAGGED INTO THE LIGHT BY THE HORRORS OF FERGUSON, it states, “...the War on Drugs that has made law enforcement agencies view Americans as an enemy population…” This is indicating that the War on Drugs has contributed to the fact law enforcement views Americans as the enemy population.
- According to the article, THE MILITARIZATION OF U.S. POLICE: FINALLY DRAGGED INTO THE LIGHT BY THE HORRORS OF FERGUSON, the author states, “...the aggressive Clinton-era expansions of domestic policing, all topped off by the massively funded, rights-destroying, post-9/11 security state of the Bush and Obama years.” The author means that the Clinton-era expanded aggressive domestic policing and the Bush and Obama years destroyed some our state of security.
COnflict is Progressive.
The conflict of militarization of police is progressive.
- Militarization of police is progressive because police departments are changing policing to fit the military model.
- This conflict is progressive because police departments are trying to fit the military model. According to the article, “Police Militarization,” written by, Scott W. Phillips, the author states, “Examinations of police militarization usually focus on Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams, developed in the mid-1970s in response to hostage or barricaded suspect incidents that patrol officers could not handle sufficiently.” This means that a program called Special Weapons and Tactics or SWAT was developed to respond to situations that regular police could not handle. According to the documentary, Do Not Resist, Dr. Pete Kraska states, “The number of SWAT raids have grown from approximately 3,000 annually in the 1980s to around 50,000 in 2014.” This means that SWAT raids have dramatically raised in a span of 34 years.
COnflict may allow for synthesis and change.
Militarization of police may allow for synthesis and change because the government and police departments can change what type of equipment police officers receive.
- Militarization of police may allow for change because the government can change how the police are being trained and what type of equipment they receive.
Language of the discipline.
Militarization of police is the use of military tactics and equipment by local police officers. (Definition by: ACLU.org)
- The parallels between the change of equipment and the change in attitude in police officers is that the police officers convince themselves that they are at war with the communities. According to the article, Police Militarization, the author states, “Federal programs providing surplus military equipment, along with departments’ own purchases, have outfitted officers with firepower that is often far beyond what is necessary for their jobs as protectors of their communities.” This states that federal programs and police departments have supplied police officers with weapons that are to much beyond their duty of protecting their communities.
- Militarization of police is international. Israel/ Palestine, the United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Afghanistan, France, Belgium, Burundi, Mexico, and Egypt have all militarized their police officers. According to the article, Police militarisation is global, the author states, “ Feeding this process, arms companies are developing new weapons and marketing approaches – there are now several international trade expos specifically aimed at bringing the arms industry together with police and security forces.” This mean that since arms companies are developing weapons they are working with the police and security forces.
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