Today in "Water Is Wet":
The Militarization of Police Does Not Reduce Crime
New research provides evidence supporting such warnings. It finds the use of SWAT teams—perhaps the most common and visible form of militarized policing—neither reduces crime nor enhances public safety.
It reports this aggressive approach to law enforcement is disproportionately used in minority communities. And finally, it finds portraying officers in military gear decreases public support for the police.
Don't get me wrong, it's good to conduct studies on these things and report on said studies and I like throwing facts into the faces of assholes as much as the next gal, but the Pacific Standard missed a key point.
Militarizing the police was never about reducing crime. The last thing those in power want is to reduce crime. Without crime, who are they going to throw in their for-profit prisons/slave factories?
If anything, it's about intimidating civilians into not fighting back. And, you know, getting people used to a fascist society where the military is the police and you can get your door smashed in for no reason and be dragged off/murdered by masked shock troops. You know.