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Author and investigative reporter Radley Balko examines the common practices of military and law enforcement in his book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.

Balko contends that race riots in the ’60s and America’s ongoing war on drugs has led police departments to adopt weapons, uniforms and tactics inspired by military special forces. He writes that fears of terrorism after 9/11 accelerated the trend – even in places like rural Idaho.

The author argues that the military appearance of officers today makes it much harder for them to connect with civilians in communities they are policing.

For more, including a video, visit BBC.co.uk.

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