As more LEOs get MRAPs – mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles – leftover from ground campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, more and more civil liberty organizations are taking issue with the acquisitions.

The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing what it sees as the increasing militarization of the nation’s police. ACLU affiliates have been collecting 2012 records to determine the extent of military hardware and tactics acquired by police, planning to issue a report early next year.

“One of our concerns with this is it has a tendency to escalate violence,” said ACLU Center for Justice senior counsel Kara Dansky.

Read more at http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/police-surplus-armored-trucks-iraq-article-1.1527650.

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