The recent and ongoing protests in major American cities like Dallas, Phoenix, Baton Rouge, and St. Paul have brought disheartening images to our TVs. While we mourn the death of five police officers in Dallas, it is noteworthy that the assailant was killed by a robot manufactured by Northrup Grumman, a war manufacturer. Though the move was successful, it was essentially a war tactic in a civilian setting.
In the Learn Liberty mini-documentary below, professor Abby Hall explains the history of police militarization and how we got to this point. The use of explosives by Dallas police is just the latest example of the ever-blurring lines between the military and police.