Advocacy Call on Police Militarization

Advocacy Call on Police Militarization


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Police access to and use of military equipment came under much scrutiny during protests that ensued after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The events that unfolded were in many ways reminiscent of the WTO protests in Seattle, Washington 15 years before.  

In October 2014, NACDL hosted a webinar entitled Under Siege: The Defense Bar Examines Police Militarization, Ethnic & Racial Dynamics of Sentencing, and Their Impact on Criminal Justice OutcomesThe webinar was in response to the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri and the ensuing swift and extreme police response. The webinar also explored the plethora of polarizing issues including racism, implicit bias, disparate sentencing policies, as well as, the over-policing of minority and poor communities.

On Friday, December 9, 2016 from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST, NACDL continued this important discussion. Speakers included: Jumana Musa, NACDL Senior Privacy and National Security Counsel; and Craig Atkinson, Director of the documentary Do Not Resist.

Learn more about NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles, Host. Doug Shaner, production supervisor.  Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

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