ACLU, Color of Change
and even libertarian Senator Rand Paul have demanded that militarized
policing in the United States be dialed back. While it is essential that
major reductions in the high-tech military presence of police be
enacted, real changes in the way communities of color are policed
require much deeper shifts in the core mission and function of American
Much of the militarized weaponry seen in Ferguson comes directly from
the Pentagon through the 1033 weapons transfer program begun in 1997.