The Case For Police Militarization

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President Obama on Monday will ban federal provisions of some types of military-style equipment to local police departments, in the wake of several incidents in recent months that have raised the debate on police use of force. The banned items include bayonets, grenade launchers, tracked armored vehicles and ammunition more than .50-caliber.

Not all are happy with the decision. Frank Baker, the undersheriff at Allegan County Sheriff's department in Michigan, tells Here & Now's Robin Young that military-style equipment can be a necessary tool to intervene in potentially violent situations and save lives.


  • Frank Baker, undersheriff, Allegan County Sheriffs' Department in Michigan.

This segment aired on May 18, 2015.


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