Over the last 20 years, one direct consequence of the “war on drugs” has been the militarization of civilian American law enforcement. Confusion of police functions with military functions has had dangerous-and all too predictable-results. As the police chief of Albuquerque succinctly told The New York Times in March, “If [cops] have a mind-set that the goal is to take out a citizen, it will happen.”

Lest that sound like reckless fear-mongering, remember what did happen when a group of federal law enforcement officers, with the “benefit” of military advice and training, tried to execute a simple arrest and search warrant in Waco, Texas: In the ultimate conflagration, 49 adults and 27 children perished.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]