How America’s State Police Got Military Weapons

To date, the US has spent over $15.4 billion on the militarization of police. How did local police acquire all of these military weapons? And why do they need them? To answer this question we’re going to examine four moments in history.

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How America’s State Police Got Military Weapons

How The NYPD Became The Most Expensive Police Force In The US

New York City has the biggest police budget of any city in the United States. In 2020, the New York Police Department spent $6 billion. But the true cost of the police is well above $10 billion a year. Most of that goes to uniformed officers’ salaries, pension, and overtime. As police budgets have risen, the extra policing hasn’t necessarily led to less crime. Instead, record-high settlements in police misconduct cases, unconstitutional policing policies, and high-profile deaths of Black New Yorkers have called the budget into question. Following the death of George Floyd, New Yorkers took to the streets, calling for a $1 billion cut to the 2021 NYPD budget. But the real cuts amounted to only about $420 million.

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How The NYPD Became The Most Expensive Police Force In The US