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The Militarization of Police Forces

10 am

SWAT teams and Humvees are essential to diffuse crisis situations, but increasingly, local police departments are using military equipment for routine law enforcement. In light of the clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, we'll look at a new study on the militarization of American policing, and how Ohio's forces are gaining a military feel.


  • Kim Jacobs, chief of the Columbus Division of Police
  • Michael L. Birzer, professor of criminal justice and director of the School of Community Affairs, Wichita State University
  • Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist, ACLU of Ohio