13 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2016 Last revised: 10 Apr 2016
Date Written: February 8, 2016
This paper traces the roots of police militarization in the United States to a variety of foreign military interventions, including WWII and the Vietnam War. We analyze how these earlier conflicts, in conjunction with the subsequent War on Drugs and War on Terror, contributed to the militarization of domestic police. Also discussed is how the effects of police militarization disproportionately impact those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly racial minorities.
Keywords: Foreign Intervention, Militarization, SWAT, Minority Groups
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Coyne, Christopher J. and Hall, Abigail R., Foreign Intervention, Police Militarization, and the Impact on Minority Groups (February 8, 2016). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 16-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2729295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2729295