Foreign Intervention, Police Militarization, and the Impact on Minority Groups

13 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2016 Last revised: 10 Apr 2016

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Abigail R. Hall

University of Tampa; George Mason University

Date Written: February 8, 2016

Abstract

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

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

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Fairfax, VA 22030
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Abigail R. Hall (Contact Author)

University of Tampa ( email )

George Mason University ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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