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Nation Conversations: Norm Stamper: The Police Are Not the Military | The Nation

Nation Conversations: Norm Stamper: The Police Are Not the Military

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Our country's police forces have undergone a startlingly rapid militarization in the past decade, a fact that has manifested itself graphically in law enforcement responses to peaceful demonstrations of the Occupy Movement in many cities across the US. Norm Stamper, Seattle's former Chief of Police, witnessed the beginnings of this militarization first-hand when he authorized his forces to use tear gas on peaceful protesters during 1999's WTO protests in Seattle.

In this episode of Nation Conversations, Stamper sits down with associate editor Liliana Segura to explain why his recent Nation article on the increasing distance between police forces and the communities they serve has struck such a nerve with occupiers and the general public alike.

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Jin Zhao

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