Militarization and police violence: The case of the 1033 program

  title={Militarization and police violence: The case of the 1033 program},
  author={Casey Delehanty and Jack M. Mewhirter and Ryan M. Welch and Jason Wilks},
  journal={Research \& Politics},
Does increased militarization of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) lead to an increase in violent behavior among officers? We theorize that the receipt of military equipment increases multiple dimensions of LEA militarization (material, cultural, organizational, and operational) and that such increases lead to more violent behavior. The US Department of Defense 1033 program makes excess military equipment, including weapons and vehicles, available to local LEAs. The variation in the amount of… 

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