The Imperial Origins of American Policing: Militarization and Imperial Feedback in the Early 20th Century1

  title={The Imperial Origins of American Policing: Militarization and Imperial Feedback in the Early 20th Century1},
  author={Julian Go},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1193 - 1254}
  • J. Go
  • Published 1 March 2020
  • History
  • American Journal of Sociology
In the early 20th century, police departments across America’s cities enhanced their infrastructural power by adopting various tactical, operational, and organizational innovations. Based upon a nested cross-city analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, including a negative binomial regression analysis of the determinants of militarization, this study reveals that these innovations constituted an early form of militarization resulting from imperial feedback. Local police borrowed tactics… 

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