Activists within our community have been speaking out and fighting against police militarization for some time. The issue was recently thrust into the limelight of public opinion after last month’s shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, various media programs have begun shining a light on the issue of police militarization, the various way in which it occurs, and ways for people to fight against it.
Recently, The Washington Post ran an investigative series on police militarization. While the pieces of lengthy, they do an excellent job of explaining how police use their power to confiscate cash during routine traffic stops. The first in the series was published on September 6 and is titled Stop and Seize. This piece discusses the concerns inherent in traffic stops, and how police officers take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists who are not changed with crimes. The article discussing technology police use to watch motorists, and includes videos, documents, and retells specific stories regarding cash seizures. On September 7 and September 8, The Post followed up with two more investigative pieces: Police Intelligence Targets Cash and They Fought the Law: Who Won? We encourage you to read these deeply informative pieces and share you comments.