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Our police departments should not become dumping grounds for weapons makers looking for new clients to replace sales for waning wars abroad, writes Benjamin. Our police departments should not become dumping grounds for weapons makers looking for new clients to replace sales for waning wars abroad, writes Benjamin.

Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:43AM GMT

Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams
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In a brilliant August 17 segment of Last Week Tonight, HBO host John Oliver ripped into small towns that have equipped their police with war-like military equipment. One town was Keene, New Hampshire, where their military-grade armored personnel truck was acquired to protect critical targets –– like the annual Pumpkin Festival. Another was Doraville, Georgia. Oliver showed a wild video clip from the Doraville Police Department’s website, with a Ninja-dressed SWAT team going for a joyride in a souped-up armored personnel carrier, all set to a heavy metal song called “Die MotherF***er Die.”

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