“To Serve and Protect: VICE on HBO Debrief (Episode 2)”

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown in the summer of 2014 sparked a series of protests in Ferguson, Missouri which quickly spread across the country. The strength of the law enforcement response in Ferguson to these protests set off a fierce debate about the increasing militarization of the American police force. Thomas Morton goes to Ferguson at the height of the protests to get an in-depth look at the situation on the ground. He then goes to Urban Shield in Oakland, California and talks to expert Radley Balko to learn how US SWAT teams and police are being trained and how they are getting military grade equipment to police their local communities. Senator Rand Paul discusses the efforts being made in Washington to address this issue, and its underlying causes.


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