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John Whitehead – Programmed to Kill: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Dogs

Almost two years after the firestorm that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, when a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager and militarized police descended in a brutal show of force to quell local protests, not much has really changed for the better.

Unarmed Americans are still getting shot by police with alarming regularity.

SWAT teams are still bursting through doors, terrorizing families and leaving lives and property shattered.

And the military industrial complex is still making a killing (literally and figuratively) at taxpayer expense from the transformation of small-town police forces into extensions of the military.

What has changed is the extent to which Americans–easily distracted by all of the political mumbo jumbo being bantered around–seem to have stopped paying attention or being outraged about revelations of government corruption, wrongdoing and outright abuse.

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