Militarized policing in Canada under scrutiny following Ferguson protests

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Militarized policing in Canada under scrutiny following Ferguson protests

Police advance through a cloud of tear gas toward demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.

Photograph by: Scott Olson , Getty Images

By Tyler Dawson

EDMONTON – Heavily armed and armoured American police responding to protests in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, has punted to the national — and international — stage questions about police tactics and the militarization of police forces.

Here in Canada, some observers are warning that there are lessons to be learned from the American experience.

“If you don’t keep something like this in check, it’s like a cancer, it will spread, it will metastasize into the justice system,” said Darryl Davies, a professor of criminology at Carleton University in Ottawa. “We can learn from what’s happening in the U.S. by making sure it does not happen on the same level.”

Police militarization, explained by journalist Radley…

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