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Tamika Mallory: U.S. Policing Has 'Always Been Militarized'

As cities across the U.S. have risen up in revolt against police killings, many observers have been shocked by the extreme brutality with which police departments have responded to the mostly peaceful protests, including through the widespread use of pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets. Activist Tamika Mallory, former national co-chair of the Women's March, says the militarized police response is not a new development. "America has always been militarized in terms of its police force," she says. "We've been sounding the alarm about all of these things. This is not new." She adds that Donald Trump, who promised to be a "law and order president," is further stoking the violence through his racist rhetoric.

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