Dole Institute plans police militarization panel

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The Dole Institute of Politics is planning a panel discussion about police militarization in the U.S.

On Monday night, experts will talk about the appropriateness of using equipment usually reserved for battlefields in neighborhoods.

Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy said in a news release that the subject is timely after police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashed with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The protests erupted in August after a white officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old.

The event is free and open to the public. The Dole Institute’s Student Advisory Board also is involved in the event.

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