The (Masked) Faces of Police Militarization

The Lake County (FL) Sheriff’s Office has been receiving a lot of media attention this week regarding a public service announcement¬†made by Sheriff Peyton Grinnell.

In the short video, Sheriff Grinnell, flanked by four masked men (presumably his deputies), glares into the camera and issues a stern warning that SWAT teams are coming for local drug dealers, and that police are going to “blow the doors off the hinges” when they arrive.

A message from the Lake County Sheriff's Office Community Engagement Unit.

Posted by Lake County Sheriff's Office on Friday, April 7, 2017

We’ve written a lot about the history of and dangers inherent in overly militarized policing. ¬†Viewers can make up their own minds about whether the video above is what they want American policing to look and sound like.