104 Calif. L. Rev. 979 (2016)
The Racial Politics of Protection: A Critical Race Examination of Police Militarization

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        The Racial Politics of Protection:

   A Critical Race Examination of Police

                          Militarization


                              Fanna Gamal*


                                 ABSTRACT
         Across the country, police departments are using aggressive,
     military-style tactics and weapons to enforce the law. More recently,
     the state of police militarization displayed in cities like Ferguson and
     Baltimore raises deep questions about the ethics of paramilitary
     policing and its consequences for minority citizenship and inclusion.
     This Note examines police militarization as the result of concerted
     political decisions that often trade on racial fear and anxiety.
     Beginning in the Reconstruction Era and continuing through to
     racial uprisings in the 1960s, the War on Drugs, and present
     movements for police accountability and racial justice, this Note
     argues that police militarization is, and has always been, a deeply
     racialized issue. Specifically, the trend ofpolice militarization can be
     viewed as a race-making process-that is, patterns of police
     militarization have constructed and reinforced race and racial
     hierarchies in America. The racial politics of protection refers to a
     process ofpolice militarization that allows the State to construct race
     by  selectively assembling   two groupings-those      who   will be
     marginalized through heightened surveillance and control and those
     who will be advantaged by their access to state protection.
     Ultimately, this Note stresses a more nuanced conversation about the
     critical intersections of race, militarization, and policing.



         DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15779/Z385P1R
         Copyright  2016 California Law Review, Inc. California Law Review, Inc. (CLR) is a
California nonprofit corporation. CLR and the authors are solely responsible for the content of their
publications.
      * J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2016; B.A. Tufts University,
2010. Special thanks to Professor Ian Haney L6pez, Asad Rahim, Evelyn Rangel-Medina, Nabanita
Pal, and the editors and members of the California Law Review. Thanks also to the members of the
Berkeley Law Critical Race Theory seminar and the Racial Justice Writing Workshop for their
valuable feedback. Finally, I am grateful for my friends and family, particularly Kyle Halle-Erby, for
their love and support.

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