Drones, armored tanks, bomb detecting robots and kevlar body armor are not only found in a military arsenal, but many modern police departments around the country.
A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union examines the trend of militarization among American police forces, including the increasing use of SWAT raids to do routine operations like serving a warrant or pressing drug charges.
When SWAT teams originated in Los Angeles they were primarily intended to be used in situations in which a crime was actively being committed: active shooting, hostage situations or riots. But they have become an increasing fixture of police operations in many areas around the county.
Radley Balko said it's part of a trend of police departments becoming more militarized. He's an investigative journalist who writes for the Washington Post and author of the book "The Rise of the Warrior Cop."