When Americans think about their country, most folks to not think about living in a police state. Police states conjure up an idea of curfews, soldiers on the corner, and tanks in the street. However, a police state doesn’t always have to look like that. When looking at the state of the American police force, an outsider might consider it to be a police state institution given the equipment that many departments own and the way citizens, especially those of color are treated. This has featured highly in the presidential debates and will continue to be talked about as the election plods forward over the next year.

In this video from John Oliver he shows how police militarization has created a situation where many communities are living under a defacto police state and how communities that are poor or if color (and often both) are treated by an empowered police apparatus with ever more exotic equipment.