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Police hijack helicopter ambulance for surveillance

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AW138 helicopter used by Maryland State Police to fly medevac services for trauma patients

Documents obtained by PAR reveal how an air ambulance (medevac) service has been used repeatedly to fly surveillance missions over the city of Baltimore, raising serious questions about the militarization of American police and the dystopian consequences of law enforcement’s growing civic influence. On this week’s episode of PAR, hosts Taya Graham and Stephen Janis take a closer look at the decision by Maryland State Police to purchase tactical helicopters, which has had troubling implications for a system tasked with providing a critical public health service.

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