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Category Archive for 'Police State'

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From yesterday’s Senate hearing on the militarization of police. Catch this little exchange: Figures released Tuesday by Congress showed that some police departments with fewer than 10 full-time officers had received large mine-resistant trucks designed to withstand roadside bombs in Iraq. Many police departments received enough automatic rifles, such as M-16s, to give several to […]

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Yeah, I guess it really is time for a revolution. This shit is scary: The Pentagon’s 1033 program, which allows the Defense Department to unload its excess military equipment onto local police forces, has quietly overflowed onto college campuses. According to documents obtained by the website Muckrock, more than 100 campus police forces have received military […]

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This is significant and puts other police departments on notice that DoJ isn’t going to turn a blind eye anymore: Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced a sweeping federal civil rights investigation of the police department of Ferguson, Missouri, citing a “deep mistrust” between officers and the people who live there. Holder said the […]

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Good take on the politics behind the scenes in Israel and Gaza, and why Netanyahu never wanted a peace agreement. Netanyahu could have chosen a different path.2 He could have used the reconciliation to reinforce Abbas’s position and further destabilize Hamas. He could, in recognition of the agreement, have encouraged Egypt to open its border […]

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My God, these cops are parodies of themselves! CLAYTON, Mo. — The head of the Saint Louis County Police, who oversaw the crackdown on protests in nearby Ferguson shortly after a teenager was shot and killed by a police officer there, is defending the way his officers used military-style equipment even during peaceful daytime protests. […]

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A homeless handicapped woman and a service dog? Yeah, I can see why he felt threatened: For eight months, Diane Smith says she has been panhandling near the Highway 65 off ramp on Hubbell Avenue without any problems. That is until recently, when the 50-year-old says she was attacked by a Polk County Deputy, who […]

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It’s “use it or lose it”: The militarization of America’s police forces has been the result of federal policy that not only provides the means to give men-in-blue the same tools as combat soldiers, but in fact requires law enforcement to “use it or lose it” when it comes to military equipment. Specifically, the Department of […]

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Philly retired police captain Ray Lewis in Ferguson was interviewed by VICE: In 2011, when Middle American thought of the Occupy Movement as a smorgasbord of drum circles, a photo emerged of a former police captain being arrested by the NYPD. That was Ray Lewis, 23-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. The Occupy Movement […]

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They don’t even pretend

To be logical. They just make up a cover story, and stick to it: A coroner’s report obtained exclusively by NBC News directly contradicts the police version of how a 22-year-old black man died in the back seat of a Louisiana police cruiser earlier this year — but still says the man, whose hands were […]

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So the “Just Us” Department is really, really good at going after medical marijuana users, but not so good at enforcing laws that might upset powerful special interest groups — and not just Wall Street! One of the reasons we don’t have data on police use of excessive force is because compiling this information relies […]

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