Trading One Uniform For Another

By Suzanne Gordon and Steve Early, Popular Resistance. -

Calls for de-militarization of law enforcement have gained new momentum in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality. That process won’t be easy in a nation where nearly one fifth [...]

Oakland: Restraining Order Restricts Teargas, Flashbangs And Projectiles

On June 18, 2020, at 1 pm, an Oakland judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Order to Show Cause against the Oakland Police Department. The order was filed by civil rights attorneys [...]

How Our Bloated Military Strengthens The Police State

By Shireen Adeimi and Sarah Lazare, In These Times. -

Nationwide uprisings over the police killing of George Floyd have forced a long overdue discussion about the injustices of U.S. policing—an institution that has consistently harassed [...]

Scottish Parliament Votes For Immediate Suspension Of ‘Weapons Of Oppression’ Exports To US

By Jon Stone, Independent. -

The Scottish Parliament has called for the immediate suspension of exports of riot gear, tear gas and rubber bullets to the United States, in light of the police response to the ongoing Black [...]

America’s Forever Wars Have Come Home

By William J. Astore, Tom Dispatch. -

From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled at being filmed, the cops exceeded their authority and [...]

Can The President Call In The Military To Stop Uprisings Over Killing Of George Floyd?

By Mark Nevitt, Just Security. -

The Minnesota National Guard has been activated by Minnesota Governor Timothy Walz. These Minnesota National Guard members report to the governor and can actively take part in law enforcement [...]

Despite Community Protest, Militarized Police Remove Housing Rights Activists From Oakland Home In Pre-Dawn Raid

By Eoin Higgins, Commondreams.org -

Members of the advocacy group "Moms 4 Housing" were forceably evicted from a home they were occupying in Oakland early Tuesday morning by armored police, hours after community members turned out [...]

Oakland Activists Pushing Efforts To Block Federal Militarization Of Local Police

By Mike Maharrey, Blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com -

OAKLAND, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2019) – Activists in Oakland have ramped up efforts to take a first step toward limiting the impact of federal programs that militarize local police. American Friends [...]

The Assault On The Venezuelan Embassy

By Bill Van Auken, WSWS -

Events that transpired Thursday at the Venezuelan embassy in the upscale Washington neighborhood of Georgetown expressed in microcosm the criminality and contempt for international law that [...]

DHS Equipped 400 Police Departments With Military-Grade Sound Cannons

By Mass Private I. -

A recent article in the Mohave Valley Daily News revealed that DHS is using grant money to equip Arizona police departments with military-grade sound cannons or Long Range Acoustic Devices [...]

Report Shows That US Police Militarization Does Not Reduce Crime

By Erik Schreiber, Wsws.org -

“On average, militarized police units do not appear to provide the safety benefits that many police administrators claim,” said Jonathan Mummolo, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs [...]

Gun Violence Debate Needs To Include Police Militarization And Drug Prohibition Violence

By Morgan Humphrey, Drugpolicy.org -

On March 14th thousands of students walked out of school to protest gun violence, demanding legislators enact more stringent gun control in the U.S.  Later that night, black Brazilian city [...]

Michigan SU Sent Nine Undercover Cops To Richard Spencer Protest

By Sam Adler-Bell, The Intercept. -

On March 5, as many as 500 antifascists converged on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing to protest a speech by white supremacist golden boy Richard Spencer. The protesters — [...]

Disturbing Trend Of Police Wanting Drones For Routine Infractions

By Nicholas West, activistpost.com -

After lulling the public into believing that using drones in the U.S. would be confined to border patrol or for counter-terrorism in the event of an imminent threat, we are beginning to see [...]

‘Open Effort To Escalate Racial Tensions,’ Trump To Militarize Police

By Jake Johnson, www.commondreams.org -

By Jake Johnson for Common Dream - Civil rights groups immediately raised alarm. Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), said in a statement Sunday night [...]