50 Years Ago This Month First SWAT Team Used By Law Enforcement

By Matthew Fleisher, LaTimes.com -

In the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 1969, Bernard Arafat awoke to explosions rocking the library of the Black Panthers’ 41st and Central Avenue headquarters in Los Angeles. Above him, footsteps [...]

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records Of SWAT Responses To Mental Health Crises

By Andy Thayer, www.loevy.com -

By Andy Thayer for Loevy and Loevy - CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records [...]

No SWAT Zone

By Tara Tabassi And Ali Issa, www.thenewinquiry.com -

By Tara Tabassi And Ali Issa for The New Inquiry - A volunteer screams in pain as Hollywood-grade prosthetics litter a football field strewn with body parts and gore. A “Muslim man” just fired [...]

SWAT Teams Claim ‘Corporate’ Exemption From Public Scrutiny

By Sarah Lazare, www.commondreams.org -

Operators of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams comprised of tax payer-funded police and sheriffs in Massachusetts claim they are immune to public records requests about deadly force, [...]

Report: Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized

By Ed Pilkington, www.theguardian.com -

At 3am on 28 May, Alecia Phonesavanh was asleep in the room she was temporarily occupying together with her husband and four children in the small town of Cornelia, Georgia. Her baby, [...]

War Gear Flows To Police Departments

By Matt Apuzzo, www.nytimes.com -

NEENAH, Wis. — Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons [...]