Lawsuit Against Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Argues Officers Handled Citizens as ‘War Combatants’

By: Friday August 29, 2014 12:19 pm

A lawsuit filed against Ferguson and St. Louis County police officers seeks millions of dollars in damages for violations of rights and laws, which allegedly occurred while police were in the process of aggressively suppressing protests.

Altogether, seven different individuals allege they were falsely arrested. Multiple individuals also contend officers intentionally inflicted “emotional distress,” committed “assault and battery,” deprived them of their civil rights and police neglected to supervise and discipline the officers engaged in this misconduct.

 

Ferguson’s Militarized & Racist Response to Protests Against Police Killing of Mike Brown

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 1:23 pm

Police clad in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas at predominantly black residents near a QuikTrip in Ferguson, Missouri. They were protesting the killing of an unarmed black teen shot by police on Saturday. It was the same QuikTrip that was set on fire and looted on Sunday night.

Podcast: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, FIFA & the ‘Sporting Shock Doctrine’ in Brazil

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am

For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.

Podcast: Nafeez Ahmed on Pentagon-Funded Research Into ‘Social Contagions’ That’ll Cause Civil Unrest

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 8:30 am

The defense establishment in both the United Kingdom and United States is funding social science research into what conflicts will be caused by climate change, energy crises, resource shortages, and other societal problems that could lead to civil unrest. One of the most alarming aspects of this militarization of social sciences is how it names certain groups as “social contagions” or “potential supporters of political violence,” even when evidence shows these groups promote non-violence and are peaceful. That means the fact that there are people who are willing to challenge the status quo is regarded as a threat.

ACLU Report on Militarized Policing: SWAT Team Deployments, Federal Programs Foster Warrior Mentality

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 8:55 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the militarization of local law enforcement in the United States, which shows how the vast majority of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments are for executing search warrants for drugs and the federal government is incentivizing the use of military-grade weaponry.

Militarization and the Authoritarian Right

By: Thursday August 5, 2010 8:00 am

Yes, former Bush administration speechwriter and current Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen’s demand that “WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped” is, as his colleague Eva Rodriguez notes, “more than a little whacky.” But it’s useful, too, because an infatuation with the notion of using the military in non-military operations, particularly domestic ones, is a key aspect of the modern American right and of the rightwing authoritarian personality. Examining Thiessen is a good way to understand both.

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