When Ferguson, Missouri, was experiencing a crackdown by militarized police forces in August after a white police officer killed Mike Brown, Amnesty International made the unprecedented decision to deploy human rights observers to a city inside the United States. A 13-person delegation monitored developments and the human rights organization has now released its report on what the delegation witnessed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 24, 2014 12:26 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday September 14, 2014 4:00 pm|
One week ago, Alameda County in California hosted an annual major police gathering supported by corporations and law enforcement and security agencies from the local, state and federal level. Corporations displayed their military-grade equipment available for police departments to purchase, and training exercises or competitions played out in the San Francisco Bay Area. Anyone observing [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:05 pm|
A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization is under investigation for depriving citizens of their constitutional rights before awarding grants, which may include military-grade equipment.
The Pentagon has a 1033 program, which gives away surplus military equipment to state and local law enforcement for free.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 8, 2014 1:27 pm|
Armored vehicle manufacturers are especially sensitive to suggestions that their vehicles will be used against protesters, even though that is exactly how they were used in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white police officer gunned down Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
The Armored Group LLC was recently present at Urban Shield, an annual trade show and training exercise in Alameda County, California, supported by law enforcement and security agencies at the local, state and federal level.
|By: Crane-Station Wednesday May 14, 2014 5:45 pm|
The militarization of US domestic police is evident in recruitment advertising and beyond. Through government grants, police are receiving military equipment that is fit for wartime combat, to use in civilian domestic communities. Civil law and civil rights are evidently suspended, and a form of military justice by police, or what some call a police state is the new norm.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday September 10, 2012 10:33 am|
Occupy Supply Free Speech Kits they are available now at the Occupy Supply store for $25. We will also be sending them free of charge to Occupy Wall Street protesters for the one-year anniversary of OWS on September 17.