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The American Police State from A to Z

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The warning signs are all around us. The question is whether you will organize, take a stand and fight for freedom, or will you, like so many clueless Americans, freely walk into the slaughterhouse?

More must be done to de-militarize our police

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

While I'm encouraged that my recommendations are a part of President Obama's recent executive order on this issue, including banning the free transfer of certain military-grade equipment and imposing strict oversight and transparency measures, we cannot stop advocating for comprehensive reform.

Why Are Republicans Trying to Suppress My Fight Against Militarizing the Border?

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration provided supporters of the House GOP's Homeland Security bill an opportunity to demonstrate a need for granting local officers whose duties include "border security activities" priority access to the DOD's free transfer program. Instead, the GOP demonstrated no actual need and tried to censor me when I pointed this out.

Mariah Stewart

Congressional Black Caucus Supports Ferguson Protesters | Mariah Stewart | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus visited Ferguson this weekend to attend a special church service honoring Dr. Martin Luther...

See What Your Local Agency Received From The Department Of Defense

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

Local law enforcement agencies are eligible to receive surplus military equipment through the Department of Defense's Execess Property Program, also k...

An MRAP Is Not a Blanket

Kara Dansky | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Kara Dansky

If local police are going to receive military weapons at all, the federal government has an obligation to put some reasonable constraints on how they are able to use them.

Speaking Out Against the Militarization of Police

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

In a fundamentally misguided effort to stop Americans from using drugs in the 1990s, Congress allowed the DOD to provide surplus military equipment -- often from warzones overseas -- to local police for free. To date, more than $5 billion in this equipment has been transferred.

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Rebecca Klein

These Are The School Districts Around The Country With Military Supplies | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

A few states over from where Ferguson police used armored vehicles and weapons from the Department of Defense to quell protests after the shooting of ...

Tyler Kingkade

Why Some College Cops Have Grenade Launchers | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.16.2014 | College

Dozens of university police departments around the country are sitting on small caches of the same type of weapon that has been standard issue for U.S...

Matt Sledge

Gun Guys Not Sure How To React To This Whole Police Militarization Thing | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted police militarization at a congressional hearing Tuesday, catching off guard a Pentagon official, who could not explain...

The Militarization of American Policing

Stephen Downing | Posted 10.28.2014 | Crime
Stephen Downing

The military mission is to confront and kill a defined enemy. The peace officer has no enemies. His or her mission is to protect the community and everyone within it. No matter what crime they may have committed, all are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and due process.

Local Police Departments Have Allowed Military Assault Rifles To Go Missing

Fusion | Daniel Rivero and Jorge Rivas | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

Fusion has learned that 184 state and local police departments have been suspended from the Pentagon's "1033 program" for missing weapons or failure t...

Is America Being Turned Into a War Zone?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, we have become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny, how slippery the slope by which a once-freedom-loving people can be branded, shackled and fooled into believing that their prisons walls are, in fact, for their own protection.

Chuck Hagel Has Authority To Halt Defense Program That Arms Police: Report

The Huffington Post | David McCabe | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel could halt a program that sends surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, The Hill reported Tuesd...

Drones, Tanks, and Grenade Launchers: Coming Soon to a Police Department Near You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While recycling unused military equipment might sound thrifty and practical, the ramifications are proving to be far more dangerous and deadly.

Utah Won't Disclose Records On Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

One of the main forces behind the mass militarization of America's police officers has been the Pentagon's 1033 and 1122 programs, which makes surplus...

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

Pentagon Suspends Weapons For Cops Program

Radley Balko | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics

The Pentagon has temporarily put the brakes on a popular program started in 1994 that transfers surplus military equipment to local police departments...

Tanks on Main Street: The Militarization of Local Police

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.05.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

The American police force is not supposed to be a branch of the military, nor is it a private security force for the reigning political faction.