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Police Militarization

The War on Terror Comes to Michigan?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Lev Raphael

Fellow Michigander, you might think Michigan's fairly safe when it comes to terrorism. Fourteen police departments in our state seem to disagree. They've put themselves on a list to get Mine Resistant Ambush Proof (MRAP) vehicles from the Defense Department.

The New American Normal in Policing

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In these years, the militarization of the police has taken place amid a striking upsurge of protest over police brutality, abuses, and in particular the endless killing of young black men, as well as a parallel growth in both the powers of and the protections afforded to police officers.

The Logic of the Police State

Matthew Harwood | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

What this "debate" has revealed, in fact, is a mainstream policing mindset ready to manufacture fear without evidence and promote the belief that American civil rights and liberties are actually an impediment to public safety.

Black, White, and Blue: Americans' Attitudes on Race and Police

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Extensive public opinion research has shown stark differences in how blacks and whites perceive the police -- differences documented in survey research going back to polling conducted in response to the Kerner Commission report on the 1967 race riots.

Writers Are Not Robots

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.12.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I was just at a party and someone asked me what I was working on. I said, "Nothing. I published my 25th book last Fall. I'm taking time off." He looked at me like I was a slacker or something. But that's not an unusual response.

A Progressive Take: Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

The Black Lives Matter movement promised to be the medicine to our ailment: to take racism head on and crush it.

Ryan J. Reilly

Report: Intimidating Police Tactics In Ferguson Incited More Unrest | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The aggressive tactics with which various law enforcement agencies greeted protesters in the St. Louis region last August following the ...

Rep. Hank Johnson Rips Racist 'Shoot To Kill' Police Culture

Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast we hear from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) about his bill to pursue police demilitarization, discuss the Confeder...

A Break in Time: 5 Ways White Christian Theology Needs to Change After Charleston

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

A crisis of racism as an idolatrous ideology is upon white Christian theology. White Christian theology needs to decisively break with this ideology, or lose the right to call itself Christian.

800 Years on, the Magna Carta for Our Time

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The Magna Carta is widely regarded as the document that marked the beginning of the Anglo tradition of constitutional liberty that would eventually lead to the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Mission Creep: The Danger of Blurring Police Blue with Soldier Green (Part 3 of 3)

Arthur Rizer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime
Arthur Rizer

For all that we want police officers to do in our communities, we need to pay our police accordingly. It is a dangerous job and no amount of money can truly compensate for the risks police officers like Kerrie Orozco take.

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.

The Militarized Mentality of the Police (Part 2 of 3)

Arthur Rizer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Crime
Arthur Rizer

Until thia mentality is addressed, too many civilians only suspected of a crime, or simply in the way, will continue to be bullied, beaten, or worse. America's current focus on this issue will likely limit the instances of brutality and misconduct in the near future.

The Militarization of the Police: Is It a Battle of Equipment or Mentality? (Part 1 of 3)

Arthur Rizer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime
Arthur Rizer

The culture of police departments in America today is far too often one that encourages aggressive responses to quell discontent. That culture may be allowed or encouraged because of the militarization of police forces, which the Obama administration is now trying to correct.

Zero Tolerance

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me." The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days!

This Cop Used Empathy Instead of Force, and it Worked

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Eric Michael Johnson

Around 11:30 on Tuesday night I witnessed something incredible. A man was out of his mind screaming nonsense along the Seawall that extends from Vancouver, BC's West End neighborhood around the 4 sq. km. region known as Stanley Park.

President Adopts Amendment Against Police Militarization

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Yesterday, President Obama acted to restrict the Defense Department and other federal agencies from providing military equipment to local police departments. In essence, the president adopted, by Executive Order, the Grayson Amendment that I introduced last year in the House of Representatives.

Ryan Grim

Hillary Clinton Backs Obama Plan To Reverse Police Militarization | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's executive order banning the federal government from transferring certain types of military-style equipment to p...

Broken Windows, Broken Spines

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The 21st century has skewed off plan and begun to break open. Its self-designated guardians and explainers look on, at times, confused. "But at least 15 police officers have been hurt, 200 arrests, 144 vehicle fires -- these are statistics. There's no excuse for that kind of violence, right?"

The Militarization of American Streets

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When the CVS stores go up in flames and local stores are looted, politicians denounce what's happened and demand an instant return to law and order, while calling on police departments to wear body cameras and rethink their attitudes. But there's another reality that has to be faced.

The Wars Come Home

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department prepared for battle. In response to a local march, the BPD did what any self-respecting police department in post-9/11 America would do: it declared war on the protesters.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Should the Police Be Armed?

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

The cellphone video "reality footage" just doesn't stop. Black men are shot, killed, handcuffed. The shortcomings of their prematurely terminated lives soon become public knowledge, vaguely justifying the shocking wrongness of the officer's action -- always poisoning the grief.

No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Consider the following a much-needed reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same prison cell.

Democratic Congressman: 'It Feels Like Open Season On Black Men In America'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) made it clear just how fed up he is with Congress' inaction on police accountability on the House floor on Monday. "It fe...