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Police Militarization

The Failed 'War on Drugs' Is Militarizing Law Enforcement, Fueling Police Violence

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Our founders opposed using a "standing army" to patrol our streets. In fact, James Madison called this "one of the greatest mischiefs that can possibly happen." Under the "1033" program, however, America's streets are increasingly patrolled by police forces with all the trappings of an army ready for war.

Ferguson, the Murder of Michael Brown, and the St. Louis Cardinals

Ted Lewis | Posted 10.13.2014 | Sports
Ted Lewis

Some folks say baseball has nothing to do with race relations in St Louis, but as a native St. Louisan, I beg to differ.

Deputies Who Flashbanged Toddler Avoid Charges

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2014 | Crime

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Oct 6 (Reuters) - A grand jury in Georgia on Monday declined to indict sheriff's deputies who during a drug ...

Judge Dismisses Manslaughter Charge For Cop Who Shot 7-Year-Old To Death

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime

A judge has dropped the felony charge leveled against Joseph Weekley, the Detroit police officer who in 2010 shot 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones to d...

Scaring Up Another War

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The fact that America leads the developed world in guns and gun-related deaths doesn't faze gun advocates. Like tax cuts, guns are considered a cure-all. Unfortunately, the same appears true of munitions in American foreign policy.

That Other Syndrome

Laurie Townshend | Posted 09.25.2014 | Black Voices
Laurie Townshend

You are being distracted from the true debilitating disease plaguing this nation, namely DBLS: Disposable Black Life Syndrome.

Michael Brown and Me: Profiling, Preachers and Tasers

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

Is there any fairness in the American justice system? Can people of every racial/ethnic group be confident that they will receive equal treatment under the law? The shooting of Michael Brown raises these questions and more.

How A Police Officer Shot A Sleeping 7-Year-Old To Death

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.02.2014 | Black Voices

A Detroit police officer accused of manslaughter in the death of a 7-year-old girl will go on trial this week, as national attention remains focused o...

The Rise of Robocop

Jason Ritchie | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Jason Ritchie

The civilian police force and the military have fundamentally different missions. The military exists to subdue foreign enemies, while the police force's mission is to serve and protect their neighbors. However, the lines between the two are becoming blurred.

Matt Ferner

School Cops Protecting Kids With... Grenade Launchers, Mine-Resistant Vehicles | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

School police in several California public school districts are ready for anything -- including, apparently, a small invasion. The open news websit...

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...

Ryan J. Reilly

Pentagon Official Doesn't Know Why Local Police Need The Bayonets Feds Gave Them | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department official who oversees the program that has sent billions of dollars' worth of military-style equipment to local p...

Former Marine Catalogs Weapons Used By Police In Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

In the days following the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, law enforcement used weapons usually seen in wartime, like smoke bom...

Nick Wing

13 More 'Michael Brown' Police Killings We've Learned About In The Month Since His Death | Nick Wing | Posted 09.09.2014 | Crime

If you needed more evidence that Michael Brown wasn't an isolated case, here are 13 pieces.

A Continued Call for Caution in the Aftermath of Ferguson

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

The balance of individual liberty and public safety that is at the heart of all police-related issues is one that we must consider as new data and other changes are introduced to the profession.

Does the Law Still Apply to Police, or Are Police Becoming a Law Unto Themselves?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that police are not subject to it, or we arrest officers right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime.

Saki Knafo

New Video Explains How Cops Became Soldiers | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

Keene, New Hampshire, population 23,000, is home to an annual pumpkin festival, a summer baseball team called the Swamp Bats -- and something called a...

The Greatest Threat To Liberty Is Closer Than You Might Think

New Republic | Posted 09.04.2014 | Crime

The libertarian’s jeremiads about creeping tyranny often seem the ravings of a paranoid. Then along comes Ferguson to confirm the dark warnings: War...

The Underreported Story of the Past 20 Years

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 09.04.2014 | Crime
Mark Yzaguirre

I'm not suggesting that crime isn't a problem in the United States. It is a problem, particularly with regard to violent crimes involving firearms, but it is a problem that has diminished over recent decades.

What Would MLK Say About Ferguson?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

It is unfortunate that the media overplays "looting and rioting" much more than it covers the thousands who peacefully protest everyday for justice.

Police Blotter of Keene, NH: September 1, 2014

Lionel Beehner | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Lionel Beehner

A sound was heard behind the Stop & Shop at 12:30 a.m. The store manager called 911 believing it was ISIS rebels. Police arrived at scene in a military Humvee. It was just a homeless man who had gotten into some garbage.

Police Tactics Again Under the Spotlight in Racially Charged Demonstrations: When Will They Ever Learn?

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Sanford Jay Rosen

Let's get real, America. Only by acknowledging and dealing with the continued importance of race as a principal underlying cause of our deficiencies can we ever hope to deal with and resolve those defects in our nation.

Your Paranoia Is Not Their Crime

Bob Seay | Posted 10.29.2014 | Media
Bob Seay

The only missing element in this Male Black Assailant narrative has been a weapon in the hands of Michael Brown. Thanks to Ben Stein, we now know that the weapon was Michael himself, a threat so menacing that it continued even as the young man held his hands in the air and said, "Don't shoot."

Ryan J. Reilly

Outside Chiefs Called To Help Ferguson Police 'Make Better Decisions' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The head of the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services is planning to return to St. Louis in the next few weeks wi...

Excessive Force

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Only by participating in the political process, building trust and cooperation with people unlike us, and using our smartphone cameras to expose official misconduct can we make America -- to borrow Dr. King's words -- be true to what we said on paper.