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Police Militarization

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

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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.

Ferguson Shaping Up to Be a Consciousness-Changing Moment for Whites

Bill Schneider | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

The shock is not only that a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager. That, tragically, has happened too many times before, and when the details remain murky, many people withhold judgment. The shock was that the police response to the protests was so hugely disproportionate, "like an invading army."

The Militarization of American Policing

Stephen Downing | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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.

Ryan J. Reilly

St. Louis County Police Chief Defends Aggressive Response To Ferguson Protests | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

CLAYTON, Mo. -- The head of the Saint Louis County Police, who oversaw the crackdown on protests in nearby Ferguson shortly after a teenager was shot ...

Now It's the School Police That Are Militarized

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In ordering his review of the military weapons programs, Obama said "there is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don't want to blur those lines." School officials that have armed their police with assault-style weapons have done more than blur that line.

Uhh, Why Do College Cops Have Military-Grade Rifles??

Politico Pro | Posted 08.26.2014 | College

Florida International University campus police have military-grade rifles. Ohio State has a Mine Resistant Ambush Protection vehicle. And Florida Stat...

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...

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.