Archive for the 'SWAT' Category

To Terrify and Occupy: How the Excessive Militarization of the Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Patti Silliman shared a link via CopBlock.org/Submit to a piece authored by  Matthew Harwood, which opened by outlining the needless killing of Jason Westcott. Harwood’s entire write-up seemed worth sharing with readers of CopBlock.org, thus he was contacted via Twitter and asked if it could be cross-posted. Harwood agreed.

To Terrify and Occupy: How the Excessive Militarization of the Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents

by Matthew Harwood, originally posted to TomDispatch.com on August 14, 2014.On Twitter, follow Matthew Harwood @MHarwood31 and Tom Dispatch

Jason Westcott was afraid.

One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott’s handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on “burning” Westcott, who promptly called the Tampa Bay police and reported the plot.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the investigating officers responding to Westcott’s call had a simple message for him: “If anyone breaks into this house, grab your gun and shoot to kill.”

Around 7:30 pm on May 27th, the intruders arrived. Westcott followed the officers’ advice, grabbed his gun to defend his home, and died pointing it at the intruders.  They used a semiautomatic shotgun and handgun to shoot down the 29-year-old motorcycle mechanic.  He was hit three times, once in the arm and twice in his side, and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

The intruders, however, weren’t small-time crooks looking to make a small score. Rather they were members of the Tampa Police Department’s SWAT team, which was executing a search warrant on suspicion that Westcott and his partner were marijuana dealers. They had been tipped off by a confidential informant, whom they drove to Westcott’s home four times between February and May to purchase small amounts of marijuana, at $20-$60 a pop. The informer notified police that he saw two handguns in the home, which was why the Tampa police deployed a SWAT team to execute the search warrant.

In the end, the same police department that told Westcott to protect his home with defensive force killed him when he did. After searching his small rental, the cops indeed found weed, two dollars’ worth, and one legal handgun — the one he was clutching when the bullets ripped into him.

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam’s armory, and where even nonviolent crimes are met with overwhelming force and brutality.

The War on Your Doorstep

The cancer of militarized policing has long been metastasizing in the body politic.  It has been growing ever stronger since the first Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams were born in the 1960s in response to that decade’s turbulent mix of riots, disturbances, and senseless violence like Charles Whitman’s infamous clock-tower rampage in Austin, Texas.

While SWAT isn’t the only indicator that the militarization of American policing is increasing, it is the most recognizable. The proliferation of SWAT teams across the country and their paramilitary tactics have spread a violent form of policing designed for the extraordinary but in these years made ordinary. When the concept of SWAT arose out of the Philadelphia and Los Angeles Police Departments, it was quickly picked up by big city police officials nationwide.  Initially, however, it was an elite force reserved for uniquely dangerous incidents, such as active shooters, hostage situations, or large-scale disturbances.

Nearly a half-century later, that’s no longer true.

In 1984, according to Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop, about 26% of towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 had SWAT teams. By 2005, that number had soared to 80% and it’s still rising, though SWAT statistics are notoriously hard to come by.

As the number of SWAT teams has grown nationwide, so have the raids. Every year now, there are approximately 50,000 SWAT raids in the United States, according to Professor Pete Kraska of Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies. In other words, roughly 137 times a day a SWAT team assaults a home and plunges its inhabitants and the surrounding community into terror.

Upping the Racial Profiling Ante

In a recently released report, “War Comes Home,” the American Civil Liberties Union (my employer) discovered that nearly 80% of all SWAT raids it reviewed between 2011 and 2012 were deployed to execute a search warrant.

Pause here a moment and consider that these violent home invasions are routinely used against people who are only suspected of a crime. Up-armored paramilitary teams now regularly bash down doors in search of evidence of a possible crime. In other words, police departments increasingly choose a tactic that often results in injury and property damage as its first option, not the one of last resort. In more than 60% of the raids the ACLU investigated, SWAT members rammed down doors in search of possible drugs, not to save a hostage, respond to a barricade situation, or neutralize an active shooter.

On the other side of that broken-down door, more often than not, are blacks and Latinos. When the ACLU could identify the race of the person or people whose home was being broken into, 68% of the SWAT raids against minorities were for the purpose of executing a warrant in search of drugs. When it came to whites, that figure dropped to 38%, despite the well-known fact that blacks, whites, and Latinos all use drugs at roughly the same rates. SWAT teams, it seems, have a disturbing record of disproportionately applying their specialized skill set within communities of color.

Think of this as racial profiling on steroids in which the humiliation of stop and frisk is raised to a terrifying new level.

Everyday Militarization

Don’t think, however, that the military mentality and equipment associated with SWAT operations are confined to those elite units. Increasingly, they’re permeating all forms of policing.

As Karl Bickel, a senior policy analyst with the Justice Department’s Community Policing Services office, observes, police across America are being trained in a way that emphasizes force and aggression. He notes that recruit training favors a stress-based regimen that’s modeled on military boot camp rather than on the more relaxed academic setting a minority of police departments still employ. The result, he suggests, is young officers who believe policing is about kicking ass rather than working with the community to make neighborhoods safer. Or as comedian Bill Maher reminded officers recently: “The words on your car, ‘protect and serve,’ refer to us, not you.”

This authoritarian streak runs counter to the core philosophy that supposedly dominates twenty-first-century American thinking: community policing.  Its emphasis is on a mission of “keeping the peace” by creating and maintaining partnerships of trust with and in the communities served. Under the community model, which happens to be the official policing philosophy of the U.S. government, officers are protectors but also problem solvers who are supposed to care, first and foremost, about how their communities see them. They don’t command respect, the theory goes: they earn it. Fear isn’t supposed to be their currency. Trust is.

Nevertheless, police recruiting videos, as in those from California’s Newport Beach Police Department and New Mexico’s Hobbs Police Department, actively play up not the community angle but militarization as a way of attracting young men with the promise of Army-style adventure and high-tech toys. Policing, according to recruiting videos like these, isn’t about calmly solving problems; it’s about you and your boys breaking down doors in the middle of the night.

SWAT’s influence reaches well beyond that.  Take the increasing adoption of battle-dress uniforms (BDUs) for patrol officers. These militaristic, often black, jumpsuits, Bickel fears, make them less approachable and possibly also more aggressive in their interactions with the citizens they’re supposed to protect.

ferguson-missori-police-state-copblock

A small project at Johns Hopkins University seemed to bear this out. People were shown pictures of police officers in their traditional uniforms and in BDUs. Respondents, the survey indicated, would much rather have a police officer show up in traditional dress blues. Summarizing its findings, Bickel writes, “The more militaristic look of the BDUs, much like what is seen in news stories of our military in war zones, gives rise to the notion of our police being an occupying force in some inner city neighborhoods, instead of trusted community protectors.”

Where Do They Get Those Wonderful Toys?

“I wonder if I can get in trouble for doing this,” the young man says to his buddy in the passenger seat as they film the Saginaw County Sheriff Office’s new toy: a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. As they film the MRAP from behind, their amateur video has a Red Dawn-esque feel, as if an occupying military were now patrolling this Michigan county’s streets. “This is getting ready for f**king crazy times, dude,” one young man comments. “Why,” his friend replies, “has our city gotten that f**king bad?”

In fact, nothing happening in Saginaw County warranted the deployment of an armored vehicle capable of withstanding bullets and the sort of improvised explosive devices that insurgent forces have regularly planted along roads in America’s recent war zones.  Sheriff William Federspiel, however, fears the worst. “As sheriff of the county, I have to put ourselves in the best position to protect our citizens and protect our property,” he told a reporter. “I have to prepare for something disastrous.”

RELATED Content Tagged “MRAP” at CopBlock.org: http://www.copblock.org/?s=mrap

Lucky for Federspiel, his exercise in paranoid disaster preparedness didn’t cost his office a penny. That $425,000 MRAP came as a gift, courtesy of Uncle Sam, from one of our far-flung counterinsurgency wars. The nasty little secret of policing’s militarization is that taxpayers are subsidizing it through programs overseen by the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Justice Department.

Take the 1033 program. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) may be an obscure agency within the Department of Defense, but through the 1033 program, which it oversees, it’s one of the core enablers of American policing’s excessive militarization. Beginning in 1990, Congress authorized the Pentagon to transfer its surplus property free of charge to federal, state, and local police departments to wage the war on drugs. In 1997, Congress expanded the purpose of the program to include counterterrorism in section 1033 of the defense authorization bill. In one single page of a 450-page law, Congress helped sow the seeds of today’s warrior cops.

The amount of military hardware transferred through the program has grown astronomically over the years. In 1990, the Pentagon gave $1 million worth of equipment to U.S. law enforcement. That number had jumped to nearly $450 million in 2013. Overall, the program has shipped off more than $4.3 billion worth of materiel to state and local cops, according to the DLA.

In its recent report, the ACLU found a disturbing range of military gear being transferred to civilian police departments nationwide. Police in North Little Rock, Arkansas, for instance, received 34 automatic and semi-automatic rifles, two robots that can be armed, military helmets, and a Mamba tactical vehicle. Police in Gwinnet County, Georgia, received 57 semi-automatic rifles, mostly M-16s and M-14s. The Utah Highway Patrol, according to a Salt Lake City Tribune investigation, got an MRAP from the 1033 program, and Utah police received 1,230 rifles and four grenade launchers. After South Carolina’s Columbia Police Department received its very own MRAP worth $658,000, its SWAT Commander Captain E.M. Marsh noted that 500 similar vehicles had been distributed to law enforcement organizations across the country.

aurora-police-department-1033-program-copblock

Astoundingly, one-third of all war materiel parceled out to state, local, and tribal police agencies is brand new. This raises further disconcerting questions: Is the Pentagon simply wasteful when it purchases military weapons and equipment with taxpayer dollars? Or could this be another downstream, subsidized market for defense contractors? Whatever the answer, the Pentagon is actively distributing weaponry and equipment made for U.S. counterinsurgency campaigns abroad to police who patrol American streets and this is considered sound policy in Washington. The message seems striking enough: what might be necessary for Kabul might also be necessary for DeKalb County.

In other words, the twenty-first-century war on terror has melded thoroughly with the twentieth-century war on drugs, and the result couldn’t be anymore disturbing: police forces that increasingly look and act like occupying armies.

How the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice Are Up-Armoring the Police

When police departments look to muscle up their arms and tactics, the Pentagon isn’t the only game in town. Civilian agencies are in on it, too.

During a 2011 investigation, reporters Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz discovered that, since 9/11, police departments watching over some of the safest places in America have used $34 billion in grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to militarize in the name of counterterrorism.

In Fargo, North Dakota, for example, the city and its surrounding county went on an $8 million spending spree with federal money, according to Becker and Schulz. Although the area averaged less than two murders a year since 2005, every squad car is now armed with an assault rifle. Police also have access to Kevlar helmets that can stop heavy firepower as well as an armored truck worth approximately $250,000. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1,500 beat cops have been trained to use AR-15 assault rifles with homeland security grant funding.

As with the 1033 program, neither DHS nor state and local governments account for how the equipment, including body armor and drones, is used. While the rationale behind stocking up on these military-grade supplies is invariably the possibility of a terrorist attack, school shooting, or some other horrific event, the gear is normally used to conduct paramilitary drug raids, as Balko notes.

the-rise-of-the-warrior-copb-radley-balko-copblock

The Rise of the Warrior Cop, by Radley Balko

Still, the most startling source of police militarization is the Department of Justice, the very agency officially dedicated to spreading the community policing model through its Community Oriented Policing Services office.

In 1988, Congress authorized the Byrne grant programs in the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which gave state and local police federal funds to enlist in the government’s drug war. That grant program, according to Balko, led to the creation of regional and multi-jurisdictional narcotics task forces, which gorged themselves on federal money and, with little federal, state, or local oversight, spent it beefing up their weapons and tactics. In 2011, 585 of these task forces operated off of Byrne grant funding.

The grants, Balko reports, also incentivized the type of policing that has made the war on drugs such a destructive force in American society. The Justice Department doled out Byrne grants based on how many arrests officers made, how much property they seized, and how many warrants they served. The very things these narcotics task forces did very well. “As a result,” Balko writes, “we have roving squads of drug cops, loaded with SWAT gear, who get money if they conduct more raids, make more arrests, and seize more property, and they are virtually immune to accountability if they get out of line.”

Regardless of whether this militarization has occurred due to federal incentives or executive decision-making in police departments or both, police across the nation are up-armoring with little or no public debate. In fact, when the ACLU requested SWAT records from 255 law enforcement agencies as part of its investigation, 114 denied them. The justifications for such denials varied, but included arguments that the documents contained “trade secrets” or that the cost of complying with the request would be prohibitive. Communities have a right to know how the police do their jobs, but more often than not, police departments think otherwise.

Being the Police Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Report by report, evidence is mounting that America’s militarized police are a threat to public safety. But in a country where the cops increasingly look upon themselves as soldiers doing battle day in, day out, there’s no need for public accountability or even an apology when things go grievously wrong.

If community policing rests on mutual trust between the police and the people, militarized policing operates on the assumption of “officer safety” at all costs and contempt for anyone who sees things differently. The result is an “us versus them” mentality.

Just ask the parents of Bou Bou Phonesavanh. Around 3:00 a.m. on May 28th, the Habersham County Special Response Team conducted a no-knock raid at a relative’s home near Cornelia, Georgia, where the family was staying. The officers were looking for the homeowner’s son, whom they suspected of selling $50 worth of drugs to a confidential informant.  As it happened, he no longer lived there.

Despite evidence that children were present — a minivan in the driveway, children’s toys littering the yard, and a Pack ‘n Play next to the door — a SWAT officer tossed a “flashbang” grenade into the home. It landed in 19-month-old Bou Bou’s crib and exploded, critically wounding the toddler. When his distraught mother tried to reach him, officers screamed at her to sit down and shut up, telling her that her child was fine and had just lost a tooth. In fact, his nose was hanging off his face, his body had been severely burned, and he had a hole in his chest. Rushed to the hospital, Bou Bou had to be put into a medically induced coma.

The police claimed that it was all a mistake and that there had been no evidence children were present. “There was no malicious act performed,” Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It was a terrible accident that was never supposed to happen.” The Phonesavanhs have yet to receive an apology from the sheriff’s office. “Nothing. Nothing for our son. No card. No balloon. Not a phone call. Not anything,” Bou Bou’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, told CNN.

Similarly, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor continues to insist that Jay Westcott’s death in the militarized raid on his house was his own fault.  “Mr. Westcott lost his life because he aimed a loaded firearm at police officers. You can take the entire marijuana issue out of the picture,” Castor said. “If there’s an indication that there is armed trafficking going on — someone selling narcotics while they are armed or have the ability to use a firearm — then the tactical response team will do the initial entry.”

In her defense of the SWAT raid, Castor simply dismissed any responsibility for Westcott’s death. “They did everything they could to serve this warrant in a safe manner,” she wrote the Tampa Bay Times – “everything,” that is, but find an alternative to storming the home of a man they knew feared for his life.

Almost half of all American households report having a gun, as the ACLU notes in its report. That means the police always have a ready-made excuse for using SWAT teams to execute warrants when less confrontational and less violent alternatives exist.

In other words, if police believe you’re selling drugs, beware. Suspicion is all they need to turn your world upside down. And if they’re wrong, don’t worry; the intent couldn’t have been better.

Voices in the Wilderness

The militarization of the police shouldn’t be surprising. As Hubert Williams, a former police director of Newark, New Jersey, and Patrick V. Murphy, former commissioner of the New York City Police Department, put it nearly 25 years ago, police are “barometers of the society in which they operate.” In post-9/11 America, that means police forces imbued with the “hooah” mentality of soldiers and acting as if they are fighting an insurgency in their own backyard.

While the pace of police militarization has quickened, there has at least been some pushback from current and former police officials who see the trend for what it is: the destruction of community policing. In Spokane, Washington, Councilman Mike Fagan, a former police detective, is pushing back against police officers wearing BDUs, calling the get-up “intimidating” to citizens. In Utah, the legislature passed a bill requiring probable cause before police could execute a no-knock raid. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank has been a vocal critic of militarization, telling the local paper, “We’re not the military. Nor should we look like an invading force coming in.” Just recently, Chief Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department agreed with the ACLU and the Los Angeles Times editorial board that “the lines between municipal law enforcement and the U.S. military cannot be blurred.”

Retired Seattle police chief Norm Stamper has also become an outspoken critic of militarizing police forces, noting “most of what police are called upon to do, day in and day out, requires patience, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills.” In other words, community policing. Stamper is the chief who green-lighted a militarized response to World Trade Organization protests in his city in 1999 (“The Battle in Seattle”). It’s a decision he would like to take back. “My support for a militaristic solution caused all hell to break loose,” he wrote in the Nation. “Rocks, bottles and newspaper racks went flying. Windows were smashed, stores were looted, fires lighted; and more gas filled the streets, with some cops clearly overreacting, escalating and prolonging the conflict.”

These former policemen and law enforcement officials understand that police officers shouldn’t be breaking down any citizen’s door at 3 a.m. armed with AR-15s and flashbang grenades in search of a small amount of drugs, while an MRAP idles in the driveway. The anti-militarists, however, are in the minority right now. And until that changes, violent paramilitary police raids will continue to break down the doors of nearly 1,000 American households a week.

War, once started, can rarely be contained.

To Terrify and Occupy: How the Excessive Militarization of the Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Police State Monday: Cops Shoot Bystander Charge Suspect With Her Murder, Police Checkpoints To See If You’re Holding Your Cellphone, And Much More

Monday, September 1st, 2014

 

Every Monday, the Angel Clark Show is dedicated to highlighting police abuses.

Today Angel discussed:

 

 

Cops Kill Innocent Bystander, But Charge Suspect They Were Trying To Shoot With Her Murder

Fernanda Godinez was accidentally killed by Orlando police

A Florida man is facing charges of First Degree Murder after police in Orlando tried to shoot him but killed an innocent bystander instead.

 

 

Police Ramp Up Efforts To Catch You Texting And Driving — Setting Up Checkpoints For Holding Cell Phones

driver-texting1

Armed with federal money, police from more than two dozen departments around the state are poised to launch a no-texting-while-driving campaign that includes state-wide checkpoints for holding a cell phone.

 

Police Officer Will Not Be Charged For Killing Napster Exec While Texting And Driving — Because It’s Apparently OK For Police To Do That

Milton Olin

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Andrew Wood will not be charged for fatally running over former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in his patrol car while the officer was typing a message into his computer.

 

Judge Orders Courtroom Deputy To Taze Defendant For Talking

Delvon King

A Maryland judge ordered a sheriff’s deputy to shock a defendant who would not stop citing “sovereign citizen” doctrine during a court hearing.

 

Video Shows Police Shot Man ‘On Sight’ As He Leaned On TOY GUN In Walmart

John Crawford

Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.

 

The Angel Clark Show talked with Lyn Ulbricht, mother of the alleged founder of the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht. Ross is accused of being Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR), and is currently sitting in a cage, awaiting trial. Hear what his mother had to say about the Government’s charges here:

 

Police lock down California campus because of man carrying an umbrella 

Bill Craig holds his hands in the air when a SWAT team inspects his umbrella.  (Source: Bill Craig / Facebook)

A SWAT team was deployed and a university campus was locked down when someone suspected that a man carrying his umbrella was actually carrying a firearm.

 

Florida couples can be arrested if caught living together before marriage

(Source: Shutterstock)

Hundreds of Floridians are being fined and imprisoned for the crime of living with a romantic partner without government permission, thanks to an old-time cohabitation law that is still in effect and arbitrarily enforced.

 

California Supreme Court rules that silence can be evidence of guilt

American justice

The Supreme Court of California has ruled that a suspect’s silence can be used as evidence of guilt during trial.

 

Police summoned to investigate fictional story about killing a dinosaur, student arrested

Police were called on Alex Stone, 16, when he completed a creative writing assignment.  NBC 12)

Police were summoned to a high school after a boy wrote a story about using a gun to kill a dinosaur. The boy was searched, suspended from school, and subsequently handcuffed and arrested when he did not handle the interrogation calmly.

 

WATCH: Police Beat Man In Walmart As Horrified Shoppers Beg Officers To Stop

crop_walmart_screencap_beating

Police authorities in Greenville, South Carolina are reviewing video of an arrest at a Walmart store Saturday afternoon where an officer can be seen repeatedly punching a suspect in the head as horrified shoppers begged him to stop.

 

Authorities claim handcuffed man shot himself in the chest, ruled ‘suicide’

Victor White III (Source: William Widmier / Courtesy of Vanessa White)

Authorities claim that a man committed suicide via gunshot while handcuffed and unattended in the back of a police cruiser. However, an autopsy report states that the man — who had his handcuffed behind his back, and was already searched for weapons — was shot in the chest.

 

Chicago police jailed two innocent men for 17 months with no evidence

(Source: Associated Press photo)

Two men were held in jail for nearly a year and a half with no evidence against them, prompting a judge to criticize the “pathetic” police investigation.

 

Colorado man is ‘swatted’ while playing online video games

Jordan Mathewson puts his headphones down and raises his hands as a SWAT team enters his home. (Source: YouTube)

A Colorado gaming enthusiast was interrupted by a SWAT team pointing rifles at him while he competed with his friends online.

 

SWAT team breaks down door, shoots man as he watched TV with friend

SWAT members congregate outside the home on Dogwood Drive, in Easton, Conn. where Gonzalo Guizan was shot and killed by police during a raid on May 18th, 2008. (Source: Christian Abraham)

Police violently broke in on a couple of men watching television, exploded concussion grenades, and shot one man roughly a second after entry. The fatal, under-investigated raid yielded no arrests and led to the shooter being named “Officer of the Year.” All because someone was suspected of getting high without government permission.

 

Police barge into innocent woman’s home to make arrest over grass length

(Source: wallpapersdesign.net)

Police officers barged into a woman’s home because they wanted to arrest the owner because of the length of the front lawn.  A tenant answered the door and recorded the rude, obscenity-spewing cops making demands and entering her home, despite the fact that she wasn’t even the person listed on the warrant.

 

Cop Who Threatened To ‘F*cking Kill’ Reporter During Ferguson Protests Officially Resigns

ferguson cop threatens person filming him [freethoughtproject]

A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday.

 

Masked Cop Accused Of Beating Woman With A Baseball Bat

Masked-man-with-baseball-bat-via-Shutterstock-615x345

A 30-year veteran of the Walnut Creek, California police force is accused of attacking a woman with a baseball bat while wearing a mask to conceal his identity.

 

Man Will File Civil Rights Suit Against Cops Who Tased Him For Not Identifying Himself

Chris Lollie pursuing complaint after being Tased by Minnesota cops [WCCO-TV]

A 28-year-old man who filmed his arrest and Tasing at the hand of two police officers in St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this year will file a federal civil rights lawsuit as the incident continues to gain attention.

 

Cop Accused Of Killing Woman He Met Online, Then Burning Her Body

Tahreem Zeus Rana 2

An Atlanta police officer is accused of killing a woman he met through an online hookup website and then set her body on fire.

 

WATCH: Bounty Hunter Attacks Woman With Taser As Her Family Arrives Home From Church

woman bounty hunter taser

The Ann Arbor News reports that police are investigating an incident in which a bounty hunter used a Taser on the wife of a man he was taking into custody.

 

Police Sued For $40 Million Over Actions In Ferguson Protests

Police officers keep watch while demonstrators (not pictured) protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.

 

Police Altered Video Showing What Happened Before Cops Shot Man 23 Times

Wayne Jones

Police in a West Virginia city altered video evidence in the death of a mentally ill black man who was shot and killed last year during a confrontation with officers, a lawyer for the victim’s family said on Thursday.

 

Mother Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over 19-Year-Old Son Who Died On Rikers Island In Solitary Confinement

tumblr_nak8hdWuz91qgb91fo1_400

A 19-year-old man suffered a slow, agonizing and lonely death while he was locked up in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, court papers charge.

 

Ferguson Shooting Audio Recording Verified As Real

A local resident stands with his arm up over a makeshift memorial at the site where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri August 27, 2014 (Reuters / Adrees Latif)

A new audio recording that allegedly captures a series of gunshots at the time of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, has been confirmed to be real by the developers behind the software used to capture it.

 

Moving In Military-Style Formation May Make Police More Aggressive

Ferguson police protests

Much has been written in recent weeks about the militarization of America’s police, who are increasingly using armored vehicles and powerful, high-tech weaponry. Pundits and scholars have pondered whether possession of this weaponry influences the mindset of policemen, perhaps driving them to use more aggressive tactics.

 

Feds Declare War on Raw Milk Cheese: Regulation Spoils Acclaimed Wisconsin Cheese

No matter which way you slice it, the federal government is turning Wisconsin cheesemakers’ moods extra stinky.

 

Cops to Draw Blood at Labor Day Weekend ‘No Refusal’ DUI Checkpoints

Tennessee has a new Labor Day tradition. According to WKRN-TV, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will continue its “no refusal” blood-extraction DUI checkpoints this Labor Day weekend, starting on midnight on August 29 and continuing until midnight on September 1. Under “no refusal” enforcement, suspected drunk drivers will be forced to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test, even if they refuse.

 

Ferguson Aftermath: California City Tells Cops To Get Rid Of Armored Vehicle

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP).(AFP PHOTO / Aul Loeb)

The city council of Davis, California has decided to drop the local police department’s Pentagon-supplied armored vehicle following worries from the community that it could be used against demonstrations, as was the case in Ferguson, Missouri this month.

 

‘Cops’ Filming Goes Bad: Crew Member Gunned Down By Police

Eric Thayer / Getty Images / AFP

An employee working for the television show “Cops” was shot and killed by police in Omaha, Nebraska, as they responded to an armed robbery at a local restaurant. The suspected burglar was also killed.

 

Winner Of Russian Roulette Game Charged In Loser’s Death

["Suicide, a man put a gun to his head, black and white" on Shutterstock]

The winner of a game of Russian roulette was arrested on Monday on charges related to the death of the loser.

 

Police Chief Defends Cop In Video Threatening To ‘Put A Round In Your Ass’ During Traffic Stop

Boynton Beach cop

Police in Florida are defending officers who pulled a gun on a driver and threw him to the ground in a videotaped traffic stop.

 

WATCH: Police Draw Guns On Mother And Young Children They Mistook For “Gun-Waving Males”

screengrab of barbour

A Texas mother said that police mistook her and her four young children for a group of black males waving a gun out the car window.

 

Cop Kills Man In Drunken Car Accident

[Screen capture of Eric Wayne from The Healing Effect movie trailer on YouTube]

A Massachusetts police officer involved in a fatal car accident on Saturday was already facing charges for operating a vehicle under the influence.

 

Police Shot Unarmed Suicidal Teen 16 Times As Family Says They Begged Them Not To

Joseph Jennings' aunt, Brandy Smith (KCTV)

Family members of a teen who was shot at least 16 times by police in Ottawa, Kansas said this week that the 18-year-old was unarmed and suicidal when he was gunned down.

 

Guy Gets Almost 3 Years In Prison For Pirating ‘Fast And Furious’

fast & furious 6

A man who recorded the movie Fast and Furious 6 in a Walsall cinema, whose illegal copy was downloaded from torrent sites over 700,000 times, has been jailed for 33 months.

 

WATCH: Man Says Cops Beat Him For Not Rolling Down Window All The Way

Policeman getting out from car on Shutterstock

A Florida man said this week that he is still trying to recover after police beat him during an argument that started when he refused to roll down his car window all the way.

 

Teen No Longer Facing Life In Prison For Pot Brownies — But He Could Still Get 20 YEARS

Jacob Lavoro

A Texas man is no longer facing a life term in prison for pot brownies after prosecutors decided the case wasn’t worth the effort. He is instead facing 20 years for two separate felony charges.

 

Cop Indicted After Being Caught On Video Repeatedly Tasering Helpless Man

[Taser image via Flickr user hradcanska, Creative Commons licensed]

A South Dakota police officer is facing an indictment for repeatedly Tasering an unresponsive man who was already handcuffed, an incident that bystanders caught on video.

 

Cops Fired Taser 13 Times ‘As A Cattle Prod’ To Make Tired Man Walk Before He Died

Gregory Towns died after being Tased by Georgia police (WSB)

A Georgia man died after police shocked him with a Taser as many as 13 times because he said he was too tired to walk due to a foot chase, his attorney said this week.

 

Cops Brutalize Fellow Officer For Getting Stolen Guns Off Street

'Guns and Ammunition' [Shutterstock] http://tinyurl.com/ot82fa4

A Philadelphia police officer has accused fellow officers of brutality after he tried to turn in a friend’s guns “in a proactive attempt to stop violence.”

 

Off-Duty Cop Cleared In Fatal Shooting Of Teen “He Suspected Of Drug Use”

Jonathen Santellana

A grand jury declined to indict a Houston-area police officer who shot and killed a teenager while working off-duty as a security guard.

 

New Video Shows Cops Spraying Rubber Bullets At Ferguson Crowd For No Apparent Reason

Video shows police response in Michael Brown's apartment complex
<div class=

” />

Police in Ferguson, Missouri were filmed isolating Black residents in the neighborhood where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and fired rubber bullets at them.

 

Walking While Black: TV Producer Slams Cops For False Arrest

Producer Charles Belk falsely arrested by LAPD [KTLA-TV]

A television and film producer’s first-person account of his mistaken arrest by Beverly Hills police has attracted widespread attention.

 

Activists Carry Coffin Of Mentally Ill Woman Killed By Police
Family of Michelle Cusseaux wants independent investigation into police shooting

Activists protesting the fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman by a Phoenix police sergeant last week carried her coffin to City Hall on Friday, demanding an independent investigation into her killing.

 

Cops Caught Using Police Database To Spy On Potential Mates On Online Dating Sites

["Laptop computer with crime scene tape across it" on Shutterstock]

Two veteran police officers in Fairfield, California are being investigated for using confidential law enforcement databases to obtain private information about women they met on online personal websites.

 

Cop Caught On Video Using Taser On Kneeling Teenager Who Was Surrendering

Police with Taser [Flickr creative commons] https://www.flickr.com/photos/trojan631/4389836692/

An Albany police officer, who shot and killed an undocumented immigrant four years ago, has been suspended and is facing dismissal after video captured him tasering a kneeling teen who was surrendering at the time of the incident.

 

Cop Accused Of Threatening To Arrest Women During On-Duty Sex Assaults

Daniel Holtzclaw

An Oklahoma City police officer named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed earlier this year has been accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty.

 

Cop Writes Op-Ed — Tells People If They Don’t Want To Get Killed Don’t Tell Him You Pay His Salary

453768702

Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years. He wrote this Op-Ed on the Washington Post on August 19th. 

cop 4

The highlight for me is this paragraph.

cop 3

 

Also check out:

K-9 Dead After Officers Leave Dog in Hot Car For 6 Hours With Windows Up

A police officer in Mills, Wyoming was recently accused of leaving his K-9 dog in a police car for over 6 hours on a hot day with the windows rolled up. The dog was found dead after spending an entire hot day in the car without any water or ventilation. According to an affidavit obtained by KCWY13 news, it was 86 degrees on the day when the dog was left in the vehicle.

 


The Angel Clark Radio Show Is Produced By Famous Dave In the Studios of Radio freedom.

Who is Angel Clark?

Angel Clark is a talk radio host, a syndicated writer, an activist and lover of Liberty.

With her unique, fast-paced, witty sarcasm Angel Clark brings you the news of the day with a creative individualist twist.

She has appeared on numerous televised news sources. Her writings have been featured in both local and national avenues. She has been interviewed by numerous talk show hosts over the years. She has been a guest speaker at rallies and has interviewed hundreds of guest including presidential candidates.

Angel writes for numerous sites including Examiner.comnoarmycanstopanidea.com and her own personal website SussexCountyAngel.com or on radiofreedom.us

You Can Hear The Angel Clark Show LIVE

Mon. – Fri. 5PM to 7PM EST. on RadioFreedom.us

See you in the chat ROOM!

 

Police State Monday: Cops Shoot Bystander Charge Suspect With Her Murder, Police Checkpoints To See If You’re Holding Your Cellphone, And Much More is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

My Family Was Held Hostage In Our Home by El Cajon SWAT

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The below was received anonymously via CopBlock.org/Submit.

The authors point, “that every family has problems and the police often make things worse by making a big scene” is something that many people learn the hard way. Perhaps through a needless assault, kidnapping and caging, or the death of a loved one by someone who may later claim to be “just doing my job.”

It is hoped that this post, and others at CopBlock.org and similar outlets, will help make clear that despite the lip-service paid to “protecting and serving,” police employees, per the nature of their institution, are primarily motivated to gain compliance, and thus will escalate up to and including, the use of deadly force. Fortunately, because the author of the post knew and chose to exercise his rights, that’s not how this situation ended.

___________

On August 20, 2013 the El Cajon Police Department S.W.A.T team surrounded my home and barricaded my neighborhood from residents coming in or leaving.

The backstory is simply that me and my wife got into a heated argument the night before, she left, was gone all night and I called her sister around midnight (who lives in Rhode Island) because I was growing worried. Her sister hadn’t heard from her and didn’t know her whereabouts. I assured her sister I would keep her informed.

The next morning my wife arrived and we agreed to sit and discuss things calmly. I texted her sister and told her that she got home and was safe. Her sister demanded to speak with her but I informed her that we needed to speak to each other first but I would tell her to call her. Her sister demanded again, this time saying she was going to notify the local police department in five minutes if she didn’t hear from her sister. We thought that was odd and hasty but went on carrying on our conversation and as we were speaking the door bell rang…

I told my wife that it was the police (we saw them on our security cameras) and that we didn’t have to answer our door because police like to escalate situations and that was the last thing we needed…my son (toddler age) opened the blinds out of curiosity and the police officer noticed him and began to bang on my security door like a crime was in progress….then other officers arrived and began to bang on windows too.

At this point I was getting quite annoyed that they were persisting……next thing my phone rings…..I answer it and it’s the police officer outside…..he explained that they were called to a welfare check and needed us to step outside to see if everyone is ok and safe. I told him that they need to go away and our family matters were being resolved by us in a calm manner and no one is being harmed at all. My wife even spoke to him telling him we were all fine.

By this time, the neighborhood was closed off and the department had dispatched more officers, including SWAT. I told the officer via cell phone that we knew our 4th amendment right and didn’t have to comply with their orders. Me and my family were beginning to get agitated and my son was crying because he was tired at this point. It started around 9 AM and was now around noon, which is his nap time.

During the ordeal I spoke with an officer, dispatch officer and a lieutenant and they refused to leave citing they had to make sure everyone is safe. At this point they were treating the situation as a hostage situation and I sternly explained to them that they were being voice recorded, video recorded and I would not hesitate to file a lawsuit if they continued to harass my family.

I informed them that I was no stranger to the criminal justice system (although not a felon and have only had a minor DUI conviction which was expunged) and in fact I had a bachelors degree in that field myself. The officer tried being friendly with me as he noticed my USMC flag in the front of my home and stated he was a former Marine also. I didn’t take the bait as I knew what he was attempting and frankly I didn’t give a damn and didn’t know him anyway.

Four hours or so into the ordeal, I looked to my wife and said “maybe you should go out there and show them you’re safe so they will leave us the hell alone” I sat with her and schooled her a bit on her 4th and 5th amendment (she was not too familiar with them at all) and urged her to only give identification information and to use her right to remain silent to her advantage and to save us from further harassment.

She went outside (I didn’t want to go outside because they knew I had a gun (registered in my name) and would’ve tased me and kicked my ass at the first opportunity. So I felt it was a safer bet to have her confront them.

The were in my back yard, my neighbors back yard and had snipers and police set up all over our small neighborhood block and according to her made her climb a ladder to get to them outside of the yard. They did exactly what I informed her they would do which was interrogate her and ask her questions like “do you guys have drugs, sell drugs, does he have guns, did he hurt you?” etc…they weren’t satisfied and wanted me to send my son outside to and I told them he was sleeping and I wasn’t going to wake him up just to appease them in their little game.

At this point I was pissed off and getting irate with these ass clowns! They urged me to at least show him through the window and they would leave…..I woke him up and showed them my sleepy eyed son (who was awake now thanks to them) and they finally left.

The moral of this story is that every family has problems and the police often make things worse by making a big scene.

My next door neighbors were pissed off and the rest of the neighborhood was annoyed but mostly supportive. The next door neighbors asked me “why didn’t you just do what they said” to which I replied “because we have rights!”

BTW….this was our first year in our new home so you could probably understand how mortified and embarrassed we were at the event that took place. If I could do it again. I would probably do the same thing. I don’t interact with police officers and have lost so much respect for them because of this.

El Cajon Police Outfit

Known Southern California-Based Police Accountability Groups

  • California Cop Block – Facebook
  • California Cop Watch – Twitter
  • Committee Against Police Brutality San Diego – Facebook / capbsandiego@gmail.com
  • Cop Block Los Angeles – Facebook / copblockla@gmail.com
  • Cop Block Imperial Valley – Facebook
  • Cop Block El Segundo – Facebook
  • Orange County Cop Block – Facebook / Twitter / occopblock@gmail.com
  • San Diego Cop Block – Facebook
  • Santa Ana Cop Watch – Facebook / cwsantaana@google.com
  • United Against Police Terror – San Diego – website / Facebook / uaptsd@gmail.com

 

My Family Was Held Hostage In Our Home by El Cajon SWAT is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Police State Monday: Comprehensive Ferguson Timeline, Mentally-Ill Woman Shot By Police While Holding Cordless Drill, LAPD Beat Another Man To Death, And MUCH MORE

Monday, August 18th, 2014

 

Every Monday, the Angel Clark Show is dedicated to highlighting police abuses.

Today Angel discussed:

 

 

SCROLL DOWN FOR A COMPLETE FERGUSON TIMELINE 

 

 

 

Three Teenagers Created An App To Document Police Abuse

pinetart

Five-O lets users submit the details of any incident of police abuse and rate the specific officer. The app also has community boards for different counties so that users can communicate and plan responses to any difficulties with local police. The idea is to collect data that users can then bring to community activists, the media, and other forms of law enforcement. That way, it’s not just “he said, she said,” Caleb said. And they’re hoping to illuminate both the negative and the positive interactions users have with police officers. They want the good examples to serve as motivation for officers to do better.

 

This Is How Ridiculously Fast A SWAT Team Can Break Into A Home And Make An Arrest

fixed

more police

got her

A recently released video from a SWAT team member’s helmet cam captures a raid on a home in Evansville, Indiana. In less than 30 seconds, the team broke down a glass door, tossed in lash grenades, and located one resident hiding in the home. She was innocent and they were at the wrong house…

 

Kids Devastated After Officer Shoots Tame Deer In Front Of Them: ‘It Was My Best Friend’

Tame deer killed in Ohio (WTRF)

Residents of a Ohio community said this week that children in the neighborhood were devastated after they witnessed an officer shoot a deer that had become so friendly that it regularly ate out of people’s hands.

 

County Officials Refuse To Pay Medical Bills For Baby Bou Bou, Toddler Burned By SWAT Grenade — Say It’s Illegal To Pay The Bills

AFP Photo / Getty Images / Spencer Platt

Officials in Georgia’s Habersham County are refusing to pay for the mounting medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash grenade after a failed SWAT team raid earlier this year. They claim it’s illegal.

 

Cops Gun Down Man Holding Toy Rifle In Walmart

John Crawford

Police fatally shot a man carrying an air rifle at an Ohio Walmart earlier this week.

 

The Angel Clark Show talked with Lyn Ulbricht, mother of the alleged founder of the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht. Ross is accused of being Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR), and is currently sitting in a cage, awaiting trial. Hear what his mother had to say about the Government’s charges here:

 

South Carolina mother arrested for cussing in front of her kids

Danielle Wolf says she grew upset when the frozen pizzas in her cart smashed her loaves of bread. (Source: WJBF)

A woman was handcuffed and taken to jail when she was accused of using prohibited language in a grocery store.

 

Insane Case Of Mistaken Identity: Woman Arrested, Told She’s Actually Dead, Jailed Anyway

'dead woman' [shutterstock]

A 42-year-old St. Louis woman filed a federal civil suit against not only local police, but court personnel for arresting her and putting her in jail even after realizing that the actual person they were looking for was dead.

 

Ferguson Cops Beat Innocent Man, Then Charged Him With Bleeding On Their Uniforms

Police take up position to control demonstrators who were protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

The officer-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown this week and the subsequent protests across the United States have rekindled interest in another case of alleged excessive force blamed on the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department.

MO FERG Henry Davis 2009 9-20

 

Yet Another Man, Omar Abrego, Died After Police Beating In Los Angeles

BvLMNE8IgAAhxzo

Los Angeles Police Department officers allegedly beat a man to death little more than a week before their fatal shooting of Ezell Ford, KTLA is reporting. An officer broke his hand during the incident, Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, told the local TV station.

 

For Months, 911 Callers Got Automated Message That Said “Hang Up And Dial 911”

No one suffering from an emergency expects to be greeted by a recording when they dial 911. Yet 911 callers in Caddo County, Oklahoma were unable to reach a human operator for months in 2013. Instead, they were routed to an automated message that “instructed callers to ‘hang up and dial 911′ if their call is an emergency,” the Federal Communications Commission said.

 

Mentally-ill California woman shot by police while holding cordless drill

The scene of a police shooting involving San Jose police versus a woman carrying a cordless drill.  Aug. 14, 2014. (Source: Patrick Tehan / Bay Area News Group)

A 19-year-old woman was shot in the street during an erratic episode involving a cordless drill.

 

Police Cadet Opens Fire On Ex-Girlfriend’s Family, Is Killed By Her Brother

hand gun Shutterstock

A Tennessee police cadet shot and killed another man at his ex-girlfriend’s house before the woman’s brother shot and killed him.

 

Family pet shot in the head by plainclothes cops searching at wrong address

(Source: Megan Shimburski)

A family was traumatized when gun-wielding police officers in unmarked cars and out of uniform walked onto their quiet property without a warrant and shot their dog in the head in front of a 5-year-old while looking for a man who did not live there. When the dog lived, Erie County Sheriff’s Office deemed her a “dangerous animal” and authorized deputies to “seize the said dog harbored by the said Megan Shimburski” and to “hold, care for, or dispose of” Lady, pursuant to New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law, Article 7, Section 123. The deputy and an animal control officer took Lady away to the animal warden, leaving her with an uncertain fate.

 

Ex-Police Chief Who Was Demoted After Reporting Cop’s Sex Abuse Photos Can Sue

'Male Judge In Front Of Mallet Holding Documents' [Shutterstock] http://tinyurl.com/m7toytc

A former police chief who reported another officer for photographing the sexual abuse an unconscious woman has a case for retaliation, a federal judge ruled.

 

Lawsuit Details How Trooper Turned Traffic Stop Into Abduction And Brutal Rape

Oklahoma State Trooper Eric Roberts (KOTV)

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has opened an investigation into one of their own troopers over allegations that he raped a woman during a traffic stop. According to a lawsuit obtained by Tulsa World, the victim, who was only identified with initials, was driving with a female friend near Tulsa on July 22 when she was spotted by Trooper Eric Roberts.

 

U.S. border patrol shoots unarmed Mexican teen in the back from across border fence

Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez's mother Araceli poses next to a shrine for her son. (Source: MCT via Getty Images)

While walking on a sidewalk on the southern side of the border, a Mexican teen was shot to death by U.S. Border Patrol from atop a border fence. After two years, the U.S. government has still not released the identity of the shooter(s), nor any details of its secret investigation.

 

Sheriff With History Of ‘Misconduct’ Accused Of Pistol-Whipping Motorist

'Cowboy hat with Sheriff badge' [Shutterstock]

FBI agents arrested a New Mexico sheriff and his son on Friday after the lawman allegedly pistol-whipped a motorist following a high-speed car chase, officials said.

 

Police taser 8-year-old girl when babysitter calls for help

(Source: Daily Record / Sunday News, Jason Plotkin)

The use of force on a child sparked controversy after an 8-year-old girl was tased following an apparent suicide threat.

 

Fired Officer Gets 5 Years Probation For Raping Woman While On Duty

AN-Warrants-02_t598

The fired Fayetteville police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation Friday in a plea deal with prosecutors, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Government seizes elderly woman’s savings when she tries to fly with cash

(Source: Getty Images)

Federal agents seized thousands of dollars from a woman at an airport because she didn’t tell them how much she had.  Now the government seeks to keep the cash seizure, without placing a criminal charge against the woman.

 

Unarmed Man With Pregnant Fiancée Killed By Police For Pulling Up His Pants

25318123

Police shot and killed a 20-year-old Monday who was wanted for probation violation, but the man’s brother said he was wearing headphones and could not hear officers’ orders.

 

Police stage realistic hostage drill on nursing home, terrorize unsuspecting staff

Handgun closeup

A nurse says she begged for her life after being taken hostage by an unidentified gunman during a shift at a Colorado nursing home.  Unbeknownst to her, the armed intruder was actually a cop in disguise, masquerading as a bad guy in a “routine” safety drill.

 

Governor Candidate Arrested For ‘Menacing’ Police Officers With Umbrella

Randy Credico via Facebook

A long-shot candidate who hopes to be the Democratic nominee for New York’s gubernatorial race was arrested when he attempted to film police officers in a subway station as they detained an African-American subway passenger.

 

Oakland officer reinstated with back pay after throwing grenade at unconscious man, bystanders

Scott Olsen suffering from a fractured skull after being attacked by Oakland police.  (Source: AP/Jay Finneburgh)

An officer who violently attacked a group of civilians — including an incapacitated man bleeding from a head injury and the people who tried to help him — has been reinstated to the department with back pay for the nearly 3 years of missed work.

 

Police Officer Charged With Sexually Assaulting Fellow Cop’s 9-Year-Old Daughter

chicgao_cop_screencap

A 20-year veteran with the Chicago Police Department is currently being held for allegedly sexually assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of a fellow officer while attending a barbeque at the girl’s home, ABC 7 Chicago reports.

 

Washington State Police Release ‘Tweeting Guidelines’ For Citizens

John Harrelson / Getty Images for NASCAR / AFP

Law enforcement agencies in Washington state are asking social media users to give their tweeting fingers a rest when it comes to posting the real-time activities of police officers on the job.

 

Mall Cop Ignores Racist Harassing Protesters And Pepper Sprays Black Bystander Instead

Raymond Wilford gets pepper sprayed (KING)

An African-American Seattle man who happened to be walking by a pro-Palestinian protest said that he is still confused as to why a security guard would have pepper sprayed him instead of a white man who was harassing demonstrators and yelling racial slurs.

 

Michael Brown: Ferguson Articles — Most Recent First 

Police Captain Blames ‘A Lot’ Of The Press For ‘Glamorizing’ Ferguson Protests

AP468210762622

The police leader with authority over the policing effort of the racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, thinks “a lot” of the media has played a part in enabling the violence.

In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday morning, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson accused reporters of swarming around agitators, giving “them a platform and glamoriz[ing] their activity.”

 

The Front Page Of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Says It All

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Ferguson cover

 

 

Ferguson: Dozens Arrested, Reporters Detained, Assembly Rights Restricted

Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

Confrontation resumed on Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, as police used tear gas to disperse protesters. Live ammo was shot in the altercation, with two people injured. Thirty-one people, including a journalist were arrested.

 

Another Night Of Chaos In Ferguson As Police Fire Tear Gas And Stun Grenades

ferguson

Police fired several rounds of tear gas and stun grenades into a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on the third consecutive night extreme tension has rocked the suburb of St. Louis. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, according to Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

 

 

Police Arrest 31 In Ferguson As Police Face Off With Protesters — Media Sent To “Designated Areas” (PICS)

53f2e011ede27.preview-620

53f2e00e61108.preview-620

53f2d436c7a38.preview-620

53f2c3592b226.preview-620

 

Monday In Ferguson: Hedy Epstein, 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Arrested During Michael Brown Protest

BvWocP6IAAEVd5Y

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety,” Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.”


CNN’s Jake Tapper Is Disgusted By The Police’s Show Of Force In Ferguson

Jake Tapper

CNN’s Jake Tapper became verbally exasperated on air late Monday night as protesters and police engaged in a standoff in a third consecutive night of tension in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

ERIC HOLDER: The Amount Of Sensitive Information That’s Been Released About Michael Brown Is ‘Troubling’

Eric Holder

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday evening that he was troubled by the amount of “sensitive” information pertaining to the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that he said has been “selectively released” over the past week.

 

 

Bill O’Reilly Dismisses Ferguson Protesters: ‘These People Don’t Want Justice’

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly criticized protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night and minimized fatal police shootings against Black men during a phone interview with guest host Eric Bolling.

 

CNN’s Don Lemon Pushed Around By St. Louis Cops: ‘Now You See Why People Are So Upset’

Police move CNN's Don Lemon at protest 081814 [CNN]

CNN host Don Lemon criticized St. Louis County police on Monday for both physically shoving him during a live broadcast and changing their policies regarding demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri in a seemingly arbitrary fashion.

 

Rush Limbaugh: Democrats Are Spreading ‘Myth’ That Police Shoot And Kill Black Men

Rush Limbaugh (screen capture via ABC News)

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh accused Democrats on Monday of drumming up interest in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri for their own gain.

 


Missouri Governor Calls Off Curfew In Ferguson After Two Nights Of Mayhem

Ferguson protests

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Monday lifted a midnight curfew in the beleaguered town of Ferguson, Missouri, in which there have been two consecutive, chaotic nights of protest.

 

Ferguson McDonald’s Was Looted — To Get Milk For The Eyes Of Protesters Who Had Been Teargassed By Police

trGSmk987

In the hours leading up to the midnight curfew in Ferguson, Mo., police in riot gear and military equipment fired tear gas and smoke projectiles into a large crowd of protesters, still angered over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a local police officer.

 

Oliver: Deny Militarized Cops Their ‘F*cking Toys’ As Long As They’re Killing Unarmed Black Men

OLiver_militarization

On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver used the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, to address the increased militarization of America’s police departments, mocking the wearing of camouflaged uniforms in urban environments and purchases of armored vehicles better suited to war zones.

 

Jay Nixon Criticizes Ferguson Police For Releasing Michael Brown Robbery Video

JAY NIXON

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Sunday criticized the Ferguson police for releasing a video allegedly showing Michael Brown robbing a convenience store before he was shot and killed.

 

Mayhem Is Erupting Again In Ferguson As Police And Protesters Clash

Missouri

The National Guard has been called to Ferguson, Missouri, where protests have escalated over the past two days after a midnight curfew was imposed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

 

Michael Brown: Federal Medical Examiner To Take Another Look At Ferguson, Missouri Teen’s Death

AP100185193611

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has taken another step in his investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death has led to fierce protests in the relatively small city of Ferguson, Missouri.

 

One Person Shot, Seven Arrested After Protesters Defy Curfew In Ferguson

Ferguson protests

The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency and a midnight curfew in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Saturday afternoon, and while many decided to go home before 12 a.m., a large number of activists stayed in defiance of the order to continue their protests.

 

‘This Officer Should Have Been Arrested’: Ferguson Cop Shot Mike Brown 6 Times

brownautopsy

An unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer has set off a week of protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, was struck by at least six bullets, a lawyer for the deceased’s family said on Monday.

 

Missouri Gov. Declares State Of Emergency, Curfew Following Ferguson Protests

ferg 15

Missouri governor has declared a state of emergency and set a curfew in Ferguson suburb where a black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police last weekend, sparking a series of week-long mass protests.

 

Protests And Violence Again Rock The Streets Of Ferguson One Week After Police Kill Michael Brown

ferg

A fragile peace shattered in Ferguson early Saturday, after armored vehicles, law enforcement officers in riot gear and tactical rifles returned to the streets, and looters robbed neighborhood businesses again.

 

Family Of Slain Ferguson Teen Michael Brown Says Police Are Now Assassinating The Character Of Their Son

Michael Brown Shooting Ferguson Mother Lesley McSpadden

The family of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, has released a statement saying they are “beyond outraged” at the “character assassination” of their son.

 

Ferguson Police Are Now Saying The Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Didn’t Know He Was A Robbery Suspect

Thomas Jackson Ferguson police chief

The Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager Saturday apparently did not know that he was a suspect in a convenience store robbery that happened just minutes earlier, police said in a press conference Friday.

 

NYPD Threatens Mass Arrests At Ferguson Solidarity Rally

Grab from a live stream video by JamesFromTheInternet

Thousands of people in New York rallied in solidarity with residents of Ferguson on Thursday, showing support to people across the US who have been victims of police brutality. The NYPD threatened mass arrests if people did not stop blocking traffic.

 

After Ferguson Shooting, Nearly Half Of Americans Don’t Believe In Justice

People sit on a car as it drives by a peaceful demonstration, as communities react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 14, 2014. (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

Forty-five percent of US citizens don’t trust in justice amid police killings of civilians, according to a poll by HuffPost and YouGov in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teen, by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Local Police Kill At Least 400 People A Year, Mostly Minorities

AFP Photo / Getty Images / Spencer Platt

A white police officer in the United States killed a black person on average of twice per week from 2005 to 2012, according to homicide reports offered to the FBI. But this data is limited, as only about 4 percent of law enforcement agencies contributed.

 

FOX NEWS: Ferguson Protesters ‘Forgetting MLK’s Message’

mlk message

During a “Fox & Friends” interview on the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Fox News channel ran a headline declaring that the predominately African-American demonstrators were “FORGETTING MLK’S MESSAGE.”

Screen-Shot-2012-07-06-at-11.18.42-AM

 

 

Members Of Congress Want Hearings To Ask Whether ‘Local Law Enforcement Is Out Of Control’

ferguson police

Three members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Thursday asking him to hold hearings on a series of issues related to local law enforcement in the wake of the controversial police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri this week. In their letter, Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia), and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) said the situation in Ferguson raised the question of whether “local law enforcement is out of control.”
“For five days the citizens of Ferguson have protested the killing of an unarmed teenager by local police. Last night, law enforcement broke up the protest with brutal force: confronting demonstrators in riot gear and armored vehicles, arresting journalists, and firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds,” the congressmen wrote. “These incidents raise concerns that local law enforcement is out of control and, instead of protecting the safety and civil liberties of the residents of Ferguson, is employing tactics that violate the rights of citizens and hinder the ability of the press to report on their actions.”

 

OBAMA: There’s ‘No Excuse’ For Police To Use Excessive Force In Ferguson

AP779503635375

President Barack Obama condemned violence on both sides of the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

 

Police Report: Michael Brown Robbed Store Before Being Shot By Ferguson Officer

Demonstrators outside a church in St Louis, Missouri protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson (AFP)

Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb on Saturday, appears to be the same man seen in a video of a store robbery that took place just before his death, police said in a report released on Friday.

 

BREAKING: Darren Wilson Identified As Officer Who Fatally Shot Michael Brown

THOMAS JACKSON

After almost a week, Police Chief Thomas Jackson has identified Darren Wilson as the officer who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri.

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

 

House Democrat Readies Bill To Demilitarize Local Police

ferg 5

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) announced Thursday that he plans to file legislation aimed at stemming the militarization of local police — something on full display this week in Ferguson, Missouri, where officers in riot gear have been showering largely peaceful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.

 

Here Are Some Of The 16 People Who Were Arrested In The Fifth Night Of The Ferguson Protests

At least 16 people were arrested during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Thursday night, including a St. Louis politician, a filmmaker and two journalists. Meanwhile, the police officer who shot Michael Brown has not yet been identified or charged.

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Will Be Brought In To Replace Local Police In Ferguson

ferguson police

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has pulled local police in Ferguson off the job of controlling protests that occurred after the killing of an unarmed teenager in the St. Louis suburb.

 

Police Chief Rips Obama For Ferguson Remarks — Doesn’t Think Cops Used Excessive Force

ferg 12

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.

 

Pentagon Supplied St. Louis County Police With Military-Grade Weapons (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A police officer watches over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Reuters / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

Images coming from a tense Ferguson, Missouri this week show local police armed to the teeth and appearing as an occupying force in attempts to suppress citizen outrage over the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer.

 

FBI Takes Control Over All Police Operations In Ferguson

Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

The governor of Missouri will reportedly relieve St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the ongoing demonstrations in the town of Ferguson, paving the way for possible state or federal intervention.

 

Police In Ferguson Have Continually Attacked And Harassed Journalists

FERGUSON

The assault and arrest of reporters in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night is perhaps the most egregious example of a continual pattern of police harassment that journalists covering the unrest in the St. Louis suburb have faced.

 

‘They Said, Let’s Take Him’: Reporter Describes Being Seized By Cops In Ferguson

ferg 15

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, who was briefly arrested by police while reporting on the ongoing demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, said to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that he felt police left him and a colleague no way to avoid being taken into custody.

“I’ve been in a lot of scenarios with heavily-armed police officers,” Lowery said. “I’ve been in a lot of scenarios where journalists could conceivably be arrested. I don’t believe Ryan [Reilly} and I did anything that merited us being taken into custody and we were both behaving in ways to try to avoid being taken into custody. Because, frankly, I would rather be out in the street right now talking to protesters, trying to tell this story — no disrespect to you — and not sitting in this chair talking about me.”

 

KKK Raising Money For ‘Hero’ Ferguson Cop Who Shot ‘Jewish Controlled Black Thug’

"Ku Klux Klan" by Arete13 via Flickr

The Ku Klux Klan is soliciting funds for the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, 18.

 

Livestreamer Behind Ferguson Footage Says Cops Were Shooting Tear Gas Near Homes

STL cops use tear gas in Ferguson 081314 [msnbc]” /></p>
<p>A Missouri man who live-streamed the police action against demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday that authorities were shooting tear gas into a residential area even after the latest anti-police protest ended.</p>
<p> </p>
<h1><a href=‘Holy Sh*t!’ Watch As Ferguson Cops Fire Tear Gas And Bean Bags At News Crews

tear gas

Late Wednesday night, police in Ferguson, Missouri shot tear gas and riot-suppressing bean bags at Al Jazeera America and KSDK reporters, KSDK reports.

 

Ferguson’s Police Chief Freaked Out After Finding Out His Cops Arrested 2 Reporters

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson

The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, had a stunned response after he learned his officers had arrested two reporters who were covering the ongoing protests that began in the city after an unarmed African-American teenager was shot by police there Saturday.

 

Missouri State Senator Tells Police Chief She Was Tear Gassed While Protesting Peacefully In Ferguson

ferg 14

During a press conference on Wednesday, a Missouri state senator claimed she was hit with tear gas while protesting peacefully in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that has erupted with rioting this week after the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.

When Maria Chappelle-Nadal asked if she would be gassed again like she was on Monday, Ferguson’s police chief Thomas Jackson kept a stoic expression until he found out she was a state senator:

He then replied: “I hope not.”

 

Missouri Governor Calls Situation In Ferguson ‘Deeply Troubling’

Jay Nixon

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) issued a statement early Thursday morning describing the situation in the city of Ferguson as “deeply troubling.” Protesters in the city have been demonstrating since Saturday after police killed an unarmed black teenager. Law enforcement officers have responded with rubber bullets and tear gas and Nixon has been criticized for his reaction.

 

Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

Police Shooting Missouri

Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown

 

Anonymous Released The Name Of The Cop Who They Say Murdered Michael Brown

ferg 8

The hactivist group Anonymous released information Thursday regarding the murder of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

WATCH: Cops Aim Weapon At Local Official, Lock Media Out As Ferguson Protests Continue

Cops point weapon at St. Louis alderman [YouTube]

Video filmed by a St. Louis alderman shows police aiming a weapon at him while responding to the latest round of demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Another Police Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

Swat Team Police

Violence again erupted in the St. Louis area near the site of the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, according to local police, despite calls by U.S. President Barack Obama and activists for a measured response.

 

Ferguson Police Fired Wooden Bullets At Crowd During Protest Over Teen’s Death

Bu2IZzVCEAAOAOB

Police fired at protesters with solid wooden bullets during the latest demonstrations in Missouri against the killing by a police officer of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown.

 

Police Express Sympathy For THE COP Who Killed Unarmed Teen In Ferguson, Missouri

ferguson police

Riots have gripped Ferguson, Missouri, since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday, and police have taken to the website PoliceOne to offer their own insights into the tragedy.

 

 

Anonymous Launches #OpFerguson After Cop Kills Unarmed Teen

AFP Photo / Jose Cabezas

Hacktivists have set their sights on the town of Ferguson, Missouri after police there on Saturday shot and killed an unarmed man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, elevating a wave of protests that have occurred in the days since to the digital realm.

 

Gun Sales Spike Around Ferguson After 3 Days Of Riots

Demonstrators hold signs while protesting the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civil unrest in the St. Louis suburb, has led to a spike in firearm sales at some local gun shops, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

 

LAPD Kills Young Black Man Days After Ferguson Shooting

Police officers keep watch while demonstrators (not pictured) protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old black man described by his family as having “mental problems,” was shot and killed by a Los Angeles, California police officer Monday evening, barely 48 hours after an unarmed black man in Missouri suffered the same fate.

 

#FergusonShooting: Outrage As Missouri Police Shoot And Kill Unarmed Black Teen

Reuters / Sarah Conard

Hundreds of residents of a predominantly black suburb in Missouri took to the streets after police fatally shot an 18-year-old black man on Saturday.  Michael Brown was a recent high school graduate who was scheduled to begin classes at Vatterott College on Monday. He was killed in Ferguson, a city in St. Louis County that has about 21,000 residents – two-thirds of whom are black.

 

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Social Media Calls Out MSM For Portrayal Of Mike Brown

Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

If you were killed, what photo would the media use in their stories? That’s the question that the #iftheygunnedmedown hashtag asks on social media as minorities point out media bias in the deaths of African-Americans.

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

 

 

Tensions Still High In Missouri ‘War Zone’ After Monday’s Riots

 

Ferguson Missouri

An uneasy calm settled over Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday after a second night of violent clashes between law enforcement and residents protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, with another demonstration planned for mid-morning.

 

Ferguson Seeks Answers After Police Shooting Of Michael Brown

FERGUSON

Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was killed by police, while the community is still pressing for answers about the weekend shooting.

 

 

9 Powerful Photos That Show How Police Have Turned Ferguson Into A War Zone

ferguson

Since the fatal shooting of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown at the hands of a local police officer, the town of Ferguson, Missouri, has erupted in unrest as citizens have taken to the streets in outrage for more than three days.

 

 

The Angel Clark Radio Show Is Produced By Famous Dave In the Studios of Radio freedom.

Who is Angel Clark?

Angel Clark is a talk radio host, a syndicated writer, an activist and lover of Liberty.

With her unique, fast-paced, witty sarcasm Angel Clark brings you the news of the day with a creative individualist twist.

She has appeared on numerous televised news sources. Her writings have been featured in both local and national avenues. She has been interviewed by numerous talk show hosts over the years. She has been a guest speaker at rallies and has interviewed hundreds of guest including presidential candidates.

Angel writes for numerous sites including Examiner.comnoarmycanstopanidea.com and her own personal website SussexCountyAngel.com or on radiofreedom.us

You Can Hear The Angel Clark Show LIVE

Mon. – Fri. 5PM to 7PM EST. on RadioFreedom.us

See you in the chat ROOM!

Police State Monday: Comprehensive Ferguson Timeline, Mentally-Ill Woman Shot By Police While Holding Cordless Drill, LAPD Beat Another Man To Death, And MUCH MORE is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Rise of the Paramilitary Police

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Andrew J. Henderson shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

There is no doubt that military culture has an undue influence on our daily lives. We see it in TV programs, billboard advertisements, and even the toys our children play with. One place where it is especially prominently displayed is at our local police departments.

Since the 1980s, police departments across America have been steadily building their arsenals with weapons and vehicles acquired from military surplus. Many of these acquisitions come from the Department of Defense Excess Property Program, better known as the 1033 Program. Equipment provided to police departments though this program includes grenade launchers, helicopters, assault rifles, vehicles, boats, body armor, and camouflage clothing. In 2011, the Department of Defense gave nearly $500 million worth of surplus to police agencies, more than doubling the $212 million given in 2010.

Police officers appear to believe that they are fighting a war, whether it is on crime, drugs, or terrorism. Officers are now being trained to develop a “warrior mindset” and the perception that their lives are at risk with every citizen encounter, despite the fact that policing is a safer occupation than truck driving, farming, or construction work. In fact, about half of all officer deaths are due to traffic accidents and most of those have not occurred while in pursuit of a suspect or on the way to a crime scene.

One way we can especially see the militarization of the American police force is in the implementation, growth, and frequent use of the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) paramilitary teams.

In 1967, the first official SWAT team was created in Los Angles. By 1975 that number had grown to around 500 teams across the United States . Today there are thousands of these units operating across the nation. Peter Kraska, a criminologist at Eastern Kentucky University, estimates that over 80% of cities and towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people have SWAT teams and that over 90% of cities with populations over 50,000 have at least one paramilitary police unit.

Often wearing fatigues and body armor while donning military-style assault weapons, these teams conduct over 150 raids every day. In 1980, there were around 3,000 SWAT team raids in the United States. In 2001, that number had inflated to 45,000 and has since expanded to over 80,000 raids per year . SWAT teams have also become increasingly aggressive in recent years. Here are just a few examples.

The use of SWAT team operations for minor law violations has steadily risen. During a routine raid in March of 2008 over a low-level non-violent drug charge, a Columbia, Missouri SWAT team violently entered the home of Jonathan March late at night by breaking down the door. Five concussion grenades were detonated around the dwelling, one of which exploded near the feet of a visitor sitting on a couch. As the team searched the residence, two dogs were shot in their backs while the animals were retreating. Only a small amount of marijuana was recovered from this paramilitary operation.

During a January 2008 evening raid, a Lima, Ohio SWAT team bashed down the door of the rented home of 26-year-old mother Tarika Wilson in search of her companion on suspicion of minor drug charges. With guns drawn the team entered the house and within moments opened fire, killing Tarika, and wounding her one-year-old son who was shot in the left shoulder and hand and lost his index finger from a police bullet.

In May 2010, a Detroit, Michigan SWAT team conducted a late night raid on an apartment through which they had gained entry by kicking down an unlocked door. After deploying a flash-bang grenade, the lead officer in this raid entered the apartment and shot sleeping seven-year-old Aisha Jones in the head, killing her instantly. To make this tragedy even worse, the SWAT team conducted the raid on the wrong apartment.

In March of 2013, two SWAT teams shut down a residential neighborhood in Ft. Collins, Colorado, to search for a man suspected of stealing a bicycle and other merchandise from a local Wal-Mart. The suspect was never apprehended.

Recently, police departments are acquiring military vehicles such as the Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) and the BearCat through the 1033 Program. MRAP’s are 14-ton armored fighting vehicles designed to survive an improvised explosive device (IED) and have been used frequently in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The BearCat is an acronym for a Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck, and according to the law enforcement website of its manufacturer, Lenco, can be equipped with an M60 machine gun, a 204B machine gun, or a mark 19 grenade launcher.

BearCats are used for police and SWAT operations including counter-terrorism efforts. At a cost of around $400,000, these vehicles are designed to be bulletproof, blast proof, and include features such as a C.S. gas (tear gas) deployment nozzle. Over 5,000 of these vehicles have been produced, and are in use by military and law enforcement in over 40 countries worldwide.

Since the summer of 2013, 165 MRAP vehicles had been acquired by police and sheriff departments throughout the U.S., many by rural police with few officers and little crime. Recently the City of Washington, Iowa, with 11 police officers and a population of 7,000, acquired an MRAP from this program. 731 more MRAP’s have been requested for domestic use, and 780 law enforcement agencies are on waiting lists to receive one.

Influenced by this militarization, our police department employees have gone from “peace officers” to “law enforcement officers” and from “protect and serve” to “enforce and incarcerate,” and this has contributed to the U.S. having the highest per capita rate of incarceration in the world.

Andrew J. Henderson

This article was originally written for Women Against Military Madness as a volunteer with Communities United Against Police Brutality.

Photo credit: Nigel Parry

Rise of the Paramilitary Police is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Police State Monday: Cops Kill Teenager, and Kill Teenager, and Kill Veteran AND MORE

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Every Monday, the Angel Clark Show is dedicated to highlighting police abuses.

Today we discussed:

Teen faces potential life sentence in prison for illegal brownie recipe

Jacob Lavoro, 19, faces a maximum life sentence for baking brownies with marijuana in them.

A young man’s baked goods could potentially land him with a harsher punishment than a rapist or a murderer.  The teen faces a a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of using unsanctioned ingredients in his cookies and brownies and selling them to eager customers.

 

California teen shot to death on side of highway during traffic stop

Adrian Parra (Source: KMIR)

A teen on his way to go on a date was shot to death on the side of the highway during a traffic stop.  Police have been vague with details and his family is demanding answers.

The incident occurred along Highway 86 on April 18th, just before 6:00 p.m.  Imperial County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over 19-year-old Adrian Parra while he was on his way to take a girl out to enjoy dinner and a movie.

 

Veteran Beaten To Death By Five Cops For Not Having License Plate On The Front Of His Car

Tommy Yancy, 32 and father of two, was savagely beaten to death by five law enforcement officers during a routine traffic stop near the city of Imperial, California last Sunday, on Mother’s Day. Yancy, a veteran who suffered from PTSD, served in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 259th Field Service Unit following the 9/11 attacks.

 

Florida man and his dog shot by SWAT team during pre-dawn no-knock raid

SWAT

A man is “fighting for his life” after being shot during a pre-dawn SWAT raid on his home because of suspected drug possession.  His son was beaten and his dog was shot to death.

 

Federal court: police can break down door and seize guns without warrant or charges

(Source: Alamy)

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not a violation of constitutional rights if police break down a citizen’s door, search the home, and confiscate firearms, so long that they believe it is in the citizen’s best interest.

 

Woman Injured AND CHARGED After Deputy Pries Open Her Mouth To Retrieve TYLENOL

pills15cut

An Ohio woman was injured and then charged with resisting arrest after a sheriff’s deputy wrestled her to the floor and pried open her mouth after she took a prescription pain reliever.

 

Teen Boy Died While Being Tortured in Jail, Death Ruled a Homicide, No Charges Filed

Daniel Linsinbigler

Daniel Linsinbigler was a good kid. Like any other teenager, he’d made his share of mistakes. One day Daniel made a choice to partake in the popular and once legal drug, synthetic marijuana. Apparently suffering from a psychotic reaction to the substance, Daniel stripped naked and ran through a Stay Suites Inn in Orange Park. He was yelling bible scriptures and proclaiming he was Jesus, but did not hurt anyone, nor did he cause any property damage.

However he was arrested and jailed for 10 days. While in jail he was strapped into a restraint chair, pepper sprayed, hooded, and eventually asphyxiated and died.

 

Washington man beaten to death by police as he cried for help in front of witnesses

The apartment parking lot where police confronted Ron Hillstrom. (Source: KOMO)

A man having a mental episode was brutally beaten to death with flashlights, batons, and tasers as horrified onlookers watched.  Witnesses and video confirm the man was crying out for help as repeated blows from police officers fell upon him in a darkened parking lot.

 

SWAT officer shot in the face breaking into window during no-knock raid

The apartment window where Officer Charles Dinwiddie tried to enter Marvin Lewis Guy's living quarters. (Source: Ben Griffin / KWTX)

A police officer suffered fatal injuries while performing a pre-dawn no-knock raid on a local residence to  search  for drugs.  Several officers were shot by a resident as they tried to enter an apartment through a ground-level window under the cover of darkness.

 

Town bans acts of charity because it undercuts need for government agencies

Debbie abd Chico Jimenez have been fined $700 for feeding the homeless without permission.  (Source: Facebook)

A charitable couple that devotes weekly time to feeding the homeless and hungry have been slapped with matching $375 fines as recognition for their acts of kindness.  The town and county are deploying police to forcefully stop and punish people who privately feed the homeless because it reduces the need for government-run social services.

 

Virginia oyster farmers being zoned out of existance

Anthony Bavuso shows off some of his oysters.  (Source: Julie Reichle)

A county zoning board’s politically-motivated rezoning efforts are endangering local aqua-farmers in their ability to use their own property to raise crops and produce food.  Just minutes from the spot where American revolutionaries accepted the surrender of the British in 1781, one American oyster farmer is now forced to fight to keep the imperiled “right to farm.”

 

Judges Face Corruption Charges For Getting Politicians Off The Hook

AFP Photo / Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

A number of Philadelphia city judges will stand trial in the coming weeks after being accused of organizing a ticket-fixing scheme that benefited politically-connected members of the city, an issue that compelled officials to ban traffic court altogether.

 

Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Sentenced To Three Months In Prison

Cecily McMillan (Image from facebook.com)

A judge in New York City on Monday morning sentenced Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan to three months in jail and five years’ probation for assaulting a police officer during a 2012 protest.

 

Deputy’s 5-Year-Old Son Shoots Self With Service Gun Same Week Dad Loses Sheriff Bid

Anson County Deputy Josh Beam

A 5-year-old son of a deputy in North Carolina is recovering after he shot himself with his father’s service weapon over the weekend.

 

Man Gets Ticket For Not Riding In Bike Lane – Makes Video Showing What Riding In Bike Lane Is REALLY Like

Casey Neistat Bike Lane

Casey Neistat, the East Village-based film maker who taught us about Chatroulette and that red subway emergency brake is at it again, this time making a video about his experience getting a $50 ticket for not riding in the bike lane.

 

Police Threaten To Arrest Journalists For Recording Drill

principe 1024x575 Boston police threaten to arrest journalists for recording Urban Shield drill

On May 3, 2014, we attempted to record an Urban Shield training drill in Boston. The drill we attempted to record was police practicing what to do if a bomb went off at an MBTA station. The event took place in a public place, was open to media, and even had a sign posted nearby which said “Observer Check In.” Despite this, we were threatened with arrest by Boston police simply for standing and recording on a public sidewalk across the street from the drill and were ultimately removed from the area.

 

Police Mistake Teen For Murder Suspect, Shoot Him, Lie About Brandishing Knives

KNBC_000000008683582_1200x675_131889219591

There is a disturbing report out of San Bernardino County where Sheriff’s deputies claimed that they fired 13 rounds, wounding Keivon Young. Young, 18, had been mistaken for a murder suspect, Robert Pope, yet the police did not identify themselves. However, they said that Young was “sneaking through the people’s front yards and hiding behind bushes” and fired after he reached into his waistband and “withdrew two knives.” Young’s attorney says that police transcripts show that the knives were discovered after the shooting.
The police had staked out the home because Pope’s sister had once lived there.

 

Aspiring Cop Left Brain-Damaged After Calling 911 On Police

1400258775000-051614-pray-for-bill-facebook-pic-for-web

Just mere minutes after an aspiring police officer called 911 stating he was being harassed by two off-duty Buffalo cops, as well as the management of a bar he was in, 28-year-old William Sager was beaten unconscious before getting thrown down the stairs. He was then placed in handcuffs even though he was out cold.

 

Woman’s Eyes “Blown to Pieces” by Cop With Gunpowder Powered Pepper Gun

blinded

“Her eyeballs were literally blown into pieces, and the person who did this was a police officer.”

Monique Hernandez was pulled over in February of 2012 by Beaumont police officer, Enoch Clark. When Clark attempted to subdue Hernandez, he said she ‘resisted.’ Although the dashcam footage tells a different tale, Clark said that in order to get her in handcuffs, he had to use his department-issued JPX gunpowder-propelled pepper spray weapon and fire it less than a foot away from her face.

 

Cop Chased and Tased Woman After She Refused to Show Him Her Breasts

Capture

A city cop in Arkansas chased a woman through her workplace, shooting a Taser at her, because she refused to show him her breasts, the woman claims in court.

 

DEA Agent Accused of Assaulting Woman With M-16 During Synthetic Drug Raid

dea

The Drug Enforcement Agency, in coordination with Customs/Border Protection, began a nationwide synthetic drug takedown called “Project Synergy Phase II” serving 200 search warrants in 29 states across the country on Wednesday, May 7.

 

Sexting Threesome — Cops Caught Having Affair Through Thousands Of Sexts On Wife’s Linked iPad

Two Seminole County deputies are accused of frequently abandoning their jobs to have an extramarital affair. Investigators were tipped off about the affair by Deputy Joseph Fetchick’s wife, who found thousands of explicit text messages on her iPad. The device was linked to the deputy’s phone.

 

This Is What Happens When You Try To Report A Crime Committed By A Police Officer And You’re Six Months Pregnant

Capture

Andrea Dingess, has uploaded a video to facebook that shows just how much Lincoln Park PD, care about one of their own assaulting a 6 month pregnant woman.

 

Student Suspended For Having A BB Gun In His Car — PARKED OFF CAMPUS

Image: KWWL screen capture

A student has been suspended from Dubuque Senior High School after police found a BB gun pistol in his car — a car that was parked off campus.

 

Police Promote Officer Accused Of Burning Off Part Of Man’s Ear With Taser

Timothy Gonterman

Albuquerque police have promoted a commander accused of burning off part of a homeless man’s ear with a stun gun.

 

Caught on Video: Cop Tackles 15-Year-Old Girl, Leaves Her Face Down In Cuffs While She Has Seizure

jaq 2

A shocking video made at J.O. Johnson High School seems to show a school resource officer tackling a student to the ground, and that student immediately having a seizure.

jaq 3

jaq 5

 

Man Sues Police — Says The Police Forced Catheter Test On Him

cnpca13409-vi

An Indiana man has launched a lawsuit against police, saying they fudged his alcohol level numbers on their traffic stop report, forced him to provide a blood test at a nearby hospital — and then demanded he lay still while a nurse inserted a catheter and withdrew urine.

 

Cops Taser 10 Year Old Boy at Day Care Center

Indiana State Police

Never could I imagine a situation in which two grown men would need to taser a 94 pound, 10 year old child to subdue him. But apparently Indiana police can.

 

School Police Officer Sent Sexts To Student — Had Sex Toys In His Car

Juan-Cecchinelli

So many people believe that having police in schools is a great idea, and will “keep our kids safe”. Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Officer Juan Cecchinelli was a school police officer, but was removed from his position after was caught sexting a student.

 

Five Months in Solitary for a Traffic Ticket

6

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents held a Mexican citizen in solitary confinement for five months after beating him and denying him medical treatment, the man claims in Federal Court.

 

Cop Repeatedly Accused Of Abuse Strangely Wasn’t Recording During Public Interactions — Despite Being Supposed To Record Every Interaction With The Public

425121__blenderss-officer-in-albuquerque-killing-figured-in-2011-shooting

Albuquerque police officer Jeremy Dear’s lapel video wasn’t recording when he allegedly punched a man while trying to arrest him during a Downtown brawl in January 2013.

His lapel video wasn’t recording when he allegedly kicked a man in the genitals during a traffic stop a month later.

 

Fired Police Officer Reinstated With Back Pay

taser

The former Centralia police officer accused of excessively Tasing people will get his job back and is entitled to retroactive pay, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday.

 

TSA Supervisor Accused Of Having Sex With Minors, Arrested At JFK

Vernon-Lythcott

A TSA Supervisor was arrested at Kennedy Airport accused of setting up a meeting in the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual activity with minors.

 

The Angel Clark Radio Show Is Produced By Famous Dave In the Studios of Radio freedom.

Who is Angel Clark?

Angel Clark is a talk radio host, a syndicated writer, an activist and lover of Liberty.

With her unique, fast-paced, witty sarcasm Angel Clark brings you the news of the day with a creative individualist twist.

She has appeared on numerous televised news sources. Her writings have been featured in both local and national avenues. She has been interviewed by numerous talk show hosts over the years. She has been a guest speaker at rallies and has interviewed hundreds of guest including presidential candidates.

Angel writes for numerous sites including Examiner.comnoarmycanstopanidea.com and her own personal website SussexCountyAngel.com or on radiofreedom.us

You Can Hear The Angel Clark Show LIVE

Mon. – Fri. 5PM to 7PM EST. on RadioFreedom.us

See you in the chat ROOM!

 

Police State Monday: Cops Kill Teenager, and Kill Teenager, and Kill Veteran AND MORE is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Sovereign Citizens are the new Communisits

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Sovereign citizens are the new communists. Not in ideology or stated end-goals, but as the centerpiece of a marketing campaign selling fear.

Not too long ago, “communists” were the scarecrow pointed-to by the marketers (which, the same marketers claimed, only they could protect you from). The manufactured fear was inculcated into the minds of millions in indoctrination centers and was parroted by the lamestream media. Many unthinkingly accepted the insidious growth of the marketers’ criminal enterprises. A few benefited from the labor and lives of many.

Decades later, economics having taken its course, another enemy had to be concocted.

After injecting “illicit” substances into communities (from which the “war on drugs” was spawned, and the commercialized warehousing of people was said to be necessary), the new threat was said to be an amorphous enemy: “terrorism”. The “us verses them” paradigm, the marketers found, could be leveraged, to the detriment of peaceful strangers thousands of miles away as well as many living in the turf they claimed, for their own gain.

Reminiscent of the red scare of yesteryear, the “militia movement” and others labeled “anti-government” were around every tree, and they were to be feared.

Despite (or in actuality due to) the criminal actions at Ruby Ridge and Waco and other places, the initiators of violence dictated to those they perceive as human cattle (aka “citizens”) that further victim disarmament (aka “gun control”) was necessary. As was the usurpation of liberty.  Or so it was claimed.

A tremendous allocation of resources has been devoted to furthering this misinformation campaign – from the indoctrination of tens of thousands of “law enforcement” personnel to the funding college majors on ‘homeland security’ (a misnomer if there ever were one).

If you search “sovereign citizens” online you’ll see content with such accompanying text such as, “Extremism in America” (from the ADL) and “A Growing Domestic Threat to Law Enforcement” (from the FBI).  Both of those outfits gain as each person adopts the fear they’re spreading. And the lamestream media is goosestepping along.

police-state-stirner-copblockThe article below, Sovereign citizens’ assault Port Everglades by Robert Nolin – who acknowledges on his bio that he’s worked with the gang called “government” – is ultimately couched on fear and faith in the almighty ability of the marketers to provide protection. Read the article. Replace the word “sovereigns” with “females” or “Native Americans” or any other perceived category. Does it strike you differently?

As Dave Hodges noted in over at ActivistPost.com:

if one criticizes the government in any form they can be labeled a sovereign citizen. And if the government can label one a sovereign citizen, then that citizen has no rights and ostensibly, the government can do what they will with that citizen.

This anti-dissident strategy takes America one step away from full implementation of disappearing American protesters under the NDAA for sovereign citizens. This is a very slippery slope and the government and its police agencies are fully committed to this strategy.

“Sovereign citizens” is the latest in fear-marketing – are you buying?

_______________

.

‘Sovereign citizens’ assault Port Everglades

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-port-everglades-sovereign-citizens-20130905,0,7970718.story

By Robert Nolin, Sun Sentinel

Robert Nolin 954-356-4525 rnolin@sun-sentinel.com

Robert Nolin
954-356-4525
rnolin@sun-sentinel.com

Amid the explosions, smoke, roaring vehicles and chattering gunfire of a terrorist attack Thursday afternoon at Port Everglades, one fact became chillingly clear:

These weren’t foreign-born America-hating terrorists. These were native-born America-hating terrorists. And they were making things difficult for the good guys.

“They’re moving, they’re taking positions, they have superior firepower,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Saito. “They’re clearly very well-trained, very well-motivated.”

Of course it wasn’t a real terrorist attack, but rather a large-scale SWAT training exercise mounted by the Broward Sheriff’s Office involving boats, bus, bombs and booby-trapped hostages.

“This is really a worst case scenario,” said Saito, the SWAT team member who concocted the training storyline.

In Saito’s plot, seven “sovereign citizens,” or militia-styled revolutionaries who advocate the government’s overthrow, assault the port by boat. Their goal: steal a shipment of arms and ammunition transiting through the facility.

Initially thwarted by deputies, the terrorists seize hostages, wound a deputy, and leave a backpack full of explosives by Terminal 22. Then things get serious.

The terrorists strap bombs to the hostages, take over a bus, and engage in a full-blown gunfight with SWAT team members. The bad guys use paintball guns. The helmeted, body-armor-clad SWAT team responds with simulated ammo.

“It’s all about being prepared,” said SWAT chief Capt. Eddie Grant. “South Florida is a hot area, we have a stadium, two major ports. We have a lot of high-profile targets.”

Among agencies participating were the Fort Lauderdale Police SWAT team and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Coast Guard patrolled the waterway and FBI agents portrayed the terrorists.

The SWAT teams unleashed a full panoply of military-style armament. There were two Bears — massive armored vehicles with turrets for automatic weapons fire — a beefed up front-end loader that lifted an overturned car like a toy and Hummers packed with serious firepower. Machine guns stuttered, and paintball rounds spattered the armored cars.

“It gets your blood going,” Grant said.

“They enjoy being out here,” Saito said. “They look forward to the challenge.”

robert-nolin-sunsentinal-porteverglades-sovereigncitizens-copblock-whoistheterrorist-1 robert-nolin-sunsentinal-porteverglades-sovereigncitizens-copblock-whoistheterrorist-2 robert-nolin-sunsentinal-porteverglades-sovereigncitizens-copblock-whoistheterrorist-3 robert-nolin-sunsentinal-porteverglades-sovereigncitizens-copblock-whoistheterrorist-4 robert-nolin-sunsentinal-porteverglades-sovereigncitizens-copblock-whoistheterrorist-6 robert-nolin-sunsentinal-porteverglades-sovereigncitizens-copblock-whoistheterrorist-5

Team members navigated hallways and rooftops and charged a bus to free hostages. Red-shirted trainers rated their responses and briefed the troops afterward on what was done right and done wrong.

At the end, 12 hostages were rescued unharmed. “The hostages in this situation are most important,” Grant said. “We’ve got to be bullet magnets, that’s your job. Better you than the hostages.”

And the seven terrorists? They were, as Grant put it, “neutralized.”

rnolin@tribune.com or 954-356-4525

Sovereign Citizens are the new Communisits is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Humble Cop Not So Humble in Denying Police Militarization

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Humble Cop Not So Humble in Denying Police Militarization
by Justin 165

About a week ago, PoliceOne.com, which touts itself as “revolutionizing the way the law enforcement community finds relevant news,” published an article titled, “Police militarization and one cop’s humble opinion” (1). I read this article with a mix of assumption and curiosity. I falsely assumed the article would be an exercise in apologetics; it is more denial than justification. On the other hand, I was curious about what I might learn from the justifications. Again, there were virtually no justifications, only denials and attacks on writers who warn Americans of the growing militarization of police forces and tactics.

I am not here to debate whether or not American police forces are increasingly militarized. You can read about it everyday, SWAT teams being sent out to handle code violations (2), to raid (3), and to arrest other non-violent suspects. A recent article (4) in The New Yorker details a SWAT raid to confiscate cars through civil asset forfeiture due a lack of permits for a party hosted by the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. No, I am not here to convince you. If you follow Oregon Cop Block (5) or any other police accountability groups then you need no convincing. I am here to explain why Officer Doug Deaton’s article is such a pathetic attempt at denial by the very police state whose existence he would deny.

The problems with this article begin with the title and Deaton’s claim to be just a “humble cop,” perhaps of the Andy Griffith variety. He makes this claim to humility then takes a thickly pseudo-academic tone throughout the article. Presumably writing from his most humble ivory tower, Deaton accuses Balko and Kraska of logical fallacies, for example, throwing around terms like post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning and confirmation bias while making vague references to “the available literature.” Meanwhile, he never cites any of that literature to back up his many accusations and claims.

That is, of course, the real problem here. Aside from his hypocritical lack of humility, Deaton accuses of cherry picking facts those who are writing about the militarization of police, yet Deaton himself makes spurious claims without offering any supporting evidence from “the available literature.” The fact that he says things like, “Police in the 1950s could — and did — use serious force much more often than modern officers,” without offering any supporting evidence for that claim shows Deaton betrays Deaton’s pseudo-academic tone. It is as if he expects us to just believe him on his own authority because he is a cop, and we all know anything a cop says must be true and trustworthy. Nice try… you almost slipped that argument ad verecundium (6) by us unawares. Very sly Officer Deaton, very sly indeed. You are a cop, not historian or a philosopher.

Further evidence of Deaton’s humility is the condescending tone he takes throughout his article. You can detect the stench as early as the first sentence with his cute use of literary finger quotes, which I have tried to reproduce in plenty throughout this response. The smell gets stronger in the second sentence where Deaton refers to “anger-filled” bloggers in some innocently modest attempt to paint his opposition as whiney armchair activist kids living in their parents’ basements and eating too much pizza. Surely this is the literary style of one with but a humble opinion to offer. Not to mention that the tactic of attacking a person rather than their argument is a logical fallacy called an argument ad hominem (7).I thought you would find that interesting Officer Deaton, since you are clearly fond of throwing around logical fallacies to show what a humble cop you are.

There are more concerning issues with Deaton’s denial of the growing militarization of American police forces, issues that are more serious than his hypocritical lack of humility. One of these issues is Deaton’s accusation that writers like Balko and Kraska ignore final court rulings regarding police abuse and misconduct in favor of “preliminary and anecdotal reports,” and that they therefore rely on “incomplete source material” when claiming that police forces are becoming increasingly militarized. Deaton is operating under the assumption that our system of “justice” is completely flawless and never makes mistakes in its omniscient judgement. He assumes, or hopes we assume, that from incident to courtroom police officers are always honest and never lie in the interest of preserving their paycheck. This is a dangerous assumption. It is precisely this widespread belief that cops are necessarily upright and honest that allows them so frequently to get away with breaking laws, abusing people, and lying about it under oath (If you have any doubt as to whether or not cops lie on a regular basis, Former San Francisco Police Commissioner Peter Keane wrote this article (8)for the San Francisco Chronicle, giving us important insight into the police culture of lying).

Officer Deaton continues with this line of disconcerting false assumption when he claims that court rulings about the right to have guns, and limiting search and seizure mean that police could not possibly be militarized. Again, he offers no evidence that this is the case, citing none of these court cases or the research that proves these cases have had the effect of preventing the militarization of police forces. But that is not the point. The point is again trust and honesty, that argument from authority of which we should always be wary. Are we really supposed to take Officer Deaton at his word that because court cases exist limiting search and seizure and affirming the right to gun ownership, that this means police are not finding loop holes to exploit, that cops do not ever break the law and then lie about it, that there is no massive increase in the use of SWAT teams and tactical force to serve warrants for non-violent offenses and code violations, that there is no increase in the stockpile and use of militarized weapons (9) and vehicles (10) among American police forces? I personally have witnessed cops lie under oath frequently enough to know better than to have such blind faith in the trustworthiness of tools for an institution who’s primary objective is not to serve the public, but rather is social control and the maintenance and preservation of a systemic status quo that inequitably distributes wealth and power to a small few(11).
Mention of the increase in militarized weapons among police departments brings us to one last claim made by Deaton that needs to be addressed. It is a strange turn of the screw, but after spending an entire article trying to deny the militarization of police forces, he then claims that all the militarized, or rather “specialized equipment” police are buying up is just protective, and actually isn’t really a big deal anyway because many industries use “military-inspired technology.” Deaton does give us some examples of such industries including trauma medicine, aviation, video games, GPS navigation, and SUVs but again, given his humbly drab academic tone I’m surprised he doesn’t cite any academic sources that show in exactly what manner these technologies are actually military-inspired.

The claim is flawed regardless of the tone. For one, most of these are products not industries, and police departments are not, nor should they be, industries. Therefore the analogy is flawed (since Officer Deaton likes to play school…). But the analogy falls apart for other reasons as well. People may drive SUVs and use GPS to find a route from home to the grocery store. People may play video games with war-inspired narratives or Air Force flight simulator-inspired graphics. However, the difference between these examples and the militarization of police is one of power and force. On the one hand we have games and cars. On the other hand we have tear gas, pepper spray, and mini-tanks. A family is not driving an SUV, a child is not playing video games, and a doctor is not performing surgery with the purpose of controlling and subduing people through force.

The only reason for police to use military-inspired technology is to increase their weapons capability and their ability to exert force on the communities they are tasked with patrolling and controlling. The whole purpose of a police department’s equipment is to impose violence, whether that violence is in the name of “justice” or not, and to protect themselves if and when people actually get fed up enough to fight back against state oppression. Domestic warfare is the purpose this technology serves, and that is the difference. It better equips police to surveil, track, engage, and exert power and force over undesirable communities because they, law enforcement agencies in general and not doctors or SUV driving parents, are granted a monopoly on the state-sanctioned use of force and violence.

Footnotes: Http://Facebook.com/oregoncopblockers

Http://www.youtube.com/oregoncoplock

(1) http://www.policeone.com/Officer-Safety/articles/6390637-Police-militarization-and-one-cops-humble-opinion/
(2) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/texas-swat-team-conducts-_n_3764951.html
(3) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/obama-marijuana-raids-rolling-stone_n_1451744.html
(4) http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/08/swat-team-nation.html
(5) http://www.copblock.org/tag/oregon/
(6) http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/authority.html
(7) http://www.drury.edu/ess/Logic/Informal/Overview.html
(8) http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Why-cops-lie-2388737.php
(9) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/20/local-cops-ready-for-war-with-homeland-security-funded-military-weapons.html
(10) http://www.policeone.com/police-products/vehicles/articles/5547356-Texas-police-to-get-armored-vehicle/
(11) http://www.southendpress.org/2007/items/87712

Humble Cop Not So Humble in Denying Police Militarization is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

State of Siege

Monday, August 19th, 2013

This is from the preface to an excellent [Salon interview with Radley Balko][1] on police militarization and his new book, [Rise of the Warrior Cop][2].[ref]I owe the link to [Lisa Simeone (August 16, 2013)](http://abombazine.blogspot.com/2013/08/wtf-is-wrong-with-you-people.html).[/ref]

[1]: http://www.salon.com/2013/07/13/radley_balko_once_a_town_gets_a_swat_team_you_want_to_use_it/
[2]: http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Warrior-Cop-Militarization-Americas/dp/1610392116?tag=radgeek-20

> There are more than 100 SWAT team raids every day in this country. . . .
>
> For the most part they go after nonviolent offenders like drug dealers and even small time gamblers.
>
> —Alex Halperin, interviewing Radley Balko.
[Once a town gets a SWAT team you want to use it,][1] Salon (July 13, 2013)

[Read the whole thing.][1]

Here's a photo of a heavily armored soldier bursting through the door and pointing a shotgun at the camera. On his arm there's a band reading POLICE.

### Also. ###
* [GT 2013-04-03: Yes, please.](http://radgeek.com/gt/2013/04/03/yes-please/)
* [GT 2013-03-26: Occupied Territory](http://radgeek.com/gt/2013/03/26/occupied-territory/)
* [GT 2013-02-10: Public Safety (Cont’d)](http://radgeek.com/gt/2013/02/10/public-safety-contd/)
* [GT 2012-08-28: Show me what a police state looks like (2012 edition)](http://radgeek.com/gt/2012/08/28/show-me-elected-government/)
* [GT 2011-02-01: Siege Mentality (Cont’d)](http://radgeek.com/gt/2011/02/01/siege-mentality-contd/)
* [GT 2010-01-23: Siege Mentality](http://radgeek.com/gt/2010/01/23/siege-mentality/)
* [GT 2009-05-07: Occupying Forces](http://radgeek.com/gt/2009/05/07/occupying_forces/)
* [GT 2009-03-28: It doesn’t take much imagination](http://radgeek.com/gt/2009/03/28/it_doesnt/)
* [GT 2008-09-25: How cops see themselves](http://radgeek.com/gt/2008/09/25/how_cops/)
* [GT 2008-05-06: No, seriously, I could swear the water in this pot is getting a little hotter](http://radgeek.com/gt/2008/05/06/no_seriously/)

Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs?

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Michael Snyder published this article at EndOfTheAmericanDream.com on August 8, 2013.

Once upon a time, the police were one of the most respected institutions in America, but now most Americans fear them. Almost every single day there are multiple stories of police brutality or misconduct that make the national news. Just this week, there have been stories about police killing a baby deer at an animal shelter, about police killing a 95-year-old World War II veteran in a retirement home, and about police using legal technicalities to “legally” steal massive amounts of money from innocent citizens.

Why are police acting like this? Why have police in America turned into such ruthless thugs? In the case of the baby deer that was killed, 13 armed agents stormed the animal shelter up in Wisconsin where it was being cared for. Is this really the kind of country that we want our children to grow up in?

A country where Bambi is hunted down by armed thugs working for the government? Sadly, the story about that deer is not an isolated incident. The truth is that police all over the country kill animals every single day. In fact, police in Chicago have shot 488 animalssince 2008. No wonder people are so afraid to have the police come to their homes.

Increasingly, police departments all over the United States are being transformed into military-style units. These days, even very minor violations of the law can result in a SWAT team raid. The following is from a recent article by John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute…

Consider that in 1980, there were roughly 3,000 SWAT team-style raids in the US. By 2001, that number had grown to 45,000 and has since swelled to more than 80,000 SWAT team raids per year. On an average day in America, over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams. In fact, there are few communities without a SWAT team on their police force today. In 1984, 25.6 percent of towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team. That number rose to 80 percent by 2005.

But it is not just local police departments that are being militarized. This is happening on the federal level as well. In fact, according to Whitehead even the Department of Education and NASA now have their own SWAT teams…

When it comes to SWAT-style tactics being used in routine policing, the federal government is one of the largest offenders, with multiple agencies touting their own SWAT teams, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Consumer Product Safety Commission, NASA, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the US National Park Service, and the FDA.

What in the world does NASA need a SWAT team for?

The police culture in America has fundamentally changed. In the old days, most police officers were extremely helpful and would give you directions or help you get your cat out of a tree.

But if you stop and ask a police officer for help today, you will be lucky if all you get is some dirty language. These days, police all over the nation are actually being trained to bark orders at you and to respond to the least bit of resistance with overwhelming force.

The results of this kind of training can often be extremely tragic. Just the other day, a 95-year-old World War II veteran living in a retirement home near Chicago was murdered by police just because he did not want to undergo high-risk surgery…

A 95-year-old man who served his country during World War II is now dead after police stormed his retirement home with riot shields, Tasered him and shot him with bean bag rounds – all because he adamantly refused to undergo high-risk surgery.

U.S. Army Air Corps veteran John Wrana, who was honorably discharged as a sergeant after he served in the India-Burma campaign, used a walker because family members said he was “wobbly” on his feet, according to the Chicago Tribune. The elderly veteran was shot down by enemy fire during the war.

On July 26, a doctor reportedly told Wrana if he survived surgery, he would likely be put on life support. The elderly man refused the operation, and paramedics attempted to involuntarily transport him for medical treatment. He was sitting in a chair, holding a cane and a shoe horn when police arrived at the Victory Centre senior living facility located just south of Chicago.

Why did the police have to act like that?

Is there any police officer out there that cannot physically handle a 95-year-old man?

That 95-year-old veteran survived fighting the Japanese, but he was not able to survive the thuggish behavior of our own police.

And most Americans don’t realize this, but when police pull you over they can take cash and property from you even if you have not done anything wrong. It is called “civil forfeiture” and it is one of the worst things about U.S. law. Civil forfeiture was described in a recent article by Becket Adams…

Did you know that the police can confiscate items such as cash and property from people who have never been convicted of a crime?

It’s true, and it’s all because of a little-known police tactic called civil forfeiture.

A product of the so-called “war on drugs,” civil forfeiture was part of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 passed by Congress 29 years ago. The bill gives law enforcement officials a portion of the assets seized during drug raids and similar investigations.

The following are some examples of the abuse of civil forfeiture that were detailed in a recent article in the New Yorker…

-Police took the home of an elderly couple in Philadelphia because their son allegedly sold $20 worth of marijuana on their front porch.

-Police in Virginia pulled over a speeder and took $28,500 that was intended to be used to purchase a new parcel of land for a Pentecostal church.

-One town in Texas has actually been caught threatening to take children away from innocent couples if they don’t sign over the cash that they are carrying to the police…

The county’s district attorney, a fifty-seven-year-old woman with feathered Charlie’s Angels hair named Lynda K. Russell, arrived an hour later. Russell, who moonlighted locally as a country singer, told Henderson and Boatright that they had two options. They could face felony charges for “money laundering” and “child endangerment,” in which case they would go to jail and their children would be handed over to foster care. Or they could sign over their cash to the city of Tenaha, and get back on the road. “No criminal charges shall be filed,” a waiver she drafted read, “and our children shall not be turned over to CPS,” or Child Protective Services.

“Where are we?” Boatright remembers thinking. “Is this some kind of foreign country, where they’re selling people’s kids off?” Holding her sixteen-month-old on her hip, she broke down in tears.

If you have not read the new article in the New Yorker that goes into great detail about all of this, you can find it right here.

So why are police all over America acting like this?

Well, one of the primary factors is that they are just following the example that is being set on the federal level.

The entire country is rapidly being transformed into a “Big Brother” police state, and most Americans seem to like it that way.

And with each passing year, it just gets even worse. For example, we were originally told that the TSA would only be hassling us at our airports, but now they are everywhere. As the New York Times recently reported, TSA “VIPR teams” are now being deployed almost everywhere there are large gatherings of people…

With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach to sporting events, music festivals, rodeos, highway weigh stations and train terminals.

This “VIPR team” program is “growing rapidly”, and apparently these “VIPR teams” conducted 8,800 “unannounced checkpoints” last year…

The program now has a $100 million annual budget and is growing rapidly, increasing to several hundred people and 37 teams last year, up from 10 teams in 2008. T.S.A. records show that the teams ran more than 8,800 unannounced checkpoints and search operations with local law enforcement outside of airports last year, including those at the Indianapolis 500 and the Democratic and Republican national political conventions.

So where is the outrage?

A small minority of the American people have been sounding the alarmabout NSA snooping and other abuses, but most Americans don’t really seem to care about these things very much.

In fact, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center,47 percent of all Americans don’t even want the media to report on secret government surveillance programs.

So not only do they not want the surveillance to stop, 47 percent of all Americans do not even want to hear anything about it on the news.

How sickening is that?

Sadly, this is not the first survey that has produced this kind of a result. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “19 Surveys Which Prove That A Large Chunk Of The Population Is Made Up Of Totally Clueless Sheeple“.

In the end, we will get the government that we deserve. And according to the New York Times, at this point our government is even willing to manufacture fake terror threats in order to distract us from their surveillance activities…

Some analysts and Congressional officials suggested Friday that emphasizing a terrorist threat now was a good way to divert attention from the uproar over the N.S.A.’s data-collection programs, and that if it showed the intercepts had uncovered a possible plot, even better.

What in the world is happening to America?

Is there any hope for us?

 

Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs? is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights