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Archives by Tag 'police brutality'
Strip Your Rights
LINH DINH
Whatever crimes, violations or discretions anyone admits to, he or she likely has done, is doing and will do worse. This is also true of governments. Washington can now snoop on your international emails and phone calls, without warrants, but do you seriously think they...
The Tentacles of Empire
RON JACOBS
This past week the world watched while Chicago police and their allies militarized the city of Chicago as part of what was primarily a show of force.  The only “terrorists” arrested in the entire operation were three men who had filmed police harassing them earlier i...
Chicago Cops are the Terrorists
DAVE LINDORFF
It seems pretty clear by now that the three young “domestic terrorists” arrested by Chicago police in a warrantless house invasion reminiscent of what US military forces are doing on a daily basis in Afghanistan, are the victims of planted evidence — part of the...
Being There
MISSY BEATTIE
Do protests and marches accomplish anything?  Should I go?  These questions collided in my head.  One friend advised against.  Another said I should.  My children phoned, “If you do, be careful.” I knew.  I just knew. I knew I would be in Chicago. I arriv...
Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?
DAVE LINDORFF
A new trove of heavily redacted documents provided by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) on behalf of filmmaker Michael Moore and the National Lawye...
Americans Love a Good Killer
JOHN GRANT
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic and a killer. – D.H. Lawrence The realist in murder writes of a world in which gangsters can rule nations … where a judge with a cellar full of bootleg liquor can send a man to jail for ...
The Crackdown on Occupy
KEVIN CARSON
Disturbing news from Occupy circles about NYPD practices these days — I mean, in addition to all those other NYPD practices we were already disturbed about. David Graeber, a prominent anarchist involved with Occupy since its beginning, recounts seeing a woman...
Wait Till Chen Guangchen Goes on His First Occupy Demonstration in New York
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Chen Guangchen, the Chinese human activist, got four separate articles in the New York Times for May 5. Jane Perlez and Michael Wines reported from Beijing on the deal that would get Chen and his family visas to the US, for him to take up a fellowship at NYU. ...
Entrapment, Snatch Squads and Probation Holds
MIKE KING
May Day 2012 was a day when Occupy made clear to enemies, critics and co-opters alike that the Occupy movement is far from dead.  All across the country rallies, marches, and direct actions put the 1% on notice for what will undoubtedly be a hot Spring and Summer.  Be...
Occupy’s Back and NYPD’s Cracked
CHARLES M. YOUNG
I got home at 10:00 pm on the nose, and the first thing I did was take off my shoes after 14 hours of May Day marching with 30-40,000 other conscientious objectors to capitalism. My feet hurt, okay? My second priority was turning on the local news, which happened to be Fo...
Rodney King, Official Negligence and the LA Riots
BINOY KAMPMARK
Even after twenty years, the Los Angeles riots that were precipitated as a reaction to the Rodney King trial verdict of acquittal for the cops  divide rather than affirm positions.  So much in the pursuit of life’s answers lies in exposing errors rather than unearthin...
Occupy Oakland, Permitted Protest, and Police Repression
MIKE KING
As the Occupy movement around the country begins to get more involved in immigrant struggles, or around the struggles of people of color more generally, complicated questions of race and risk, tactics and differential legal consequences for people of color are arising.  ...
It’s Time to Revive the Civil Rights Movement
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
We mourn Trayvon Martin, the young African American who, armed only with candy and a soft drink, was shot dead for the offense of “walking while black.” George Zimmerman, the vigilante who shot him, has not been arrested, apparently pr...
Waiting for Redemption
LISA BARR
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Should Occupy Use Violence?
KEVIN CARSON
Back in the mid-1980s, when the African National Congress was still fighting the South Africa’s apartheid regime, I recall Secretary of State George Schultz testifying before some Senate committee. He clutched his pearls at the appearance that “some members of...
Occupy Reality
MARC SALOMON
The Bay Area has always been the outlier in American politics, often for the better and occasionally for the worse.  In the case of Occupy, the Bay Area’s unique situation highlights the challenges facing the movement from both its relative “left” and “right” ...
Occupy Oakland After the Crackdown
NICK ROBINSON
The night of January 28th in Oakland left me feeling angry.  I felt anger toward police for brutalizing people in the streets, illegally kettling protesters, and collectively punishing the entire march with indiscriminate use of chemical weapons and projectiles.  I felt...
Oakland’s Dirty War
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
As winter sets in, the Occupy Movement nationwide confronts a new series of challenges. Conspiring with the weather, however, is the threat of a shifting policing model currently being tested out in Oakland. Coercive Attrition The Italian Co...
Police State Targeted by New Year’s Eve Demos
STEVEN HIGGS
If mainstream media reports on a New Year’s Eve demonstration in downtown Bloomington, Indiana are given any credibility, the only crimes committed that evening were perpetrated by a couple protesters, and the city’s lightweight mayor may take away Occupy Bloo...
The Everardo Torres Police Killing in Madera
SAL SANDOVAL
Not a single person’s eyes were dry when Melchor Torres of Madera , California recounted the story of his son’s murder while in police custody on the night of October 22, 2002. Melchor was an invited guest to the Merced-based October 7, 2011 meeting of the ...
Face-to-Face with the NYPD
IBRAHIM DIALLO
“It is far more important to hold accountable the enforcers of the law than the perpetrators because if you don’t, you will have a nation of warlords. – Mahmood Mamdani. New York’s Finest (also known as ...
John Timoney’s Bloody Journey
DAVID ROVICS
John Timoney, until recently chief of police of Miami and before that Philadelphia, formerly of New York City, where he also was a high-ranking cop, is heading to Bahrain to train the cops there, according to the Associated Press.  If you happen to know anybody from Bahr...
Amid The Architecture Of Declining Capitalism
PHIL ROCKSTROH
The recent pepper spraying “incident” at the University of California at Davis represents more than an opportunity to create a cleverly photoshopped, viral meme. The act is part and parcel of a larger collective mindset–a proclivity towards authoritarian...
Arrested for Supporting Local Business
LORI SPENCER
Oklahoma City. In the early morning hours of Black Friday, 10 members of Occupy OKC  discovered that chanting “Buy local!” in a crowded Walmart is an arrestable offense in the United States of America. It all started with a group of ...
The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads
DAVID CORREIA
Albuquerque. On November 13 of this year the Albuquerque police oversight commission cleared one of its own for the fatal shooting in September of 2010 of 19-year old Chandler Barr. The officer, a bicycle cop on her first day on the job, shot the mentally ...