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Local Police Receive War’s Leftover Arms

As the wars overseas draw to something like a close, it’s not just battered GIs that come home. “The former tools of combat—M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more—are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice,” Matt Apuzzo writes at The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

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After 2 Officers Indicted on Shooting Charges, Dallas Police Call for Body Cameras

Mandatory body cameras for police officers may not fix everything, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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The Truth About Fukushima

The world is in utter denial about what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear plant; a policeman shot and killed a North Carolina teenager who had schizophrenia; and Glenn Greenwald answers a few questions about the Omidyar project on his blog. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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The Criminalization of Everyday Life

If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone will be treated as criminal.

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Populist De Blasio Is New York’s First Democratic Mayor in Decades

By trumpeting economic and civil rights issues, New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got himself elected Tuesday night to the highest office in the biggest city in America.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Facebook May Join Forces With Police to Thwart Protests

Independent journalist Kenneth Lipp attended a law enforcement conference in Philadelphia on Monday in which he discovered that soon authorities may have control over what’s posted on social media sites. This includes allowing people to plan demonstrations using sites such as Facebook.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Freedom of Speech a Casualty of Official Response to Student Drinking

(Updated) Professors at my hometown university are silent as city and college officials seek blood after a beer-fueled clash between students and police.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE


Dialogue with the Government

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Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Minorities on Receiving End of Vast Majority of L.A. County Canine Unit Bites

Minorities in recent years have been the disproportionate target of police dogs used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but a new special counsel’s report found that for the first six months of this year, all arrest suspects bitten by Sheriff’s Department police dogs were African-American or Latino. And the dogs are deployed at an overwhelmingly higher rate in poor neighborhoods than in wealthy ones.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



Why Mugshots Shouldn’t Be Publicized

Some self-serving websites charge people who have been arrested to take their photos off the Internet; socialists should be outraged about Obamacare; meanwhile, is Obama headed toward isolationism or exceptionalism? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Incentives Often Skew Justice in the American Courts, Study Finds

In a disturbing new report, two academics argue that incentives—from career gains to lab test payments—may be leading to high numbers of false convictions in American courts. They call for more study, but also for a systemic overhaul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Singing and Sidewalk Chalk Seen as New Threats to the Empire

Police continue their crackdown on protesters and photographers in Madison, Wis., including the videotaped violent arrest of a man taking pictures. Elsewhere, writing political protests in washable chalk is now a felony.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Want Military Action? Look No Further Than Your Local Police

Increased militarization of domestic police departments has contributed to grotesque violations of Americans’ civil liberties, not to mention costing untold millions in tax dollars.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Arbitrary, and Uncalled For

For all who believe in colorblind justice—and want to see fewer African-American and Hispanic men caught up in the system—there are two items of good news.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE


Stop and Frisk

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Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



Stop-and-Frisk: The World According to Questlove

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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FBI Let Informants Break the Law 5,658 Times in One Year

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from USA Today, we now know that agents authorized an average of 15 crimes a day in 2011.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The Trouble With the Robert Ethan Saylor Case

There are many things that trouble me about the death of Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome who died in January after an encounter with sheriff’s deputies at a movie theater. Stories of police brutality always carry the special chill that comes with a violation of the public trust.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE


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Top Ten American Steps Toward a Police State

The police state is characterized by a standing political police, by intense domestic surveillance and by restrictions on the movements of citizens. Police states are on a spectrum, and unfortunately in the past decade the United States has moved toward police-stateness in small but key ways.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


L.A. Pot Dispensary Crackdown

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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Arizona Man Charged With DUI Despite Not Being Drunk (Video)

A 64-year-old retired firefighter was arrested and charged with drunk driving even though tests showed that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 and a drug recognition officer said the man was completely sober.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE


DNA Ruling

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DNA Sampling and Police

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Supreme Court: Police Can Take Your DNA Upon Arrest

In what’s been hailed as a “resounding victory for law enforcement,” a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can collect DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



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California Man Sues Officers He Says Nearly Beat Him to Death

A California man who nearly died after an incident in which he said he asked two Highway Patrol officers to read a traffic ticket they had issued him has filed a lawsuit against them and the state.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE


Broke L.A. Cuts Million Dollar Checks to Cops and Firefighters

A little-known pension scheme in the City of Angels lets public safety workers double-dip at the taxpayers’ expense.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Christopher Dorner and the Lines That Divide Us

Issues of race and the LAPD have been raised once again in the case of Christopher Dorner, a dismissed African-American cop accused of killing four people before apparently losing his life in a gunfight with police and subsequent fire.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Desperate L.A. Offers $1 Million Bounty for Accused Cop Killer

A week after former police officer Christopher Dorner is alleged to have begun killing those people he reportedly views as his enemies, authorities in Southern California—and even Charlie Sheen—are doing everything they can to bring the elusive man out of the shadows.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Dozens Killed in Attack on Iraqi Police Headquarters

On Sunday morning, a suicide car bomber disguised as a policeman attacked the police headquarters in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing 36 people and wounding 105 in the blast, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE


Marijuana Law Enforcement in America

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Striking Miners Charged in Slayings of Colleagues Shot by Police

Despite the fact that video seen around the world clearly showed police firing on the South African miners, their co-workers are the ones who are being charged in the deaths.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE


Julian Assange Siege

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Family Research Council Guard Wounded in Shooting

It is still unclear whether the suspect targeted the conservative Family Research Council because of its political views, but officials say that will be part of the investigation into the incident Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


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America the Great ... Police State

Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal’s essays over the last six years. In a tribute to his legacy, we’ll be rerunning his great works. In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the U.S. is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws—only by armed men and force.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Police Chaos in Anaheim

Police killings, military fatigue-clad SWAT teams, blocked streets, and the terrorization of men, women and children with attack dogs and rubber bullets. By these signs, the land just beyond Disney’s “Magic Kingdom” appears to be under siege.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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If the Iraq War Is Over, Why Are We Still Losing Money?

It’s not the biggest boondoggle in the war on terrorism/Iraq, but it’s a reminder that two presidents into the great Mesopotamian adventure, the U.S. still knows how to find a hole and throw money in it.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE


Life in the American Slaughterhouse

We all know about Aurora. We know a lot less about Anaheim and the killing of Manuel Angel Diaz, shot in the back and in the head by that city’s police just a few short hours after the awful Aurora murders.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Anaheim Police Crack Down on Protesters (Video)

Officers stepped up efforts to quell demonstrations in Anaheim that have grown increasingly heated as protesters demand answers about two police shootings over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Condom Crackdown Subverts HIV Prevention Efforts

Women who carry around condoms—including sex workers who use them to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases—are being criminalized in cities across the United States, as police agencies view possession of prophylactics as evidence of prostitution.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Your Phone, the Snitch

Devices that intercept calls and text messages and dig into data stored on your mobile phone are being marketed to police departments across the United States “as being perfect for covert operations in public order situations.” Or, as the ACLU’s Privacy SOS blog puts it: protests.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE



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UC Davis Officials, Officer Critiqued in Occupy Protest Report

After UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s handling of last fall’s crackdown on Occupy protesters by campus police—the one that inspired an artful meme drawn from shameful circumstances—drew fire, university officials ordered a task force to investigate the pepper-spraying incident of Nov. 18 and issue a report.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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From the Classroom to the Courtroom

In Texas, some students who show up late for class too many times, or just plain don’t show up, are being sent to courtrooms instead of principals’ offices, while other youngsters face heftier charges and fines for offenses that used to be handled by schools’ internal disciplinary officers and structures.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


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