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AP/Damian Dovarganes

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



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

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



Zawezome (CC BY 2.0)

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



krossbow (CC BY 2.0)

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



YouTube / OperationLeakS

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



Flickr/s_falkow (CC-BY)

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


Black in White Plains: The Police Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

“My name is Kenneth Chamberlain. This is my sworn testimony. White Plains police are going to come in here and kill me.” And that’s just what they did.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Gerald Herbert

Former Police Officers Get Jail Time for Post-Katrina Shootings

Five ex-officers from the New Orleans Police Department found themselves on the other side of the law Wednesday, as they were sentenced to jail for their respective roles in the shootings of six unarmed civilians in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


SCOTUS Up the Wazoo

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Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



Scott Ableman (CC-BY)

Cellphone Tracking Has a Friend Down at Headquarters

You already knew it was happening, but The New York Times points to internal documents to confirm that police departments across the country are using cellphone-tracking technology aggressively in all kinds of investigations, often without a court order or judicial oversight.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Slain Black Veteran’s Son Speaks Out

In mid-November 2011, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a 68-year-old black veteran, was shot to death after police entered his apartment in White Plains, N.Y., while responding to a false alarm from his medical pendant. (At right, his son Kenneth Jr.)

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



West Midlands Police (CC-BY)

Private Cops to Replace Public Ones in British Counties

The relentless privatization of everything continues in the U.K., where local governments are offering private security companies £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) over seven years to conduct services previously carried out by police.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

Did the NYPD’s Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?

ProPublica interviews co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at NYU School of Law Faiza Patel to explore whether New York police crossed the line.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


Oakland Police Arrest 400 and Counting

Clashes between protesters and police in Oakland have once again focused the Occupy spotlight on the city.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



Chad Davis Some rights reserved

Washington Funds Militarization of Police Departments

With newly purchased assault rifles, body armor and armored vehicles, “many officers look more and more like combat troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” finds the Center for Investigative Reporting, which has arguably done a better job than Washington of tracking what precincts around the country have bought with $34 billion in federal grants.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



Fanghong (CC-BY-SA)

Occupy Guangdong

Villagers in Southern China have accused authorities of seizing their land and killing a village representative in custody. The BBC reports that residents of Wukan in Guangdong province, one of China’s red-hot economic zones, are in a standoff with police.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE


The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hasan Jamali

American Head-Basher Lands a Job in Bahrain

The U.S. has long exported money, weapons and propaganda know-how to foreign governments looking to contain their populations. Now the ruling Al-Khalifas of Bahrain have hired former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney, notorious for employing brutal tactics against American protesters, to assist in a crackdown against pro-democracy activists on their soil.

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

Weapon of Choice

Pepper spray is a chemical weapon and its use by police fits the definition of torture.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Boster, Pool

Police Clear Occupy Camps in Los Angeles, Philadelphia

In the end, after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a show of less force when it came to the city’s approach to its own Occupy movement, a giant squad of more than 1,000 police officers descended on the downtown encampment around City Hall early Wednesday morning, arrested around 200 people ... (more)

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



Mike Shane

Wolf’s OWS Report Sparks Debate

Did Naomi Wolf get her facts straight in her Guardian report about American mayors acting in cahoots with the Department of Homeland Security in their recent crackdowns on OWS encampments, or did she engage in a little journalistic extrapolation? Those aren’t the only two options here, but at least one noteworthy ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


Intervention

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© Jeff Pappas

Media Complain of ‘Hostile’ NYPD (Update)

Some of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations, including AP and The New York Times, are condemning New York City’s treatment of the media, writing in a letter that “police actions of last week have been more hostile ...” (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


Another Vet Struck Down by Police in Oakland

This disturbing video clip shows Occupy Oakland protester and three-tour Iraq War veteran Kayvan Sabehgi in an altercation with riot police Nov. 2. The Guardian posted the clip late last week and reported that Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen as a result of the beat-down captured here, and that Oakland police say they are looking into the incident.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE


Wall Street Arrests

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Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE



zio Paolino (CC-BY)

‘Go. Leave. You Can’t Be Here’

Neither Brookfield Properties nor the NYPD wants journalists asking questions about an unmarked truck that has been pointing a surveillance camera at protesters in Zuccotti Park for the past few weeks. So much so that a police officer declared journalist Nick Turse’s note-taking at the site to be illegal and ordered him to leave.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE


Evicted

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Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE


Only a Coward

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AP / Paul Sakuma

Cops Send Occupy Oakland Protesters Packing

Around 5 a.m. Monday, officers from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment and ousted protesters from the city’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, arresting 32 people who refused to leave and obliging movement members ... (more)

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


‘Outed’ Oakland Cop Supports Occupy Movement, Criticizes Police

Although his cover was blown in a video circulated last month, Oakland cop Fred Shavies says in this interview that he didn’t see his job as “infiltrating” the Occupy Oakland movement—at least not in a bad way. He does criticize his fellow officers, though, in terms of ... (more)

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Berkeley Police Clash With Students

This disturbing video shows riot-ready police facing off with students protesting on Wednesday at UC Berkeley. The students were reportedly attempting to set up camp on school grounds, which initially didn’t go over well ... (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jay Finneburgh

Truthdigger of the Week: Scott Olsen

This week, Truthdig salutes Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who served his country abroad and at home within the Occupy Oakland movement, as our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

Chris Hedges Arrested in Front of Goldman Sachs

The New York Daily News reports that at least 15 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested after about 300 marched from Zuccotti Park to the front door of Goldman Sachs. Among them was Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Protest’s Tone Changes Overnight in Oakland

The day started with a general strike in Oakland, Calif., and by sundown the Occupy movement had scored a symbolic and practical victory in peacefully closing down the busy Port of Oakland. But around midnight and early into Thursday morning, protesters and riot police were clashing at the main encampment by City Hall. What changed? (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

Oakland Police: ‘We, Too, Are the 99%’

The Oakland Police Officer’s Association announced “we are confused” in an open letter to the city’s residents Tuesday. The letter blames Mayor Jean Quan for ordering the clearing of the Occupy Oakland encampment that resulted in a young Iraq War veteran’s brain injury and national attention.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Dispatches From Cairo: Torture in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Essam Atta died Thursday at Qasr El-Eini hospital in Cairo after prison guards allegedly tortured him by sodomization.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



ktvu.com

Oakland Cops Press Assault on Protesters Through the Night

Oakland police repeatedly fired tear gas and what appeared to be flash-bang grenades at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to retake their camp Tuesday night. Police deny using flash-bangs, accusing protesters of throwing fireworks. However, local news footage contradicts that claim. Updated (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



Youtube / VolcanicalThunder2

Truthdigger of the Week: Naomi Wolf

Author and feminist Naomi Wolf, whose dedication to helping protesters understand and exercise their rights got her arrested outside a private, black-tie event, is our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



tbone_sandwich (CC-BY)

Protesters Invigorated by Show of Public Support

Despite a continuing barrage of defamation attempts by the mainstream media and right-wing political advocacy groups, Wall Street’s occupiers seem to be enjoying a rising popularity with the public, especially fellow New Yorkers. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



© Jeff Pappas

Which Side Are You On!

I am all for Occupy Wall Street—and a lot of other places—but I wish I understood where this is going. And why it took so long to get going.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / pweiskel08 (CC-BY)

Occupy Boston Protesters Hauled Off in Greenway Standoff

Some 100 people—around 65 men and 35 women—taking part in an Occupy Boston protest were arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after they refused to leave a newly groomed section of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway near Dewey Square. (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Wong

The Chinafication of America

A recent trip to China made me think about the way life can go on in a police state when people are much more preoccupied with economic survival than with civil liberties.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

How (and Why) to Co-opt Those Cops on Wall Street

If teachers, bus drivers, firefighters, nurses and, yes, police officers show up to demand change—then this could be the beginning of something very, very big.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE


Policing the Prophets of Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street protest grows daily, spreading to cities across the United States. The response by the New York Police Department has been brutal.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE


Heroes’ Welcome

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Flickr / _PaulS_ (CC-BY-SA)

Hundreds of ‘Occupy’ Protesters Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

Top-ranked New York police commanders helped arrest more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters Saturday when demonstrators left the sidewalks during a march and tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the street, blocking traffic.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / marniejoyce (CC-BY)

Truthdiggers of the Week: Occupy Wall Street

Thousands of protesters have crowded Wall Street for the last 12 days, decrying the effects of corporate greed on a functioning democracy. Those protesters, Occupy Wall Street, are our Truthdiggers of the Week.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 READ MORE


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