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The campaign to ban tear gas

by Wade Rathke September 20, 2020 Pearl River   We’ve talked about Bjorn Skogquist before, but this time we wanted to catch up with him and the Ban Tear Gas Campaign in more detail on Wade’s…

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A police officer stands on the roof of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis holding a projectile launcher during a demonstration on May 27. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)
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‘It seems systematic’: doctors cite 115 cases of head injuries from crowd control devices

by Jordan Culver, USA Today September 14, 2020 At least 115 people were injured this summer when police shot them in the head or neck with so-called “less-lethal” projectiles at protests over racial injustice and police…

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ACLU, press freedom advocates denounce attack on journalist by LA Sheriff’s Deputies

Video footage of the incident contradicts official reports from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Monday, September 14 Press freedom advocates are calling for an investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s…

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Trump openly endorses extrajudicial killings of suspects by law enforcement

Trump tells reporter  “There has to be retribution” “State violence to advance the end of ‘retribution’ is death squad logic,” said one critic. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Discussing the recent police killing of a self-described anti-fascist…

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Cities and states look to crack down on ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police

by Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY Thursday, September 3 Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and…

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Members of the University of South Carolina football team join student athletes on campus during a demonstration against racial inequality and police brutality on August 31, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. The team organized the event in response to Jacob Blake, who was shot several times at close range in the back during an encounter with a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer, which was caught on video. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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‘Unjust, inhumane, and avoidable’: Horrifying video of police killing of Daniel Prude sparks outrage

“If someone calls for mental health assistance, murdering people should not be the result,” one racial justice advocate said. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, September 3 Newly released video footage showing New York police putting…

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Banning dispersants

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Bjorn Skogquist was a former mayor of one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs some fifteen miles away, when he was a young man. He did a couple of terms and went…

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Federal agents sent to Kenosha, but history shows militarized policing in cities can escalate violence and trigger conflict

Sending in the feds to quell unrest often increases conflict on the ground, as it did this summer in Portland, Ore. Nathan Howard/Getty Images by  Angélica Durán-Martínez, University of Massachusetts Lowell August 31 The U.S. Justice…

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Trump plans Kenosha visit despite calls to stay away

‘Photo-Op for white nationalist president isn’t helpful,’ says Wisconsin Dem In a letter to Trump on Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned the president’s visit “will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward…

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Amid violence in Portland, Biden and progressive critics emphasize that continued chaos is result of ‘Trump’s America’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has consistently called for peaceful protests and condemned violence, but still faces accusations that he’s allowed Trump to claim the “law and order” mantle. by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, August…

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Video shows officers in unmarked vehicles surround, arrest activists in Kenosha for the crime of… trying to serve free food

When traveling from out of state with an AR-15 is not treated as a crime, but “filling up gas cans for your food truck” leads to immediate arrest. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, August 28…

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Protesters hold signs during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 26, 2020. Two people were shot dead and a third injured on the night of August 25 as anti-police protesters clashed with armed vigilante groups during a third night of demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo: Kamil Krzaczynsky/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Policing Racism Right Wing Militias

Far-right militias and white supremacist groups infiltrating US police departments for years, says Brennan Center for Justice

The study comes amid unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the latest high-profile police shooting of a Black man and the shooting deaths of two protesters by an alleged far-right militia member. by Julia Conley, staff writer…

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Kenosha Sheriff David Beth (r) speaks at a news conference on August 26, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In addition to Beth, the ACLU is also calling for immediate resignation of Kenosha, Wisconsin chief of police Daniel Miskinis (l). (Screenshot from photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
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ACLU demands immediate resignation of Kenosha Police Chief, Sheriff, and Mayor

The actions of the city’s top law enforcement officials, said the group, “uphold and defend white supremacy, while demonizing people who were murdered for exercising their first amendment rights and speaking out against police violence.” by…

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A man on the ground was shot during the third day of protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020. (Screenshot. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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17 year old fires on Kenosha residents protesting police shooting of Jacob Blake, killing two; video. Suspect arrested, charges filed

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes warns that the danger posed by white militias has been ignored for far too long. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, August, 26 Two people were killed and one injured overnight…

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A boy sits on his father's shoulders while holding a sign on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo: Brandon Bell)
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Jacob Blake’s father says his son is paralyzed below waist after being shot from behind by Kenosha Police

Marches and demonstrations have been held nationwide demanding justice for the 29-year-old father of six, who is Black. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, August 25 Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man whom police shot in…

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Protesters march near the Minneapolis 1st police precinct during a demonstration against police brutality and racism on August 24, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP)
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Mass demonstrations and marches erupt nationwide to protest police shooting of Jacob Blake

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of six was shot multiple times in the back at point-blank range by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer as three of his children watched from the back seat of his car….

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Prohibited from holding police officer to account, federal judge calls on Supreme Court to overturn ‘Qualified Immunity’

“Those who violate the constitutional rights of our citizens must be held accountable. When that day comes we will be one step closer to that more perfect Union.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, August 7…

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US police roots spring from slavery

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   We would all love to simply believe that the police are there, and have always been there, as the slogan goes, “to serve and protect.” Jill Lepore, the noted Harvard historian…

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Demonstrators face police armed with military equipment at a recent racial justice protest. (Photo: Amnesty International USA)
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Amnesty International report details human rights violations by US police during racial justice protests

‘The World Is Watching’ The use of force detailed in the report “is ultimately a symptom of the very issue that started these protests: unaccountable police violence.” by Julia Conley, staff writer In a report titled…

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A father, left, and his son, who was detained in an American hotel and faced expulsion to Honduras. (Carolina Guerrero for ProPublica and The Texas Tribune)
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Her rapist threatened to make her “disappear.” Instead of asylum, ICE put her in a hotel and sent her back.

Thousands of migrant children — including babies — have been expelled by the Trump administration since March. Some have been held in hotels without access to lawyers or family. Advocates say many are now “virtually impossible”…

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Heavily armed riot police, Portland (Shutterstock)
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I was tear gassed in Portland — and not just by Feds

Police departments are over-militarized at the local level, too. Here’s one way to change that. By Robert P. Alvarez July 30, 2020 The smell of tear gas is hard to describe, but it’s horrifying. It pinched…

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A federal agent in Portland, Oregon during a demonstration on the night of July 24, 2020. (Photo: Jake Borden)
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Oregon Governor says Federal Agents are leaving Portland on Thursday; BUT: DHS, White House says not yet ‘The withdraw is conditional’

“The federal occupation of our community has brought a new kind of fear to our streets.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 29   An immediate withdrawal of federal forces in Portland, Oregon appeared unlikely…

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Amid fears of a defeated Trump who won’t go willingly, Warren calls on Cabinet officials to end deployment of federal agents against protests

“This is an urgent matter for American democracy and for the safety of Americans peacefully protesting in their communities.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 Specifically citing President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to…

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‘This Is…Kidnapping’: Video shows plainclothes NYPD officers throwing protester Into unmarked van

“Our civil liberties are on the brink,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “This is not a drill. There is no excuse for snatching women off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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