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Fed agents violate Geneva Convention in Portland

As happened in Asheville, NC, and imitating Israeli military attacks agains Palestinian health clinics Federal agents are destroying medical equipment and stations in Portland, OR. by Meteor staff Thursday, July 23 Federal authorities are accused of…

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Posted in Abuse of power Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Politics

Trump and Barr to deploy more Federal Agents to US cities – Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico,

‘Abuse of Power’ “In case you were wondering, this is precisely what fascism looks like.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday afternoon that the…

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Protestors are tear gassed as the police disperse them near the White House on June 1, 2020 as demonstrations against George Floyd's death continue. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
Posted in Editorial/opinon Policing

Will Trump’s Secret Police succeed in provoking riots in your city?

Portland is a test… but only a test. by Thom Hartmann July 21, 2020 The Republican Trump administration has gone full authoritarian. Portland is a test, but only a test. Donald Trump signaled his election strategy…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

Stirring fears of pre-crime policing, DHS head Chad Wolf confirms federal agents in Portland making ‘Proactive’ arrests

“Welcome to 2020: Minority Report Edition.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 Critics unloaded on acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf after the agency head revealed in an interview on Fox News Tuesday…

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Posted in 2020 Fed Budget Columns ICE Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Defund the Department of Homeland Security

by Wade Rathke New Orleans      What nightmare is this?  In his dictatorial desperation, as polls indicate that the president’s ineptness in dealing with the economy, race, and the pandemic is capsizing his campaign, he is…

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With Bill to Mandate Identifying Info on Officer Uniforms, AOC Says US ‘Should Not Have Secret Police’

“If an officer violates their agency’s policies, their victim should have the ability to report them to their agency and demand accountability.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, July 20 Citing increased fears of an authoritarian…

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"I was enraged simply because I did not think they were taking their oath of office seriously or they were compromising their oath of office," Christopher David, the 53-year-old disabled Navy veteran shown above being attacked and pepper sprayed by federal police. "So I actually went down because I wanted to talk to them about it." (Screenshot: via Twitter/Zane Sparling/@PDXzane)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Investigations News Policing Race for the White House 2020

Navy Veteran speaks out after attack by Secret Police in viral video viewed nearly 10 million times: ‘No Tactics… Just Seemed Like a Gang’

“They just started whaling on me with batons, and I let them,” said Christopher David. by John Quelley, Staff writer Monday, July 20 The U.S. Navy veteran who was brutally attacked by unidentified federal police in…

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Federal officers prepare to disperse the crowd of protestors outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

‘These tactics must stop’: Oregon DOJ launches criminal probe into violence by Trump-deployed Feds

“Every American should be repulsed when they see this happening. If this can happen here in Portland, it can happen anywhere.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, July 18 Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday…

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Posted in Columns Op/Ed Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Federal Invasion of Portland, Oregon

[Cuccinelli] is no freedom fighter or protector of any American rights. A zealot with access to a type of police in a time when funding for the police and their military tactics is part of the…

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Unidentified federal officers detain a protester in Portland, Oregon on July 16, 2020. (Photo: Twitter/Screengrab)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Investigations Military News Policing

Trump condemned for authoritarian ‘Abuse of Power’ as Secret Federal Police snatch protesters off Portland streets. Video

“Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters. These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 17, 2020 Oregon’s Democratic governor and other state…

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A staff member of the Community Relations Service mediating at a march in Memphis in 2009. His jacket and hat displayed the Department of Justice seal. (Community Relations Service)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Pro Publica

How a Key Federal Civil Rights Agency Was Sidelined as Historic Protests Erupted

Launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Community Relations Service has been without a director and short-staffed during recent unrest. The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to eliminate the agency. by A.C. Thompson and Robert…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Justice News

Poll shows overwhelming US support for police reform, increased accountability.

86% say require police to behave or send them to jail. Among other major changes, large majorities of the American public want clear standards for police misconduct and prosecution of officers guilty of excessive force. by…

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Protestors are tear gassed as the police disperse them near the White House on June 1, 2020 as demonstrations against George Floyd's death continue. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Justice News

IG to investigate violent police clearing of Lafayette Square

“The White House narrative is contradicted by video evidence, eyewitness accounts, and even its own past statements. Frankly, it has no credibility at this point.” — Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) by Andrea Germanos, staff writer…

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U.S. Park Police forces back protesters using batons and pepper spray after some attempted to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News

Secret Service forces press to leave the White House as police use pepper spray and batons to beat back protesters

“The move to force members of the media off White House grounds is highly unusual,” CNN reported after two of its journalists were removed. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, June 23 Without initially offering an…

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Police officers pepper spray a woman next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the killing of George Floyd continue on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

New Amnesty International map documents ‘shocking extent’ of US police violence against black lives matter protesters

Denying people’s constitutional rights “with physical violence, tear gas, and pepper spray is a hallmark of repression,” said one Amnesty researcher. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, June 23   An extensive new report released Tuesday…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Essay The Conversation

From grandfather to grandson, the lessons of the Tulsa race massacre

“More than 1,000 businesses and homes were burned to the ground, scores of black families were herded into cattle pens at the fairgrounds, and one of the largest and most prosperous black communities in the United…

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A police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis.
Posted in Black Lives Matter Kaiser Health News News Policing

Fractured skulls, lost eyes: police often break own rules using ‘rubber bullets’

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY and Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY June 19, 2020 Warning: Graphic images and video below. Megan…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Justice News Policing

‘Now is not the time for more studies’: Sanders rips weak GOP bill and demands end to police immunity

“Now is the time to hold racist and corrupt police officers and police departments accountable for their actions.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 18 Slamming the GOP’s newly unveiled policing reform bill as inadequate…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

USA protests by the numbers

It’s not the same as front page news, but I like the fact that your action is part of the collective force for change, more than simply a picture on Facebook.   by Wade Rathke New…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing Racism

In authoritarian tirade, Trump claims Americans ‘want law and order’ policing whether they know it or not. Video

Civil rights advocates slammed the president’s law enforcement executive order as “a band-aid for a bullet wound.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday. June 16 Prior to signing an executive order approving law enforcement reforms that…

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A fire broke out Saturday night at a Wendy's fast food restaurant in Atlanta where a now-fired police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, Friday night. (Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Justice News

Calls mount for ‘Radical Changes in Policy and Policing’ and the arrest of fired Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks

The head of CAIR-Georgia demanded actions to “end the systemic oppression and anti-black racism rooted in the Atlanta Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunday, June 14 Local activists and…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Say their names, too

“A video is worth a thousand lives.” by Wade Rathke Pearl River   For years the tag line on my blogs and podcasts has been, “You take it from here to there.” It’s time to raise…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Autocrats fall when military support disappears

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   All around the world this is a familiar story, often marking the beginning of the end for dictators, autocrats, and even elected leaders that have outstayed their peoples’ welcome. There’s…

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Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators next to St. John's Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C., during a protest over the death of George Floyd. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana / AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Investigations Justice News

1,250 former DOJ officials demand investigation into Barr’s involvement in violently dispersing demonstrators near White House

“None of us would ever have considered directing or engaging in such actions to be consistent with our oaths to support and defend the Constitution.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, June 10 More than 1,250…

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