Ferguson, Red Fountains & the Blood That Has Soaked the Ground for Generations

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 11:59 am

"This fountain is reminding me of the blood of the Black victims that stains our streets." #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/CUwLz2eVKe — Dante Barry (@dantebarry) October 11, 2014 There were well over a thousand people from various community, union and activist organizations out in the streets of downtown St. Louis yesterday. They were not just marching for justice [...]

Judge Blocks ’5 Second Rule’ as Unconstitutional But Embraces Police Claims About ‘Violent’ Ferguson Protesters

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 12:23 pm

A United States district court judge issued an order preventing police from continuing to enforce a rule they created and imposed against protesters in Ferguson, which required them to keep moving or face arrest. The judge found that the rule was unconstitutional and acknowledged that commanding officers were well aware that it was “unlawful” to [...]

Podcast: ‘Ferguson October’ & How Community Continues to Stand Up to Police Aggression

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 10:15 am

Police action against protestors in Ferguson escalated again this past week. According to those who continue to organize for justice in the aftermath of Mike Brown being gunned down by a Ferguson police officer, the police are now engaging in a process similar to hostage-taking, where they arrest people and agree to release those individuals [...]

Justice Department Pushes Ferguson Police to Ban Officers from Wearing ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Bracelets

By: Friday September 26, 2014 7:21 pm

"I Am Darren Wilson" Bracelets Are #Missouri #Cops' New Fashion Statement" http://t.co/T6NhP4BFmT #stlco #STL #MO #p2 pic.twitter.com/g474dszZib — Trayvon Martin (@dierdrelewis) September 25, 2014 The Ferguson Police Department, as well as St. Louis County Police Department, have assured the Justice Department that their officers will no longer be permitted to wear “I Am Darren Wilson” [...]

Twenty-Three People Killed by American Police in the Span of One Week

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 10:26 pm

At least twenty-three people were killed by officers from various United States police departments in the past week. That means about three people died in the custody or at the hands of police every day from September 18-24. The frequency in which police use force, especially lethal force, would seem to deserve quite a bit [...]

Justice Department Bans Reporters, Non-Residents from Ferguson Town Hall Meetings

By: Monday September 22, 2014 12:20 pm

A unit of the United States Justice Department has decided to protect the mayor of Ferguson and city council members from the potential effects of transparency by banning reporters and non-residents from a series of town hall meetings. As a community continues to struggle for justice in the aftermath of a shooting by a white [...]

Email Suggests Manufacturer of Stingray Surveillance Equipment May Have Lied to FCC

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 11:26 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the manufacturer of StingRay surveillance products of providing inaccurate information and possibly even lying to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is the agency that is supposed to regulate communications over cable, radio, satellite, television and wire. Harris Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of StingRay technology. [...]

Court Challenges US Navy’s Dragnet Surveillance of Civilian Computers & Suppresses Evidence in Criminal Case

By: Monday September 15, 2014 10:55 am

A federal appeals court issued a decision suppressing evidence found by a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent and used to prosecute a civilian for child pornography. The NCIS special agent had conducted dragnet surveillance of all civilians in an entire state. The “extraordinary nature of the surveillance” demonstrated “a need to deter future violations” [...]

Podcast: ‘Urban Shield’ & the Ramping Up of Police Militarization in the United States

By: Sunday September 14, 2014 11:13 am

One week ago, Alameda County in California hosted an annual major police gathering supported by corporations and law enforcement and security agencies from the local, state and federal level. Corporations displayed their military-grade equipment available for police departments to purchase, and training exercises or competitions played out in the San Francisco Bay Area. Anyone observing [...]

Pentagon, DHS Award Grants to Police Without Considering if Agencies Have Record of Violating Rights

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:33 pm

A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization [...]

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