Police Militarization and Use of Force

April 14, 2016
stylized photo of UC Davis cop pepper spraying

Video? What Video? UC Davis Attempts to Censor the Internet. And Finds It Does Not Work

UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students.
March 31, 2016
Law enforcement officers lined up in riot gear during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

GOP Convention in Cleveland: Put Your Riot Gear On

In preparation for the RNC, Cleveland PD has put together quite the shopping list, including including 2,000 sets of riot gear, 310 sets of riot control gear, and 25 sets of tactical ballistics armor. Our concern looks past the convention itself: we know that cities that beef up security for a convention stay beefed up after all the politicians and delegates have gone back home.
March 14, 2016
Police Officers

Still Seeking Police Transparency: A Letter to the Office of Justice Programs

While the Police Reporting of Information, Data and Evidence (PRIDE) Act sits in Committee, we're calling on the DOJ to only give federal criminal justice grants to state and local law enforcement agencies that conduct complete data collection and reporting on police-civilian encounters, and follow through on previous commitments by issuing regulations on the implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA).
March 11, 2016
Finger Print in Crystal Ball

Predictive Policing: Gazing into Law Enforcement’s Crystal Ball

Read Suraj Sazawal's disturbing report on latest trends in predictive policing: "The ability to anticipate or predict crime represents a disturbing paradigm shift in law enforcement. Not only do the computer models infringe on civil liberties with little accountability, especially when the companies that create them keep their methods secret, but it also perpetuates racial profiling."
February 16, 2016
HKonJ People's Assembly lead banner

Democracy Means More Than Voting! BORDC/DDF National Field Organizer Tells Thousands in North Carolina

It was 14 degrees at 7:30 Saturday morning, February 14, as folks began gathering for the 10th Annual Moral March on Raleigh, know as the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ). Despite the cold, 15,000 social justice activists gathered, filling the streets around Shaw University with signs and banners to highlight issues ranging from Medicare Expansion, Education Equity, Criminal Justice Reform, and Voting Rights.
January 7, 2016
Police Cruiser in Chicago. Chicago Police Car.

If You Give A Cop A Taser….

In response to continued protests over his administration's cover-up of the truth in about a Chicago police officer's murder of Laquan McDonald, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed arming every cop with a taser. Black Youth Project 100 explains why that won't solve the problem of CPD violence.
January 6, 2016
young woman holds a sign that reads: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Bay Area Community Meeting: New Beginnings to Activate for The Best Year Ever

Bay area organizers will convene on Sunday, January 10 to discuss plans for 2016. All are welcome to the community meeting and vegan potluck, to be held at the historic Berkeley Fellowship Hall.
January 5, 2016
CTJM Reparations Poster

In Chicago, Historic Reparations Payments Begin

Today the City of Chicago began the process of disbursing financial reparations in the Burge torture cases. 57 living survivors of police torture perpetuated by those working at the behest of disgraced former Commander Jon Burge were recipients. The payment fulfills a critical component of the historic reparations ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council last May.
December 23, 2015
US Capitol at Night

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 2015 Federal Legislative Round-Up

Congress left for vacation on Friday, but not before granting the Executive branch more unwarranted surveillance power and sheltering covert programs from oversight in the massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. The year ended on a sour note for us,
December 21, 2015
Armored vehicle

Berkeley City Council Approves Pact with the Urban Areas Security Initiative

Despite excellent organizing and outreach by the Stop Urban Shield Coalition and a large turnout of activists, the Berkeley City Council approved a pact with the Urban Area Security Initiative, which funds the annual Urban Shield exercise.
December 16, 2015
Activists with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

Keeping LAPD Drone-Free

This update comes from our partners at the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition: Los Angeles came out strong at the December 8th and December 10th actions.  Joined by dozens of community members, the Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA! Campaign released the Drone
December 15, 2015
Body Worn Camera

Police Body Worn Cameras Are a Bandaid For Police Brutality

Over the past year, there has been a surge of activist movements across the country in response to the frequency of police killings of unarmed civilians, and especially of black and brown people. According to The Counted—a report compiled by
December 14, 2015
Police Officers

Oakland and Berkeley to Address Key Privacy & Police Accountability Measures

Bay Area activists will be busy on Tuesday evening, December 15 attending and protesting at two important meetings. The Oakland Public Safety Committee is set to create the Oakland Privacy Advisory Council, a key component of the ground-breaking Oakland Privacy
December 11, 2015
NYPD Officer

Twitterstorm the NYPD Out of CUNY!

After revelations that an undercover NYPD officer attended meetings of a Muslim student group at the City University of New York (CUNY), students and faculty were outraged. In 1992 CUNY and the NYPD signed a memorandum of understanding forbidding the
December 4, 2015
Police Officers

Proposed SFPD Body Camera Policy Remains Flawed

Grassroots partners continued their fight for transparency and oversight in the forthcoming introduction of body worn cameras (BWCs) by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) at a public meeting Wednesday night. Police commissioners voted on further amendments to language in a draft