Topic: Police Militarization and Use of Force
A Justice Department proposal would step back from requiring states to report deaths in custody, and instead would rely on media reports of police shootings and violence.
If the national political conventions are a touchstone of our democracy, why are First Amendment rights outside the conventions so precarious?
“Republicans came out in favor of stricter regulations for aerial surveillance devices, except when those devices are being used by the government to monitor undocumented immigrants from crossing the border. The platform also came out in opposition to the government requiring surveillance devices in the daily lives of Americans, and cited tracking devices on motor vehicles as an example.”
Oakland Privacy Working Group activists have scored another victory, this time against police militarization.
UN Special Rapporteur: US Falls Short on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
“In short, people have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment. And it is at times like these when robust promotion of assembly and association rights are needed most.”
In 1968, outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago, police violently cleared the streets of antiwar protesters, smashing heads and clubbing with abandon. Inside, even some Democratic Party officials blanched at the level of brutality. Abraham Ribicoff, a senator from Connecticut, denounced the police’s “Gestapo tactics” from the podium of the convention hall, earning the ire of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and the applause of many delegates.
The FBI is fanning the flames of fear and distrust toward the Black Lives Matter movement.
The legacy of drone-based extrajudicial executions abroad should give pause about how killer robots might be used at home.