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Why White Amerikanz Don’t Believe in ‘Personal Accountability’ for Police

  • Whatever the explanation, there is a bewildering disconnect between white tolerance of police misconduct—including homicides—and the call for “personal accountability” that has long permeated our national policy discussions.
  • Recent protests have showcased American military might on domestic soil.
  • Related: ‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern onexcessive police force

Michael Gould-Wartofsky, In These Times

 

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First published at TomDispatch.
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2015/05/14 | Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers’ Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school students was planning to march on the Mondawmin Mall. In response, the BPD did what any self-respecting police department in post-9/11 America would do: it declared war on the protesters.

Over the course of 24 hours, which would see economically devastated parts of Baltimore erupt in open rebellion, city and state police would deploy everything from a drone and a “military counter attack vehicle” known as a Bearcat to SWAT teams armed with assault rifles, shotguns loaded with lead pellets, barricade projectiles filled with tear gas, and military-style smoke grenades. The BPD also came equipped with “Hailstorm” or “Stingray” technology, developed in America’s distant war zones to conduct wireless surveillance of enemy communications.  This would allow officers to force cell phones to connect to it, to collect mobile data, and to jam cell signals within a one-mile radius.

Michael Gould-Wartofsky is the author of the new book The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement (Oxford University Press). He is a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Nation, Salon and Jacobin, and his research has been featured on PBS and NPR.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Behind%20Bars%2C%20b%26w%20graphic.jpg‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern on excessive police force, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Liberty activist and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been released by New York police, after spending hours behind bars. Joins RT to tell everyone what happened.
  • Part 1: Ray McGovern describes brutal arrest at Petraeus event
  • Part 2: Petraeus Spared Ray McGovern’s Question

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