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Military Quietly Grants Itself the Power to Police the Streets Without Local or State Consent. The manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects offered the nation a window into the stunning military-style capabilities of our local law enforcement agencies.

Military Quietly Grants Itself the Power to Police the Streets Without Local or State Consent

For the past 30 years, police departments throughout the United States have benefitted from the government’s largesse in the form of military weaponry and training, incentives offered in the ongoing “war on drugs.” » UPDATED: SWAT situation ends peacefully in NE Heights. 6:55 p.m. — After a two-hour standoff, 42-year-old Markell Greene surrendered peacefully to police after they tried to arrest him on several felony warrants. Sheriff’s deputies were watching Greene in the 10000 block of Natalie Court NE. Greene fled from his house and barricaded himself in a house next door. The neighbor’s house was empty and Greene was coaxed out by SWAT team and crisis negotiators. Greene was wanted on several warrants for being a felon in possession of a firearm and drugs.

Sheriff’s deputies and the SWAT team are dealing with a “barricaded subject on the 10000 block of Natalie Court NE, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman. The initial alert about the SWAT situation did not say whether the suspect was armed or had hostages, but updates should be forthcoming soon. Keep with ABQJournal.com for updates. ACLU Launches Nationwide Police Militarization Investigation. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States.

ACLU Launches Nationwide Police Militarization Investigation

Starting Wednesday, ACLU affiliates in 23 states are sending open records requests to hundreds of state and local police agencies requesting information about their SWAT teams, such as how often and for what reasons they're deployed, what types of weapons they use, how often citizens are injured during SWAT raids, and how they're funded. Will a Militarized Police Force Facing Occupy Wall Street Lead to Another Kent State Massacre? May 3, 2012 | Like this article?

Will a Militarized Police Force Facing Occupy Wall Street Lead to Another Kent State Massacre?

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Today is an ugly anniversary in American history: 42 years ago, National Guardsman opened fire on anti-Vietnam protesters at Ohio’s Kent State University, killing four students. Ten days later, Mississippi police fired on civil rights protesters taking refuge in a women’s dormitory at Jackson State University and killed two more students.

Four decades later, as police across the country deploy paramilitary tactics developed for fighting foreign terrorists on Occupy and some May Day protests, and as campus police ratchet up responses to tuition hike protests, we must ask, is this where things inevitably are headed—toward deadly confrontations between overly armed police and angered protesters, or just as likely, innocent bystanders caught in a crossfire? Some of us lived through the Kent State shootings, anti-war protests and assassinations of that era.

Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters. November 18, 2011 | Like this article?

Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Occupations across the country have born the brunt of some violent police tactics, and in a world where everyone has a camera-phone, a lot of their brutish behavior has been caught in photographs and on video. The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy. US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week.

The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy

An elderly woman was pepper-sprayed in the face; the scene of unresisting, supine students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by phalanxes of riot police went viral online; images proliferated of young women – targeted seemingly for their gender – screaming, dragged by the hair by police in riot gear; and the pictures of a young man, stunned and bleeding profusely from the head, emerged in the record of the middle-of-the-night clearing of Zuccotti Park. But just when Americans thought we had the picture – was this crazy police and mayoral overkill, on a municipal level, in many different cities? – the picture darkened. To Europeans, the enormity of this breach may not be obvious at first. Bizarre: Woman Roughed Up, Arrested for Reciting the Constitution During TSA Inspection. Oct. 17, 2011 Albuquerque International Sunport Security Checkpoint: I pass a camera crew filming the ticket counter.

Bizarre: Woman Roughed Up, Arrested for Reciting the Constitution During TSA Inspection

I stop and consider telling them what I am about to do, but decide against it. They probably won't care. Instead, I wheel my baggage to the security area. I can feel my heart beat in my chest. New Mexico is far warmer than my native Pacific Northwest. I've come here to moonlight from my real job. Police allegedly attacked military veterans, arrested 50 others with Occupy Boston. At approximately 1:20 a.m ET Tuesday morning, Police allegedly attacked protesting U.S. military veterans and arrested 50 others with Occupy Boston.

Police allegedly attacked military veterans, arrested 50 others with Occupy Boston

The Boston Globe reports that arrested protesters were “put on [their] stomach, cable-tied, and dragged off …” Police Executive Research Forum. What if police would coördinate raids on democr/repuli meetings?