Civil Rights

Time to Stop Turning Police Forces Into Armies

Time to Stop Turning Police Forces Into Armies

August 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

NEWSER 08/15/14 By John Johnson Critics such as Sen. Claire McCaskill say the initial police response in Ferguson, Mo., actually made things worse because cops were equipped like soldiers of war. No wonder, write Elizabeth Beavers and Michael Shank in the New York Times. The Pentagon and Homeland Security Department […]

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Five Best Friday Columns

Five Best Friday Columns

August 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm

THE WIRE 08/15/14 By David Ludwig Elizabeth R. Beavers and Michael Shank in The New York Times on why American police forces are too militarized. Beavers and Shank write that the reaction to protests in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown demonstrate that U.S. police forces have been over-equipped […]

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Get the Military Off of Main Street

Get the Military Off of Main Street

August 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

NEW YORK TIMES 08/15/14 By Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers WASHINGTON — FERGUSON, Mo., has become a virtual war zone. In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, outsize armored vehicles have lined streets and tear gas has filled the air. Officers dressed in camouflage […]

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What Can Washington Do About Militarized Police Forces?

What Can Washington Do About Militarized Police Forces?

August 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

CBS NEWS 08/15/14 By Stephanie Condon Washington lawmakers let out a collective gasp on Thursday after seeing startling images of police officers decked out with combat gear and tanks to respond to largely peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. While there may have been some looters and violent individuals among the […]

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Stop the Pentagon Program that Militarizes U.S. Police Forces

Stop the Pentagon Program that Militarizes U.S. Police Forces

August 14, 2014 at 11:53 pm

REUTERS 08/14/14 By Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers The article originally ran last October. It has been updated by the authors. There is a growing bipartisan public outrage about the local police force’s fiercely militarized response to protestors in Ferguson, Missouri. From Democrats to Republicans, progressive to libertarian, citizens across […]

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Congressman Wants To Stop The Feds From Giving Cities Like Ferguson Military Weapons For Free

Congressman Wants To Stop The Feds From Giving Cities Like Ferguson Military Weapons For Free

August 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

THINK PROGRESS 08/14/14 By Nicole Flatlow Enraged by scenes from Ferguson, Missouri that many have analogized to a war zone, a member of Congress said Thursday he will propose a bill to roll back the militarization of U.S. police forces. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) tweeted about his proposal after days […]

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Ferguson and the Militarization of Police

Ferguson and the Militarization of Police

August 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/14/14 By Paul Shinkman An image of a camouflaged man in Ferguson, Missouri, training a sniper rifle on a group of protesters with their hands up has forced Americans to ask themselves what kind of protection they’re willing to tolerate. The growing militarization of domestic […]

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Dear Congress: Take Your Power Back

Dear Congress: Take Your Power Back

May 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 05/29/14 By Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers It’s time to end the president’s ability to wage nearly limitless war. Congress finally appears to be realizing that it has been providing neither checks nor balances to the president’s war powers for the last 13 years. While […]

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Hong Kong’s ‘Occupy’

Hong Kong’s ‘Occupy’

March 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/11/14 By Michael Shank and Jamila Raqib The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the “occupying” is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years. Instead, a new political initiative in Hong Kong […]

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Saving the District’s At-Risk Youth From Mayor Gray’s Budget Cuts

Saving the District’s At-Risk Youth From Mayor Gray’s Budget Cuts

February 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 02/12/2014 By Michael Shank and Erica Marshall This April, when the District of Columbia begins its public debate over the draft budget for fiscal year 2015, there is an opportunity to give many of the District’s youth a second chance on life — literally. All the D.C. government […]

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