Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " Police " Category

  • Report Details Dangers of “Non-Lethal” Weapons Used Against Protesters

    A protester flees from tear gas fired a protesters in Hong Kong in 2014. Photo by Pasu Au Yeung via Flickr

    A report by Physicians for Human Rights and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations detailed the health risks associated with crowd control weapons (CCWs) used by police around the world and issued recommendations for their proper use.

    The report, titled “Lethal in Disguise,” discusses the use of kinetic projectiles, chemical irritants, water cannons, disorientation devices, acoustic weapons and directed energy weapons with information obtained from medical reports and news reports on injuries sustained by these weapons at protests


  • Donald Trump Flees Chicago Campaign Event Following Demonstrations

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    Donald Trump was forced to call off a rally on the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) campus on Friday after thousands turned up to protest the event.

    An Estimated 5,000 protesters chanted and held signs criticizing Donald Trump’ for his racism, particularly against Muslims and Latinos. Many of the protesters were also criticizing Trump for his support from White supremacists and terrorist organizations like the KKK.

    The protesters were separated from those attending the Trump event by steel railings, police on horseback, and an all around heavy police presence.

    The UIC community had


  • Examining the Power of Aerial Surveillance – Part I

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    This is Part I of a series covering aerial surveillance in America.

    MINNEAPOLIS (NSP) – Americans by now are now familiar with concepts of domestic militarization and the growth of the surveillance state at least in a general sense. What is often lacking is specific, detailed information (sometimes by design) that helps the country visualize and deeply understand the issues at hand.

    Without precise knowledge of how these systems and programs are being used, We the People are not able to have a proper, informed and accurate debate on the use of advancements such as aerial


  • Spotlight: Niko Georgiades

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    In this – the inaugural edition of the Spotlight series – we speak with Niko Georgiades of the independent media collective Unicorn Riot. Niko and his media collective have been instrumental in the documentation of on-going protests not only in the Twin Cities but also around the country. Unicorn Riot broadcasts a live news show every week covering a wide variety of topics from activism to climate change.

    In our interview with Niko we speak about the First Amendment, independent versus mainstream media, Black Lives Matter, law enforcement surveillance and interference with livestream broadcasts,


  • ICYMI #10 – Freddy Martinez: Chicago Police Surveillance

    Sam and Jason fill in for Jerod to interview Freddy Martinez of the non-profit Lucy Parsons Labs in Chicago. Martinez won a major public records case against the Chicago Police Department specifically over their use of surveillance technology. In doing so, he’s uncovered proof that the CPD uses seized money from drug busts to fund their acquisition of surveillance gear. The three talk about his case, the wider surveillance state, the War on Drugs, the counter-surveillance movement and more!

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  • ICYMI #9 – Lynn Walsh of SPJ – #AccessDenied

    Jerod talks with Lynn Walsh, president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists. Lynn and the SPJ have been working in collaboration with MuckRock to launch a projected called #AccessDenied. This project will shine light on the obstructionist tactics used by some public information officers around the country and hopefully force positive changes.

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  • Hillary Clinton Speaks at University of Minnesota – Praises Controversial Program and Law

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    At just before 4:00pm today at the McNamara Alumni Center of the University of Minnesota, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outlined her plan to curb domestic radicalization and fight Daesh aka ISIS.

    Clinton was introduced by former Vice-president and prolific Minnesotan Walter Mondale who gave her a resounding endorsement before the crowd of roughly 1,000. Mondale declared, “there is no one I trust more in the oval office.”

    The crowd would have been larger but the campaign demands an RSVP from those interested in viewing the speech – needless to say, many were turned away at the



  • False Promise of Body Cameras in Minnesota

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    There is a history of a strong dual standard of law enforcement using abrasive/abusive police practices in our country and communities. There has been report after report detailing the long history of police prejudice and bad behavior. Social research in the field has substantiated this behavior for decades. So what are lawmakers doing about it?

    Out of the blue has come an idea which is advancing across the country: body cameras.

    The idea is being pushed by law enforcement as a concept to bring accountability. But they also want to use