Militarized Police

Nadia Prupis, staff writer
New York Police Department commissioner Bill Bratton on Thursday unveiled plans for a new " anti-terrorism strike force " that would designate 350 officers to respond to special emergencies—including public protests—with a new wave of machine guns, long rifles, advanced technology, and "extra protective gear." Bratton said the Strategic Response...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Seattle high school teacher, activist and Common Dreams contributor Jesse...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Kenyan police fired tear gas at a crowd of children protesting the seizure of...

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Declaring "we're all in this together," Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, the new, black, homegrown police commander in Ferguson, ordered cops to remove SWAT gear and gas masks and then marched with protesters, prompting what observers called a stunning mood change in what had felt like a war zone hours before. Ordered by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to replace clueless, thuggish local police, Johnson said he understood "the anger and fear (of) residents... We all want justice, we all want answers."