Militarized Police

Nadia Prupis, staff writer
The New York Police Department is being challenged by legal advocates for what they say was the department's use of untested, unregulated military-grade sound cannons during civil rights marches in Manhattan earlier this month. In a letter (pdf) sent to the office of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Friday, the National Lawyers Guild said the...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
"Militarized Police Guarantee Tyranny" reads a sign at a Ferguson solidarity protest in Washington DC. (Photo: ep_jhu/cc/flickr)
In the wake of the August 9 police killing of Michael Brown and ongoing outrage...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
A mass of Hong Kong police in riot gear swept a major Occupy Central protest...


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."