Police State

Andrea Germanos, staff writer
The increasing use of drones by police forces and private security may pose a threat to human rights, a United Nations independent expert has said. "An armed drone, controlled by a human from a distance, can hardly do what police officers are supposed to do—use the minimum force required by the circumstances," Christof Heyns, the Special...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Protesters march on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo: Twitter/YourAnonGlobal)
Organizers and rights groups throughout the U.S. are staging demonstrations on...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Police raid an Occupy Central protest site. (Photo: ansel.ma/flickr/cc)
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong slammed the government for a "lack of...


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."