Friday, June 27, 2014

ACLU Report War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

New Report from the ACLU
War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing
Read the 'War Comes Home' report All across the country, heavily armed SWAT teams are raiding people’s homes in the middle of the night, often just to search for drugs. It should enrage us that people have needlessly died during these raids, that pets have been shot, and that homes have been ravaged.
Our neighborhoods are not warzones, and police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies. Any yet, every year, billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment flows from the federal government to state and local police departments. Departments use these wartime weapons in everyday policing, especially to fight the wasteful and failed drug war, which has unfairly targeted people of color.
As our new report makes clear, it’s time for American police to remember that they are supposed to protect and serve our communities, not wage war on the people who live in them.

War Without Public Support

Nearly 80% of the SWAT raids the ACLU studied were conducted to serve search warrants, usually in drug cases. With public support for the War on Drugs at an all-time low, police are using hyper-aggressive, wartime tools and tactics to fight a war that has lost its public mandate.
Download the report HERE.
Marin County Emergency Radio Authority wants you to support their new communication and surveillance system.  Find out more at  They refuse to comment on the new system's capabilities but it is suspected that it will include cellphone monitoring, video surveillance, drone technologies and become a part of the Bay Area police surveillance network.

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