Militarization

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WATCH: The 5-Year Fight to Shut Down 'War Games Training' in the Bay Area

Bay Area activists have long maintained that the annual Urban Shield SWAT training and expo promotes police militarization under the guise of emergency preparedness. Here’s how they shut it down. 

A little Black girl wearing colorful barrettes holds a rag in front of her mouth to block police tear gas during a protest against the killing of Michael Brown

Police Killed Michael Brown 3 Years Ago. Reflections on the Energy and Trauma of the Uprising It Sparked

On August 9, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an unarmed Black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. Ashley Yates was on the ground organizing during the uprising that followed. In this Q&A, writer, activist and artist Ashley Yates talks about facing militarized police daily, healing from burnout, and where the movement should go from here.

Ferguson Activists and Attorneys Talk Chemical Warfare, Mass Arrests, Latest Police Shooting

“All of this is designed to intimidate peaceful demonstrators from engaging in protected First Amendment activity and chill their right to free speech.”

LAUSD School Police Will Give up Grenade Launchers

But the agency is holding onto its Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle.

Assault Rifles, Humvees and More Go Missing in 184 Police Departments

Most police departments aren’t exactly forthcoming about the information

Compton School Police to Soon Be Armed With AR-15s

The guns officers currently have aren’t powerful enough.

Talk of De-Militarizing Local Police Misses the Point

It’s going to take more than pulling Iraq battle tanks off Ferguson’s Main Street

5 Things Ferguson Got Terribly Wrong over the Weekend

When does this end?

9 Things about Ferguson that Will Make You Go Hmmm

Killing, militarizing, intimidating and arresting its way into infamy

10 Tweets: Munitions in Ferguson

The militarized streets of Ferguson are littered with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets.