Ferguson Police Get Caught On Camera Firing Rubber Bullets At Black Protesters Who Were Doing Nothing Wrong (VIDEO)

Ferguson Police Get Caught On Camera Firing Rubber Bullets At Black Protesters Who Were Doing Nothing Wrong (VIDEO)

Militarized police in Ferguson stand at a neighborhood entrance before shooting rubber bullets at peaceful protesters. Screenshot via Raw Story


Remember all those claims made by Ferguson police that protesters were throwing bottles at them and moving toward them in threatening ways which is why they fired rubber bullets at them? Well, in this video, there’s no excuse for how Ferguson cops treated…

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I used to use this site forever ago, and I stopped using it when a congressman emailed me back informing me that I was wrong on a petition I had signed that had gotten sent to him. I was so ashamed and embarrassed that I never even bothered to check if I was, in fact, wrong. I decided to dug it up again, and found this gem on stopping the militarization of police in America, in response to the recent incidences at Ferguson. Please, the site has gotten so much better since I was last there. Look at all the causes above you can donate to by being more active in the petition process. Please consider signing up.

CNN Story Pure Propaganda for Police State

CNN recently aired a hopelessly biased and myopic segment on the Erin Burnett Show - a report that can only be described as propaganda for the US police state. The video, currently on CNN’s website, is titled “How a 1997 bank robbery led to police militarization.”

Kyung Lahr begins her report sounding like a voice actor introducing the trailer for a Hollywood blockbuster with these words, “Shooting at everyone, dressed for war, outside of a Bank of America in North Hollywood in 1997, this is what retired police officer John Caprarelli faced armed only with his 9 mm handgun.”

Cut to a recording from police responding to the robbery in 1997, “They have automatic weapons! There is nothing we can do that can stop them!”

Kyung Lah follows with shock and exasperation, “Hundreds outgunned by just two! [Police Officers] even borrowed rifles from a nearby gun shop!”

Cut back to retired officer Caprarelli with slinking shoulders, meek eyes and a cracking voice, “We were a bunch of Davids and they were two Goliaths” -referring to the entire North Hollywood police force which had helicopters, shotguns, and dogs at the scene.

According to Lah, this incident “stunned” police departments across the country and caused those departments to seek out high-powered rifles and military gear.

The CNN report continues with a reference to a study by the ACLU that shows that the department of defense transferred one million dollars in military equipment to local and state police in 1990. By 2013, that number jumped to almost a half a billion dollars. We are fed these numbers with stills of the 1997 robbery in the background, and led to believe that nothing happened between 1990 and 2013 that would explain the militarization of the police by the Department of Defense, except this incident in 1997.

Nevermind that we have to go all the way back to 1997 to find such a shootout between armed robbers and police. Or that violent crime is at a 40-year low in the US. Or that in 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed in the US - just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year and an even smaller fraction of the 461,000 sworn officers that walk the streets in the US.

This report by CNN is misleading in that it fails to show that the police force by nature is a militarized institution. However, this doesn’t mean it hasn’t become more militarized in time. To expose the red herring that is this CNN report, we need to go back to the origins of the first police departments which were invented between 1825 and 1855 in the US and England. Police departments were created for different reasons depending on the region according to Radley Balko, author of Rise of the Warrior Cop. In the south, police were created to control African Americans who moved to towns like Charleston, South Carolina to work in textile mills. Blacks, whose wages were sent to their slave master, lived together in cordoned-off areas of the city and constituted a constant threat of insurrection because they lived in concentrated areas under unjust conditions.

The police were created in 1840 in New York City following the attempt of local journeymen to create the ten-hour workday and the subsequent creation of a general trade union in 1830. Workers were fed up with unemployment, exploitation in the workplace and bosses pitting Blacks and immigrants against white US born workers. “Workers began to organize and march into rich neighborhoods and threaten the elite of the city,” according to historian David Whitehouse. The City’s wealthiest were feeling threatened by organized and unorganized groups of workers and unemployed. The police were created to quell the unrest and protect the wealth disparity that existed in the City. The new police force would be a full time job with 24-hour shifts and a defined structure.

The first official police force was created in 1829 in England to also put down factory strikes and angry displaced workers. The first supervising justice of the police force in London was a retired colonel. And as Balko says in Rise of the Warrior Cop, this created “military like top-down- structure and even borrowed some military titles.” And it was this model that was adopted by US police forces.

The military had only two options: shoot or not shoot. There was no arresting when the military came into break up strikes or disperse an angry mob. When the army would shoot, they would create martyrs for the cause of the angry and exploited workers. The police force had to carry nearly the same might as the military, but they had to play it different. Patrols began where police would get used to inflicting non-lethal violence on the local population. Which is certainly not to say lethal force wasn’t or isn’t used: the police killed 410 people in 2012. And Black people are twice as likely to be killed by the police as whites. In times of strikes and mob action, the toughest and most brutal police would be on the front lines to break up the strike, always taking orders from higher-ups, just as in the military.

As we are seeing in Ferguson, the police also exist to combat the racial unrest that is a necessary component of exploiting labor. If Blacks are getting paid less, or being prevented from working because of racism, then whites would have to compete against lower wage workers, which would drive all wages down - increasing profits and power for the owners.

"You have to have something to combat what is thrown at you…" says Caprarelli nearing the conclusion of the CNN report.

Right now, in Ferguson, police officers are on the receiving end of peaceful chants and raised hands. And it is these weapons the police were created to disarm. So they respond with military-like intimidation using military-grade weapons. The police are the last line of defense against this horribly racist and materially unequal society.

Isolating this one incident in 1997 as the cause for the out-of-control militarized police forces in the US might be written off as bad reporting, or something to ignore, but it is a seed of misinformation that should be snuffed out.

It is worth noting that both of the armed robbers were killed at the scene of the North Hollywood robbery. Not one of the hundreds of officers at the scene was killed. The Davids miraculously took-down the two Goliaths despite the Davids’ primitive weapons.

Source and CNN video at :- http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/25765-cnn-story-pure-propaganda-for-police-state

The Davis City Council has told the police department it must get rid of a military vehicle it received in the next 60 days.

The controversy over the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle attracted a large crowd on Tuesday that was largely against it.

The council adopted the resolution to come up with a plan to get rid of the vehicle. A petition is circulating asking the council to press the police to either get rid of or destroy the vehicle.

“I would like to say I do not suggest you take this vehicle and send it out of Davis, I demand it. I demand it!” shouted a man dressed in a “Tank The Tank” T-shirt.

The vehicle, worth nearly $700,000 didn’t cost the Davis Police Department a dime, as it was acquired through a federal government surplus program. The MRAP was developed by the military for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After Pentagon budget cuts, the vehicle has been making its way to local law enforcement.

Davis Police Chief Landry Black made the department’s case for the acquisition, showing high-power weapons his officers have confiscated this year.

A big concern for protesters is the vehicle could be used to quash peaceful protests and demonstrations, especially in light of clashes between heavily-armored police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Some suggested other uses for it .

“Since you can’t give it back it should be repurposed for for you can put a water cannon on it,” one person suggested.

What I Did After Police Killed My Son

This is seriously a must-read article for Americans concerned about police brutality and lack of accountability.

So many people have been calling those who were aghast at what happened in Ferguson “cop haters” but have no idea what is really going on. Read this. 

After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.

 

And, make all cops wear cameras.

The so-called “government shutdown” isn’t really a government shutdown at all. It’s a public services shutdown. Food aid to needy families will stop. Over one thousand food safety and inspection workers will not go to work. Veterans looking to apply for benefits will face serious delays. The IRS won’t answer the phone to help you prepare your taxes, and will stop processing returns. Depending on where you live, you might have a difficult time getting your passport renewed. Zoos and museums are closed effective immediately.But the government’s guns and surveillance state apparatus chug on without much of a blip at all.

[…]

The NSA, fully funded and operational, won’t have any problem continuing to map our social and associational patterns. The FBI will still map ethnic communities and spy on peace and justice activists. The CIA will go on plotting and executing its extrajudicial drone killings in places like Pakistan and Yemen. The DEA will still use NSA intercepts to sneakily forward drug prosecutions while hiding from judges and defendants the intelligence that sparks investigations. Customs, Border Protection will go on harassing Muslims and immigrants at the border, humiliating citizens and visitors alike for no good reason. ICE will continue to deport and detain immigrants, tearing families asunder. The surveillance state will go on, ‘protecting’ a shell of a civilization. We might not be able to eat, but at least someone will be watching us starve.
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American soldiers teasing children for water in Afghanistan

Navajo Nation battles uranium corporations, nuclear industry
May 10, 2013

Since European settlers first arrived on this continent, they set out to accumulate as much wealth and land as humanly possible. Their reign of terror on the indigenous populations —destructive of land, culture and entire communities—was the basis for immense fortunes that spurred the global economy and advancing capitalism.

This struggle, now over 500 years in the making, is ongoing on many fronts, including the Navajo Nation’s current battle over U.S. companies’ uranium extraction.

In early 2013, uranium companies approached the Navajo Nation in hopes they will allow them to renew mining operations on their land. These companies claim that they have developed newer and safer methods for extracting uranium, after decades of environmental destruction and abuse led the Navajo Nation to officially ban their mining.

This decades-long battle for environmental justice is part and parcel of the struggles for workers’ rights and Native self-determination, and against the forces of militarism and capitalism.

Exploitation of Navajo lands

The Navajo Nation sits on 27,425 square miles in the four corners area of the southwestern United States. The area holds a vast amount of uranium ore and thus has become a center in the struggle over nuclear energy and weaponry.

Since the end of World War II, and the onset of the so-called Cold War, the U.S. government began mining uranium domestically in order to not rely on foreign supplies. Uranium is one of the most common naturally occurring radioactive metals on the planet, and was understood as essential for the development of nuclear weapons and technology.

Due to the unique geology and consistent climate of the Southwest, mining companies saw the Navajo reservation as the most profitable site to open mining operations in the 1940s. In 1948, the United States Atomic Energy Commission declared it would be the sole purchaser of all uranium mined in the country, initiating a mining boom of private companies and contractors who knew they had a guaranteed buyer.

Of the thousands of uranium mines, 92% were located in the Colorado Plateau on which the Navajo Nation is located. Between 1944 and 1986 approximately 4 million tons of uranium ore was mined from Navajo Tribal land.

In the early days of mining, Navajo people flocked to the low-wage work given the scarcity of jobs around the reservation. The Navajo workers dealt with racist bosses and coworkers while going into the most dangerous and undesirable jobs at lesser pay. Nonetheless, after Navajo Code Talkers’ had famously contributed to U.S. forces in World War II, many Navajo workers believed they had a patriotic duty and responsibility to the United States.

Mineworkers were also lied to about the dangers of Radon poisoning.

Full article

Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever

When Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers hit theaters 16 years ago today, most American critics slammed it. In the New York Times, Janet Maslin panned the “crazed, lurid spectacle,” as featuring “raunchiness tailor-made for teen-age boys.” Jeff Vice, in the Deseret News, called it “a nonstop splatterfest so devoid of taste and logic that it makes even the most brainless summer blockbuster look intelligent.” Roger Ebert, who had praised the “pointed social satire” of Verhoeven’s Robocop, found the film “one-dimensional,” a trivial nothing “pitched at 11-year-old science-fiction fans.”

But those critics had missed the point. Starship Troopers is satire, a ruthlessly funny and keenly self-aware sendup of right-wing militarism. The fact that it was and continues to be taken at face value speaks to the very vapidity the movie skewers.

Read more. [Image: TriStar Pictures; Touchstone Pictures]

Abroad, armed with science, the United States could make an even bigger difference. Instead of paying $1 billion for a new B-2 bomber or $2 billion for a Virgina Class Submarine – tools designed to forcefully combat the symptoms of the world’s problems — we could pay less and actually work to solve those problems. We live in a new age where people can collaborate as never before, working cooperatively across previously insurmountable barriers of distance and language. In this modern age, we don’t need an army of soldiers; we need an army of scientists.
The rest of the world, almost unanimously, looks at America as the No. 1 warmonger. That we revert to armed conflict almost at the drop of a hat — and quite often it’s not only desired by the leaders of our country, but it’s also supported by the people of America.
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