The History of Police Militarization in the US

On Monday, November 28, 2011, students at UC-Davis occupied Dutton Hall, the University's financial center, and held an all-day teach-in. openDemocracy's Charles Shaw was one of the featured speakers. Here is his talk, "The History of Police Militarization in the US."

On Monday, November 28, 2011, students at UC-Davis occupied Dutton Hall, the University's financial center, and held an all-day teach-in. openDemocracy's Charles Shaw was one of the featured speakers. Here is his talk, "The History of Police Militarization in the US."

SOURCES

COINTELPRO

Federal coordination of OWS raids

Mayors, police chiefs talk strategy on protests.
The Associated Press, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Police Crackdowns on OWS Coordinated among Mayors, FBI, DHS.
by Juan Cole, Nov 16, 2011.

The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy.
The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class's venality.
Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK, 25 November 2011.

Reasons behind violent crackdown on OWS.
PressTV, Nov 27, 2011.

Update: 'Occupy' crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials.
Rick Ellis , Minneapolis Top News Examiner, November 15, 2011.

Private cop organization, linked to DHS, helped plan raids on OWS nationwide. More on Police Departments' Collusion in Defense of 1%: Who's the Organization Coordinating Those Crackdown Calls?
By Geov Parrish, Booman Tribune, November 19, 2011.

POLICE STATE

Lockdown America and The Soft Cage.
by Christian Parenti.

Militarizing the Police: How the Drug War and 9/11 Led to Battle-Dressed Cops Cracking Down on Peaceful Protests.
By Heather "Digby" Parton, Al Jazeera English, November 14, 2011.

Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America.
by Radley Balko, The Cato Institute, July 17, 2006.

Police State America: A Look Back And Ahead.
By Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 2007.

Carlos Montes and the Security State: A Cautionary Tale.
By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Jul 10, 2011.

The Rise of the American Police State.
Contributing researchers: Katherine Coleman (Project Coordinator) James Parker Gochenour Kathryn Lawryszek, Nina Chandnani.
Rutherford Institute-Virginia Themis Society Research Program May 2010.

65 Million Need Not Apply: The Case for Reforming Criminal Background Checks for Employment.
Michelle Natividad Rodriguez & Maurice Emsellem, The National Employment Law Project, March 2011.

Surveillance State: Government Snooping, Prying, and Informing Worse Than You Think
By Stephan Salisbury, Tomdispatch.com. October 3, 2010.

SWAT Teams, Flash-Bang Grenades, Shooting the Family Pet: The Shocking Outcomes of Police Militarization in the War on Drugs
By Norm Stamper, AlterNet, November 11, 2011.

Green is the New Red by Will Potter

About the author

Charles Shaw is a writer and activist living in the Bay Area of San Francisco. He is the author of Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics and Spirituality, and the Director of The Exile Nation Project. Charles serves as editor for the Dictionary of Ethical Politics and the oD Drug Policy Forum.