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RELEASE US: a short film on police brutality

This militarization of the American (and European) police force has created what is being called an "epidemic of police brutality."

Charles Shaw
28 October 2013

In 1994 the US Government passed a law authorizing the Pentagon to donate surplus Cold War era military equipment to local police departments. In the 20 years since, weaponry designed for use on a foreign battlefield, has been handed over for use on American streets...against American citizens. The "War on Drugs" and the "War on Terror" replaced the Cold War with billions in funding and dozens of laws geared towards this new "war" against its own citizens. This militarization of the police force has created what is being called an "epidemic of police brutality" sweeping the nation.

RELEASE US

a short film by Charles Shaw

featuring the track 'RELEASE" by Random Rab

and excerpts from the films

"THE EXILE NATION PROJECT" by Charles Shaw

& "NO JUSTICE , NO PEACE" by Krissana Limlamai & Brett Huff in collaboration with Liberation News.

P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act I, II & III (2001, 2004, 2010)

Homeland Security Act (2002)

Enhanced Border Security, Visa Entry Reform and Immigrant Deportation Act (2002)

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (2004)

Military Commissions Act (2006, 2009)

The FISA Amendments Act (2008)

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) ExileNation.org RandomRab.net

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