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San Diego school district gets hands on MRAP

At Max Slowik writes: The San Diego Unified School District just picked up an armored MRAP through the so-called “1033 Program,” the 1997 that granted permanent authority to the Secretary of Defense to transfer defense material to federal and state agencies for use in law enforcement, particularly those associated with counter-drug and counter-terrorism activities. […]

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Stop Criminalizing Parenting: Free Range Kids’ Lenore Skenazy on Fears over Child Safety

“People say, ‘Now that I can get arrested any time I let my child play outside or walk to school, I won’t do it. And that’s the opposite of what Free Range Kids is about,” says Lenore Skenazy, proprietor of the blog She adds, “Free Range Kids is about getting so many kids outside, […]

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Road Piracy: Drivers Must Fight To Recover Cash Seized By Police With No Charges

Pirates. Most of us grew up with tales of pirates plundering islands and ships. More recently we have witnessed piracy off the coast of Somalia. Now we are seeing piracy right here in America- on our roadways. The Washington Post cover the victimization of drivers by police who have their cash seized though they have […]

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Battlefield: Senators Criticize Militarization of Local Police Departments

There is growing uproar from democrats and republicans over the waste and exuberance of a Pentagon program that has led to the militarization of local police forces. At WSJ Andrew Grossman covers the groundswell: Senators on Tuesday criticized federal programs that outfit police departments with military gear, saying they waste funds and sow mistrust between law enforcement […]

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Battlefield: Radley Balko on the Militarization of America’s Police Force

From YouTube description: On August 9th, 2014 a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The death of Brown fueled days of unrest in Ferguson. Protestors took to the streets and were met with heavily armed police officers in armored vehicles. It wasn’t long before […]

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Revenue-Farming by Police

Radley Balko documents revenue farming in St. Louis. This regularly occurs on the Treasure Coast as victims are abused by police when arrested with the only charge being resisting arrest. Post Opinions blogger Radley Balko visited St. Louis, Mo. where some defense lawyers say their clients are being ticketed for minor offenses in order to […]

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Homeland Security Pours Billions into Militarizing Police with “Little Oversight”

By Rachel Bevins: The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed under the Bush Administration in 2002, as a response to 9/11. In 2014, the DHS has 240,000 employees, and among other things, it is responsible for giving police departments grants for military equipment. Grants given to local police departments from the DHS […]

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