Police Misconduct

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Absurd charges brought against reporters covering Occupy Wall Street movement
Article
2011
Journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movement’s protests and marches are not only exposed to police brutality but also to a sort of judicial lottery when detained. The situation varies from sta...
American Blowback: Cop-on-Cop Crime in LA
Ciccarielle-Maher, George; King, Mike
Article
2013
The Anatomy of A Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 84
Ortiz, Paul
Article
2000
The first time I traveled to Los Angeles with a comrade of mine in the labor movement, I had one of those sharp educational experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Anti-Capitalist Demonstration of May 1, 2013 in Montreal: Journée des Travailleurs et Travailleuses: Manifestation Anti-Capitaliste
Film/Video
2013
Montreal 2013: police state. Montreal's municipal goverment passes a bylaw that suspends the right of citizens to assemble unless they have received advance permission from police. Citizens who assert...
The Clouds Clear: Labor, Seattle and Beyond: Against The Current vol. 85
Borgers, Frank
Article
2000
As the clouds of teargas lifted from the streets of Seattle two images emerged in public consciousness: The edifice of the WTO brought crashing to its knees, simultaneously revealing an odd Lilliputia...
Cointelpro: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom
Blackstock, Nelson
Book
1976
The first in-depth look at the covert and illegal FBI counterintelligence program - code-name COINTELPRO.
COINTELPRO: Connexipedia Article
Article
A series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the ...
Connexions: Volume 7, Number 1 - March 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Cops Are Now Less Cautious Than Soldiers In Iraq: Shooting Mirian Carey
Carp, Jonathan
Article
2013
Police militarization is a hot topic lately, but American police are beyond anything contemplated by the American military. American police today appear unwilling to accept any risk whatsoever and see...
Crimes of the Secret Police: Bombers, Burglars, Bullies, Barn-Burners And Dynamite Thieves
Dion, Robert
Book
1982
An account of crimes committed by the RCMP security service in the name of national security.
Criminalizing First-Graders: Arrested and Handcuffed for Tantrums
Brauchli, Christopher
Article
2010
All across the nation, schools have adopted draconian zero-tolerance policies that treat children like criminals and turn schools into prison-like environments.
DARE's Struggles in Rhode Island: Against The Current vol. 110
Buhle, Paul
Article
2004
Let's start in a scene from last summer that will be familiar, not exactly but approximately, to many older readers: the labor awards banquet. The setting is a "casino"— in the 1880s sense of a banqu...
Deaths in Custody and Detention: Volume 33, No. 4 (2006) of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A special issue on the investigation of, and inquiry into, deaths in custody and detention (including state hospitals and mental health, police and prison custody, and young offenders' institutions). ...
Detroit Politics Embroiled: Against The Current vol. 134
Finkel, David
Article
2008
Detroit is a city entangled in a chain of interlocking crises, all the way from the world economic crisis, to deindustrialization in America, down to the regional and local levels of the housing marke...
Drug War Winners and Losers: Young, Kevin
Article
2015
A review of Dawn Paley's book "Drug War Capitalism."
Flaunting It!
Jackson, Ed; Perksy, Stan (eds.)
Book
1982
An anthology of articles spanning the first decade of the Canadian gay liberation periodical, The Body Politic.
Florida Sheriff Tells Drivers to Run over Street Protesters
Dyer, Herb
Article
2015
Sheriff of Florida's Palm Beach County tells residents to use their vehicles as weapons against protesters who may be blocking their path.
Grassroots Power vs. Police Brutality: Against The Current vol. 84
Cohen, Claire
Article
2000
Widespread police abuse is a long-time, normally mainly secret side of life in capitalist America, especially for minority communities. Now, in a number of cities, outrageous cases of police murders o...
Handbook to Survive Bad Policing
Book
Guide to surviving police harassment and abuse. Helps anyone targeted by the police but especially Aboriginal youth, people of colour, and recent immigrants. Explains rights and strategies for dealing...
Israeli guards 'humiliated inmates'
Article
2009
A group of female former Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails have accused prison guards of subjecting them to intrusive and degrading treatment.
Israeli Police Impunity
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2010
Israeli police expect, and usually receive, impunity for using violence against Palestinians.
Legal Lessons From the Green Scare: When the Constitution is No Obstacle to the FBI
Rosenfeld, Ben; Regan, Lauren
Article
2010
Green Scare prosecutors and their coordinators in Washington are willing to destroy individual lives to score political points, and to trample their own rules in the process.
Mayhem, Murder and Manipulation - Mexico in Turmoil: Against The Current vol. 123
La Botz, Dan
Article
2006
Mexican police attacked activists and residents in the town of San Salvador Atenco in the State of Mexico in early May, killing one, injuring scores, and jailing over 200. The police attack on Atenco ...
Melbourne: WEF Meets Real World: Against The Current vol. 89
Skanthakumar, B.
Article
2000
Over 15 000 people from all corners of Australia and farther afield blockaded the Asia-Pacific summit of the World Economic Forum (W.E.F.) in Melbourne between September 11 and 13 in the latest expres...
New Orleans' Police Death Squads: Against The Current vol. 151
Suber, Malcolm
Article
2011
An interview with Malcolm Suber, a New Orleans community activist and fighter for justice, and a former candidate for city council. Against the Current asked him to comment on the struggle around murd...
No News is Not Good News: Cops Taping Protesters & Journalists
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2010
If cops photograph and videotape protesters and journalists, it's news if it happens in China, but when it happens in the U.S., as it routinely does, the media are silent.
Organizing to Stop Police Brutality in Riverside, California: Organizing for Accountability: Against The Current vol. 83
Feeley, Dianne; Finkel, David
Article
1999
interview with Chani Beeman. Chani Beeman is co-chair of the Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability, whose principles and mission statement can be found at their website (www.ucr. edu/ethnomus/...
The People's Police Commission: Trial By Amateur Video
Carson, Kevin
Article
2011
Now we have a people’s police commission of our own. It’s called amateur video. And it will do to criminal scum like Lt. Pike what a whole world of police commissions, pretending to act on our behalf,...
The Police and Court System: Neoliberal America's Tax Collectors
Platt, Brian
Article
2015
The criminal justice system has increasingly become the preferred way to fund city governments in the modern neoliberal nightmare that is the United States. The police target the poor for petty infrac...
Police Ripped Off More Stuff Than Burglars Did Last Year: Civil asset forfeiture is big business for cops
Smith, Phillip
Article
2015
Law enforcement use of asset forfeiture laws to seize property -- often without a criminal conviction or even an arrest -- has gone through the roof in recent years, and now the cops are giving the cr...
Police Violence, Resistance and The Crisis of Legitimacy
Williams, Kristian
Article
2011
What clearly sets a number of recent cases apart is not the fact of police violence, but the fact that that violence is being challenged. The controversy, in other words, is not only about violence, b...
The police vs. the law
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1981
One of the main differences between a democratic society and a police state is that in a democracy, the police have to obey the law. In a police state, they don't.
The Praxis Affair
Weinberg, Paul
Article
2015
A cautionary story of what might happen if we return to the bad old days of the RCMP Security Service, which was caught disrupting and using dirty tricks against a wide range of unsuspecting groups be...
Provocateur Cops Caught Disguised As Anarchists At G20
Watson, Paul Joseph
Article
2009
At every single major summit over the past few years, authorities have inserted agent provocateurs into protest groups in order to spy on them and if necessary, provoke violence to justify oppressive ...
RCMP bombed oil site in 'dirty tricks' campaign
Article
1999
The Mounties bombed an oil installation as part of a dirty tricks campaign in their investigation into sabotage in the Alberta's oil patch.
RCMP - The Real Subversives
Fidler, Richard
Book
1978
A critique of the motives and actions of the RCMP.
The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads: Police War on the Poor
Correia, David
Article
2011
APD is at war with the poor because it has come to equate any expression of poverty or drug addiction not as an effect of structural inequality, but rather as another opportunity to dispose of what it...
Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays by Dave Dellinger
Dellinger, Dave
Book
1970
Dellinger says that "those of us who oppose the violence of the status quo and reject the violence of armed revolt and class hatred bear a heavy responsibility to struggle existentially to provdew non...
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
The social significance of Toronto's June 15 homeless "riot"
Article
2000
What happened on June 15 bears close attention for what it says about the trajectory of politics in Ontario and the country as a whole. The police ran amok, attacking not only anyone participating in ...
SPP Agent Provocateur Cops Caught Red Handed Attempting To Incite Violence
Watson, Steve
Article
2007
Peaceful protestors at the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) summit in Montebello have captured sensational video of hired agent provocateurs attempting to incite rioting and turn the protest ...
Spying 101: The RCMP's Secret Activities at Canadian Universities 1917 - 1997
Hewitt, Steve
Book
2002
If you attended a Canadian university in the past eighty years, it's possible that, unbeknownst to you, Canadian security agents were surveying you, your fellow students, and your professors for 'subv...
State Law Breakers: Violating the Law While Enforcing the Law
Carson, Kevin
Article
2013
Police routinely break the law under the pretext of enforcing the law.
Still Got the News: Against The Current vol. 84
Esch, Betsy
Article
2000
As a student activist at the University of Michigan in the middle and late 1980s, I was part of a coalition of activists who planned and carried out a democratic takeover of our school's newspaper, Th...
Stirring Up Racism: Against The Current vol. 139
Parker, Mike; Jordan, Margaret
Article
2009
In an attempt to discredit the progressive candidates, the Richmond Police Officers Association (RPOA) put out a flyer which claimed the Latino community and particularly undocumented immigrants were ...
Submission to the MacDonald Commissionon the R.C.M.P
Article
The authors of this submission are concerned with the presence of the RCMP Security Services at events such as trade union meetings.
Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power
Rosenfeld, Seth
Book
2012
A study of the role of the FBI in the postwar Red Scare, focusing especially on Ronald Reagan's long and creepy relationship with the FBI. It is also a fascinating account of the origins and developme...
The Swing of That Truncheon Thing: The Nature of the Beast Revealed
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2011
Historically, police violence is a fact of life in every society. In a society based on a capitalist economy, the police serve those that have the most money and property. When the authorities and the...
Synthesis: A review of events reported in the Canadian press - June 1977: Volume V Number 6
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
Synthesis is the journal of the Canadian News Synthesis Project. Previously known as the Canadian News Synthesis Project (1974 - 1976), Synthesis analyzes and presents current news coverage of the mos...
Synthesis: A review of events reported in the Canadian press - October 1977: Volume V Number 8
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
Synthesis is the journal of the Canadian News Synthesis Project. Previously known as the Canadian News Synthesis Project (1974 - 1976), Synthesis analyzes and presents current news coverage of the mos...
Synthesis: A review of events reported in the Canadian press - November 1977: Volume V Number 9
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
Synthesis is the journal of the Canadian News Synthesis Project. Previously known as the Canadian News Synthesis Project (1974 - 1976), Synthesis analyzes and presents current news coverage of the mos...
Terror Takeover: The monstrous march of the security state
New Internationalist November 2009 - #427
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2009
Has our panic over terrorism given permission for unchecked abuse? The fear of terrorism has been used to curtail our liberties and violate human rights.
Toronto's Finest
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1981
Too many cops seem to enjoy intimidating people and smashing things.
12 most absurd laws used to stifle occupy movement
Khalek, Rania
Article
2011
Here are 12 desperate and unsuccessful measures the authorities are using to discourage, deter and crack down on peaceful protests.
12 Most Absurd Laws Used to Stifle the Occupy Wall St. Movement
Khalek, Rania
Article
2011
As Occupy Wall Street protests spring up in cities across the country, authorities are thinking up creative ways to contain this peaceful and inspiring uprising. Although laws and municipal ordinances...
Violence Goes to College: Are We Going to Hell?
Prashad, Vijay
Article
2011
The priorities of the campus are clear. An Assistant Professor earns an annual salary in the low $60,000 range; a Lieutenant in the campus safety department (the man who fired the pepper gas, for inst...
What Black Lives Matter means for Labor
Billeaux, Michael
Article
2015
An account and analysis of the centrality of the Black freedom struggle to the working class movement as a whole, arguing that the struggle for Black liberation is a precondition for human liberation ...
Who threatens us most – peaceful campaigners or a private militia run by police chiefs?
Monbiot, George
Article
2011
The people challenging corporate power are often defamed as destructive anarchists. Yet they are seeking to defend the fabric of our lives from the anarchic destruction of market fundamentalism. The p...
With My Heart in Yambo
Restrepo, Maria Fernanda
Film/Video
2011
Twenty-four years ago director Fernanda Restrepo's two teenage brothers disappeared. A year later, the family finally learned the worst possible news: the brothers had been kidnapped, tortured and mur...

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News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount grassroots political campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working peop...
Toronto Police Accountability Coalition
Group dedicated to encouraging discussion and debate regarding police policy issues in an effort to make police more accountable to the public.

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Wikileaks has developed an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, ...

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"Gestapo" tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington
Ackerman, Spencer; Stafford, Zach; Guarino, Mark;Laughland, Oliver
2015
Politicians and rights groups call for inquiries into interrogations at Homan Square. Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces questions as top supporters examine abuse.
IFJ Condemns Arrest of Russian Editor after Exposure of Police Corruption Sparks Raid
Sources News Release
2010
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the arrest of Valery Smetanin, Editor-in-chief and Galina Yablokova and her son Alexej Yablokov, two founders of the Ivanovo-Press wee...
Israeli soldiers disguised as photojournalists endanger journalists' lives, says MADA
Sources News Release
2009
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) expresses concern over the Israeli occupation forces disguising themselves as photojournalists in the middle of Palestinian protesters.
Journalism of Outrage
Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America
Protess, David L.; Cook, Fay Lomax; Doppelt, Jack C.; Ettema, James S.; Gordon, Margaret T.
1991
Examines the myths and misconceptions of investigative journalism and presents empirical research to support a model that challenges the classical theory.
Journalist faced prison for posting media relations number
King, Geoffrey
2013
Carlos Miller founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, a leading blog about free speech and press rights in the U.S., Miller has made it his mission to publicize examples of government ove...
Madrid barrio expels 'racist' police patrols
Jeering crowds chase away officers who try to detain immigrants
Tremlett, Giles
2011
Community protests police practice of racial profiling: the protests have been dubbed the "indignant" movement.
Met police face legal action for 'kettling' of protest teenagers
Townsend, Mark
2010
Police in the UK are being sued for using violence against students during a tuition fees protest by three minors who suffered injuries. They claim they were falsely detained and denied medical assist...
Miners' strike: senior officer was 'appalled' at conduct of other police
Townsend, Mark
2012
A senior police officer breaks ranks to describe how he and others were "appalled" at the behaviour of colleagues during the 1984-85 miners' strike in the UK, as calls mount for a fresh inquiry into t...
Police log 'domestic extremists' and keep database on activists
Forces survey and file details of peaceful protests and political activities
Lewis, Paul; Evans, Rob; Taylor, Matthew
2009
'Domestic Extremists' are persons involved in political meetings and protests who are photographed and added to a national database by the UK police. This surveillance falls under the purview of "ter...
RSF fully supports journalists suing Ferguson police
Sources News Release
2015
Arrests of journalists while gathering information and covering demonstrations are inadmissible in the country of the First Amendment.
Tasers: 'If officers have a new toy, they like using it'
Tasers in the Line of Fire
Barkham, Patrick
2011
Tasers are part of the modern police's arsenal. But how safe are they and why are the guidelines for their use so vague? By 2011, Amnesty International had recorded 450 deaths after a Taser firing.
Unacceptable police violence against journalists covering demonstrations
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders calls on the Greek authorities to publicly condemn cases of police violence against journalists during the demonstrations of the past few weeks and to give the police clear i...

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