Police Powers

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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.
Canada's Creeping Police State: Capitalist Repression and War
Article
2015
The Conservative Harper government’s Bill C-51, the "Anti-Terrorism Act 2015," is a sweeping attack on free speech and other civil liberties. The bill targets publications, web postings and even priva...
#DomesticExtremist trend mocks UK police surveillance of protesters
Article
2015
Non-conformists across the UK are taking to social media to declare themselves #DomesticExtremists in a bid to raise awareness about secretive police powers.
Freedom of speech, assembly, protest? All are nixed by new police powers
Appleton, Josie
Article
2015
UK police now have free rein to create 'dispersal zones' in public places, writes Josie Appleton. This allows them to exclude people for anything from street drinking to looking suspicious, being home...
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...
Is this what a police state looks like?
Dobbin, Murray
Article
2010
The corporate security state is not static - it will keep filling more and more space to the extent that they are allowed to by civil society. The police actions in Toronto are one of those key moment...
Know Your Rights!
Fakhoury, Hanni
Article
2011
Your computer, your phone, and your other digital devices hold vast amounts of personal information about you and your family. This is sensitive data that's worth protecting from prying eyes - includi...
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 ...
Morality Policing
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
The police treat protests and festivals as a threat to their power.
No comment: the defendant's guide to arrest: A guide on your rights if you are arrested, with advice on what police are likely to do and say, and what you can do to protext yourself
Article
2006
If you think you might one day run the risk of being arrested, you must find out what to do in that situation. If prison, fines, community service etc. don’t appeal to you by following what’s written...
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.
On Handcuffed and Felonious Children
McElroy, Wendy
Article
2005
Arresting young children for a crayon drawing, not unlike the games of hangman we once all played, is the ultimate meaning and logic of Zero Tolerance. Zero tolerance involves the application of law i...
Organising Things: A Guide to Successful Political Action
Ward, Sue
Book
1984
A comprehensive guide to practical political action, packed with information and handy checklists.
Police: Urban Policing in Canada
Sewell, John
Book
1985
Policing is crucial to society. In the public's mind, police stand for law and order, protecting the law-abiding from the law-breaker. But what does the police officer on the beat actually do? Does th...
Police in Canada: The Real Story
Sewell, John
Book
2010
What's going on with Canada's police? Once an institution that commanded respect and trust, the police are now widely regarded with skepticism and even suspicion.
Police Militarism in America: In Many Communities Cops are the Terrorists
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2014
The apparent murder by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, of Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth who was shot a number of times while he was allegedly on his knees with his hands...
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...
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.
Progressives shouldn't be begging the police to take more power
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1984
The last thing we need is to hand the police even more power to decide what we are allowed to see or read.
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.
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...
Unlawful Dissent: New Laws Around the Globe Don't Curb Inequity, They Undercut Social Protests and Gag Free Speech
Warnke, Brett
Article
2012
The state is increasingly encroaching upon dissent as social conditions worsen.
You, Me & the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule
Manly, Paul (Director)
Film/Video
2009
What do secrecy, police provocateurs, an assault on democracy and infringements on citizens' rights have in common? The Security and Prosperity Partnership.

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Defending Privacy at the U.S. Border: A Guide for Travelers Carrying Digital Devices
2011
Our lives are on our laptops – family photos, medical documents, banking information, details about what websites we visit, and so much more. Thanks to protections enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, ...
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...
US has a new tool to control the masses
No one should want the state to have power to strip your clothes off. And yet that's what is happening, thanks to the supreme court
Wolf, Naomi
2012
Denouncing a new US Supreme court ruling that allows police to strip search any person who is placed under arrest for any offence at any time. Wolf says this state sanctioned sexual humiliation is a t...