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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...
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Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on civil liberties and human rights.
Drug War Winners and Losers
Young, Kevin
Article
2015
A review of Dawn Paley's book "Drug War Capitalism."
For every 1,000 people killed by police, one officer is convicted of a crime
Shaun, King
Article
2015
Out of thousands of people killed by police in the United States since 2005, only 11 officers have been convicted of any crimes.
40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People: It's Not Just About Crime!
Quigley, Bill
Article
2015
Quigley provides a list of reasons why the majority of prisoners in US jails are Black and poor people.
How We Changed Toronto: The inside story of twelve creative, tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980
Sewell, John
Book
2015
By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada's largest and most powerful city. One real estate firm aptly labelled it Boomtown. Expressways, subways, shopping centres, high-rise apa...
I fit the description....
Locke, Steve
Article
2015
On my way to get a burrito before work, I was detained by the police. I noticed the police car in the public lot behind Centre Street. As I was walking away from my car, the cruiser followed me. I w...
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...
Land of Impunity
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
If the police can get away with killing Ian Tomlinson, there's no justice in Britain.
Let the Fire Burn
Film/Video
2013
A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985.
Morality Policing
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
The police treat protests and festivals as a threat to their power.
A New City Agenda
Sewell, John
Book
2004
While Canadians have quickly recognized the importance of healthy cities in their own lives and communities, governments have lagged far behind. In A New City Agenda, journalist and former mayor, John...
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...
On the Nature of Police
Macaray, David
Article
2016
Having a group of reluctant citizens charged with the enormous responsibility that came with being a cop was preferable.
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,...
Pipeline Company Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to 'Deter Protests'
Federman, Adam
Article
2015
Between June and October 2013, Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, paid a local Pennsylvania police department more than $50,000 to patrol a controversial pipeli...
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...
The police are not here to protect you
Vitale, Alex
Article
2017
It is a liberal fantasy that policing exist to protect us from the bad guys, rather it serves more to manage and suppress those on the losing end of economic and political arrangements.
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 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 Torture and the Real Militarization of Society
Martinot, Steve
Article
2015
What rights can we still say we have, if we find ourselves trapped in a military structure? A person has the right to remain silent if arrested, but one does not have the right to remain silent if app...
Race, class and police murder in America
Article
2016
In the aftermath of the mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas on July 7, 2016, the American media and political establishment has sought to portray the police killings of unarmed people an...
Sources HotLink - June 30, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Articles about the FBI and the information it gathers, Donald Trump and the media, and the role of pharmaceutical companies in suppressing information.
Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1991
How to push for social change without breaking the law.
The White Cop and the Black Professor
Spritzler, John
Article
2009
Police are trained to act as authoritarian thugs when they are dealing with people who are not obviously of, or loyal to, the very wealthy elite who rule the nation. The police are trained to enforce ...
Who Cares?
Dransfeld, Rosie
Film/Video
2012
Rosie Dranfeld captures the gritty and dangerous world of Edmonton's sex-trade workers. In this post-Pickton era where the unthinkable is now a gruesome reality, women voluntarily provide police with...

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History & Policy
History & Policy: * Demonstrates the relevance of history to contemporary policymaking * Puts historians in touch with those discussing and deciding public policy today * Increases the influence of...
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...
Union of Ontario Indians
We serve the Anishinabek Nation as a political advocate and secretariat organization serving 43 First Nation communities. From the north shore of Lake Superior, around Lake Nipigon, Lake Huron, throug...

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History & Policy
History & Policy: * Demonstrates the relevance of history to contemporary policymaking. * Puts historians in touch with those discussing and deciding public policy today. * Increases the influence of historical research over cu...
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
With 56 States drawn from Europe, Central Asia and America, the OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization, bringing comprehensive and co-operative security to a region that stretches from Vancouver to Vladivostok....

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Concocting a Crime-Ageddon to Promote Police Power
Trujillo, Josmar
2015
Manhattan is overrun with criminals and nobody is safe! -- or that’s what certain tabloids and newspapers would have you believe. Through the use of misleading statistics and extraordinary exceptions,...
The end of carding?
Diemer, Ulli
2015
The Ontario government has announced that it intends to bring in regulations to stop the police practice of stopping people at random and demanding their information. Of course this form of harassment...
"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.
Handcuffed and herded
My big Alpine adventure with Switzerland's police
Clark, Andrew
2011
A journalist at the World Economic Forum Summit is detained and intimidated along with protestors by Swiss police.
Magnum force cops: 'If you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail'
2014
US law enforcement is increasingly using military weapons for everyday tasks. Instead of hiding behind heavy armor, they should be building trust with the community, Peter Bibring, attorney for the AC...
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.
UK police will soon start bagging people's heads during arrests
2016
Metropolitan Police officers will soon be able to use specially designed bags, known as spit hoods, to cover suspects’ heads during arrests and in police stations. The mesh bags are used to restrain s...

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Working Group on Minority-Police Relations
Organization profile published 1980
Organization
1980