Category Archives: Policing

A History of Militarized U.S. Policing: Ferguson and Beyond

[This essay is a shortened version taken from a book project I’m working on called The Predator Empire] A History of Militarized U.S. Policing American policing was shaped by colonial contact with the British. Without evidence of criminal activity, British … Continue reading

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U.S. police department uses “Stingray” surveillance equipment

A Washington state police department just south of Seattle has for years been quietly using controversial surveillance equipment that can collect records of all cellphone calls, text messages and data transfers within a half-mile radius, according to local media. The Stingray surveillance … Continue reading

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Map of ‘botched’ paramilitary raids in the US

This map represents botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids in the U.S. Website and story here.

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Drone footage of Ferguson violence aftermath

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The Vietnam War roots to U.S. police militarization: Bringing the Electronic Battlefield Home

This post is part of an ongoing book project, The Predator Empire, due to be published by the University of Minnesota Press. Archival material from the late 1960s and early 1970s was kindly donated to me by U.S. writer Paul … Continue reading

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Militarization of U.S. police forces in Ferguson and beyond – LINKS (updated)

Amongst the ongoing riots in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer, a number of news outlets have covered the militarization of U.S. police forces in Missouri and beyond. Since the 1990s, the Pentagon has … Continue reading

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How the rest of the world views Ferguson riots

The Washington Post carries an interesting article detailing how the rest of the globe’s media sees the ongoing Ferguson riots in Missouri. In many ways, the chaotic situation in Ferguson, Mo., seems like something that shouldn’t happen in America. As WorldViews … Continue reading

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Supreme Court rule that police need warrants for cellphone searches

In a surprise move for privacy advocates, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that in most circumstances police cannot search the cellular phone of somebody they’ve arrested. Modern cellphones “hold for many Americans the privacies of life,” Chief Justice John G. … Continue reading

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Policing Mass Civil Breakdown

Three inter-related stories caught my eye over the weekend–all of which point to different forms of policing “disorder,” from the planetary scale, to the urban environment, right down to the doorways outside of grocery stores. The question that  needs to … Continue reading

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LA police deployed wide-area aerial surveillance in 2012

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department used a mass aerial surveillance system to monitor unwitting Compton residents in 2012. The deputies used a what’s known as “wide-area surveillance” from the Ohio-based company, Persistent Surveillance Systems, that filmed vast swathes of the … Continue reading

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