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Fire Learning: One University's Order of 70 M-16s from Dept of Defense Highlights 1033 Program Nonsense

Fire Learning: One University's Order of 70 M-16s from Dept of Defense Highlights 1033 Program Nonsense
The frat parties must be a lot wilder now than when I was in school. Why else would American colleges and universities need MRAPs and M-16s? The increasing militarization of local police forces has gotten a lot of attention lately, but the military hardware flowing to American campuses has gotten less attention. Until the Chronicle of Higher Education, pointed it out with a laser sight:
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This Video May Be the Most Important Yet in the Michael Brown Shooting

This Video May Be the Most Important Yet in the Michael Brown Shooting
We previously discussed the two white construction workers who witnessed the Michael Brown shooting. However, this video featuring the two witnesses at the scene as they corroborate their account that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was killed by Darren Wilson.
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New Witnesses to Michael Brown's Murder Say Teen Didn't Charge Darren Wilson

New Witnesses to Michael Brown's Murder Say Teen Didn't Charge Darren Wilson
Two white workers witnessed Michael Brown being shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Here is their account, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Bad Apples, Poison Orchard: Meet the Ferguson Cop Who Allegedly Arrested Journalists, Hogtied a Child

Bad Apples, Poison Orchard: Meet the Ferguson Cop Who Allegedly Arrested Journalists, Hogtied a Child
A Ferguson cop who arrested journalists inside a McDonald's during the protests had allegedly hogtied a 12-year-old child in the kid's own driveway while he was getting the mail. Because if there's one thing the media loves more than a police officer unlawfully detaining reporters, it's the violation of a child's basic human rights.
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Murders Like Michael Brown's Often Skirt Legal System Because of High Standard of Proof in Cases Against Cops

Murders Like Michael Brown's Often Skirt Legal System Because of High Standard of Proof in Cases Against Cops
As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction. Federal authorities investigating possible civil rights violations in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson must meet a difficult standard of proof, a challenge that has complicated the path to prosecution in past police shootings.
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Eric Tucker
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'Less Lethal' Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

'Less Lethal' Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn
Peter Callahan was caught between two police lines in the West Florissant section of Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday night, when something fiery hot singed his leg. A nearby protester's shirt briefly caught fire. Callahan, a Washington D.C.-based journalist, deduced that he had been hit by a flash-bang device. "I was also at Occupy Wall Street," he said. "This is a lot worse."
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Abbie Nehring
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Show of Force: Small CT Towns Use Tank-Like Vehicles to Fight Non-Violent Crime

Show of Force: Small CT Towns Use Tank-Like Vehicles to Fight Non-Violent Crime
The militarization of America's police force took center stage over the past week, as the protests over Michael Brown's death at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer sparked a brute force response. Here are a few cases of sleepy New England towns employing heavy artillery in the post-9/11 police force.
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Chris Christie Touts Improved Police Force, but Ignores Increases in Crime from NJ's Budget Cuts

Chris Christie Touts Improved Police Force, but Ignores Increases in Crime from NJ's Budget Cuts
Over the past week, Gov. Christie has been in Camden twice, once to tout the new police force as a policy model, and once in support of education changes. In doing so, there have been a lot of numbers thrown around regarding the new police force, some optimistic, and indicate the force is downgrading arrests. But none of these pieces has pointed out the obvious; Camden faced a violent crime epidemic in part because of layoffs caused by municipal cuts by Gov. Christie.
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Writing on the Wall: Ex-NYPD Officer Caught Posting Anti-Semitic Graffiti

Writing on the Wall: Ex-NYPD Officer Caught Posting Anti-Semitic Graffiti
A former New York City police officer was arrested on charges he spray-painted anti-Semitic profanities on cars and buildings in a mostly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood — including the front doors of a religious elementary school. Michael Setiawan was picked up before dawn Sunday after police received a 911 call on Saturday evening about the swastikas, and other anti-Semitic graffiti in Borough Park.
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Verena Dobnik
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Improper Taser Use Costs VT Tax Payers $269,500 Since 2006

Improper Taser Use Costs VT Tax Payers $269,500 Since 2006
In the debate over the use of tasers one of the claims made by taser proponents is that the use of tasers saves police departments money because their people are less likely to be injured, and that as a consequence they save money on their workers' comp premiums. However, a report just completed by the Vermont chapter of the ACLU demonstrates that Vermont's taxpayers are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for the improper police deployment of tasers.
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