Director/cinematographer/editor Atkinson's pro-police background enabled him to gain uncommon entrée into the world of policing—hanging out with cops, attending their conferences and training sessions, even squeezing his camera inside urban tanks crowded with automatic weapons and combat-ready enforcers heading to suburban drug raids.
Once you’ve used any kind of drone in the U.S. to kill by remote control, it’s only logical—given some future extreme situation—to extend that use to the skies and so consider firing a missile at some U.S. target, as the CIA and the Air Force have been doing regularly for...
Mike Brown wasn’t shot by a SWAT team or a sniper. He was murdered in a more banal and insidious manner.
Combine systemic police militarization, the war on drugs, and sloppy police work, and you have the perfect recipe for disaster.
“Let’s put away the toys, boys. Get rid of the armored personnel carriers. Let’s get rid of the military garb, the gun turrets, the machine guns..."
The militarization of police is harming civil liberties, impacting children, and transforming neighborhoods into war zones.
The images Wednesday night should wake all of us up to the alarming militarization of local cops all over the country.