We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore: the Militarization of Domestic Police

by JOHN W. WHITEHEAD “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers? If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat […]

Comply or Die: the Police State’s Answer to Free Speech Is Brute Force

by JOHN W. WHITEHEAD “Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us? The constitutional theory is that we the people are the sovereigns, the state and federal officials only our agents. We who have the final word can speak softly or […]

‘Do Not Resist’: A chilling look at the normalization of warrior copz

By Radley Balko The haunting thing about the new policing documentary “Do Not Resist” is what it doesn’t show. There are no images of cops beating people. No viral videos of horrifying shootings. Sure, there are scenes from the Ferguson protests in which riot cops deploy tear gas. But there’s no blood, no Tasings, no […]