I will talk this week about police militarization in the US and point to how it happens in areas designated International Economic Zones which is why Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons think they can simply ignore Constitutional rights and laws. The focus on killing by police of black citizens mostly in cities only happens because police policy is being used as a development tool. In Iraq---the US military used this same kind of policing to push rebels from neighborhoods with tons of collateral deaths surrounding these actions----AND THEY DID NOT CARE. This is what is happening in cities like Baltimore. They want to push the poor and working class out of neighborhoods slated for Master Plan development and they use any method they want because we have no Federal justice agencies enforcing Rule of Law. State Assemblies are stocked with the same global corporate pols building these International Economic Zone structures so they too pass unconstitutional laws and turn a blind eye.
THIS WILL MOVE FROM INJUSTICE FOR ONE TO INJUSTICE FOR ALL IF WE ARE SILENT......SILENCE IS COMPLICITY.
After decades of zero tolerance policy that often went to unconstitutional policing for this same development process-----the closer Trans Pacific Trade Pact comes to being installed---the more third world this policing becomes.
ALL AMERICANS ARE SHOUTING AGAINST MILITARIZED POLICING---FROM CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS TO SOCIAL DEMOCRATS---IT IS ONLY THE GLOBAL CORPORATE 'CENTER' NEO-CONS AND NEO-LIBERALS PUSHING THESE POLICIES.
Media comes to play in all this by having mainstream media simply report all this as single incidents rather than reporting of national events and how people are responding. I've talked with all reporters of national media about all that is happening in Baltimore wanting a series of reports that show a complete picture of police actions over several years.
ALL THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE BALTIMORE CITY HALL AND BALTIMORE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY POLS PUSH THE MOST UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS THAT OPEN THE DOOR FOR THESE ABUSES ALL WHILE WALKING WITH PROTESTORS POSING PROGRESSIVE.
Ending Police Militarization, One City at a Time
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00
By Ana Conner and Tara Tabassi, Truthout | News Analysis
Oakland police participate in Urban Shield training in October 2012. (Photo: San Leandro Privacy / Flickr)
Urban Shield, the world's largest SWAT training and war-weapons expo, was held in September in California's Bay Area, beginning on the 14th anniversary of 9/11. Hosted each year since 2007 in the Bay Area's Alameda County (last year in Oakland, this year in Pleasanton) with exercises all across the Bay, it is attended by hundreds of local, federal and international law enforcement agencies and weapons manufacturers.
Since his tenure began in 2007, Alameda County's sheriff, Gregory J. Ahern, has been waging war on Black and Brown communities across the Bay Area. Urban Shield solidifies Ahern's war, and makes it a profitable one. As the Bay Area Urban Shield's core organizer, he has received over $100,000 in contributions for his electoral campaign from Urban Shield vendors, such as 511 Tactical, Adamson Police Products and Corizon Health. But he's not the only one. Local, federal and international agencies coordinate through police trainings and weapons expos all over the world, much like Urban Shield, to trade tactics and military-grade weaponry.
Urban Shield is just one such police militarization expo: a convenient "one-stop shop" for anything a police department might need to turn regular beat cops into SWAT-like robo-cops. Granted, Alameda County police forces were committing brutality long before Urban Shield first began in 2007. It has been occurring since the mid-1960s to 1980s, as high-level military equipment and techniques were nationally transferred to police departments for "war on drugs" activities. Post-9/11 saw a morphing of these weapons transfer programs between the military and police for the "war on terror" and for the "enhancement of officer safety." However, the centralizing and systematizing of militarism, and police