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“It is often the case that police shootings, incidents where law enforcement officers pull the trigger on civilians, are left out of the conversation on gun violence. But a police officer shooting a civilian counts as gun violence. Every time an officer uses a gun against an innocent or an
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Article first appeared at The Free Thought Project. One phrase comes to mind when reading the newly proposed list of expectations from the National Fraternal Order of Police of President-elect Trump — This won’t end well. The FOP is the largest police union in America, boasting more than 330,000 members, across 2,200
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Article first appeared at The Free Thought Project. Portland, OR — (RT) At least 26 people have been arrested during anti-Trump protests in Portland, Oregon, police say, adding that officers deployed pepper spray as well as “rubber ball distraction devices” to disperse the rally. The demonstration against President-Elect Donald Trump
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Article first appeared at The Free Thought Project. Heavily-militarized police decked in riot gear and armed to the teeth, arrived by MRAP and other military-grade vehicles to a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site — not to crack down on a violent and destructive riot — but to break up …
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For the first time, the federal government is actually recalling military equipment that was granted to local law enforcement. Some agencies, including right here in Georgia, are angry. But do local police need to be so heavily militarized? This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else. Ben Swann
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We have moved beyond the era of representative government and entered a new age. You can call it the age of authoritarianism. Or fascism. Or oligarchy. Or the American police state. Whatever label you want to put on it, the end result is the same: tyranny.
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In these days of worldwide confusion, there is a dire need for men and women who will courageously do battle for truth.  We must make a choice. Will we continue to march to the drumbeat of conformity and respectability, or will we, listening to the beat of a more distant drum, move to its echoing sounds?  Will we march only to the music of time, or will we, risking criticism and abuse, march to the soul saving music of eternity?
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Police have shot and killed Americans of all ages—many of them unarmed—for standing a certain way, or moving a certain way, or holding something—anything—that police could misinterpret to be a gun, or igniting some trigger-centric fear in a police officer’s mind that has nothing to do with an actual threat to their safety.
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There were four armed police officers, including one cop who was assigned to the school as a resource officer, on campus during the Florida school shooting. All four cops stayed outside the school with their weapons drawn (three of them hid behind their police cars). Seventeen people, most of them teenagers, died while the cops opted not to intervene. Let that sink in a moment.
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“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We
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