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Paramilitary police protocols in the US : context and consequences
Sunday November 20th 2011, 11:36 pm
Filed under: chain-gang,international,meta,metrics

Update: BoingBoing has a lovely interview with one of the students who was sprayed by the police.

Alexis Madrigal writes a sharp historical review of how policing has changed since the 60’s, and the dramatic rise in paramilitary training and expectations among police forces across the country since the Seattle WTO protest.

He also notes with compassion that aggressive police are a symptom of a system we have deliberately chosen as a society.  He references past phases of the public-police social contract, and notes that brutal treatment of students by police
a) isn’t new (it was common in the 1960’s before being toned down), and
b) isn’t a matter of a few bad actors like Lt. John Pike
We need to recognize the systemic problems everywhere in the US,  now filtering onto university campuses, and address them at their heart.

That said, we still have clear legal standards for when it is and is not appropriate to pepper spray civilians in the course of policing.  In prisons, riots, or public squares, precedent suggests it can not reasonably be used on seated or immobile protesters.

Pike violated federal law in his use of excessive force, and is unlikely to be protected by the qualified immunity sometimes granted to officers. Since a number of the students sprayed were injured, some still hospitalized the next day, and this use of pepper spray is usually considered to ‘exceed reasonable bounds’, Pike and his department face significant legal challenges. They will almost certainly try to settle any claims out of court.


Celebrity Deathmatch: John Pike v. John Hancock
Sunday November 20th 2011, 10:58 pm
Filed under: %a la mod,fly-by-wire,Not so popular,null

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Instant visuals
Thursday November 17th 2011, 8:37 pm
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Hacking the dollar bill to visualize gobal finance.


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Ilya Zhitomirskiy 1989-2011
Sunday November 13th 2011, 3:16 am
Filed under: indescribable,null,Seraphic

Together we will move in ways that none could move alone.

You will be remembered.

ow ow ow
Tuesday November 01st 2011, 7:31 pm
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From the OWSJ: Edition #3

From the WSJ : daily roundups and live stats.

MoJo maintains its own terse summary and map.

And a rare taped Sachs-Ferguson spat is worth watching for the last :30.


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