How seriously will the Feds look at police practices?
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is beginning an investigation into the policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether officers routinely use excessive force to violate Portlanders' civil rights. Community leaders who have been calling for such an investigation were finally joined in their request by Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Dan Saltzman following the January 2010 police killing of Aaron Campbell. While the DOJ determined no federal law had been violated in the Campbell case, the agency did feel a review of bureau policies and practices are needed.
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that their plan for investigating policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether individual's civil rights are being violated allocates only six hours to meeting with the community. Such a narrow window has raised concerns with community leaders who have been pressing for the investigation and fears within the community that the investigation is yet another paper chase.
After a vicious attack this weekend by the Seattle police on a house party of anarchists, we were requested to repost this audio documentary about the house party that was viciously attacked by the Portland police in March, 2001.
Host Carlos Chavez interviews social rights activist and co-founder of the Brown Berets in Los Angeles, Carlos Montes. His house was raided by the FBI on May 17th of this year and was the most recent in a string of raids and subpoenas on activists and labor union members throughout the country. They discuss these recent accounts of repression by the FBI as well as past experiences. Carlos Montes is facing firearm charges and is due for another court appearance on July 6th.
Mr. President: With Joe on leave, Abe looks at the 7-decade growth of executive power in the U.S.
It's been nearly 70 years since the U.S. Congress has declared war. The current administration has enshrined anddeepened the surveillance state first ushered in under the auspices of the Cold War and the War on Drugs, and then imposed under G.W. Bush's War on Terror. Once-inviolable rights to counsel, swift trial, due process, security from search and seizure, and habeas corpus have been rendered insubstantial.