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American Blowback: Cop-on-Cop Crime in LA
Ciccarielle-Maher, George; King, Mike
Article
2013
The Anatomy of A Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 84
Ortiz, Paul
Article
2000
The first time I traveled to Los Angeles with a comrade of mine in the labor movement, I had one of those sharp educational experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom.
As Police Killings of Minorities Mount, Attacks on Police Like the One in Dallas, While Awful, Are Also Sadly Predictable
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2016
The tragedy that is America has deepened with the news of a sniper attack targeting police in Dallas during a protest march and rally against police brutality and killings of black people in that city...
Bonus March, 1932
Seltzer, Leo, Balog, Lester
Film
1932
WFPL footage of the 1932 Bonus Army demanding early redemption of their service certificates in Washington D.C. through protest.
"Calm Reflection" or Justice?
Figueroa, Meleiza
Article
2013
Afterthoughts on Justice and racism after the movie Fruitvale Station.
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
The Clouds Clear: Labor, Seattle and Beyond: Against The Current vol. 85
Borgers, Frank
Article
2000
As the clouds of teargas lifted from the streets of Seattle two images emerged in public consciousness: The edifice of the WTO brought crashing to its knees, simultaneously revealing an odd Lilliputia...
The Collapse of Western Morality: The Indispensable People?
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2010
Moral degradation is reaching new lows.
Cops Are Now Less Cautious Than Soldiers In Iraq: Shooting Mirian Carey
Carp, Jonathan
Article
2013
Police militarization is a hot topic lately, but American police are beyond anything contemplated by the American military. American police today appear unwilling to accept any risk whatsoever and see...
Criminalizing First-Graders: Arrested and Handcuffed for Tantrums
Brauchli, Christopher
Article
2010
All across the nation, schools have adopted draconian zero-tolerance policies that treat children like criminals and turn schools into prison-like environments.
Deaths in Custody and Detention: Volume 33, No. 4 (2006) of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A special issue on the investigation of, and inquiry into, deaths in custody and detention (including state hospitals and mental health, police and prison custody, and young offenders' institutions). ...
The Domestic War on Protesters: It's Not Just Egypt
Thompson, Brad
Article
2011
While the US claims to uphold right to demonstrate around the world, there have been countless examples throughout the history of this country of protests being shut down by an overwhelming police pre...
Egypt's Revolution at Three
Radwan, Noha
Article
2014
Radwan examines the Egyptian Revolution and the rise of General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi after the ousting of President Morsi.
Ferguson and After: Where Is This Movement Going?
The Editors
Article
2015
The movement that has erupted after non-indictments of the cop killers of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and of Eric Garner in New York City, one further fed by relentless continued police killings...
First of Its Kind Study Shows 55,400 People Hospitalized or Killed by US Cops in a Single Year
Gardner, Justin
Article
2017
The authors of a study which examined police interactions with the public conclude that alarmingly high numbers reflect an "excess exposure" of people to police violence.
Flaunting It!
Jackson, Ed; Perksy, Stan (eds.)
Book
1982
An anthology of articles spanning the first decade of the Canadian gay liberation periodical, The Body Politic.
Ford Massacre: Detroit Workers News Special, 1932
Houdyma, Joseph; Del Duca, Robert; Auringer, Jack; Seltzer, Leo
Film
1932
WFPL newsreel of the March 7th Detroit/Dearborn demonstration and hunger march of unemployed Ford workers.
Grassroots Power vs. Police Brutality: Against The Current vol. 84
Cohen, Claire
Article
2000
Widespread police abuse is a long-time, normally mainly secret side of life in capitalist America, especially for minority communities. Now, in a number of cities, outrageous cases of police murders o...
Handbook to Survive Bad Policing
Book
Guide to surviving police harassment and abuse. Helps anyone targeted by the police but especially Aboriginal youth, people of colour, and recent immigrants. Explains rights and strategies for dealing...
An Immediate End to Police Brutality and Murder of Black People by Police
Jacob, Ron
Article
2016
The Black Panther Party remains unfulfilled fifty years after the Party's founding. This truth is a tragic acknowledgement of both the failure of US capitalism to resolve its greatest disgrace and an ...
Israeli Police Impunity
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2010
Israeli police expect, and usually receive, impunity for using violence against Palestinians.
Land of Impunity
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
If the police can get away with killing Ian Tomlinson, there's no justice in Britain.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Long Way From Home: The story of the Sixties generation in Canada
Kostash, Myrna
Book
1980
An account of the upheavals and transformations experienced by those who came of age in the 1960s, a time when international currents of change intersected with specifically Canadian events and circum...
The Making of Jericho Road: Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
Mayhem, Murder and Manipulation - Mexico in Turmoil: Against The Current vol. 123
La Botz, Dan
Article
2006
Mexican police attacked activists and residents in the town of San Salvador Atenco in the State of Mexico in early May, killing one, injuring scores, and jailing over 200. The police attack on Atenco ...
Morality Policing
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
The police treat protests and festivals as a threat to their power.
More Than a Few Rogue Cops: the Disturbing History of Police in Schools
Henerson, Mary Anne; Platt, Brian
Article
2016
Another week, another video of police abuse surfaces. This time the video shows San Antonio school resource officer Joshua Kehm body-slamming 12-year-old Rhodes Middle School student Janissa Valdez. V...
The National Hunger March to Washington, 1932
Seltzer, Leo; T. Hurwitz, Leo; Del Duca, Robert; Brody, Sam; Nelson, C.O.
Film
1933
WFPL Documentary of the Second National Hunger March to Washington, D.C. 1932.
Never Say Die!
Stanton, John
Book
Autobiography of labour lawyer John Stanton with an account of Canadian labour history since the 1930's.
Officers caught on video beating California homeless man to death acquitted of all charges
Andrews, John
Article
2014
Two former Fullerton, California police officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, are found not guilty in the killing of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic living on the streets.
Organizing to Stop Police Brutality in Riverside, California: Organizing for Accountability: Against The Current vol. 83
Feeley, Dianne; Finkel, David
Article
1999
interview with Chani Beeman. Chani Beeman is co-chair of the Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability, whose principles and mission statement can be found at their website (www.ucr. edu/ethnomus/...
Pakistan: Teachers and Farmers Protests Brutally Crushed in Sindh
Mohsin, Ali
Article
2018
On December 25, 2017, primary, secondary and high school teachers in Karachi held a defiant protest against the Sindh government due to its refusal to provide them with permanent jobs despite having a...
The People's Police Commission: Trial By Amateur Video
Carson, Kevin
Article
2011
Now we have a people’s police commission of our own. It’s called amateur video. And it will do to criminal scum like Lt. Pike what a whole world of police commissions, pretending to act on our behalf,...
Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings
Lamb, Kate
Article
2016
Thousands of people have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte became president and, according to one officer, secret police teams are partly responsible.
Police Say Tasering 8-Year-Old Native American Girl Was Justified
Article
2014
The mother of an 8-year-old Native American girl is suing police who maintain that they were justified in using a taser on the child. The family lives in Pierre, South Dakota and belong to the Rosebud...
Police Shootings, Helicopter Crashes and Bystanders With Cameras: Weighing the Rights of Accidental Journalists'
Jansen, Nani
Article
2015
Accidental Journalist are everyday people who stumble across something news-worthy. Most commonly, these accidental journalists report on those who abuse their power.
Police Taser and Beat Innocent Disabled Vet, Hold Quadriplegic Wife at Gunpoint, Demand She Stand
Agorist, Matt
Article
2015
Mr. and Mrs. Hayes filed a lawsuit against the Delaware state police for raiding their home. Officers were looking for their nephews, who faced a charge for possession of the drug paraphernalia.
Police Terror in the Big Apple
Scott, George
Article
2014
Scott exposes the realities of police brutality and the character of organized opposition in New York City.
Police Torture and the Real Militarization of Society
Martinot, Steve
Article
2015
What rights can we still say we have, if we find ourselves trapped in a military structure? A person has the right to remain silent if arrested, but one does not have the right to remain silent if app...
Police Unions Sustain Police Violence Epidemic: Since when did we decide that police officers should be above the law?
Boardman, William
Article
2015
Two of the biggest police unions in the country are now on record in opposition to free speech. They are on record against constitutionally protected free speech that opposes the epidemic of police vi...
Police Violence and Media Coverup: Against The Current vol. 156
Carlisle, Vanessa
Article
2012
Among many tactics used by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD ) to disorient, dishearten, and divide members of Occupy Los Angeles during our detention at city jails, one of the more insidious wa...
Police Violence, Resistance and The Crisis of Legitimacy
Williams, Kristian
Article
2011
What clearly sets a number of recent cases apart is not the fact of police violence, but the fact that that violence is being challenged. The controversy, in other words, is not only about violence, b...
Pungesti, Romania: people versus Chevron and riot police
Summerchild, Alex
Article
2013
Pungesti is at the terrifying front line of Romania's resource war - where villagers are fighting off rapacious corporations and their private army of violent riot police, backed by corrupt politician...
The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads: Police War on the Poor
Correia, David
Article
2011
APD is at war with the poor because it has come to equate any expression of poverty or drug addiction not as an effect of structural inequality, but rather as another opportunity to dispose of what it...
Seven Reasons Police Brutality is Systemic
Kristian, Bonnie
Article
2014
Darrin Manning's unprovoked "stop and frisk" encounter with the Philadelphia police left him hospitalized with a ruptured testicle. Neykeyia Parker was violently dragged out of her car and aggressivel...
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
State Department Condemns Attacks on Russian Peaceful Protests, Ignores Those in America
Sainato, Michael J.
Article
2017
On March 26, the State Department tweeted, "U.S. condemns detention of 100s of peaceful protesters in Russia today. Detaining peaceful protesters is an affront to democratic values."
Still Got the News: Against The Current vol. 84
Esch, Betsy
Article
2000
As a student activist at the University of Michigan in the middle and late 1980s, I was part of a coalition of activists who planned and carried out a democratic takeover of our school's newspaper, Th...
The Swing of That Truncheon Thing: The Nature of the Beast Revealed
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2011
Historically, police violence is a fact of life in every society. In a society based on a capitalist economy, the police serve those that have the most money and property. When the authorities and the...
10 Shocking Incidents of Police Brutality Caught on Tape : Finally, a Reason to Like CCTV
Henderson, Clint
Article
2012
The internet is full of videos exposing police officers’ use of excessive physical force when trying to apprehend or detain “potential criminals”. Every year in fact there seems to be an increase in Y...
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Palmer, Bryan D.; Heroux, Gaetan
Book
2016
Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food an...
Violence and the Newspaper Strike
Bernick, Thomas
Article
1997
To those who still allow their anti-union biases and their exposure to employer misinformation to cloud their perception of reality, I would pose the following question: If the employer and its suppor...
Violence Goes to College: Are We Going to Hell?
Prashad, Vijay
Article
2011
The priorities of the campus are clear. An Assistant Professor earns an annual salary in the low $60,000 range; a Lieutenant in the campus safety department (the man who fired the pepper gas, for inst...
The Weaker Sex? Violence and the Suffragette Movement
Riddell, Fern
Article
2015
Fern Riddell investigates the campaign of terror orchestrated by the Edwardian suffragette movement before the First World War and asks why it has been neglected by historians.
With My Heart in Yambo
Restrepo, Maria Fernanda
Film/Video
2011
Twenty-four years ago director Fernanda Restrepo's two teenage brothers disappeared. A year later, the family finally learned the worst possible news: the brothers had been kidnapped, tortured and mur...
Worker's Newsreel Unemployment Special, 1931
Del Duca, Robert; Seltzer, Leo
Film
1931
WFPL footage of the first mass demonstration against unemployment and hunger in Union Square, New York City on March 6, 1930.

Sources Library

A Camera on Every Cop
Taser International cashes in on police misconduct
Frazier, Mya
2015
On December 1, 2014, after several months of protests against police brutality that began with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama pledged $75 million in federal funds to...
Concern regarding the brutality of Montréal police against journalists
CAJ
2015
CJFE and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are deeply concerned by the brutal actions taken by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) to impede the work of journalists in the...
Edits to Wikipedia Pages on Bell, Garner, Diallo Traces to 1 Police Plaza
Weill, Kelly
2015
Wikipedia content can be freely changed by anyone. Unfortunately, this also seems to mean that Wikipedia can be freely censored. A police department is under investigation for altering pages related t...
"Gestapo" tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington
Ackerman, Spencer; Stafford, Zach; Guarino, Mark;Laughland, Oliver
2015
Politicians and rights groups call for inquiries into interrogations at Homan Square. Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces questions as top supporters examine abuse.
IFJ and EFJ oppose media restrictions in the newly-enacted Spanish Public Security Law
Sources News Release
2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), have joined their Spanish affiliates FAPE, FESP, FSC-CC.OO. and ELA-Gizal...
Madrid barrio expels 'racist' police patrols
Jeering crowds chase away officers who try to detain immigrants
Tremlett, Giles
2011
Community protests police practice of racial profiling: the protests have been dubbed the "indignant" movement.
Met police face legal action for 'kettling' of protest teenagers
Townsend, Mark
2010
Police in the UK are being sued for using violence against students during a tuition fees protest by three minors who suffered injuries. They claim they were falsely detained and denied medical assist...
Opposition daily throttled financially by lawsuits and dirty tricks
2013
The daily newspaper Azadliq, one of the few remaining opposition news outlets, is now in danger of succumbing to efforts to throttle it financially. Many members of Azadliq’s staff have been individua...
Panama's indigenous champion defies president's mining deal
Canadian-Korean consortium plans 30-year gold, silver and copper project
Helmore, Edward
2012
In Panama the Ngabe-Bugle indigenous community fights to keep a Canadian copper mining company off their land.
Police actions in Ferguson, U.S. interfere with freedoms of assembly, press
Human Rights Watch
2015
Though the majority of the Ferguson protests were peacful, the police still responded with overwhelming military force. Journalists were one of thier specific targets.
RSF fully supports journalists suing Ferguson police
Sources News Release
2015
Arrests of journalists while gathering information and covering demonstrations are inadmissible in the country of the First Amendment.
UK police will soon start bagging people's heads during arrests
2016
Metropolitan Police officers will soon be able to use specially designed bags, known as spit hoods, to cover suspects’ heads during arrests and in police stations. The mesh bags are used to restrain s...
Unacceptable police violence against journalists covering demonstrations
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders calls on the Greek authorities to publicly condemn cases of police violence against journalists during the demonstrations of the past few weeks and to give the police clear i...

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Face a la Justice
Periodical profile published 1978
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1978