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Commissioner Bratton Equates NYC Protests With Paris Terror Attack

By Sue Udry | Dissent News Wire | January 29, 2015

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced today the formation of a new, elite unit that will be specially trained and equipped to deal with dangerous situations like the hostage situation in Australia, lone wolf attacks and… protests.

According to CBS News New York, Bratten really truly did conflate terrorism and protests.

 “It is designed for dealing with events like our recent protests, or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris,” the commissioner said.

In order to address these situations, all equally perilous apparently, Bratton told a news conference that the 350 member Strategic Response Group will “be equipped and trained in ways that our normal patrol officers are not. They’ll be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and machine guns — unfortunately sometimes necessary in these instances.” In addition, the officers will have smartphones and tablets so they can be kept up to date on what is being said over social media.

Those smart phones and tablets may prove to be more dangerous to communities than the new weapons. Josmar Trujillo provides this analysis at CityLimits.org :

It’s hard to imagine a more Orwellian future for high-poverty, high-crime communities than one in which technology intensifies the criminal justice spotlight on their neighborhoods. Funneling more cops and surveillance into certain neighborhoods all but assures that you’ll find more crime there—especially the low-level type via Broken Windows. Indeed, if by being predictive police are looking to be prophetic, then it may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Communities of color are most familiar with a cycle in which cops aggressively look for crime, arrest and document crime, then set out to aggressively look for more crime in a city with less and less crime. Technology, though, adds in a new element wherein it normalizes aggressive, racialized policing through a veneer of color-blind efficiency. As people become data plots and probability scores, law enforcement officials and politicians alike can point and say technology is void of the racist, profiling bias of humans.

In case smart phones and machine guns aren’t enough, Bratton wants more surveillance.  CBS reports that

Bratton is also calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to outfit all new subway cars with cameras that would be monitored on the train by an officer in the conductor’s booth, as well as at an off-site location.

Bratton pitched the unit as a way to keep from pulling beat cops away from their neighborhoods. The police unions are in support of the new unit, but the Gothamist reports that support is not unanimous. Priscilla Gonzalez, Organizing Director of Communities United for Police Reform, gave this statement.

Initial reports of Commissioner Bratton’s plans suggest the opposite of progress. His demands for less oversight of the NYPD and a more militarized police force that would use counter-terrorism tactics against protestors are deeply misguided and frankly offensive. We need an NYPD that is more accountable to New Yorkers and that stops criminalizing our communities, especially when people are taking to the streets to voice legitimate concerns about discriminatory and abusive policing. Despite growing evidence that discriminatory broken windows is a failed and harmful policing strategy, Commissioner Bratton stubbornly continues to defend and expand it.

Tell Bratton: Protest is NOT Terrorism!

Tell Commissioner Bratton that you are outraged he is equating protests with terror attacks, and wants to treat them with equal force. The streets of NYC don’t need more heavily-armed police on the loose.

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January 30, 2015 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Subjugation - Torture |

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  1. Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

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    Comment by joekano76 | January 30, 2015 | Reply


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