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  • LA Police Refuse to Release Information on In-Custody Deaths, Community Pushes Back

    By Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout | Report

    Demonstrators rally in South Los Angeles to protest the death of Ezell Ford, an unarmed black man fatally shot by a police officer, August 21, 2014. The incident had much in common with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: Monica Almeida / The New York Times)Demonstrators rally in South Los Angeles to protest the death of Ezell Ford, an unarmed black man fatally shot by a police officer, August 21, 2014. The incident had much in common with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: Monica Almeida / The New York Times)

    Many questions remain as the LAPD refuses to release autopsy reports and the names of officers involved in the shooting death of unarmed black man Ezell Ford and beating death of Omar Abrego in South Central. Frustration grows in a community already mistrustful of police.

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  • The Banality of Police Militarization: How Champaign-Urbana Acquired Its MRAP

    The Banality of Police Militarization: How Champaign-Urbana Acquired Its MRAP

    By Brian Dolinar, Truthout | Report

    Earlier this summer, a local newspaper in Illinois ran a story about how the sheriff in their town had acquired a mine-resistant armor-protected vehicle. Titled "Something Big Just Arrived," the article touted the benefits of the new truck. Yet in the wake of Ferguson, a growing number of people are raising questions about police militarization in their cities. Why does Champaign-Urbana, a small Midwestern college town home to the University of Illinois, need such over-sized military hardware?

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  • About 620,000 Military Families Rely on Food Pantries to Meet Basic Needs

    About 620,000 Military Families Rely on Food Pantries to Meet Basic Needs

    By Michelle Chen, The Nation | Report

    This month, the US military announced that the air force had delivered more than 110,000 meal rations to stranded Yazidi refugees in Iraq, in a mission that prompted President Obama to hail “the skill and professionalism of our military, and the generosity of our people.” Also this month, a new report found that the nation’s food pantries serve 620,000 families with a member in the military - an indication that service members battling poverty must often rely on charities.

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