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Occupy protests put spotlight on police tactics

The Chicago Tribune, 24 November 2011
Publié le : 24 novembre 2011
 Maria L. La Ganga, Larry Gordon 
Reporting from San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York -- Police efforts to break up Occupy encampments in Northern California and elsewhere have led to investigations, apologies and lawsuits. And now the soul-searching: Why did some officers use what is being described as excessive force, wielding batons and pepper spray, against apparently peaceful protesters? The tough response to the 2-month-old movement of civil disobedience particularly in Oakland and on campuses in Berkeley and Davis is an outgrowth, some say, of factors that include the spontaneous nature of the Occupy protests and two post-9/11 trends: a heightened police sensitivity to threats and a more militaristic approach to police work. "I think we're talking about a long-term trend accelerated in the post-9/11 era," said George Ciccariello-Maher, a political scientist at Drexel University in Philadelphia. After the attacks, "the federal government began to provide military technology to police agencies, a very clear upping of the stakes." Read on...
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