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Valley Police Departments' Biggest Supporters Are Ideologically Driven Bigots And Racists
Holding a "thin blue line" flag, and carrying a handwritten sign, pro-police activist Nohl Rosen held a one man protest outside of the Chandler police department headquarters in early October.  This was the latest in what has become a one man show for Rosen...

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The Scottsdale police officer who killed six is now training cops when to shoot to kill
Disgraced Scottsdale police officer James Peters works as a pitch man for Tempe based police shooting simulator VirTra Systems, selling the simulator to police and military alike James Peters selling the V-300 to foreign militaries at the 2015 International...

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Failed State Arizona: News roundup 8/20/15
This is the first in our ongoing series of news that interests us, and is of relevance to issues facing the Phoenix metro area, Arizona, and the larger southwest. #disaster #failedstate Diné Confront McCain in Window Rock, AZ Window Rock, AZ — On August 14,...

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Valley Law Enforcement's Internet "Red Squad" Takes Center Stage at International Surveillance Conference
A group of law enforcement officers who coordinated the crackdown on Occupy Phoenix, and regularly monitor the pages of activists through internet surveillance, are scheduled speakers at next week's "Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement" (SMILE) th...

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Arizona Army National Guard Sergeant who confronted videographer at pro-police rally also posted link to white supremacist site, "likes" burning mosques
 Sgt. Berry, on the right, uses a poster to harass a videographer (Ray Stern/ Phoenix New Times ) Arizona Army National Guard Sgt. Van Berry, of the 856th Military Police Company , found himself in some hot water last month after he was captured on video me...

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With Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Looming, National League of Cities Prepares to Pressure Congress for More Military Weaponry
As an expected grand jury decision could arrive this week in the case of the white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shooting and killing Ferguson resident Michael Brown.  Brown, who was  unarmed when confronted by officer Wilson, was shot six times.  B...

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Megapolitan in a Mega-Drought? A Guide to the Sun Corridor
Plans for massive new transportation projects in Arizona such as the
Interstate 11, South Mountain Freeway Loop 202 Extension, and High Speed
Passenger Rail seem out of touch with reality. As the urban heat
island effect expands and the drought gets worse...

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Interstate 11: Privatized Roads, Privatized Water
Last year Down & Drought published three articles from the excellent Stop CANAMEX blog, perhaps the only local resource for researched and detailed information on proposed infrastructure projects in Arizona.  In post after post, the blog produces the names ...

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SCOTTSDALE POLICE JOIN RANKS OF VALLEY COPS USING "STINGRAY" DEVICE TO SPY ON CELL PHONES
As we revealed in a recent post, the Tempe Police Department has made at least two purchases of the Stingray device from the Harris Corporation , both shrouded in secrecy due to a non-disclosure
agreement.  We can now reveal that another valley police depa...

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WILL TEMPE PD USE PHONE DATA GATHERING TECHNOLOGY TO IDENTIFY PARTICIPANTS AT ANTI-RACIST RALLY?
According to local media , the Tempe Police Department are preparing for a potential clash between a group of white supremacists who have announced a "White Man March" on Mill Avenue on Saturday, and a counter-demonstration organized by local anarchists and...
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