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Dozens of countries use Israeli spy technology to tap into global cell phone location databases

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Officer says he'll "f*cking kill you" to protester, pointing gun

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Did someone say we have a police accountability problem? Ferguson, Missouri, 2014:

A police officer points a weapon at a group of unarmed protesters. He says, "I'll f*cking kill you, get back." When asked his name, the officer says, "Go f*ck yourself."

The time disobeying a police order saved Thurgood Marshall from being lynched by police

Yesterday the Twitters were aflame after the Washington Post published a disturbing op-ed by a former cop. In response to the uproar about police violence against black people amidst the struggle in Ferguson, Missouri, the former cop wrote:

[H]ere is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.

Authoritarianism in black and white, printed in the Washington Post

Today the Washington Post published this, written by a former cop who now teaches something called "homeland security" at a for-profit online university:

Women bring challenge against London police for sending undercover officers to have sex with them

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Sounds like President Obama isn't sure arming local cops like militaries after 9/11 was the best idea, after all

President Obama is a little late, but better late than never. In a press conference on Ferguson (and Iraq) today, he spoke to DHS funding of local law enforcement after 9/11. It almost sounds like he read some of the ACLU's work on this issue.

"I think it's probably useful for us to review how the funding has gone, how local law enforcement has used grant dollars—to make sure the stuff they're purchasing is stuff they actually need," he said.

Don't miss John Oliver on Ferguson and police violence

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John Oliver looks at Ferguson and police violence against black people in the United States. He's not impressed.

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