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Pentagon surplus handouts stoke the militarization of US police

first_imgSmall-town police armed for war As soon as protests began in Minneapolis, the city’s troubled police department rolled out armored vehicles appearing more suited to Middle East battlefields.Other large cities have them too, but also small towns.In 2013 police in Flathead County, Montana, which has 90,000 residents nestled near the scenic Glacier National Park, received a landmine-resistant armored vehicle, one year after taking delivery of a military transport. When US police flooded the streets around the country to confront protesters two weeks ago, for many it appeared like the army had deployed, with camouflage uniforms and combat gear, heavily armored anti-mine vehicles, and high-powered assault weapons. That’s not by accident. For years the US Defense Department has been handing its surplus equipment over for free to police departments — and the departments, large and small, have revelled in it.Critics say it has been part of the overall militarization of the police, and helped fuel mass nationwide demonstrations against police abuse and deadly tactics that began after the May 25 killing of a handcuffed African American, George Floyd, by a Minneapolis police officer. The 10-person (two only part-time) police department in Ada, Oklahoma, population 16,000, got their mine-resistant armored car in July 2019, after stockpiling 34 M-16 assault rifles over the years.  In a country where many people have their own guns and where schools have suffered mass shootings, even local education districts are taking advantage of the Pentagon’s handouts.The 47 primary and secondary schools of the Bay District in Panama City, Florida acquired no less than 27 assault rifles and two mine-resistant armored vehicles in 2012 and 2013.Trump restarted giveaway The “1033” Pentagon surplus program has existed for years. Since 1997, the US military has distributed used and new equipment ranging from handguns to helicopters to armored vehicles, worth around $8.6 billion, to more than 8,000 federal, tribal and local police forces, according to the US Congress. In 2015 President Barack Obama severely limited the program, but his successor Donald Trump restored it in 2017.That year alone, some 500 million pieces of military equipment were transferred to the country’s police services under the 1033 program.But the recent anti-police protests have recharged efforts to stop it.This week around 200 lawmakers in Congress, mostly Democrats, sponsored a bill, the “Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act”, to again reel in the program.The bill, in the House of Representatives, would strictly limit the transfer of guns, ammunition, grenades, explosives, certain kinds of vehicles, and drones and other aircraft designed for the battlefield.A parallel bill is being prepared in the Senate, pushed by Democrat Brian Schatz, who has fought against over-arming the police for years.”It is clear that many police departments are being outfitted as if they are going to war, and it is not working in terms of maintaining the peace,” Schatz told The New York Times. “Just because the Department of Defense has excess weaponry doesn’t mean it will be put to good use.”Schatz and Republican Senator Rand Paul attempted to push through a similar law in 2014, after the first publication of details of the 1033 program, amid the riots over police brutality against African-Americans in Ferguson, Missouri. The protests and riots that broke out over the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown were met by police officers carrying assault rifles and driving armored cars they got from the Pentagon. Topics :last_img read more


Morata goal helps Atletico Madrid to beat Bayer Leverkusen

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Simeone tests positive for coronavirus Griezmann handed Barca’s no. 7 shirt Atletico Madrid substitute Alvaro Morata scored a late second half header to give his team a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. The win sent them top of their UEFA Champions League Group D. In a game of few chances and many mistakes, neither team came close to breaking the deadlock before Morata scored. He did this with a powerful downward header from a Renan Lodi cross in the 78th minute. The goal gave the hosts a major boost for a top-two finish and a spot in the knockout stages. The Spaniards, unbeaten now in three group games, are on seven points, three ahead of Italy’s Juventus, who played against third-placed Lokomotiv Moscow later on Tuesday. The Germans, without a point, are in last place and all but eliminated in the run for a spot in the last 16. Atletico, who have now failed to score during the first half in their last six UEFA Champions League matches, lacked spark and intensity in the first half, with Leverkusen in control in midfield. The visitors gradually started finding pockets of space with Kevin Volland and Kerem Demirbay but they also were missing the final pass. Lodi completed a quickfire move with a fine first touch and shot to test Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky in a rare Atletico attack in the first half. The game picked up the pace after the break, with the hosts becoming more aggressive and Diego Costa in front of goal narrowly missing to connect with a Kieran Trippier cross. Morata did it better in the 78th when he headed in Lodi’s cross for the winner. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Alvaro MorataAtletico MadridBayer Leverkusenlast_img read more


Gavin Lux shines, Dodgers crush seven homers to beat Rockies

first_imgChris Taylor hit two home runs of his own. Cody Bellinger, Matt Beaty and Corey Seager hit one apiece, giving the Dodgers 245 homers this season – four shy of the National League record. Taylor became the 11th Dodger player with at least 10 home runs, something no NL team had done before. Bellinger’s 44 home runs lead all major league hitters.“It flew out for us,” said Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler, who had one of the Dodgers’ 17 hits.Buehler (12-3) wasn’t immune to soaring baseballs. In five innings, the right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits – two home runs, five doubles and one homer – yet was credited with the win. The Dodgers were leading 10-6 by the time newly-minted reliever Kenta Maeda took over in the sixth inning, three hours into a four-hour game.Pederson sustained an abdominal contusion when he collided with the right-field wall in the fifth inning. He tracked down a Charlie Blackmon fly ball headed for the first row of seats in the corner, bounced off the wall, and held onto the ball before crumbling to the warning track. Pederson was able to walk off the field on his own power. He said he had the wind knocked out of him.“I couldn’t really move my arm,” Pederson said. “That part was not good, but I think this is like a normal collision – your body protects certain areas. Then it cooled down.” PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson gets a pat on the back from manager Dave Roberts as he leaves the game after colliding with the wall while making a catch on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Corey Seager during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux watches his single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsColorado Rockies’ Trevor Story, right, scores on a double by Daniel Murphy as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith stands at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese, center, runs back to third as Colorado Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy chases him down after being caught between third and home during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, of Japan, hits a sacrifice bunt during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a double by Joc Pederson during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux claps after hitting a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux watches from the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story, left, is congratulated by Charlie Blackmon after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux rounds second on his way to third on a single by Walker Buehler during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, is congratulated by Walker Buehler, center, and Gavin Lux after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Peter Lambert throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball against the Los Angeles Dodgers game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson is attended to by security after colliding with the wall while making a catch on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. Pederson was taken out of the game after the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson sticks his tongue out at his own dugout after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux, left, smiles as he stands with first base coach George Lombard after hitting a single during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to the plate during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Home plate umpire Larry Vanover, second from left, is attended to by a Los Angeles Dodgers trainer after being hit by ball as Dan Bellino, second from right, and David Rackley look on during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson gets a pat on the back from manager Dave Roberts as he leaves the game after colliding with the wall while making a catch on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Corey Seager during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Corey Seager during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Gavin Lux got his welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment out of the way early.  At a local hotel Monday morning, Lux said he took an elevator to the lobby to fetch a coffee. A stranger recognized the Dodgers’ rookie infielder and asked to take a picture together.“That’s the first time that’s ever happened,” Lux said. “It was kind of weird but cool at the same time.”The 19,657th player in major league history will soon grow accustomed to life in the lap of luxury. Lux singled on the first pitch of his first at-bat, doubled his next time up, and finished 2 for 5 in his major league debut as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 16-9.Lux wasn’t the only Dodger who enjoyed hitting on a hot afternoon against the floundering Rockies. Joc Pederson hit two of the Dodgers’ seven home runs, and came inches away from hitting a third before sustaining an injury. The injury ended a potentially historic night for the 27-year-old outfielder. Leading off the first inning, Pederson hit a home run to right-center field on the third pitch he saw from Peter Lambert (2-6). In the third inning, he hit a three-run home run to right field, his 30th of the season. Had he not missed a home run by inches in the second inning – the ball caromed off the short wall and onto the field for a double – Pederson would have homered in four consecutive plate appearances.Roberts termed Pederson as “day to day.”“He’s in the strike zone,” Roberts said of Pederson. “He’s really doing a great job. His last five, six at-bats are really, really quality. When he puts the barrel on it, gets the ball in the strike zone, with his swing loft he’s going to do some good things. Hopefully he’s trending in the right direction.”The Dodgers ran a few experiments Monday. A.J. Pollock started in left field for the first time this season and Taylor shifted to center. Roberts said this experiment will continue, with Bellinger seeing time in center field as well.Maeda pitched three clean innings out of the bullpen and one rocky inning, allowing a pair of solo home runs in the ninth. He was credited with a save, his first this year. Julio Urías will take Maeda’s place in the starting rotation beginning Tuesday.“There’s a lot of value in having a guy that can go length right now,” Roberts said. “Kenta’s being a good teammate. He’s a competitor. When he gets out there it’s about being a professional, making pitches, and throwing up zeroes in whatever role you’re in.”No experiment looms larger than Lux, who started at second base and batted eighth. The announced crowd of 45,910 included his parents, Tom and Heather, his aunt and uncle, and a family friend.Lux was assured of joining the Dodgers in some capacity. Team executives weighed the merits of bringing him in as an “apprentice” – practicing and traveling with the major league club, but not appearing in games. When Max Muncy was hit by a pitch Wednesday, fracturing his wrist, it created an opening for Lux at second base. He was formally added to the active roster Monday morning.Roberts said Lux, a left-handed hitter, will play second base against right-handed pitchers during Muncy’s absence. That could last another week or more.“With what he’s done, arguably the best season of any minor league player in all of baseball … now you’re joining a team that’s in a pennant race,” Roberts said. “There’s a lot of anticipation. But with Gavin, his confidence and what he’s done, being surrounded by a lot of good players, I think there’s as soft a landing as you can have with a team that’s very receptive to young players. He’s seen his teammates thrive as far as young players performing at this level. I think there’s solace in that.”Lux hit four balls in the air in his debut. Two landed for hits. One was a 374-foot out. He also reached base on a fielding error and scored three runs. According to STATS.com, Lux is the first Dodgers player in the live-ball era to score three runs in his debut.Both of the balls that resulted in Lux’s hits were authenticated, sheathed in a clear labeled case, and sitting in his locker after the game. Who will get the baseball from his first hit?“Mom and dad, absolutely,” he said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more