Today our guest is Janel Florez of COP BLOCK, a citizens’ movement sweeping the country that documents the rise of police brutality and the increasing militarization of police tactics. Still don’t think America could become a Police State? That it’s all conspiracy hokum? Listen to Janel, who shows us what’s happening across the country today.
The stories of police brutality told by Janel Florez are dramatic and real. The no-knock SWAT raid that left two year old Bou-Bou comatose in Georgia, with a hole ripped out of his chest from a flash grenade tossed in his crib. The Dept of Homeland Security whistle blower naked on the floor, begging for a towel, while she was ogled for two hours by a DHS SWAT team. The purchase of mine-resistant vehicles in up-state New York. The Massachusetts SWAT team that refused an ACLU request for data on its police raids, citing its surprising claim to be a “non profit organization” — not a government agency associated with federal, state or city laws.
In this engrossing interview, Janel Florez shows how across the United States, police abuses and brutality are spiking as America lays the groundwork and infrastructure for a police state. COP BLOCK is on the front lines, providing a vital public forum to expose the wrong doing and defend our freedoms. COP BLOCK supports non-aggression towards all members of the community, including non-violence towards police. They are strong defenders of the right to videotape and live stream citizen encounters with the police as the best way of curbing trends towards brutality.
Picture Credit: Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh in coma after flash grenade hurled into his crib during no-knock SWAT raid
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