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White supremacists, militias have infiltrated many US police forces: report

The Brennan Center for Justice says hundreds of cops in over a dozen states have posted racist and bigoted social media content over the last 20 years.

SHELBYVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 28: Police stand between protestors during a White Lives Matter rally on October 28, 2017 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said state and local law enforcement officials would be out "in full force" for the two white nationalist rallies. The event billed as a White Lives Matter rally is hosted by Nationalist Front, which is a coalition of several white supremacist organizations. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)

Hundreds of police officers in more than a dozen states have been caught posting racist and bigoted social media content over the last 20 years, according to a fellow with The Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty & National Security Program. 

Cops in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia reportedly have “active links” to law enforcement, says a new report from The Brennan Center for Justice titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement.” 

Its author, Michael German, concluded that systemic inequities can also instill implicit biases — unconscious prejudices that favor in-groups and stigmatize out-groups — among individual law enforcement officials, influencing their day-to-day actions while interacting with the public.

“Explicit racism in law enforcement takes many forms, from membership or affiliation with violent white supremacist or far-right militant groups, to engaging in racially discriminatory behavior toward the public or law enforcement colleagues, to making racist remarks and sharing them on social media,” the report stated.

The Brennan Center also found that while the U.S. Justice Department has identified white supremacist groups as a domestic terror threat, the department “has no national strategy designed to identify white supremacist police officers or to protect the safety and civil rights of the communities they patrol.”

German’s report notes that “trust in the police remains low among people of color, who are often victims of police violence and abuse and are disproportionately underserved as victims of crime.” 

The FBI’s 2015 Counterterrorism Policy Directive and Policy Guide warns that “domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers.”

The Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy think tank whose mission is to reform, revitalize and, when necessary, defend America’s systems of democracy and justice. Named after progressive Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, it conducts rigorous research to identify problems and craft transformative solutions.

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Comment by SoftArabia on August 29, 2020 at 9:35pm
Comment by Elizabeth Roscoe on August 29, 2020 at 1:51pm

Comment by mr1stroke on August 29, 2020 at 12:21am
Lol you can tell dumb niggers who are out of touch with reality where are you niggers from? Thats how you can tell niggers dont read they get their news from CNN and NANCY PEOLOSI, they repeat anything they hear without research, they so stuck on Trump but have no informtion

The idiot says this is shocking news the government runs by racist people, lol where are you from, who from the 60s to now in America does not know that those white officials are not racist, if not why 57 years later you are still marching begging your congress for equal rights and police reform, wait Joe Biden is not racist for 47 years he has been working on black issues thats why the black community is so comfortable, now this is shocking news
Comment by unell mitchell on August 28, 2020 at 10:10pm

So they identified them but what was done? Are they still on the force? Bet they are

Comment by stephen myers on August 28, 2020 at 5:54pm

This is shocking news? The government is run by racist white supremacist, Trump had all the statues of white supremacist protected as he praised them as great people, yet house NIggazz and Sambos love him, beware of “Black Power” House Niggazz that praise him.

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