Police organizations everywhere really don’t like it when citizen groups stand up against police brutality. The cops would rather be able to operate how they see fit and have no one ever question what they do…even if what they do is immoral or illegal. Well this past week the Massachusetts State Police screwed up in a big way when they notified everyone in the public that they are actively spying on progressive groups who stand up against police violence. They made a Twitter post giving updated information on 39 fires and explosions caused by Columbia Gas Company. The post also shows all of the tabs they have open on their computer screen, and most of them are left wing groups they don’t like.
Their Twitter post showed they had open tabs for Massachusetts Action Against Police Brutality (MAAPB), the Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump (COMBAT), and other activists organizations and were also monitoring a Resistance Calendar of anti-Trump protests. Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty program at the Massachusetts branch of the ACLU, told WBUR in Massachusetts that
‘I wasn’t surprised — but I was appalled. American law enforcement has, for a very long time, targeted dissidents. A lot of people like to believe those tactics ended. But that’s not true — and actually, after 9/11, they’ve seen a substantial resurgence.’
COMBAT also issued a statement saying
‘The fact that state police, who are funded by our tax dollars, are spending time monitoring groups on Facebook who oppose racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic violence instead of those groups who perpetuate such violence is abhorrent and should be examined with scrutiny.’
The police would better serve the public if they started keeping a close eye on alt-right, pro-Trump groups. We’ve all seen how violent they are, even going so far as using their cars to ram into peaceful protesters when they see fit.
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