Police State

Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Protesters outside police headquarter in central Hong Kong on Wednesday as they railed against video footage of a prominent pro-democracy activist who was beaten on Tuesday.  Local reports indicate the people were able effectively "lockdown" the building. (Photo: via Twitter / @HongKongHermit)
After an hour-long stand-off in front of police headquarters in Hong Kong, officers allowed more than 100 protesters to enter the station in groups to file reports on the alleged police beating of political activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu. In the most violent police raid on Hong Kong protest zones yet, 45 people were arrested early Wednesday morning...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
As hundreds of protesters marched to the steps of the Ferguson police station...
Jon Queally, staff writer
Several thousand community members marched alongside activists from around the...


Declaring "we're all in this together," Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, the new, black, homegrown police commander in Ferguson, ordered cops to remove SWAT gear and gas masks and then marched with protesters, prompting what observers called a stunning mood change in what had felt like a war zone hours before. Ordered by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to replace clueless, thuggish local police, Johnson said he understood "the anger and fear (of) residents... We all want justice, we all want answers."