RT America: “Police Prepare for Riots at RNC as US Becomes Increasingly Militarized”

With the Republican National Convention just around the corner, authorities in Cleveland, Ohio are working with multiple federal agencies to bring in military grade equipment to prepare for potential riots.

Russian news media agency RT America say police are preparing with military grade equipment while police militarization has already become the new norm in the US, and two politicians (Chuck Schumer (D) NY and Hillary Clinton) are pushing for more funding and are arguing against cuts for a counterterrorism program in New York. RT America’s Anya Parampil speaks with Sarah Lazare, a staff writer for Alternet.

AlterNet is a progressive activist news service — a project of the non-profit Independent Media Institute. AlterNet publishes original content and also makes use of “alternative media”, sourcing columns from Al Jazeera English, Asia Times, Center for Public Integrity, Democracy Now!, New America Media, The Guardian, Salon, TomDispatch, Truthdig, Truthout, Waging Nonviolence, The Washington Spectator, and Mother Jones.

The Urban Areas Security Initiative program allocates millions of dollars to enhance regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. The UASI program directly supports expanding regional collaboration and is designed to assist local government agency participants in their creation of regional systems for prevention, protection, response, and recovery.

The 9/11 Act requires states to ensure that at least 25 percent of appropriated funding is dedicated to terrorism prevention planning, organization, training, exercise, and equipment. State Administrative Agencies (Department of Public Safety, State Office of Homeland Security, Emergency Management Agency, etc.) are eligible to apply directly to FEMA for UASI grants.

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