Cities Fight Domestic Dragnet, Demand Local Police Disclose Use of Spy Gear

""In Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Oakland, South Carolina, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Baton Rouge and now Charlotte, amongst other cities, Black communities are dying at the hands of those they pay to serve and protect," said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice during a press call. "Officers that kill are placed on administrative leave. They're paid. They start 'Go Fund Me' pages to raise money [for themselves]. They're rarely charged, even more rarely indicted and even more rarely convicted. Instead of being held accountable for the reckless endangerment and taking of Black lives, police departments are being rewarded, their budgets and their tool belts expanded with digital surveillance technologies.""