Could The Civil Rights Movement Have Happened In Today’s Militarized Police State? | Occupy.com

Bull Connor became legendary as the Birmingham public safety commissioner who ordered police dogs and fire hoses to be used on peaceful civil rights protesters in 1960s Alabama. Birmingham became known as “Bombingham” after multiple racially-motivated bombingsaimed at intimidating the city’s black residents rocked the city, from the North Smithfield neighborhood to the notorious 6th Avenue Baptist Church bombing.In response, Dr. King declared “Project C Confrontation” on the Birmingham police, both to expose Connor’s heavy-handed law enforcement approach and to fill the jails with civil rights protesters willing to throw themselves at the grinding machine of the nation’s most racist police department.Connor was eventually forced out of his position, and the civil rights movement succeeded at ending public segregation and securing voting rights. But the 1960s was a very different environment for both protesters and police. The first SWAT team wasn’t formed until 1966 in Los Angeles, and the first SWAT raid didn’t take place until 1969, when L.A. County law enforcement engaged in an hours-long shootout at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Black Panther Party.

 

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