TONIGHT: US Police Are Becoming Agents of Political Repression

February 27th, 2004 - by admin

by Bill Moyers / NOW — PBS –

At this year’s Republican Convention scheduled for late summer in New York City, protestors have promised that 1 million people will be out on the streets. How is the government preparing to handle massive dissent?

Disturbing clues have emerged in what happened at a trade conference in Miami last November where hundreds of protesters were detained, searched, and some seriously injured in violent clashes with police.

While official Miami hailed the event as a model for “homeland security,” others called it a preemptive strike on dissent and an assault on civil liberties.

On Friday, February 27, 2004 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings),

NOW with Bill Moyers takes a hard look at the protests and their aftermath to examine whether law enforcement was maintaining order or abusing power.

As other cities turn to Miami for examples of how to police their major events, the segment asks, were they protecting the public or serving special interests?

This story will be broadcast on NOW this Friday, February 27th on PBS at 9PM EST/10PM PST (check local listings at the following site):