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  •  Cesar Chavez was into peaceful resistance (4+ / 0-)
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    marykk, skohayes, devis1, pitbullgirl65

    Probably inspired by MLK.

    Doing some research on SWAT history I came across something else about Chavez the United Farm Workers and SWAT;

    ...the first actual SWAT-type operations were conducted north of Los Angeles in the farming community of Delano, California on the border between Kern and Tulare Counties in the San Joaquin Valley. At the time, César Chavez' United Farm Workers union was staging numerous protests in Delano, both at cold storage facilities and outside non-supportive farm workers' homes on city streets. The Delano Police Department responded by forming ad-hoc units using special weapons and tactics. Television news stations and print media carried live and delayed reportage of these events across the United States. Personnel from the LAPD, having seen these broadcasts, contacted Delano and inquired about the program. One officer then obtained permission to observe the Delano Police Department's special weapons and tactics units in action, and afterwards, he took what he had learned back to Los Angeles, where his knowledge was used and expanded on to form the LAPD's own first SWAT unit.
    So that is where the militarization of police in America got started.  As a reaction to Cesar Chavez's movement. Wonderful.

    No wonder some still have issues with Chavez, they perceive him as a military threat.

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    by Shockwave on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:10:06 AM PDT

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