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Étouffer la dissidence. 15$

Depuis quelques années, la répression politique prend de telles proportions au Québec que des instances des Nations Unies ont interpellé les autorités provinciales à propos des arrestations de masse et des limitations au droit de manifester. La grève étudiante de 2012, marquée par la violence policière et des milliers d'arrestations, a permis de prendre conscience de cette réalité, même si la répression politique ne date pas du Printemps Érable et dépasse largement le cadre des manifestations.

Mise sur pied dans ce contexte, la Commission Populaire sur la Répression Politique (CPRP) a recueilli près d'une centaine de témoignages lors d'audiences tenues à Gatineau, Montréal, Québec et Sherbrooke. Son analyse englobe l'ensemble des acteurs judiciaires, politiques et médiatiques, du début des années 1990 à aujourd'hui. Elle révèle les effets pernicieux de la répression que subissent les activistes et les mouvements sociaux, mais aussi l'ensemble de la population, que l'on gave d'une opinion prétendument publique hostile à toute forme de contestation.
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Produire la menace. 15$

Produire la menace" raconte l'histoire de la provocation policière au Canada, qui remonte aux origines mêmes de la Confédération. Que ce soit pour combattre le communisme, le Front de libération du Québec ou encore le mouvement « Black Power », cet ouvrage unique montre que l'État canadien est prêt à tout pour contrôler la menace, quitte à la simuler de toutes pièces. Les cas analysés dans cette enquête approfondie, où se croisent néo-nazis, islamistes et syndicalistes, attentats à la bombe, harcèlement psychologique et communiqués bidon, jettent une rare lumière
sur le monde des taupes, et montre combien la loi compte peu lorsqu'il est question de maintenir l'ordre.
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Our ennemies in blue, 25$

Let's begin with the basics: violence is an inherent part of policing. The police represent the most direct means by which the state imposes its will on the citizenry. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent.

Using media reports alone, the Cato Institute's last annual study listed nearly seven thousand victims of police "misconduct" in the United States. But such stories of police brutality only scratch the surface of a national epidemic. Every year, tens of thousands are framed, blackmailed, beaten, sexually assaulted, or killed by cops. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on civil judgments and settlements annually. Individual lives, families, and communities are destroyed.

In this extensively revised and updated edition of his seminal study of policing in the United States, Kristian Williams shows that police brutality isn't an anomaly, but is built into the very meaning of law enforcement in the United States. From antebellum slave patrols to today's unarmed youth being gunned down in the streets, "peace keepers" have always used force to shape behavior, repress dissent, and defend the powerful. Our Enemies in Blue is a well-researched page-turner that both makes historical sense of this legalized social pathology and maps out possible alternatives.
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Policing the planet. 25$

Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton. It’s a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.

With contributions from #BlackLivesMatter cofounder Patrisse Cullors, Ferguson activist and Law Professor Justin Hansford, Director of New York–based Communities United for Police Reform Joo-Hyun Kang, poet Martín Espada, and journalist Anjali Kamat, as well as articles from leading scholars Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Robin D. G. Kelley, Naomi Murakawa, Vijay Prashad, and more, Policing the Planet describes ongoing struggles from New York to Baltimore to Los Angeles, London, San Juan, San Salvador, and beyond.
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Comix 'Excessive force'. 15$

Excessive Force is Last Hours' first comic anthology and features seventeen international illustrators. Whether drawing on personal experiences or imagined scenarios of modern policing, one theme runs through: a shared view of brutal, oppressive policing, policing that does more harm than good, and a system that hinders, rather than encourages freedom of expression. Or more simply put: acts like an excessive force.
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Who do you serve, Who do you protect? 20$

Do police in the United States keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do history and global context explain recent police killings of young Black people in the US?

Truthout's first-ever print anthology addresses these and other urgent questions. Edited by Truthout staff -- Maya Schenwar, Joe Macaré and Alana Yu-lan Price -- Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? collects investigative reports and essays exploring racist police violence, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures.

Contributions cover a range of issues including police violence against Black, Latino and Indigenous communities; law enforcement's inhumane treatment of pregnant people and those with mental illness; and the impact of racist police violence on parenting. Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? also profiles the organizers who are fighting back against this violence and finding new ways to keep their communities safe.

The book's contributors include William C. Anderson, Candice Bernd, Aaron Miguel Cantú, Ejeris Dixon, Kelly Hayes, Adam Hudson, Victoria Law, Mike Ludwig, Sarah Macaraeg, Page May, Andrea Ritchie and Roberto Rodriguez, with a powerful foreword by Alicia Garza, cofounder of Black Lives Matter.

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