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Police departments across the country are spending millions on riot gear

We’ve all seen the lines of police at protests donning head to toe armor, batons and/or launchers at the ready, glowering down at protesters through face shields. But how much does all that gear cost? According to the early returns on riot gear budgeting requests we have been filing, quite a lot.

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Denver’s counterterror program sets sights on Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ groups, and refugees

Records show Denver Police sought a $480 thousand grant from Homeland Security to develop a counterterror program targeting communities it identifies as “at-risk” of violent extremism, which include Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ groups, and refugees.

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No low-life leakers allowed in stories FOIA told this week

Our weekly series looking at the stories public records made possible, now 100% FAKE NEWS free.

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Clip art and controversy in Colorado police’s MRAP training materials

Of all the training materials for police use of military vehicles we’ve seen so far, Colorado’s is by far the most comprehensive and informative … and also some of the strangest.

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Banking regulators dragging their feet on the legal marijuana question

As FDIC communications obtained by MuckRock user William Green demonstrate, over the last three years the banking regulator has consistently avoided taking a clear stance on the issue of providing banking services to legal marijuana businesses.

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