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Wed Apr 25 2018 (Updated 04/26/18)
Urban Shield As We Know It Ends After 2018
Years of Community Pressure Lead to Victory Over Urban Shield Military Cop Convention
At the March 27 Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, five-plus hours of discussion ended with a decision that Urban Shield as currently constituted would end after the 2018 war games and exposition. The 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Scott Haggerty more or less voting no, left open-ended what Alameda County’s regional disaster preparedness activities would be in future years, but the Supervisors were decisive that it would not be the Urban Shield event, which began in 2007.

A series of embarrassing revelations from the presence of the Oath Keepers right-wing extremist group in an allied community fair, the use of racist target dummies, the presence of HSI/ICE, and slush fund donations from the likes of Blackwater seems to have finally pushed the Supervisors over the edge, in a lengthy meeting preceded by a two hundred person rally and with dozens of public comments.

photo Victory Over Urban Shield Military Cop Convention | photo Urban Shield As We Know It Ends After 2018

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