In the Media
Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing. The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), also called a “sound canon,” is a powerful, military-grade electronic megaphone that, in addition to broadcasting police commands, can be used to disperse crowds with a chirping noise reaching 162 decibels, 42 decibels above the level that can cause immediate and permanent hearing damage.
DETROIT — At an emotional press conference, Dec. 8, members of the Homrich 9 laid out the legal strategy they would pursue in their defense, and the moral foundations for the act of civil disobedience that led to their arrest.
Nine people were arrested July 18, after blocking the entryway of Homrich’s facility on E. Grand Blvd in Detroit, barring trucks from leaving to shut off water to Detroit residences.
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls for an immediate end to police violence, the taking of Black lives and the terrorizing of Black communities.
The legal community has publicly stepped up to provide direct support to protesters against police violence, and has recently begun to take direct action in the streets as an expression of solidarity.
In August, a number of civil rights groups sued the agency over the treatment of families at the facility in Artesia. Calling the facility a "deportation mill," the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and National Immigration Law Center filed a lawsuit, on behalf of five mothers and their children held in Artesia.
NLG Massachusetts attorneys represent protestors who were arrested while protesting the killing of two unarmed black men this summer by white officers in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.
The New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is crying foul at the use of these devices, sending a letter to the NYPD for more information about what kind of training officers get for using LRADs and what regulatory measures govern their usage. According to research by the group, while 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, the devices can hit up to 162 decibels, using a high pitched beeping sound that witnesses claim is unbearable.
The National Lawyers’ Guild, which represented Assata Shakur, has been highly critical of how the prosecutors handled her conviction.