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Why do the transit police have a "Civil Disturbance Unit" bus?

Posted by Carol Rose, On Liberty  December 15, 2011 01:37 PM

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Where did this monstrosity come from?

Civil Disturbance Unit bus

It just rolled by a peaceful demonstration of about 60 people at the JFK Federal Building in Boston. How dangerous was this small group that supports the Bill of Rights and opposes the indefinite detention provisions of a federal bill about to be signed into law?

At a time of tight budgets everywhere and looming MBTA fare hikes that could raise the price of a single ride to $3.25, it's outrageous that money is being wasted on things like this.

Is the MBTA planning mass civil arrests?

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Carol Rose is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. A lawyer and journalist, Carol has spent her career working for and writing about human rights and civil liberties, both in the United States and abroad. More »

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