On Monday, October 15th, 2016, San Diego activists sent a strong message outside the San Diego Convention Center where the 123rd annual confernce of the International Assocation of the Chiefs of Police was taking place. This action was directly inspired by the great work of organizers in Chicago, when the IACP was held there last year. See Chicago coverage:
Behind their rhetoric about "community needs", the IACP partners with major arms dealers such as Northrop Grumman and Safariland, as well as police forces around the world notorious for suppressing dissent, from Haiti to Tunisia. In many areas of the world, the line between policing and the military is blurred or not there at all, and come October 2017 in Philadelphia, we will continue to challenge the IACP's part in that "war" which must end!