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Policing, Police Brutality, and the Prison Industrial Complex

Occupy originally focused on economic inequality, but issues surrounding police brutality and the prison industrial complex were quickly incorporated into the movement's priorities. Police brutality became an even more pressing issue for activists following a series of brutal attacks from the NYPD in the fall of 2011. Demonstrators developed connections with other community groups who opposed the NYPD's racial profiling and military-style tactics, and they soon expanded their critique of policing to the American prison system.

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