Hundreds of US activists have taken to the streets in Oakland, California, to protest a military training event for police known as Urban Shield.
The Stop Urban Shield Coalition held a rally Friday in front of the Alameda County government building to express to protest the event that’s being hosted by the county sheriff’s office this weekend.
Urban Shield was launched was launched in 2007 in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, which some police officials said showed that law enforcement agencies weren’t well prepared for such attacks.
The annual three-day weapons exposition also holds multi-disciplinary exercises for police.
However, opponents of the event say it increases the militarization of law enforcement and teaches them to act more like soldiers in their communities.
Law enforcement officials say their goal is to test training and coordination among local first-responders in times of crisis such as…