Uber weird: Rideshare company sponsors police militarization drills

Operation Urban Shield in Oakland, a police militarization conference has the sponsorship of Uber, a ride-sharing website. It is unclear what their specific rationale is. If it was a MADD conference I'd understand in the sense of preventing DUIs but otherwise I'm like WTF is up with this.

The partnership between ride-sharing behemoth Uber and policing and weapons conference Urban Shield is raising eyebrows. Not only is the tech startup a "platinum" sponsor of the Department of Defense's annual urban warfare convention, one of its executives recently joined the department's business board, leading many to wonder why the seemingly libertarian transportation company is cozying up to the government.