The lack of a police response to the nighttime looting stood in stark contrast to the New York Police Department’s deployment of its riot squad, the Strategic Response Group, or SRG, to suppress political protests during the day. When a peaceful march reached Manhattan’s Bryant Park earlier that night, the police were ready: The SRG formed a line to block their advance. When the protesters knelt in the street, SRG officers struck with batons and made arrests. It was one example of many where the NYPD moved swiftly against demonstrators. The previous day, police mounted a “level three mobilization” against a protest in Brooklyn and responded in well under two hours, according to city records. NYPD data reported that at least 108 people were injured by police during last summer’s unrest. The NYPD was roundly criticized by elected officials and in three government reports for using violent riot tactics against political protesters. It was a double-dip failure in public safety: Not only did the city brutalize protesters exercising their First Amendment right to assemble, but it also stood by as throngs of nonpolitical actors rampaged the city’s storefronts. Risks to residents and pro
Source: Amid 2020 Protests, NYPD Took Hours to Respond to Riots
When it’s a trend and not one off it’s systemic
An Intercept and SITU reconstruction of an incident in North Carolina last June shows police intentionally trapped and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful protesters.
Source: Police Across the U.S. Deliberately Kettled Peaceful Protesters
” And the beat goes on”
The guilty verdict in the murder trial former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin shone a spotlight on killings by law enforcement officers. But the vast majority of police killings across the United States go largely unnoticed. To exemplify that fact, the Associated Press details how at least six people died at the hands of the police in the 24 hours after a verdict was reached in the Chauvin trial. Some of those deaths led to even more calls for accountability, while others have remained so under the radar that the name of the person who was killed isn’t even known. “In several cases, little is known about the lives of those killed and what happened in their final moments,” notes the Associated Press.
Source: Police officers killed six people in 24 hours after Chauvin verdict.
“When the government equips police departments like they’re equipping the military, we undermine healthy relationships between the police and the community,” explains Equal Justice Initiative director Bryan Stevenson. “We have created a culture where police officers think of themselves as warriors, not guardians.”
via How the Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home
America would need to start with it’s gun laws first,
Community organisations with a pro-defunding platform for police are not calling for an immediate cessation of cash. As MPD150, a group based in Minneapolis, argues, “we’re talking about a gradual process of strategically reallocating resources, funding, and responsibility away from the police and toward community-based models of safety, support and prevention.”
MPD150 suggests drawing out other participants better equipped to deal with social crisis. Drop the idea of deploying “strangers armed with guns, who very likely do not live in the neighbourhoods they’re patrolling.” Shift the emphasis, rather, to “mental health providers, social workers, victim/survivor advocates, religious leaders, neighbours and friends – all of the people who really make up the fabric of a community – to look out for one another.”
via Radical Reforms: Disbanding Police Forces in the US – » The Australian Independent Media Network
As we know, in the age of Trump, now more than ever, no one gets to say no to a police officer.
Source: Nurse Arrested For Refusing To Take Blood From Comatose Man Without A Warrant | Crooks and Liars
A man has been fatally shot by the police in another display of brutality. Jimmie Sanders, of Milwaukee was fatally wounded by the police last Sunday at Jack’s Apple Pub after someone called 911. Sanders has been involved in a fight with Henry Nellum, who pulled a gun on Sanders, but was disarmed after her […]
Source: Man Prevents a Murder by Disarming Attacker, Police Show Up and Kill Him
We talked to director Craig Atkinson about his harrowing debut film ‘Do Not Resist,’ which shows the increasing reality of America’s militarized police force.
Source: This Documentary Shows How Terrifying the Cops’ Military-Grade Weapons Are | VICE | United States
Want a ringside seat for the war on crime? Go to killedbypolice.net. A few hours ago (as I write this), the site had listed 1,191 police killings in the U.S. this year. I just looked again. The total is up one. This, about killing number 1,192, is from the Fresno Bee, which the site links to: “Authorities have identified the woman fatally shot by a deputy early Tuesday as a 50-year-old military veteran.
Source: Law, Order, and Social Suicide | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
The failure to indict a police officer for yet another killing of a young, Black person – this time a child, 12-year-old Tamir Rice – should outrage us and cause us to look more deeply at the structures that make both Rice’s shooting and the non-indictment mutually reinforcing acts. Similarly, the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the brilliant organizing within it compels us to look at the relationship between crime and policing in a new way: it forces our society to confront how it allows the police to get away with committing crimes against Black and brown communities.
Source: What About the Police Crime Rate? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Mathias Corman says the CBA fraud is all in the past and should be forgotten. Joe Hockey allows evasion to proceed after promising to go after it. In the world of an increasing wealth gap our courts process and jail the minnows of our community and allow the whales to swim off unpunished. Abbott has appointed Scott Morrison to police the poor and disabled. Who polices the top end of town?