Tag Archives: police brutality

May 11th: Jackson State

11 May

10 days after the Kent State Massacre in 1970, in Jackson, Mississippi there was a similar but much less publicized tragedy.  At Jackson State College on May 14/15, students had gathered to protest the US invasion of Cambodia. As the evening went on there were fires and turned over cars. Close to midnight, the police decided to disperse the crowd of Black student protesters. They approached and then for no apparent reason opened fire on the protesters- shooting 140 rounds.

Two people were murdered by the police that night- Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, and James Earl Green, 17. 12 others were also injured. Continue reading

May 2nd- Beatriz Alberta Carino and Jyri Jaakola

3 May

In Oaxaca, Mexico paramilitary troops in support of the Mexican government, attacked a convoy of 25 people who were transporting food and supplies to the autonomous community of Triqui inidigenous people in San Juan Copala.

Beatriz Alberta Cariño, the director of the local non-governmental Centre for Community Support Working Together (CACTUS) and Jyri Jaakkola, a human rights observer from Finland. Both were shot in the head. Others in the convoy were injured and shot as they tried to escape the attack.

This is yet another example of the Mexican government utilizing paramilitary troops to repress the liberation and autonomy of indigenous people in Mexico. This particular zone has been dealing with government repression since they declared autonomy in 2007.

Indigenous people world wide frequently face violent oppression simply for practicing autonomy. Police and state oppression and brutality are not unique to the USA. The capitalist classes work globally to repress any movement or individual that challenges their dominance. Solidarity with our allies on a global level is necessary to try and combat these injustices.

May 1st- Oscar Grant

3 May

Oscar Grant was shot and killed by BART police in Oakland, California on New Years Day 2009.

Essentially, yet another case of police brutality, racism, violence, oppression, overreaction, lack of training etc. by the police state.

He was already detained and being held by the police when he was shot in the back. He was unarmed. The police were basically freaking out. They were responding to a supposed fight on the train. You have to question what good the police are if when called because of a fight they escalate the situation to the point of murder.

This is the cop that killed him. Johannes Mehserle.

His trial begins June 1, 2010- over a year after he murdered Oscar Grant, when he was less than 22 years old.

Unfortunately, this is just one of many cases of police killing an unarmed person of color. This case has received a lot of attention because the whole instance was caught on film by many people, which has led more folks to a pretty reasonable conclusion that Oscar Grant was murdered.

Technology was used positively in this instance in order to provide evidence as to the brutality of the police. Even though it is too late for Oscar this evidence might help prevent future injustices. Which is a good motivator for folks to carry cameras or video cameras, participate in Copwatch programs, etc. in order to monitor the behavior of police in our communities.

May- Memorial Month to People Murdered by State

22 Apr

The Wingnuts (see http://www.thewingnutrva.wordpress.com) have decided that MAY is the month we will dedicate to remembering people who have been killed by the cops/FBI/CIA/state/COINTELPRO etc.

We are compiling a list of names to be used in a ceremony at our Memorial Day Cookout on May 31st. The information will also be incorporated into a mural/monument at the Wingnut.

As part of this whole idea, I will be posting a daily blog during the month of May on a different victim of the state. So lookout in May for profiles/bios/stories/pictures of these people. Because we should never forget about the terrible oppressive violence practiced by the police and the state on a daily basis.

Malcolm X – May 19, 1925- February 21, 1965

21 Feb

Today is the 45th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s assasination in Manhattan.

Malcolm X is remembered as perhaps one of the greatest and one of the most influential African-American men.

Malcolm X brought to light important political issues around Race, Capitalism, and Politics that many people today still have not made connections with. He called out the inherent connections between Capitalism and Racism. He talked about how the Democrats were no more useful to People of Color than Republicans.

While the blame for his assassination is still up in the air to some extent, between the folks who actually served prison time, local drug dealers, local cops, CIA/FBI, or just COINTELPRO actions in general, the bottom line is that a dynamic and influential Black man was murdered for his beliefs and his activism.

Malcolm X deserves to be remembered and honored for all of the work he put in around issues including race in America and the world. Continue reading