"Since the beginning of this year, more than 300 people have been killed by police nationwide, well on track to surpass the yearly average of 1,175 killings over the last four years."
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“The mayor and the city of Sacramento has failed all of you… The gangbanging has to stop. The poverty is uncontrollable.”
OBAMA’S CRONY BANKSTERISM destroyed a 11 TRILLION DOLLARS in home equity… and they’re still plundering us!
Barack Obama created more debt for the middle class than any president in US
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OXFAM reported that during Obama’s terms, 95% of the wealth created went to the top 1% of the world’s wealthy.
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"Police in the United States are trained to see the working class and poor as a hostile
enemy. Anything less than complete submissiveness is grounds for officers to unleash
deadly force on their victims. In some instances, even the most casual encounters with
police have proven to be deadly."
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Democrats seek to use Stephon Clark’s funeral to divert anger over police killings
30 March 2018
On Thursday, the family of Stephon Clark held a funeral for the 22-year-old unarmed African American man who was shot twenty times by the police nearly two weeks ago in the backyard of his grandmother’s home in Sacramento, California. The Bayside of South Sacramento Church was packed with hundreds of relatives, friends and community members confronting terrible grief of losing a loved one to police murder.
A number of local clergy figures from Christian and Muslim backgrounds introduced the funeral, followed by performances, speeches and prayers. All of the speakers described Clark as an intelligent, warm and loving man who “would do anything for his [wife] Selena and his sons.”
In addition to their reflections upon the Clark’s life, his family expressed their anger at his brutal and unfounded execution by two police officers, who claim to have mistaken a cell phone for a gun. One of his cousins read a poem about the murder, asking, “Enough isn’t enough? What, a gun and badge make you tough? Rather shoot someone down and then put them in cuffs… Are they trained and programmed to just kill our family, our kids?”
Since the shocking video of Clark’s killing was released, hundreds of people have participated in demonstrations against police violence. Protesters have participated in an occupation of City Hall, vigils and memorials, and marches through downtown and along major streets that have prevented fans from attending NBA basketball games played by the Sacramento Kings.
Responding to the militant social opposition that has emerged in Sacramento, as well as popular outrage across the country, the Democratic Party and their supporters in Black Lives Matter and other activist organizations are seeking to contain, water down and divert the deep frustrations of the mostly young people and workers.
Reverend Al Sharpton flew in to deliver a two-part eulogy at the funeral as part of an effort to redirect anger back into the dead end of reformism, identity politics and the electoral efforts of the Democratic Party.
Reflecting the ruling class fear of the eruption of popular protests outside of their control, Sharpton declared, “It’s time for preachers to come out the pulpit, it’s time for politicians to come out the office, it’s time for us to go down and stop this madness.”
He went on to criticize the Trump administration, which issued a dismissive statement that police violence is an issue for local officials, “This is not a Sacramento fight anymore, this is a national fight… We gonna make Donald Trump and the entire world deal with this issue of police misconduct.”
While Sharpton postured as an opponent police violence and denounced Trump, he did not mention the role of the Democratic Party in the militarization of the police apparatus. Nor did he list the thousands of people who were shot by police during Barack Obama’s administration, whose Justice Department whitewashed police killings and oversaw the transfer of military weaponry to local police forces.
Just four years ago, Sharpton told protesters to “respect the police” and stop throwing “ghetto pity parties” at the funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown. Now he claims to be on the same side as the youth and workers who are fighting against police murder, poverty and inequality.
Sharpton and other leaders are also relying heavily on identity politics to distort the fundamental issues of Stephon’s murder. At the funeral, one prominent imam insisted, “Black people in this country are not brutalized because they are Methodist, Baptist, Muslim or Catholic, they are brutalized because they are Black people in America.”
The ideology of these religious leaders and Democratic Party representatives remains far outside of the sentiments shared by many of Clark’s family members and others who have participated in the demonstrations over the past two weeks.
Stevante, Clark’s older brother, has been highly critical of the verbal sympathy by media and political figures. “They’re all in here for money, really,” he said while speaking on stage. Earlier this week Stevante addressed an audience during the occupation of a City Hall meeting after breaking up a meeting of the city council, “The mayor and the city of Sacramento has failed all of you… The gangbanging has to stop. The poverty is uncontrollable.”
Stephon’s aunt, Kimmy Simone, told ABC News on Wednesday, “You just keep looking at these kids over and over—it’s not black. It’s white. It’s all colors,” She continued, “Look at [the] 17 children they killed at that school [Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida]. Look at it. Guns, violence, all that is hate. We don’t need it.”
The protests continued Thursday afternoon as a diverse crowd of mostly young people marched through downtown Sacramento for the third day in a row. Demonstrators held signs reading “Police the police” and “Convict killer cops” at the federal courthouse and District Attorney’s Office, as they demanded arrests and convictions for both police officers, one of whom is an African-American.
Over the weekend, millions of students, youth and workers in the United States and internationally participated in the protests against gun violence and school shootings. Despite the efforts of the Democratic Party and its operatives to divert the protests toward various dead ends, wide layers of the working class are mobilizing against mass violence, police killings and the broader attack on democratic rights.
The murder of Stephon Clark and the fight against police violence
29 March 2018
Over the last week, hundreds of people in Sacramento, California have participated in demonstrations protesting the police murder of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old African American man who was unarmed when he was shot 20 times in his grandparent’s backyard. Many more are expected to pay their respects today at Clark’s funeral.
The eruption of renewed protests against police violence is part of the reemergence of social opposition in the US, including a wave of strikes and demonstrations by teachers and the March for Our Lives protests that involved more than one million students and youth last weekend.
Clark’s murder was caught on video by the police officer’s body cams and a police helicopter that was hovering overhead. The footage shows that the officers unleashed the barrage of bullets as soon as they rounded the corner of the house.
After gunning Clark down, the officers made no effort to administer any aid until backup arrived several minutes later, at which point they handcuffed his corpse and made a feeble attempt at CPR. Police video also shows that officers muted their microphones, presumably to get their story straight while off the record.
The release of the footage and the initial claims by the police that they mistook Clark’s cellphone for a gun have sparked a week of demonstrations. Clark’s family and protesters are demanding the arrest and prosecution of the two officers who murdered the unarmed man.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s announcement on Tuesday that his office would provide oversight of the District Attorney’s investigation into the killing and conduct its own investigation of the Sacramento Police Department’s policies was met with justifiable skepticism by Clark’s family.
There should be no illusions in promises of oversight or intervention from the Democrats and their supporters in Black Lives Matter. Longtime Democratic operative Al Sharpton, representing the political establishment, is delivering the eulogy at Clark’s funeral today as part of an effort to demobilize the protests and redirect popular anger back into the electoral politics of the Democratic Party. At the funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014, Sharpton chided protesters to “respect the police” and stop throwing “ghetto pity parties.”
Meanwhile, members of BLM and other proponents of identity politics in Sacramento have worked to direct anger away from the city’s first African American police chief, promoting the idea that investigations by the state and federal government will hold Clark’s killers to account.
Such official investigations, whether at the state or federal level, are meant to tamp down popular anger while providing cover for the police. They rarely, if ever, result in charges against killer cops. Even rarer are criminal convictions, which are little more than statistical anomalies.
Dozens of investigations by the Department of Justice during the Obama administration into the actions of police departments across the country served to whitewash the crimes of countless police officers.
Even as protests continued in Sacramento, Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that there would be no murder charges against the two police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge as he sold CDs outside a convenience store. That egregious killing, in which two officers pumped bullets into Sterling as he was held down on the ground, was also caught on video.
Clark’s murder is just one of a relentless string of police killings in the US, which have continued unabated after popular protests over police violence erupted in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 following the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Since the beginning of this year, more than 300 people have been killed by police nationwide, well on track to surpass the yearly average of 1,175 killings over the last four years.
The Trump administration has repeatedly denounced demonstrations against police violence, including last year’s protests by players in the National Football League, in effect giving police a green light to beat and kill with impunity. But Trump is only intensifying policies pursued under the Obama administration, which presided over the imposition of militarized police crackdowns on demonstrators in Ferguson and Baltimore, and repeatedly sided with the police in cases brought before the Supreme Court.
Contrary to the narrative promoted by Black Lives Matter and the political establishment that police violence is an issue of “race relations,” the largest share of those killed by the police are white. Whatever role racism plays in the disproportionate number of African American men killed each year, working-class people of every skin color, gender and age are the victims of police brutality.
Police violence is only the most visible expression of the brutal character of class relations within the United States under capitalism. The police, constituting one of the “bodies of armed men” that make up the state, are tasked with defending the existing social order in a country in which three people control as much wealth as the bottom half of society.
The ongoing reign of police terror is just one expression of the escalating crackdown on democratic rights within the United States. The Trump administration has let loose Immigration and Customs Enforcement to carry out raids at workplaces, schools and hospitals throughout the country, terrorizing whole communities and deporting hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile the technology giants, working at the behest of the major US intelligence agencies and the Democratic Party, are moving rapidly to censor the internet.
It is no surprise that renewed demonstrations against police violence have erupted amid the growth of working-class opposition in the United States, with a wave of strikes and protests by education workers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and other states, as well as nationwide demonstrations against school shootings.
The emergence of these struggles makes clear that social opposition is building up within the working class. But at every turn, workers confront the efforts of the Democratic Party and trade unions to shut down and demobilize popular opposition by channeling it back into the political establishment.
Every social problem, whether it is underfunded schools, low wages, unending police violence or school shootings, has systemic roots. The struggle against police violence can only succeed to the extent that workers and young people break with the Democratic Party and link their struggles to the broader movement of the working class against capitalism and for socialism.
Notes on Police Violence
Unarmed man with pants down fatally shot by deputy in Houston, Texas
By Anthony Bertolt
30 March 2018
Brutal police violence is a feature of daily life in America. This year has seen a rise in protests against police violence as part of the resurgence of class struggle, particularly in the wake of the murder of Stephon Clark in Sacramento earlier this month and the announcement that the officers involved in the murder of Alton Sterling will not face charges. So far this year, the police have killed more than 308 people of every race, ethnicity, gender and age. What follows is just a sampling of those killed in the last two weeks.
Unarmed man with pants down fatally shot by deputy in Houston , Texas
Last Thursday, Danny Ray Thomas, a 34-year-old man, was shot and killed by a Harris County deputy in Houston, Texas.
According to the Houston Chronicle, witnesses said Thomas was “walking in the middle of the intersection of Imperial Valley and Greens Road with his pants around his ankles, talking to himself and hitting vehicles as they passed by.”
One of the drivers of the vehicles then exited their vehicle and confronted Thomas, starting a verbal and physical altercation. A Harris County deputy witnessed the incident and stopped his car to get out and intervene.
Thomas reportedly did not respond to the officer’s commands and approached the officer, who then shot him once. Thomas died later that day at the hospital.
The Harris County deputy who shot Thomas said he did so “fearing for his safety” despite the fact that Thomas had his pants around his ankles. The deputy also claimed Thomas had “some object” in his hands, despite no weapon or objects having been found on the scene.
Thomas’s family members confirmed that he was the father of two children who had died in 2016 when their mother allegedly drowned them in a bathtub. Marketa Thomas, Danny Ray Thomas’s sister, said that she had relied on her brother for support as they both suffered from depression. So far this year, there have been two people killed by police in Harris County.
Columbus , Ohio police fatally shoot woman during SWAT standoff
Police say they responded to a report of gunshots early Saturday morning before 4:30 a.m. in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
Officers arrived at the residence to find 25-year-old Kaitlin Marie Demeo, who had barricaded herself inside the house with a rifle alone.
The police then called the SWAT and Negotiation Team, who arrived on the scene and attempted to negotiate with Demeo, but were unsuccessful. Nearly four hours later, Demeo reportedly fired at the officers from inside and was killed by two SWAT officers who returned fire. Police identified the two officers as Glenn Thivener and Keith Kise, both veterans of the police for over 20 years.
Demeo’s killing was the fourth police shooting in Columbus so far this year.
Phoenix, Arizona police shoot and kill man af ter tas ing him 3 times
Police in west Phoenix received a report of a vehicle break-in last Friday around 11 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found 23-year-old Kevin Robles, holding a knife and “acting agitated.” They initially deployed a Taser, shocking Robles three times. However, police say it had no noticeable effect, which is when police say that Robles attacked them with the knife.
Police then shot Robles, who was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Polk County, Florida deputies shoot and kill man with a history of mental health issues
On Tuesday, March 20, 20-year-old Chance Haegele was killed after he was shot 17 times by police in Winter Haven, Florida.
Police arrived at his home after his mother, Christina Haegele, made an emergency call to prevent her son from committing suicide.
When they arrived he allegedly pointed an unloaded shotgun at the officers, who then opened fire, shooting Haegele 17 times. Prior to the barrage of bullets, Haegele’s mother had told the officers that the shotgun was not loaded and that he was not a threat.
Haegele had been admitted to the hospital seven times under the Baker Act in Florida, which allows for certain individuals to be examined or admitted to hospitals involuntarily if deemed necessary by judges, doctors, lawyers or other professionals.
He had attended Florida State University pursuing a degree in business finance, earning a 3.7 grade point average. Haegele suffered from depression, which had reportedly intensified after his father discontinued financial support for Chance while he attended college.