Police State


Seattle: Anarchist Bloc at the October 22nd March Against Police Brutality

From Puget Sound Anarchists

The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality has recently called for a march and rally at 5pm at Westlake on October 22nd. This has been a tradition around the country since 1996, and differs year very little from year to year. The Coalition itself is a splinter of the Revolutionary Communist Party(RCP) and maintains both authoritarian and statist ideas in terms of it's campaigns. In the past Anarchists in cities throughout the US have held their own separate marches or tried to have a presence inside these marches on October 22nd to counter the dominant RCP narrative.


Notes on the day-to-day activities of the police state

By Arjun Pandava
Issue #118: Spring 2015

“The police occupy our community as a foreign troop occupies territory.” –Huey P. Newton, 1968, Interview from jail.


It is Time We Discussed Abolishing the Police

by Brian Platt
August 25, 2015

“If I was an anarchist or even a regular protester,” explained the president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Ron Smith, “I would probably not want to be infiltrated by the police… Just like the dope dealer on Third and Pike doesn’t want to get busted. That’s the price of doing business. It’s the whole package.” This startling bit of honesty from the Seattle police regarding their imperative to infiltrate and spy on social justice protests came as Ansel Herz, a reporter for the local newspaper The Stranger, questioned Smith regarding undercover cops at a Black Lives Matter protest last December.


The Ferguson Protests Worked

by Julia Craven, Ryan J. Reilly, and Mariah Stewart
Huffington Post

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Nearly a half-century ago, a University of Missouri law professor named T.E. Lauer issued a warning. Missouri’s network of municipal courts, he wrote, were “a modern anomaly” generally “overlooked or ignored as the misshapen stepchildren of our judicial system.”

It was “disgraceful,” he argued, that poor people accused of municipal ordinance violations didn’t receive lawyers. Arresting and confining citizens for petty violations of municipal codes was unnecessary. Many municipalities, he wrote, had clearly “conceived of their municipal courts in terms of their revenue-raising ability,” and those financial incentives influenced judges' decisions. He questioned whether the term “kangaroo court” would “too often validly apply to municipal court proceedings.”


Why Oakland's Crackdown on Protest Is Sure to Fail

By Rachel Lederman
5 June 2015

Under pressure from business after a large May Day demonstration, in which dozens of new cars and bank windows were smashed, Oakland's new mayor, Libby Schaaf, has instituted a ban on nighttime street marches, which has outraged the Oakland activist community. The mayor's directive violates a federal court order and has escalated ongoing tension between police and protesters - while doing nothing to address the serious issues of state-sponsored racism, extrajudicial killings and police impunity, targets of the growing movement.


Baltimore, after the Riots

By Shawn Carrié
May 18, 2015
The Indypendent
Issue # 206

BALTIMORE — Before the riots hit, Baltimore was already a troubled place. It is one of the most segregated cities in America, where boarded-up buildings line entire blocks. It was here that Freddie Gray lived for 25 years before he died in the custody of Baltimore police and the city erupted in protest this April. The last time riots broke out on the streets of Baltimore was in April 1968, in the days following the assassination of Martin Luther King.


Why Some Black Activists Believe They're Being Watched by the Government

By Darnell L. Moore
June 3, 2015

The home of activist Patrisse Cullors was raided twice last year by law enforcement in Los Angeles. During one raid, officers told Cullors they were looking for a suspect who had allegedly fled in the direction of her house. But neither time did Cullors believe the officers had a strong rationale for invading her home.

Instead, Cullors told Mic, she believed the raids were devised by police in response to the public campaigning of Dignity and Power Now, a grassroots organization Cullors founded that advocates on behalf of incarcerated people in Los Angeles. She also believes similar surveillance methods are used to monitor many black activists today.


The Larger Problem in Baltimore

Dominque Stevenson and Eddie Conway
The Progressive

The day that Freddie Gray was laid to rest, Monday, April 27, was an atypical day in Baltimore.

The tension in the air was palpable. Tension is not unusual in this city.

You can feel it in the neighborhoods where people are being displaced by gentrification, and disappeared into the prison system.

The police are a menacing presence, threatening residents with arrest or, worse, the fate that met Freddie Gray.

But the tension on the day Freddie was buried was different.

Rumors swirled around the city— that white supremacists were threatening to harm students at city schools; the police were being targeted; the police involved in the incident would not be charged—all of these stories were false. But th

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What Two Programmers Have Revealed So Far About Seattle Police Officers Who Are Still in Uniform

by Ansel Herz
May 6, 2015
The Stranger

For most of their lives, Eric Rachner and Phil Mocek had no strong feelings about police. Mocek, who grew up in Kansas, said he regarded police officers as honorable civil servants, like firefighters. Both chose careers as programmers: Rachner, 39, is an independent cyber-security expert, while Mocek, 40, works on administrative software used by dentists.


The rioting in Baltimore wasn’t hooliganism - Why the CVS burned

By Louis Hyman

Most people can sympathize with the anger on display this week in the streets of Baltimore. It’s relatively easy to feel compassion for people who’ve suffered police brutality and abject poverty, even if you’ve never experienced either. Looting and burning is harder to understand, since torching a CVS store would hardly seem to have anything to do with protesting the actions of the Baltimore Police Department. President Obama decried the Baltimore riots as “senseless violence and destruction.” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also despaired at the destruction. “We worked so hard to get a company like CVS to invest in this neighborhood,” she said, “this is the only place that so many people have to pick up their prescriptions.” Why would anyone burn down the only CVS in their neighborhood?


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