A dozen part-time UPS workers in Minneapolis took protest action on the job August 22, after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company, Law Enforcement Targets, whose shipments we handle each day. Some of us removed the company’s packages from trucks that would deliver them to law enforcement. Others, in solidarity, refused to ferry these packages to their intended trailers.
In the days after Michael Brown’s death, we watched a sadly familiar story play out. The media ran pictures of him staring sullenly into the camera and making “gang” signs with his hands. They emphasized his weight and large frame, listened to his music and declared it “violent hip hop.” For their part, the police made certain to pair pertinent details about his death with seemingly irrelevant details about his life: releasing the long demanded name of the officer who shot him alongside surveillance footage of an unrelated shoplifting incident, leaking a toxicology report indicating that Brown had “marijuana in his system” at the same time they released an autopsy confirming that he’d been shot six times.
Word spread quickly in Bloomington last night (8/16) that the governor of Missouri had declared a state of emergency and curfew in Ferguson. Within an hour, a spontaneous demo came together, starting at People’s Park, where we discussed the situation and shared our anger. 30 people, anarchists and others, then took the streets, circling downtown, chanting and distributing more than 700 flyers.
As you may have heard, a young black man named Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri was shot many times and killed by a police officer on August 9 of this year. A bit of a caveat before my rant: I'm angry and it comes out a bit here. Sorry not sorry.
Cesare Lombroso, one of the influential founding figures in criminological social science, dedicated a great deal of his research, study, and writing to the analysis of anarchists, as, in his view, prototypical agitators. Indeed, the centrality of concern over anarchism in his work is often overlooked or forgotten. The anarchists provide one of the primary resources for Lombroso’s multisectional “Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology.” Indeed, Lombroso suggests that the study of the physiognomy of the political criminal provides perhaps the most practical application of Criminal Anthropology (capitalization in the original). Lombroso’s interests in anarchists as a significant criminal type emerge very early on in his work. He develops a lengthy discussion of the anarchist criminal figure in 1891 in his article “Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology. III. The Physiognomy of the Anarchists” published in the journal The Monist.
Monday’s meeting of the City Council ended amid shouts and chaos as at least 40 protesters tried to serve a “people’s arrest warrant” on Police Chief Gorden Eden, who left before anyone touched him. “You are walking away from justice,” protester David Correia shouted from the council podium. Council President Ken Sanchez immediately halted the meeting, and most city employees fled the chambers as protesters swarmed the speaker’s podium and took over the dais where councilors sit.
A New Hampshire man has the right to drive around the New England state with a license plate reading "COPSLIE," the state's top court ruled on Wednesday. The state Supreme Court upheld a challenge to Department of Motor Vehicles' rules, finding they were unconstitutionally broad by allowing officials to deny requests for vanity license plates that "a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste."
At around 6 PM, comrades began converging on 3rd street and Van Buren in Downtown phoenix for the International Police Conference that was to be held at the Sheraton Hotel. Across the street, anarchists had unfurled a red and black banner reading “Phoenix, Oakland, Cairo, Greece. The whole world says FUCK THE POLICE” and crossed over. For the first little while, people mingled, yelled at cops, and the typical activities that occur at a rally until the bullhorn arrives. Phoenix Anarchist Black Cross was there to give out their information for potential arrestee’s at the nights event, and for events throughout the week.
It’s early March in the Sandia Foothills of Albuquerque, and the police are approaching a campsite in a seriously militarized and forceful fashion. James Boyd, who had a past of suffering from mental health difficulties, pulled out two small knives, fearfully responding to the aggressive police presence. A nearly 3 hour long standoff ensued, until James Boyce agreed to surrender the camping knives, granted that they wouldn’t harm him. As his back was turned, and he was gathering his belongings from the campsite ready to surrender, a member of the APD murmured “Do it”.
This text is from the back of a poster we recently mass-produced about the function of police in our society.The police exercise legitimate authority. The average police officer is not a legal expert; he probably knows his department protocol, but very little about the actual laws. This means his enforcement involves a great deal of bluffing, improvisation, and dishonesty. Police lie on a regular basis: “I just got a report of someone of your description committing a crime around here. Want to show me some ID?”