The killing of blacks by police under dubious circumstances is only the tip of the iceberg as far as problems with the police state. However reasonable and justified, the protests against police killings of blacks need to escalate into protests against police misconduct generally, including non-lethal misconduct involving all skin colors. And then protests need to start against overcriminalization and state repression general, whether “legal” or officially sanctioned or not.
By Albert Samaha
Anna was sitting in the parked car with two friends when a charcoal gray van pulled up and flashlight beams momentarily blinded her. The 18-year-old had grown up in south Brooklyn and spent many Friday nights like this driving around the city with friends, looking for places to hang out away from home. On this night, though, September 15, 2017, sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., she crossed paths with the cops.