This Is Not a Revolution. It’s a Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation Reply

John Whitehead is one of the very best critics of the police state out there.

The System’s response to the insurrection has been interesting. Clearly, substantial sectors of the rising ruling class (the techno-oligarch/financier/new clerisy alliance) are trying to co-opt the insurrection, perhaps most of them. Lower to medium level sectors of the managerial class (for example, mayors and governors) have simply been irrelevant (I would agree with Trump’s description of them as “weaklings” but for different reasons). The Trumpists (from the carnival barker Prez himself to flunkies like Tom Cotton) want to call out the military, which the actual Deep State and military-industrial complex opposes. Substantial sectors of the cops are gangsters staging riots of their own.

My best guess is that the upper strata of the power elite not only does not feel threatened by the insurrection, but regards it as a pretext for strengthening the police state to an even greater degree, and continuing to maintain the facade of “democracy,” while working to co-opt the latest wave of “wokeness” and continuing to wage class war against the subordinated classes. In other words, business as usual. As long as the stock market is soaring, the System is still winning.

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Portland superintendent says he’s ‘discontinuing’ presence of armed police officers in schools Reply

Portland Public Schools will no longer have city police officers patrol the halls of its nine high schools, nor will the other two school districts inside Portland city limits.

Portland Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero on Thursday announced that the state’s largest school district is “discontinuing the regular presence of school resource officers.” He said the district, which didn’t pay for the police officers, intends to increase spending on social workers, counselors and culturally specific supports for students.

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Bank of America cuts business ties with detention centers, private prisons Reply

This article is a year old, but it’s relevant to current events. Here we have not only the ruling class but the banskters no less trying to coopt opposition movements and use “wokeness” as a marketing gimmick. Private prisons are constantly blamed by liberal and left opinion for the prison-industrial complex but which are only seven percent of all prisons. Most prisons are run by the state. And the detention centers angle appeals to the “kids in cages” sentimentalism of liberals. What about the plenty of kids in ordinary juvenile prisons, or the non-kids in ordinary prisons?

By Taylor Telford and  Renae Merle 

Washington Post

Bank of America will cease lending to detention centers and private prisons, making it one of the last big Wall Street bankers to cut ties with the industry as corporations wrestle with whether to cash in on President Trump’s immigration policies or create distance amid increasing public backlash.

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Only 18 Percent of Portland’s Police Live Inside the City Limits. Does That Matter? Reply

Outside agitators causing trouble.

by Alex Zielinski

Portland Mercury

Eighteen percent.

That’s how many police officers in the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) actually live in the city they’re sworn to protect. According to city data obtained by the Mercury in a public records request, only 158 of the bureau’s 864 sworn officers live at an address with a ZIP code that falls within Portland city limits. And that’s actually a generous estimate—some PPB officers live in ZIP codes that straddle several city boundaries.

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The Problem is the System, Not Its Mercenaries Reply

By Troy Southgate

Having mentioned in an Anarchist forum that George Floyd was apparently charged with holding a gun to the stomach of a pregnant Black woman, or so various sub-media sources claim, I was criticised on the basis that it does not justify his murder. That’s perfectly true, of course, but my intention was to provide information and I was not inferring that it is somehow acceptable for police scum to choke somebody to death. However, when an individual is being hailed as a martyr for freedom and justice it is important to put things into context. This incident is being used to manipulate public dissent and ensure that people focus on the mercenaries of capitalism rather than on the more serious issue of the System itself. More…

Krystal Ball: Why this time with Trump really is DIFFERENT Reply

If Krystal thinks there is anything “different” about Trump, she needs to look deeper into the records of figures like Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, A. Mitchell Palmer, Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, Richard Daly, George Wallace, Lester Mattox, Frank Rizzo, Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan, Daryl Gates, William Bennett, Janet Reno, John Ashcroft, Joe Arpaio, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.etc. etc.

 

Four Ex-Minneapolis Police Officers Charged in Killing of George Floyd 2

By all accounts, these guys are scumbags. But they’re just the attack dogs. Where are the mugshots of the masters who let them off their least?

The Minnesota attorney general on Wednesday upgraded charges against the ex-Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck and issued arrest warrants for the other three officers involved.

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Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Push to Cut Off Police Access to Military-Style Gear Reply

Are “lawmakers” getting the message?

By Catie Edmundson

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats in Congress have begun a new push to shut down a Pentagon program that transfers military weaponry to local law enforcement departments, as bipartisan urgency builds to address the excessive use of force and the killings of unarmed black Americans by the police.

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White people can compartmentalize police brutality. Black people don’t have the luxury. Reply

The difference is that not only are blacks more likely to have negative experiences with the police relative to population size, but blacks are accustomed to having an “outsider” status. When a cop harms a black person, many other blacks take it personally and see it as an attack on their entire community by an unjust system. When a cop harms a white person, other whites typically see it as an isolated incident perpetrated by an individual bad cop, not as a collective threat or systemic process. Blacks tend to think of themselves as collective identity, while whites are more of an amorphous mass of light-skinned people divided into all kinds of subgroupings (class, occupation, geography, religion, politics, culture, lifestyle, etc.). Similar differences can be found among blacks as well, but collectively blacks have the heritage of having been a legally-defined subordinate caste (similar to the Dalits of India), while whites have no such collective distinction.

By Radley Balko

Washington Post

Four years ago, a white man named Daniel Shaver was shot and killed by a police officer in Mesa, Ariz. Shaver, who worked in pest control, was in Mesa on business. While in his hotel room, he showed two acquaintances a pellet gun used to shoo birds out of stores. Someone outside the room saw the gun flash outside the window, and called police. In body cam footage that police were later forced to release, Shaver can be seen unarmed and on all fours, pleading for his life as officers shouted contradictory commands at him. When Shaver reached back to pull up his shorts, Officer Phillip Brailsford shot Shaver dead.

The Shaver video is one of the most haunting and horrifying recordings of police abuse you’re ever likely to see. Brailsford — who had a history of excessive force and had engraved the words “You’re F****d” on his service weapon — was later acquitted by a jury, reinstated and allowed to retire with a pension and disability pay for the trauma he said he suffered as a result of killing Shaver.

Shaver’s death is often brought up by people who are sympathetic to the argument that policing has grown too aggressive and militaristic, but who are skeptical that race has anything to do with it. They ask: Isn’t Shaver’s death proof that policing isn’t necessarily racist, but just too aggressive against everyone? And why didn’t Shaver’s death spark protests like those seen in Minneapolis and elsewhere since the death of George Floyd?

The answer to the first question is easy. The problems in policing — from militarization to lack of transparency, to misplaced incentives, to the lack of real accountability — certainly do affect everyone, not just black people. According to The Post’s database of fatal police shootings, since 2015 police have shot and killed about twice as many white people as black people.

But while police abuse and violence have the potential to harm anyone, as with virtually all of the other shortcomings of the criminal justice system, it disproportionately harms black people. Cops may shoot and kill twice as many white people as black, but there about six times as many white people as black people in the United States. Proportionally, black people are much more likely to be shot and killed by cops.

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Tucker: Kneeling will never be enough for the mob 1

Conservatives/Republicans like Tucker Carlson are often very good at lampooning the silliness and excess that is found among liberal and left opinion, which is easy to do because there is certainly a lot of it. However, having watched and read these kinds of commentators (the Rush Limbaugh types, for example) for my entire life, I’d say the problem with them is often not what they say but what they don’t say.

Frequently, their mode of argumentation is “argument by omission,” which typically involves ridiculing something ridiculous a liberal or leftist said or did, and then making what on the surface may sound like an intellectually serious and factual argument, but based on a narrowly construed and selectively constructed assessment of the facts and evidence surrounding a particular topic.

For example, there are still some conservatives who defend the Vietnam War on the grounds that “After the US withdrew from Southeast Asia, Pol Pot came to power and committed genocide.” Yes, but what they ignore is that Pol Pot’s coming to power was made possible only by the US-engineered coup, invasion, bombing, and destabilization in Cambodia during the preceding years, that the US invasion of Cambodia was made possible only by the previous US invasion of Vietnam, or that the US actually supported Pol Pot’s war against the Vietnamese after he was dislodged by them in 1979.

A similar analysis could be applied to the “conservative” take on a wide range of issues. That doesn’t mean that “conservatives” are always wrong or that liberals or leftists are always right. I’ve spent a lot of ink and bandwidth lambasting liberals and the left, much to their consternation. But this kind of “selective argumentation” is a recurring theme in conservative commentary.

Carlson is correct when he says that outright “murder by cop” is relatively uncommon given how many cops there are (about 1.5 million in the US, ranging from federal agents to local sheriff’s deputies) and how many people live in the US (about 327 million). And he’s right that a credible case can be made that not all claims of “murder by cop” are factual or serious. Yes, there really violent, dangerous criminals who end up getting killed by either police or civilian self-defenders. Yes, there really are some people who get killed by the police who are more of a case of “suicide by cop” than murder by cop.

But (as Radley Balko points out), a lot of claims of “self-defense” by killer cops are just as dubious as a lot of claims of “murder by cop.” And a lot of such claims are based on police reports which are hardly objective sources of information, not to mention that many such cases are what are called “throwdowns,” meaning the cops murder someone and plant a weapon on them, or that fellow cops simply lie to cover up what really happened.

In addition, the problem of “murder by cop” is not the limit of the issue. For every case of murder by cop, there are many more cases of assault by cop, rape by cop, armed robbery by cop, theft by cop, unreasonable brandishing of a firearm by cop, threats and intimidation by cop, vandalism by cop, planting evidence by cop, framing by cop, harassment by cop, phishing for revenue/quotas by cop, home invasion by cop, perjury by cop, not to mention general enforcement of state repression by cop, which includes another range of issues.

 

54% of Americans Approve of Burning Minneapolis Police Precinct Reply

The victories of the gay rights and marijuana legalization movements were not achieved until a slight majority of Americans came to agree with them. I’ve always that pan-anarchism cannot achieve victory until a popular majority at least tacitly agrees with us. It seems like we’re making progress. Although 58% also approve of deploying the military to assist local law enforcement so, apparently, a lot of Americans have a schizophrenic attitude on these questions.

“In the Eyes of the System, We Are All Black” 3

Like I used to say during the Bush years, “We are all Iraqis now.” The race and class disparities among victims of the police state are obvious enough, and should be pointed out, but by no means should it end there. The System is the enemy of all humanity, from upper-class Americans railroaded by the legal system to peasants killed by American drones in Yemen.

By Troy Southgate

Invoking so-called ‘white privilege’ as a means of pacifying an angry Black population at the expense of those who are not in possession of dark skin, thus allowing the System to get away with murdering people of all colours and creeds, is like suggesting that the vicious dog that sometimes bites your neighbour hasn’t already bitten you, too, and that whilst the dog-owner somehow remains unimpeachable you are to blame for either staying away from the dog or not making enough fuss when you get bitten.

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The DEA Has Been Given Permission To Investigate People Protesting George Floyd’s Death Reply

As if they weren’t already? The DEA is as responsible for the creation of the modern American police state as anyone. Wouldn’t it be funny if protestors went to their headquarters across the street from the Pentagon in Arlington and took it out?

By Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier

Buzzfeed News

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd, according to a two-page memorandum obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Floyd’s death “has spawned widespread protests across the nation, which, in some instances, have included violence and looting,” the DEA memo says. “Police agencies in certain areas of the country have struggled to maintain and/or restore order.” The memo requests the extraordinary powers on a temporary basis, and on Sunday afternoon a senior Justice Department official signed off.

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Police rioted this weekend, justifying the point of the protests Reply

This is hardly new. After the melee at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the office of Attorney General Ramsey Clark’s investigation claimed what happened in Chicago was a police riot. But then the incoming Nixon administration (in collusion with outgoing Johnson administration officials) used the events in Chicago as a pretext for framing antiwar leaders on trumped-up conspiracy charges.

By Anthony Fisher

Business Insider

  • In cities across America this past weekend, many police officers committed acts of violence, callously violated citizens’ rights, and abandoned the rule of law.
  • There’s an institutional rot at the heart of policing in this country, which stems from privileges afforded to law-enforcement officers that allow them to break the law, abuse their authority, and hurt innocent people.

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Minneapolis Public Schools terminates contract with Police Department over George Floyd’s death Reply

Fragmentation between the educationist and law enforcement wings of the managerial class. Interesting.

By Star Tribune

Minneapolis Public Schools has severed its decadeslong relationship with the city’s police department in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to terminate the MPD’s contract to provide school resource officers. The district will cease further negotiations with the department and Superintendent Ed Graff must come up with a new plan for school safety by the board’s Aug. 18 meeting.

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