I don’t think they liked that one of their cop shops was burned to the ground.
The ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd were caught up in violence again on Saturday, as police all over the country teargassed protestors, drove vehicles through crowds, opened fire with non-lethal rounds on journalists or people on their own property, and in at least one instance, pushed over an elderly man who was walking away with a cane. Here are some of the ways law enforcement officers escalated the national unrest.
By Patrick Jaicomo and Anya Bidwell
On Monday, May 25, Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. While two officers pinned the handcuffed Floyd on a city street, another fended off would-be intervenors, as a fourth knelt on Floyd’s neck until — and well after — he lost consciousness.
But when Floyd’s family goes to court to hold the officers liable for their actions, a judge in Minnesota may very well dismiss their claims. Not because the officers didn’t do anything wrong, but because there isn’t a case from the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court specifically holding that it is unconstitutional for police to kneel on the neck of a handcuffed man for eight minutes until he loses consciousness and then dies.
And such a specific case is what Floyd’s family must provide to overcome a legal doctrine called “qualified immunity” that shields police and all other government officials from accountability for their illegal and unconstitutional acts.
Vince has the perfect comeback to the “he shouldn’t have broken the law” dumbasses.
“Why the protesting and rioting? Because until now the police have held a special position in our society as a protected class. They could lie, cheat, steal, break the law and murder civilians and usually get away with it. Not any more. Murder a civilian in broad daylight? Your police precinct gets burned to the ground. Don’t want this to happen? Well then don’t break the law. Consequences suck but it’s what keeps our society civil.” -Vince Rinehart
By Brett McCabe
The Hard Times
MINNEAPOLIS — Rioters protesting the unlawful killing of another unarmed black man at the hands of police officers successfully burned Minneapolis’ Third Precinct police station to the ground, tragically leaving nearly 20,000 more stations standing.
“We see this as a step in the right direction, but unfortunately, we live in a reality where there are thousands and thousands of police stations that are completely untouched. It’s not until every last police station is reduced to ash that we will feel the need to celebrate,” said community organizer Eva Longworth. “What’s truly tragic about this situation is that no cops were injured, which we hope changes in the future. Everyone inside had already evacuated. They put up a cowardly fight before fleeing in helicopters… I just hope the next police station has all the emergency exits blocked as it’s set ablaze.”
Activists note that similar buildings dedicated to furthering racial inequities and oppression are located all across the country in large cities and small suburban towns.
“Just go on Google Maps and you can locate your nearest police station. These buildings are typically occupied by extreme racists with unchecked egos and a need for power,” said crime analyst Drew Paez. “In most cases, the so-called ‘officers of the law’ are unable or unwilling to seek employment at respectable establishments where they aren’t enforcing this country’s history of white supremacy. Hopefully, some of them resign and get real jobs helping their communities, but if they don’t, then fuck ’em. Let them burn.” The burned station leaves behind a dark legacy of racial injustice for which the victims of targeted policing will never see retribution.
I guess the drone wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen have been a test market for domestic drone wars.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is flying a Predator drone, military technology used for surveilling and killing terrorists abroad, over Minneapolis as protesters continue to demonstrate against police brutality, according to publicly available flight data. The drone flown over Minneapolis is an unarmed version of the aircraft.
The drone was first spotted on a flight tracking tool by members of the ADS-B Exchange, a community of flight watchers who use open-source flight data to monitor America’s skies. Presumably, the drone is surveilling protests there, though CBP did not respond to a request for comment about what the drone is doing there.
I generally agree with this on an abstract level though I have generally found it best to assess police officers and/or claims of police brutality on an individual or situational basis.
It’s possible for a cop to become an ex-cop, and for an ex-cop to criticize many cop behaviors or functions. People have all kinds of reasons for becoming police officers. Some really do think they will have the chance to help others and fight bad people. Some want to drive fast and carry guns. Some really believe in the “law and order” ideology. Some view it as an opportunity to participate in crime and get away with it. For most, it’s just a job.
There were Vietnam and Iraq War vets who later joined antiwar protests, and there are former cops who participate in anti-police brutality protests.
Krystal Ball blasts Amy Klobuchar for her failure to prosecute two of the officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, who were reviewed for use of force during her tenure as County Attorney.
A German teenager runs afoul of the new blasphemy laws. I consider the tribal civil war between the Red Tribe and Blue Tribe to a low-intensity variation of the traditional Catholic/Protestant conflicts in Europe during the early modern period or the Sunni/Shia conflict in the Middle East today. Each side has its own preferred version of religious or sumptuary law, (for example, laws against flag-burning for the Red Tribe or hate speech for the Blue Tribe).
The EU/NATO countries are essentially colonies of the US empire (with Western Europe being a collection of additional Blue colonies, and Eastern Europe largely being a collection of Red colonies). Just as China (an outlying province in the US-controlled global capitalist empire) is a test market for the police/surveillance state, so is Western Europe (particularly the Anglo-Celtic-Germanic-Scandinavian countries) a test market in totalitarian humanism. Naomi Seibt is the modern equivalent of a heretic who has denied a primary article of Blue Tribe orthodoxy (like denying the Trinity in a pre-modern theocratic state).
By Paul Homewood
While our attentions have been focussed on the coronavirus, something alarming and rather shocking has been going on in Germany.
You will probably be aware of Naomi Seibt, the 19 year old from Germany who has been making a name as the anti-Greta lately. Her common sense messages about global warming have not gone down well with the climate establishment, who prefer the hysterical outpourings of Greta.
Former National Co-chair for the Sanders Campaign Nina Turner weighs in on the Minneapolis protests, Central Park ‘Karen’ Amy Cooper, and Biden’s “you ain’t black” comments.
I would generally be inclined to argue that the Neoliberal Party is now the furthest right party on foreign policy, economics, and civil liberties. The Trump Party is further to the right only on social/cultural issues.
Krystal and Saagar discuss Nancy Pelosi’s decision to pull a vote scheduled for Wednesday night on a bill reauthorizing lapsed surveillance programs after opposition from Republicans and progressives made it unclear whether it would pass.
The news coverage in this is pretty good, but the commentary from Krystal and Saager, while no doubt sincere and well-intentioned, is still the usual statist-reformist bullshit. I’m definitely one of those “far-left” people Saager is referring to who “don’t believe in criminal justice.” Although you could be a “far-right” sovereign citizen-type and have the same views.
Apparently, the protestors/rioters in Minneapolis smashed up a police precinct building. This is the kind of thing that needs to happen more often.
Actions of these kinds represent an application of the anarchist principle of direct action.
All bad days from here on out for the MPD.
I’m not someone who thinks that all claimed martyrs to police brutality are actual martyrs. I’ve come across some such cases that seemed to be more a matter of “suicide-by-cop” or where an actual criminal at the very least contributed significantly to their own demise. But there is no gray area in these three cases. These were murders committed by pigs. No civilian would ever get away with killing someone in this way.
Regrettably, the “homo-for-a-man-in-uniform” types in the “gun rights” establishment have so far remained silent on this incident, as they usually do in these cases, mostly because they are merely representatives of the gun manufacturers (just another section of the right-wing of the capitalist class), and many of their constituents are folks who hate the darker-skinned sectors of the peasantry more than they hate the king’s knights or even the king himself.
Now imagine if the police officer was a Hong Kong officer and the man being killed under the police officers knee was a pro-democracy protestor?
Now imagine if the police officer was a South African officer and the man being killed under the police officers knee was a Boer farmer.
It’s very difficult to see the horrific things happening in your own society/country and the propaganda you are subjected to by your ‘side’.
It is easy to see it when it is happening elsewhere though.
So if you are still making excuses for police abuse just imagine that the police officer is in a foreign country with an oppressive regime. Maybe you will able to see it more clearly then.”
– Fredrik Lundström
Krystal and Saagar discuss the firing of Central Park ‘Karen’ and released video that shows a Minneapolis cop with his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning, black man who later died.
At least in this case the cops involved were immediately fired rather than having the higher-ups cover for them. It remains to be seen if they will be criminally prosecuted. The first question I always ask about a case like this is “Would a civilian get away with it?” If not, then it shows that there is one law for the king’s knights and another for the peasants.
By Libor Jany
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday after the detention and death of 47-year-old George Floyd — a scene that unfolded in a Facebook video showing a white officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he pleaded with police, “I can’t breathe.”
Floyd died at Hennepin County Medical Center soon after the incident, which started when police detained him Monday evening on suspicion of trying to pass a fake $20 bill at a convenience store.
A description of life under the military dictatorship in Argentina during the 1970s.
By Uki Goni
New York Review of Books
The white supremacists chanting “blood and soil” as they marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 were probably unaware that the leading Nazi ideologue who used the original slogan of Blut und Boden to promote the creation of a German master race was not himself a native German. Richard Walther Darré, who proclaimed the existence of a mystic bond between the German homeland and “racially pure” Germans, was actually born “Ricardo” on the other side of the Atlantic, in Argentina’s prosperous capital, Buenos Aires.
Sent by his German immigrant family to the Heimat for schooling at the age of nine, Darré later specialized in agriculture, the logical choice for someone with an Argentine background at a time when the succulent beef and abundant wheat of Argentina’s pampas made the country renowned as the “breadbasket of the world.” For a while, during the 1920s, he contemplated returning to Buenos Aires to pursue a career in farming, but that was before his writing caught the attention of Adolf Hitler’s rising Nazi Party. His 1930 book A New Nobility of Blood and Soil, in which he proposed applying selective cattle-breeding methods for the procreation of perfect Aryan humans, dazzled the Führer.
This interview with Chomsky is generally pretty good. He calls out the use of the pandemic as a pretext for expanding the surveillance state and the role of “big tech” in facilitating it. But there is one glaring contradiction. He criticizes the US inadequate response to the pandemic by blaming it on the lack of a strong federal government and then points out that Europe’s response has been even worse, and blames that on the transfer of power from individual countries to the EU. Is a strong central government only good in America but not good in Europe? Many of the US states are larger than many European countries. The EU is the US of Europe. Make up your mind, Noam.
The United States is on a chaotic path with no federal plan against the coronavirus pandemic as it reduces public health funding and ignores the advances of climate change, according to activist scholar Noam Chomsky, considered the founder of modern linguistics.
What follows are extracts, edited for clarity, from an AFP interview with the 91-year-old leftist intellectual, who has authored more than 100 books and is currently a professor at the University of Arizona.
For two months he’s been confined in Tucson with his Brazilian wife Valeria, his dog, and a parrot who can say “sovereignty” in Portuguese.
Keep in mind that China is a permanent member of the US-created UN Security Council, the World Trade Organization (which manages the global capitalist empire), and the G-20, which the Asian Development Bank has characterized as the steering committee of global capitalism. In other words, China is just a province in global capitalism and just another crime family with a seat on the Commission. The Sinophobia that the Repugnicans have adopted is a pseudo-populist rhetorical trick that is meant as a counterpart to the Democraps Russophobia, a distraction from ruling class shenanigans, and an attempt to capitalize on anti-Chinese sentiment generated by COVID-19. Don’t think for one minute that US oligarchs don’t enviously observe China’s techno-surveillance system and regard it as a prototype for their future ambitions.
By Tara Chan
- Chinese businesses and the military are monitoring employees’ brain activity and emotions.
- The “emotional surveillance technology” helps employers identify mood shifts so they can change break times, an employee’s task, or even send them home.
- The technology reportedly increases productivity and profitability, with one company claiming its profits jumped by $315 million.
- Emotional surveillance adds to a wide surveillance network of facial recognition and internet censorship across China.
Employees’ brain waves are reportedly being monitored in factories, state-owned enterprises, and the military across China.
The technology works by placing wireless sensors in employees’ caps or hats which, combined with artificial intelligence algorithms, spot incidents of workplace rage, anxiety, or sadness.
Employers use this “emotional surveillance technology” by then tweaking workflows, including employee placement and breaks, to increase productivity and profits.