Missouri woman fatally shot by sheriff’s deputy during traffic stop Reply

A young white woman is killed by the pigs in a small Midwestern town. I have said for years that the US police state is now so massive that it has spread way beyond the inner-city black communities and into the rural areas, smaller towns, and even the suburbs among the middle-classes. That’s why the recent uprising has been so popular.

By Jackie Salo

New York Post

A 25-year-old Missouri woman was gunned down by a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop over the weekend — and her parents aren’t buying authorities’ claims that she threatened to shoot the officer first.

Hannah Fizer was driving to work Saturday night in Sedalia when she ran a red light and was stopped, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Authorities say Fizer told the deputy she had a gun and threatened to shoot him — prompting the officer to open fire on her. She died a short time later.

But her father, John Fizer, said Monday that she never carried a gun — and he doesn’t believe she would have become aggressive with the officer.

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What the Department of Justice Data Shows Reply

By SAR

“Some one who doesn’t think Racism is systemic in America or even systemic in our Police systems explain to me why they disagree with the US Department of Justice. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is a federal executive department of the United States government responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice in the United States of America, and is equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries. I.e the folks who would be in charge. Folks are like, hey it is a few bad apples. Though the whole saying is a few bad apples ruins the whole bunch. More…

First came a pandemic. Then, looting. Small businesses pick up the pieces as their debt mounts. 1

A reflection on the problem of interclass and intra-lumpen proletarian conflict.

Many positive things have happened in the uprising. These include the mass participation of normies and civilians (non-revolutionaries) in protests and civil disobedience against the state, along with direct attacks on the state such as the destruction of enemy military bases (police precincts), star chambers (courts), and enemy military vehicles (police cars).

The outright assassinations of enemy troops (cops), mostly carried out by Leon Czolgosz-like lone wolves, has been unnecessary and mistaken, because we are not yet in a high-intensity civil war situation, only a low-grade uprising. The insurgents have no capacity for fighting much less winning an actual civil war at this point.

There have also been many other mistakes involving random violence against individuals, along with interracial, inter-tribal, and inter-sectarian violence. Inter-class violence has also been a problem. The direct expropriation of ruling class resources (“looting,” or what I prefer to call a grassroots economic stimulus plan organized from the bottom up and implemented through direct action) is legitimate. Places like Bank of America (neo-usurers), Wal-Mart and Target (neo-plantations), Amazon (neo-manors), McDonald’s, and Wendy (neo-sweatshops) are clearly part of the statist, capitalist, and imperialist enemy. One can argue against such actions on practical grounds (corporations write off losses as a business expense), propagandistic grounds (FOX News-like outlets use such actions in their anti-insurgent propaganda), or pro-labor grounds (employees lose their jobs if their employer is burned out). It could certainly be argued that worker occupation of such places would be a better approach. But clearly, attacks on the neo-manorial outposts of the neo-aristocracy are legitimate.

However, this does not mean that all interclass violence is legitimate. It would be a grave error, for example, to engage in arson in upper-class residential areas, or simply to attack people who seem like that might be part of the capitalist class on the street. This opens the door for a Jacobin/Stalinist/Maoist class genocide. Even more problematic is the interclass violence that has taken place between the lumpenproletariat and the conventional proletarian or petite bourgeoisie. These kinds of things have the same effect as the destruction of monuments, landmarks, temples, and artifacts, i.e. it provides propagandistic fuel that the ruling class enemy can use to its advantage.

The intra-class violence, or threats of such, within the lumpenproletariat is also a major problem. Primarily, this is the fault of the anarchists and other far-left sectors, but not for the reasons that Donald Trump would give. The anarchists, who should be the political leadership of the lumpenproletariat, have failed to build class unity among the lumpenproletariat. For example, anarchists have protested against ICE on anti-racist/pro-immigrant grounds, but have they exhibited similar zeal for defending gun nuts and militiamen against the BATF, drug users against the DEA, tax protestors against the IRS, sovereign citizens against the FBI, “white-collar criminals” against the DOJ, and, yes, urban street gangs, motorcycle gangs, Mafiosi (Bill Kuntsler was John Gotti’s attorney), cults (Charles Garry was the attorney for the Black Panthers AND the Peoples’ Temple), and (hold your nose) white nationalists and far-right extremists against the local municipal pigs, state pigs, and federal alphabet soup agency pigs? Have the anarchists adopted the mode of “defending the undefendable”? Nothing would undermine the ability of reactionary state forces to recruit the right-wing of the lumpenproletariat than efforts by anarchists and the general far-left to defend ALL (I repeat, ALL) enemies of the state as vigorously as they defend illegal migrants against ICE.

Of course, the difference is that illegal migrants are considered to be “progressive” (fueling cosmopolitanism or “diversity”) while these other sectors are considered to be “reactionary” (the modern equivalent of Marx’s “non-historical peoples”). This indicates that most “anarchists” or “far-leftists” are really just Blue Tribe fundamentalists first, with their anarcho-progressivism merely being an afterthought, and who are not yet ideologically and psychologically ready to launch a full-fledged war against the state even if they were militarily capable of doing so, which they clearly are not.

By Leticia Miranda

NBC News

Salih Mothana came home so quietly after he surveyed the damage to his small grocery store in Chicago that his family had no idea their business had been destroyed. Looters had raided the family store after a night of peaceful protests against police brutality ended with pockets of destruction last weekend.

“I understand why it happened, and it’s OK,” Mothana, a Yemeni immigrant, said in Arabic as his daughter translated. “It’s not like I have to blame someone for this. I understand why this happened. If it sends out the message, it doesn’t matter to us.”

Mothana, who has run Express Food Market on the South Side of Chicago for over 20 years, is one of scores of small-business owners across the country who are now trying to pick up the pieces after social justice protests over the killing of George Floyd.

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South Carolina police release bodycam footage of officer shooting dead a black handcuffed shoplifting suspect outside a Walmart – after cops say he pointed a gun at them Reply

By Emily Crane

Daily Mail

  • Ariane Lamont McCree, 28, was shot and killed by police outside a Walmart in Chester, South Carolina back in November
  • Footage of the fatal shooting has only just been released after the incident sparked protests and community unrest in the small South Carolina city
  • McCree was handcuffed at the time of the shooting after being detained on suspicion of shoplifting
  • The officers involved claim they acted in self-defense and that McCree pulled a gun on police as he was fleeing the shoplifting arrest
  • Shell casings from the scene show that officers fired at least two dozen times
  • The bodycam video shows an officer with his gun drawn approaching McCree from across the parking lot
  • The officers were later filmed removing a gun from McCree’s body

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RPD chief says officers showed ‘restraint’ in clash with protesters; witness disputes the account Reply

A mild assault on an enemy military base in my area.

The day after pepper spray was deployed on a large crowd of protesters outside Richmond police headquarters and a woman was arrested, Police Chief William Smith said his officers had shown “great restraint” as protesters threw rocks and other objects at them.

But the police department’s account of what happened as hundreds massed outside headquarters Sunday night and Monday morning was sharply contradicted by one eyewitness.

The witness, Jimmie Lee Jarvis, said that although the large crowd was angry and hurling obscenities at the police, he did not see anyone throw anything at officers until after they released pepper spray into the crowd.

“It turned violent,” Jarvis said. “But the first act of violence was from the police.”

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Federal prisons under national lockdown amid George Floyd protests Reply

Wouldn’t it be funny if protestors started swarming jails and prisons in human wave attacks demanding the release of prisoners, particularly given that the anniversary of Bastille Day is coming up soon?

By Sarah Calams

CorrectionsOne.Com

WASHINGTON — The federal Bureau of Prisons ordered a national lockdown amid civil unrest in cities across the U.S.

The move marks the agency’s most severe restrictions at its federal facilities in 25 years. BOP officials said the lockdown was not due to inmate actions, USA Today reported.

“In light of extensive protest activity occurring around the country, the BOP – in an abundance of caution – is implementing an additional, temporary security measure to ensure the good order and security of our institutions, as well as ensure the safety of staff and inmates,” the agency said in a statement. “In securing our facilities, our hope is that this security measure is short-lived and that inmates will be restored to limited movement in the very near future.”

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Atatiana Jefferson: ‘Why I will no longer call the police’ Reply

Voltairine De Cleyre, the classical anarchist, was so anti-government and anti-police she refused to press charges even against the man who wounded her in an assassination attempt.

BBC

James Smith has never wanted much to do with the police but he called them to check on his neighbour in the Texas city of Fort Worth, because it was late at night and her front door was wide open. Soon afterwards he heard a gunshot, and later saw the dead body of a 28-year-old woman, his neighbour’s daughter, carried out on a stretcher.

James Smith is angry, hurt and tired. Every death of a black person at the hands of a police officer takes him back to the moment in October when Atatiana Jefferson was killed.

“I have to live with this guilt, with this cloud hanging over me for the rest of my years,” he says. Because he was the reason that the police were there that night.

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George Floyd death: ‘The same happened to my son’ Reply

Youa Vang Lee was at her home in Minneapolis when her son showed her the video of George Floyd dying under a police officer’s knee. Lee, a 59-year-old Laotian immigrant who assembles medical supplies at a factory, heard Floyd cry out for his mother. It triggered a deep and familiar pain.

“Fong was probably feeling the same way, too,” she said in Hmong, her eyes filling with tears. “He was probably asking for me, too.”

In 2006, Lee’s 19-year-old son Fong – who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand – was shot eight times by Minneapolis police officer Jason Andersen. The officer remains on the force to this day, a fact that the Lees were not aware of until told by the BBC. The officer was terminated twice, but has apparently since been rehired.

Although security footage showed Lee was running away at the time, Andersen claimed the teenager had a gun. A grand jury declined to indict him and the police department ruled the shooting justified. The family sued in civil court claiming excessive force and brought evidence the gun found beside Fong’s body was planted. An all-white jury found against them.

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Protests ERUPT after Atlanta police shooting, here’s what we know 1

It’s certainly possible to argue that this was a “suicide by cop” situation but, as Jim Bell has pointed out in the forum, this is still an illegal shooting under constitutional jurisprudence. A civilian wouldn’t get away with this. Krystal’s commentary in this is good.

Krystal and Saagar discuss the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta.

How Public Opinion Has Moved on Black Lives Matter Reply

That articles like this keep appearing in the New York Times clearly indicates that the elite strategy is to protect the state by making it appear as though police state excesses are merely a racial issue, as opposed to the race issue merely being a symptom of the wider disease, with the implicit assumption being that the police state or state generally would be benign if only there was less racism or no racism at all. Of course, this leaves out the fact that police states can be pervasive in both heterogeneous (Saddam Hussein’s Iraq) and homogeneous (DPRK) societies. The objective seems to be to build a more multicultural, rainbowed police state with cops wearing the masks of social workers. The supposed victory over racist police brutality can then be incorporated into the theology of the civil religion. It really is fascinating how the state has managed to turn a low-intensity civil insurrection into a mere “two minutes” of hate session.

By Nate Cohn and

New York Times

American public opinion can sometimes seem stubborn. Voters haven’t really changed their views on abortion in 50 years. Donald J. Trump’s approval rating among registered voters has fallen within a five-point range for just about every day of his presidency.

But the Black Lives Matter movement has been an exception from the start.

Public opinion on race and criminal justice issues has been steadily moving left since the first protests ignited over the fatal shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. And since the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25, public opinion on race, criminal justice and the Black Lives Matter movement has leaped leftward.

Over the last two weeks, support for Black Lives Matter increased by nearly as much as it had over the previous two years, according to data from Civiqs, an online survey research firm. By a 28-point margin, Civiqs finds that a majority of American voters support the movement, up from a 17-point margin before the most recent wave of protests began.

The survey is not the only one to suggest that recent protests enjoy broad public support. Weekly polling for the Democracy Fund’s U.C.L.A./Nationscape survey shows a significant increase in unfavorable views of the police, and an increase in the belief that African-Americans face a lot of discrimination.

Perhaps most significant, the Civiqs data is not alone in suggesting that an outright majority of Americans agree with the central arguments of Black Lives Matter.

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GOP struggles to confront racial issues Reply

The right-wing of the ruling class seems to be divided over the issue of co-optation versus repression, while the left-wing of the ruling class clearly favors co-optation and is moving aggressively to do so. The Deep State and the uppermost strata of the power elite seem to prefer co-optation as well, which is not surprisingly the direction in which things are rapidly moving.

By Scott Wong

The Hill

Less than five months before the election, congressional Republicans are struggling to confront a host of thorny racial issues that have been unexpectedly thrust into the 2020 campaign spotlight.

They’re still scrambling to craft a response to nationwide protests against police brutality following the May 25 killing of George Floyd, divided over whether to rename Army bases named after Confederate leaders and resistant to banning all Confederate statues from the Capitol.

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Burning Down the 3rd Police Precinct Changed Everything Reply

I’m not so sure that it did. What I find most fascinating about the recent low-intensity insurrection is not the insurrection itself but the near-total indifference of the ruling class combined with the immediate move of vast sectors of the ruling class to co-opt the insurgency, from the voices of the new clerisy like the New York Times to neo-Rockefellers like Jeff Bezos and neo-Mellons like Bank of America to traditional clerical oligarchs like Rev. Pat Robertson. The most interesting moment of the whole thing was when the true Power Elite/Deep State showed their hand and overruled CEO Trump’s wishes to send out the military to suppress the insurrection.

By Vicky Osterweil

The Nation

Calls to abolish the police are spreading. Dozens of cities are considering cutting police budgets, and police are resigning across the country. In Minneapolis, where the police murdered George Floyd and the insurrection first broke out, the city council is moving to disband the police department. While this would only be a first step toward full abolition—which would require ending all forms of policing, evictions, imprisonment, courts, and racial capitalism—three weeks ago, that a major city would even consider this was unthinkable.

For many who’ve been fighting for police abolition for years, the sudden uptake of these ideas has been disorienting. Gratifying, certainly, but also surprising and overwhelming. Many respond with frustration, as the meaning of abolition is watered down, reduced to defunding or even less drastic reforms. Black people in America have lived through a partial abolition before: The enslaved overthrew the regime of slavery in what W.E.B. Du Bois called the General Strike of the Slaves, only for it to be reinstituted in all but name in convict leasing, sharecropping, Jim Crow, vigilante white terrorism, chain gangs, and prisons. Abolition not accompanied by a social revolution will just be another in the long history of white supremacist “reforms” that allow this settler state to continue as it always has.

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Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police Reply

While I agree with 99% of this article, I’m a bit suspicious as to why the New York Times (“Voice of the Ruling Class”-Abbie Hoffman) was willing to publish it. It seems like some kind of co-optation scheme is in the works. The left-wing of the ruling class (the tech-oligarch/financier/new clerisy alliance) seems to envision a future American empire that is organized domestically more like the European Union, complete with the social worker cops of Scandinavia, and which continues to rule the world under the cover of the UN. I’ve been saying that this is the end-game of the “left-wing of capital” for 20 years as opposed to the neoconservatives and traditional hawks (the John Bolton types) who simply want a Pax Americana.

The main disagreement I have with this is that the author appears to be a social democrat/welfare statist. I am critical of social democracy even as it’s practiced in relatively benign states like the Scandinavian countries, which strike me as totalitarian humanist theocracies even if they lack military power or the massive police states of the US. Their small size and geographic constraints prevent them from becoming imperialistic. However, they are basically the “blue states” of the European Union, which is a rising totalitarian humanist empire.  North Korea is the Stalinist/fascist dystopia of Orwell’s 1984, while the European Union (particular England and Scandinavia) are Huxley’s Brave New World, with America being more like byzantine bureaucracy depicted in Kafka novels.

As a decentralist and an anti-imperialist, I am willing to tolerate the occasional totalitarian humanist microstate (like Iceland), the occasional fascist city-state (like Singapore), or the occasional Stalinist island (like Cuba). But I can’t really see promoting any of those as ends unto themselves.

Another problem with this article is that, like most liberal and leftist writing on the police state, it tends toward racial reductionism. Historically, African-Americans were the Dalits of the Western hemisphere, with Native Americans being more like the Palestinians of the Western hemisphere.

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Third consecutive weekend of anti-racism protests expands to suburbs, as ‘Blue Lives Matter’ demonstrators push back Reply

It is interesting how the protests have taken place in small towns, suburban areas, and deep red zones as well as in the cities. My best guess is that it’s because the police state is large enough and entrenched enough that at this point virtually everyone has a family member or friend who has been victimized by pigs at some point. Really this is just a variation of those “National Night Out” anti-crime events, only this time around it is pig crime rather than the private sector kind of crime that is being protested.

By Toluse Olorunnipa, Jon Silman, Maura Ewing, Kevin Williams

Washington Post

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