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Jul 28, 15

It’s Still Going Down Against the Police: Cops Attack Crowd in Cleveland as Murders of Indigenous People Rise

Originally posted to It’s Going Down

Last night, Deray McKesson reported live from Baltimore that police shot a man in the face. The man is reported to have survived and has been arrested. The Baltimore Sun released an article detailing the shooting but Deray tweets that it is simply the police side of the story and contradicts direct eyewitnesses. In late June, Baltimore police also shot a man at a convenience store. This latest shooting takes place as the Baltimore city government and police force gears up for more potential riots in the wake of the upcoming verdict regarding the police murder of Freddie Gray. Gray’s murder in April kicked off an intense round of rioting that continued the push of the Ferguson insurrection.

The video of the police killing Sam Dubose, according to an article posted by Shaun King, is apparently so disturbing the city of Cincinnati “is preparing for riots.” From the article:

After a routine traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati Police Officer, Sam Dubose ended up dead with his face blown off. The officer was wearing a body camera, but the city refuses to release in the video. In the meantime, everybody who sees it is deeply disturbed

According to the website, Killed By Police, as of today, 663 people have been killed by law enforcement in 2015. A growing number of them are now Native Americans, according to an article posted to Red Power Media:

A recent report by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports that Native Americans are killed by police at a higher rate than any other ethnic group.

As with African Americans, these killings are not isolated from the larger problem of police and societal violence, as this devastating article in Counterpunch discusses in the particular context of New Mexico, which in 2014 had the highest rate of police killing in the country. That article reports that “according to a 2003 study by the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Native people experience ‘acts of ethnic intimidation; threats of physical violence, assaults, and other potential hate crimes’ as part of everyday life in border towns like Gallup, Farmington and Albuquerque.”

Counter-Current News reports that 53 year-old, and long time Native civil-rights activist, Rexdale W. Henry, recently died while in custody in Mississippi, in circumstances similar to those of Sandra Bland:

Rexdale W. Henry, 53, was recently found dead inside the Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on July 14th. He had been arrested over failure to pay a minor traffic citation.

Local WTOK, reported that corrections officers reported Henry dead around 10 a.m.. But reports and logs reveal that he was seen alive and perfectly fine only half an hour before that.

Reports say that the state crime lab in Jackson are currently conducting an autopsy. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation also says that they are “looking into” Henry’s death.

In late July, the hacktivist group Anonymous called for protests outside of Canadian RCMP offices after, according to a post on Warrior Publications:

The man killed by the RCMP outside a BC Hydro public meeting in Dawson Creek Thursday has been identified as James Daniel McIntyre, a 48-year-old local resident who fellow activists say was an Anonymous member who sent warnings — or threats — to BC Hydro of a potential hack attack shortly before the police shooting.

People are also asking questions around the in-custody death of a 35 year-old woman in Alberta, Canada.

In Toronto, Canada, Red Power Media reports that police there used fake Facebook and Twitter accounts to monitor Black Lives Matter, unions, and Idle No More protests and movements. From the report:

Was Bebop Arooney a Facebook friend of yours? If so, your account may have been monitored by the RCMP. A report in the Toronto Star says the RCMP posed as a curious, cash-strapped student to obtain information on protests and rallies.

The social media account, had a profile picture of three penguins frolicking on a beach, tracked the Facebook pages of more than two dozen organizations in Toronto, ranging from Black Lives Matter Toronto and Idle No More to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Documents obtained by The Star under the Access to Information Act show the RCMP prodding organizers of an anti-Novotel union rally in 2012 with seemingly harmless questions about the availability of free food and refreshments at the rally. But Lis Pimental, the president of the union that planned the demonstration, found nothing harmless about the covert social media activity.

“The idea that the RCMP would attempt to interfere with the charter-protected rights of workers simply underscores the importance of those very rights,” she told The Star.

Back in Brooklyn, New York last night, people rallied and marched in a protest to bring attention to the case of Larry Jackson, killed by police in Austin, Texas. Ash J, who writes the weekly, ‘This Week in ACAB‘ column for Mask Magazine, tweeted live about the nights events.

In Toronto, Canada, Black Lives Matter activists shut down an on-ramp for several hours.

In major news, over the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, a Black Lives Matter conference was held and as Democracy Now! reported: “On Sunday, a crowd of participants witnessed a police officer attempting to arrest a 14-year-old boy for alleged intoxication. The Black Lives Matter participants blocked the squad car and tried to get the child out. One of the officers then began pepper-spraying the crowd. The video has since gone viral.” Democracy Now! tweeted:

Protests continued in Texas for Sandra Bland, who was killed in police custody. Hundreds marched in Praire View, leading to a standoff with police. On Monday in Katy, Texas, people protested outside the home of the state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland. Protests also took place in Greensboro, SC, Philly, and hundreds marched in Newark, New Jersey.

Also in US news, another black woman, Ralkina Jones, has died in police custody.

Police departments and governments in both the US and Canada continue to be running scared of the continued unrest kicked off by the Ferguson revolt. This is evident in various reports that point to massive surveillance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

But suppression of revolt comes not just in the form of surveillance and tear gas, but also in the form of co-option. Currently, the Hilary Clinton campaign and the Democrats in general have launched an effort to reign in the movement and bring it back into the political system it set off to oppose.

In doing so, the Democrats (who have no intention of curtailing the brutal power of the police – as shown by the Obama administration) hope to smother and kill its potential; diverting its energy into votes in the upcoming election.

With the DNC and RNC conventions coming up as well as the anniversary of the Ferguson uprising, the movement surrounding the revolt will face some tough choices. Will it walk into the halls of power and accept piecemeal reforms, or will it set fire to the plantation? Those who view the system itself as the problem will have to be on guard, critically engaged, and ready to act.

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