On September 15, undercover Brooklyn South narcotics detectives Richard Hall and Edward Martins kidnapped and raped 18 y/o Anna Chambers while she was in handcuffs. The NYPD are trying to avoid blame by claiming the rape was “consensual,” although we know that’s impossible.
This is not a problem to be solved and it is not a mistake that can be fixed by this or that reform. These attacks on our communities and our peoples will not end until we end them ourselves. Justice will not be served by a court verdict, justice will be achieved when monsters like Richard Hall and Edward Martins are forced to face the consequences of their actions. Justice can be spoken of when the police are abolished in their entirety, when the state’s hired goons no longer kill our people with impunity and when Washington itself lies in ruins. As such, we call for nothing less.
This is not an isolated incident, it must be understood as the latest attack in a history of colonial warfare. Since the colonization of the Americas sexual violence has been a key technology in the genocide and exploitation of Black and Indigenous peoples. Police and military apparatuses have time and again enacted and permitted sexual violence towards women in the service of the nation building project. In the so-called United States, domestic violence is four times more common in police families than the general population.
Just last year, Daniel Holtzclaw (Oklahoma City Police Department) was sentenced to 263 years in prison for raping 12 Black girls. However, most rapist cops never see justice. In fact, sexual abuse is the second most reported form of police misconduct, and the perpetrators often repeat offenders. Most reports of sexual violence against police are made by women of color. 15% of all trans individuals and 32% of black trans individuals have been sexually assaulted while in police custody.
As long as cops defend rapists on their force, all cops are complicit in sexual violence. The pigs won’t protect us from rapists because the pigs are rapists.
On November 30th at 6:30 PM we mobilize in Washington Square Park in NYC to confront the same pigs that perpetrate atrocities like this on a daily basis. Join us to demand an end to patriarchal police terror.
#WeBelieveYou #FuckRapistCops #FuckThePatriarchy