Racist police murder, condemned worldwide


This 2 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Police Escalate Violence at George Floyd Protests Across the U.S. | NowThis

Police officers were filmed starting or escalating violence at George Floyd protests across the country (warning: distressing).

In US news and current events today, police are being filmed appearing to escalate violence at protests for George Floyd all across the country. Protests have erupted in at least 30 cities across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd during an arrest on May 25.

The National Guard has reportedly been deployed to at least 20 states to assist local police in controlling large crowds. Many protesters, the majority of which have remained peaceful, report police using tear gas and excessive force during the George Floyd demonstrations. A local Minneapolis affiliate interviewed a health care worker who said police shot at her while she was treating an injured protester.

Protests in Louisville continue day after police and National Guard kill local restaurant owner. By Jerry White, 2 June 2020. Claims that David McAtee was killed after police and National Guard troops “returned fire” from protesters fell apart after the Louisville mayor declared there was no body camera footage of the incident.

British photographer Adam Gray arrested and charged in US for covering protests: here.

The “experience of the pandemic has made me more aware that it comes down to capitalism”. Impact of COVID-19 and George Floyd killing on artistic life: An interview with a young artist-actor in Brooklyn, New York. By Clare Hurley, 2 June 2020. Artist and actor Bamoozie (his artist moniker) spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the pandemic on his economic situation, artistic work and political perspective, as well as his thoughts on the police murder of George Floyd.

Trump administration deploys military to the capital as nationwide protests continue. By Jacob Crosse, 2 June 2020. Trump’s dictatorial moves to quash protests against the police murder of George Floyd signal an escalation of state violence.

Thousands rally in Perth, Australia against police violence. By Oscar Grenfell, 2 June 2020. The protest was a rebuke of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s declaration that “There’s no need to import things happening in other countries here to Australia.”

This 1 June 2020 Reuters news agency video says about itself:

Thousands of New Zealanders marched peacefully on Monday chanting “Black Lives Matter” in solidarity with George Floyd, a black American who died in police custody in the United States last week.

Protests across New Zealand over US police murder of George Floyd. By Tom Peters, 2 June 2020. Thousands rallied in solidarity with those protesting police killings in the United States, and many expressed opposition to the further militarisation of the New Zealand Police.

This 2 June 2020 Dutch video is by the Groningen city broadcasting organisation. Includes an interview with an organiser of today’s demonstration in Groningen. About 1000 people participated, NOS radio reports.

These tweets are about today’s demonstration in The Hague in the Netherlands. Thousands participated, taking a knee, like Colin Kaepernick; as this video shows.

12 thoughts on “Racist police murder, condemned worldwide

  1. Linda-

    The pressure is working. Since UltraViolet members joined protesters to demand justice for Breonna Taylor–the young Black woman killed in her sleep by police who was looking for a different person–two of her family’s demands have been met. First, Louisville Metro Police dropped charges against Breonna’s partner, Kenneth Walker, who fired his gun in an attempt to protect himself and Breonna when the police broke into their home unannounced.1 Then, LMPD finally released the 911 call from Kenneth proving all that.2

    Will you add your name to the petition to finally push LMPD and Louisville officials to hold the police who murdered Taylor accountable?

    There’s still more to do. Police are now escalating violence against protesters who are demanding accountability.3 The three officers who killed Breonna still have their jobs. LMPD has not implemented any changes that would prevent police from doing this again. For this to happen, the public needs to back Breonna’s family and keep the pressure on Louisville authorities.

    Thanks for speaking out,

    –Shaunna and the UltraViolet team

    P.S. Below is the previous email we sent you.

    Dear Linda,

    Breonna Taylor was essential.

    She adored her family. She dedicated her life to saving others. In the middle of this pandemic, she worked on the frontlines as an emergency room technician. On March 13, she was murdered in the middle of the night in her home in Louisville, KY by several police officers who were looking for the wrong person.4

    Taylor was an award-winning EMT. She had plans to become a nurse. She actually served her community and saved lives, unlike the officers who killed her. Those responsible for taking this young Black woman’s life should be held accountable, and Louisville authorities must make the changes needed to make sure this crime by police doesn’t happen again.

    There is a growing outcry in Louisville and around the country because of Taylor’s murder–but more is needed to make sure authorities allow justice for another Black life unjustly and violently taken by police. That’s why UltraViolet is joining forces with Taylor’s community and several ally organizations to demand justice for Taylor and make sure Louisville officials are held accountable. Will you sign the petition?

    Demand justice for Breonna Taylor from the Louisville Metro Police, Mayor Greg Fischer, and the Louisville City Council
    Sign the petition

    The three police officers who murdered Taylor still have their jobs.

    Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove came into Taylor’s apartment with no announcement and no warning. They were looking for a person who, it turned out, was already in LMPD’s custody.5

    Taylor’s partner, Kenneth Walker, thought someone was burglarizing their home. He shot at the intruders–who, again, did not announce themselves–to defend Taylor and himself. The police officers responded by spraying the apartment with at least 20 rounds, eight of the bullets hitting Taylor while she was still in bed. To distract the public from LMPD’s inexcusable mistakes, the department is charging Walker with attempted murder for legally defending his home.6

    There is absolutely no excuse for Taylor’s death. And time and time again, we’ve seen that law enforcement cannot be counted on to police themselves, unless mass outcry successfully pressures authorities to hold them accountable.

    That’s why UltraViolet is joining forces with Taylor’s community. Will you help show Louisville officials that there is massive support for justice for Taylor by signing and sharing this petition?

    Thanks for speaking out!

    –Shaunna, Kat, Kathy, Anathea, Sonja, Melody, Lindsay, Pam, Maria, Kimberly, and Katie, the UltraViolet team

    Sources:

    1. Prosecutor dismisses charges against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, more investigation ‘necessary’, USA Today, May 22, 2020

    2. 911 call from Breonna Taylor’s shooting death released: “Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend”, CBS News, May 29, 2020

    3. Police officers in Louisville smash milk jugs and water bottles at Breonna Taylor protest, Courier Journal, May 30, 2020

    Protesters in Louisville question why police fired tear gas before curfew, WDRB, May 31, 2020

    4. ‘Get your damn story straight’: What we know about Louisville woman Breonna Taylor’s death, USA Today, May 14, 2020

    5. Ibid.

    6. Ibid.

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  2. As a prosecutor in Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar failed to prosecute a police officer who shot an innocent civilian.

    That cop’s name is Derek Chauvin — the same officer who murdered George Floyd on video.

    Our Revolution is demanding that Joe Biden immediately take Amy Klobuchar out of the running to be his running mate. Add your name to tell Joe Biden to say no to Amy Klobuchar for Vice President!

    Add Your Name

    Sadly, Derek Chauvin is only one of many officers that Amy Klobuchar failed to hold accountable for shocking racially motivated brutality.

    Amy has tried to deny that not prosecuting was her decision, but the fact of the matter is that the incident occurred months before she left to join the Senate. No excuse from her or her successor changes the facts.

    The bottom line is this: we refuse to let politicians get a pass for promoting policies that perpetuate systemic racism. Being a Democrat does not exempt Senator Klobuchar or others like her from accountability.

    That’s why Our Revolution has invested significant resources to fight District Attorneys who uphold the racist status quo and replace them with reformers like Mike Schmidt in Portland, Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Dave Clegg in Ulster County, and other Our Revolution endorsed DA’s who are implementing transformative policies to root out structural racism in law enforcement.

    Join us in calling on Joe Biden to reject Amy Klobuchar and her shameful record from consideration to be his vice president.

    Add Your Name

    In solidarity,

    The whole team at Our Revolution

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