Black Lives Matter and United States police


This 7 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors on Defunding the Police | NowThis

In US news and current events today, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors says we must defund the police in order to see comprehensive and systematic change.

It seems like a radical idea, but there is sound science and logic behind shrinking the police budgets in favor of social programs, education and other avenues that increase quality of life for working people, Black and African Americans and other people of color, which in turn can lead to a drop in crime.

As the Black Lives Matter protests and George Floyd protests continue to grow around the world, it may be time to drastically rethink policing and issue real police reform to ensure accountability and the end to police racism, police violence, and police brutality.

3 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter and United States police

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  2. We’re potentially on the verge of a major breakthrough in the fight to get justice for Breonna Taylor, the Black woman and EMT murdered by Louisville cops as she slept in her bed.

    The officers who killed Breonna are still walking free, but public pressure is growing as protestors fill the streets night after night.

    If we turn up the pressure one more notch right now, we CAN get justice for Breonna. So we’re launching a major multi-media ad buy that the Louisville PD and local officials can’t ignore, including:

    A two-page, full-color ad in the Louisville Courier-Journal
    A mobile digital billboard
    An airplane carrying a banner with the message, “Breonna was essential.”

    As a hospital employee, Breonna was an essential worker. But she was more than that. She was an essential person. Will you donate $5 and help fund our all-out ad offensive in Louisville and demand police accountability?

    Nearly every detail in Breonna’s case exposes the racism, violence, and utter lack of accountability in America’s policing system.1

    Breonna was asleep when three plain-clothed officers barged into her and her boyfriend’s home around midnight in March, using a “no-knock warrant” that didn’t name her or her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.

    Kenneth thought they were intruders and fired a warning shot with his licensed gun. The cops then sprayed the apartment with bullets that hit Breonna eight times, killing her. Later, they had the gall to charge Kenneth with attempted murder.

    The officers who killed Breonna weren’t wearing body cameras. Two of them had a documented history of violence and brutality.

    Protests have continued in Louisville demanding justice for Breonna, but the police have responded by assaulting demonstrators with pepper spray and killing a beloved small business owner, David McAtee.2

    Breonna and Kenneth’s families are making progress with their demands. The absurd charges against Kenneth were dropped and a heart-wrenching 9-1-1 call from Kenneth on the night of March 13 has been made public.3

    But the three officers who murdered Breonna still haven’t been charged. Instead they’re walking free on “administrative reassignment.” We need your help to fund our full plan, including a mobile billboard, a centerfold ad in the Louisville newspaper, and an airplane flying over one of the protests. Will you donate $5?

    Yes, I’ll donate $5 to help demand justice for Breonna Taylor.

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

    CONTRIBUTE

    Sources:

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

    2. LMPD officer in fatal shooting of David McAtee had mocked protester on Facebook, Louisville Courier Journal, June 2, 2020

    3. 911 call from Breonna Taylor’s shooting death released: “Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend”, CBS News, March 29, 2020

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