Police brutality in Donald Trump’s USA


This 15 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Distressing Video of Tulsa Police Violently Arresting Black Teen for Jaywalking | NowThis

In US news and current events today, Tulsa, Oklahoma police were filmed recently violently arresting a Black teenager for the mere crime of jaywalking.

As the Black Lives Matter protests, George Floyd protests, and Rayshard Brooks protests continue around the world, the horrors of police brutality, police violence, and police racism has become the most pressing issue of the day.

Amid calls to defund the police, abolish the police, and new laws of sweeping police reform, it’s hard to believe that, even with the eyes of the entire globe on them, police still continue to act violently and escalate situations, especially those involving people of color.

Crimes like sleeping in a Wendy’s drive-through and jaywalking don’t appear to require such a forceful response, yet police continue to assault and attack people wantonly.

Tulsa, as the site of the infamous Black Wall Street massacre, has been in the spotlight as the site of an upcoming President Donald Trump rally, but before President Trump even steps foot in the state, it’s clear that Tulsa has deep systemic problems it needs to address.

It looks as if, even before Trump arrives in Tulsa for one of his speeches inciting racist violence, police intimidates people to discourage protests against Trump in Tulsa.

This 15 June 2020 animated cartoon video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

Defunding Everything But the Police

Amid calls to “defund the police,” Donald Trump and most on the right have come out decidedly against transferring funds from law enforcement to social programs. They’re apparently fine with defunding everything else, though.

Education, environmental regulation and financial policing are just fine to defund of course. Something tells me that if people over at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or scientists at the EPA started wearing tactical gear and brutalizing people once in a while, Trump might become a fan.

Mark Fiore is not 100% right that Trump defunds everything but the police. The Pentagon budget for waging wars all over the world has never been as big as now.

Today, there was a demonstration against police racism in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. On Friday 19 June, there will be a demonstration in Zutphen town in the Netherlands. 16 local girls, 16-20 years of age, have organised it.

3 thoughts on “Police brutality in Donald Trump’s USA

  1. Britain and the US are in an alliance of imperial power in which the techniques of repression perfected on subject peoples find a domestic use.

    CND and the Campaign Against Arms Trade remind us that BAE Systems has licences to export ammunition, grenades, drones, explosives and chemical weapons to the US.

    Several US companies that manufacture armaments in our country — Boeing, General Dynamics, Honeywell International, Lockheed Martin, Moog and Northrop Grumman — have been granted licences to export equipment regularly used by US police such as small weapons, armoured vehicles and even more advanced tools such as tanks, drones and helicopters.

    https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/editorial/mass-anti-racism-movement-must-be-developed-not-allowed-subside

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  2. Last week, Louisville Metro Council voted UNANIMOUSLY to pass Breonna’s Law, completely banning no-knock search warrants. The law was named in honor of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was shot eight times and killed in her own home by police.1

    City governments around the country, from San Francisco to Minneapolis, are taking steps to defund and reduce the size of their police forces, replacing armed police officers with trained community workers.2 All of these major policy victories are thanks to organizers on the ground across the country, as well as the hundreds of thousands of protesters worldwide who took to the streets in defense of Black lives.3

    Our fight for justice is far from over. We must keep going!

    Combatting racism–on both the individual level in our homes and communities and in larger systems of power and in institutions–requires a long-term commitment and ongoing work beyond this moment. Whether or not we can personally protest in the streets right now, there are some actions we can take immediately.

    Please consider taking one or all of the following five actions:

    Sign up for our #DefundThePolice webinar with MomsRising. On Tuesday, June 16, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, we will co-host a webinar with MomsRising on what it means to #DefundThePolice. Monifa Bandele, Senior Vice President of MomsRising, who also serves on the Leadership Table of the Movement for Black Lives, is the host of this evening’s conversation. She will be joined by researchers and activists to discuss the long history behind the strategy to divest budget resources away from policing and reallocating those resources to areas like health care, housing and education.
    Make a call for Breonna Taylor. The three police officers involved in Breonna’s murder have yet to be charged and still have their jobs. Please join us and our partners at Black Lives Matter Louisville to make a phone call to the Louisville Metro Police Department. We have included the names and phone numbers of the appropriate personnel, as well as a suggested script of what you can say.
    Sign the petition to defund the police. Initially formed as slave patrols, police have always existed to maintain control rather than safety or justice. This gets harder to deny as militarized police instigate violence at protests about racist police violence. Please sign on to the Movement for Black Lives’ demands to divest from policing and instead invest in Black communities.
    Continue to learn about reasons to #DefundThePolice. Our friends at Women’s March have been hosting a series of educational webinars, including one about defunding the police. The link to Women’s March’s “Defund the Police 101” webinar is now available to watch and share.
    Share this infographic about how defunding the police is essential for survivors. Some people are trying to use survivors of sexual violence to derail the conversation about why we need to defund the police. But the truth is that our existing police system does not work for survivors by design. Healthcare professionals, not the police, are most qualified to help survivors.

    Keep reading. Keep sharing. Keep taking action. We can fight racism and racist institutions head on.

    Thank you for joining us!

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

    Sources:

    1. Breonna’s Law Passed!, UltraViolet Facebook page, June 11, 2020

    2. Minneapolis City Council announces intent to disband police department, KARE, June 7, 2020

    3. Photos: In city squares and parks outside U.S. embassy buildings, Black Lives Matter protests go global, Fortune, June 8, 2020

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