[Marxism] Fwd: Let if Fall; The Force | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 22 06:47:48 MDT 2017

Perhaps nothing illustrates the lawlessness of law enforcement in the 
USA more than the spectacle of cops in St. Louis shouting “Whose 
streets? Our streets!” as they arrested people protesting the not guilty 
verdict of white police officer Jason Stockley, who had been recorded 
telling his partner that “we’re killing this motherfucker, don’t you 
know,” just minutes before firing five bullets into the body of an 
African-American youth named Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. It did not 
matter to the judge that Stockley had fired his pistol at Smith, whose 
car he had overtaken in a drug bust pursuit, just six inches from his 
body—a clear indication of premeditation. Nor did it matter that the 
pistol that had been found in Smith’s car was likely planted since it 
only had Stockley’s DNA on it. Since Stockley had waived the right to a 
jury trial, it was up to Judge Timothy J. Wilson to render a verdict: 
not guilty. Considering Wilson’s reputation for being fair, you can only 
conclude that he was simply adapting to the racism that pervades 
American society, especially the criminal justice system.

Two recent films help to place this by now predictable outcome into 
perspective. Both put a spotlight on the police forces in Los Angeles 
and Oakland. Despite California’s liberal reputation, its cops act as if 
they are reporting to Bull Connor. As Malcolm X once put it, everything 
south of the Mason-Dixon Line is the South.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/09/22/let-if-fall-the-force/

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