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Across That Bloody River

Jim Salter . . .

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man shot and killed by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed, police said Sunday during a news conference that occurred while hundreds of angry protesters gathered outside to demand answers. “We’re outraged because yet again a young African-American man has been killed by law enforcement,” said John Gaskin, who serves on both the St. Louis County and national boards of directors for the NAACP. “This is an issue everywhere in America.”

Bruce Springsteen: “It ain’t no secret, no secret my friend . . .” We know why this keeps happening,
America’s minorities know why, every progressive knows why, the police sure as hell know why. It’s no secret, it’s staring us all in the face.

Racist Police . . .

Whenever an act of police violence occurs against an African-American or any marginalized person, it is portrayed as an isolated incident. As if the case were out of the ordinary, rare, random, or accidental. This is far from the truth. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s “Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 120 Black People” examined the murders of 120 black men and women by police officers, security guards, or self-appointed law enforcers between January 1 and June 30, 2012. During those six months, a person of African descent was executed every 36 hours. Police violence against black people occurs far more often than reported. Rather than the exception, this sort of systemic racist violence is the norm.

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
.

Racists with badges, in the NYPD, in the LAPD, in police departments all across this country, eager to serve and protect the public by detecting suspicious activities, such as walking while black.

Was it some Skittles?
A cigarette?
Wrong color skin?
They took your life.

O Eric Garner ??? ? ??????? ??? ??????????? ????

Because walking while black is becoming an ever-increasing threat to public safety, police departments nationwide have concluded that they have no choice but to spend several billion dollars on heavy weaponry and armored vehicles.

Paramilitary Police . . .

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Across That Bloody River

Jim Salter . . .

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man shot and killed by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed, police said Sunday during a news conference that occurred while hundreds of angry protesters gathered outside to demand answers. “We’re outraged because yet again a young African-American man has been killed by law enforcement,” said John Gaskin, who serves on both the St. Louis County and national boards of directors for the NAACP. “This is an issue everywhere in America.”

Bruce Springsteen: “It ain’t no secret, no secret my friend . . .” We know why this keeps happening,
America’s minorities know why, every progressive knows why, the police sure as hell know why. It’s no secret, it’s staring us all in the face.

Racist Police . . .

Whenever an act of police violence occurs against an African-American or any marginalized person, it is portrayed as an isolated incident. As if the case were out of the ordinary, rare, random, or accidental. This is far from the truth. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s “Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 120 Black People” examined the murders of 120 black men and women by police officers, security guards, or self-appointed law enforcers between January 1 and June 30, 2012. During those six months, a person of African descent was executed every 36 hours. Police violence against black people occurs far more often than reported. Rather than the exception, this sort of systemic racist violence is the norm.

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
.

Racists with badges, in the NYPD, in the LAPD, in police departments all across this country, eager to serve and protect the public by detecting suspicious activities, such as walking while black.

Was it some Skittles?
A cigarette?
Wrong color skin?
They took your life.

O Eric Garner ??? ? ??????? ??? ??????????? ????

Because walking while black is becoming an ever-increasing threat to public safety, police departments nationwide have concluded that they have no choice but to spend several billion dollars on heavy weaponry and armored vehicles.

Paramilitary Police . . .

Police departments are acquiring military vehicles such as the Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) and the BearCat through the 1033 Program. MRAP’s are 14-ton armored fighting vehicles designed to survive an improvised explosive device (IED) and have been used frequently in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The BearCat is an acronym for a Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck, and according to the law enforcement website of its manufacturer, Lenco, can be equipped with an M60 machine gun, a 204B machine gun, or a mark 19 grenade launcher.

What?

No nukes?

On America’s streets you’ve got to understand the rules . . .

Waltham Police Standoff 092113 - Officer With Gun Looking Through Window 3

Due process? Forget that. Anyone with a badge can kill you.

Those are the rules.

Radley Balko, Rise of the Warrior Cop . . .

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