END the Policy of Cover-Up and Blaming the Victim
The latest in a series of racist murders has produced the only response that could ever hope to break the otherwise endless cycle of injustice: mass resistance.
With the exception of the outburst of impassioned struggle that has followed in Ferguson, Missouri, the police killing of Michael Brown would appear to have been borrowed from an overused script. A young black man, unarmed, was shot in the back by police while his hands were in the air. The police defended the killing by making the absurd claim that Michael was reaching for the officer’s gun, following the standard legal advice that has become an automatic reflex, “Just claim that he was attacking you, and then you’ll get away with it.” The media, politicians, and civil rights celebrities have called for peace and mourning. All would otherwise seem to be going according to the business-as-usual routine—but the black community of Ferguson was not content to follow the routine.
STOP the Racist Attacks Against Minority Youth
But the events of Ferguson, Missouri, in which the black community has created mass resistance to the police tyranny for several nights, represents an important divergence from the standard refrain. The struggle introduces serious obstacles to those who wish to cover up the problem without offering any solution, and challenges the hypocrisy of those who call for peace without insisting that justice be dealt to the police perpetrators of violence.
To defend the lives and freedom of the black and Latino youth across the nation, it is necessary to build a new wave of mass struggle against police tyranny. For all those who wish to lead the way towards equality, join BAMN and take matters into your own hands.
Mobilize Detroit Against Racist Police Brutality
On Wednesday, August 13, a group of east side residents gathered to confront police after the police shot a man in the shoulder. The confrontation near Nottingham and Berkshire evoked the rising anger connected to the events of Ferguson, Missouri. While the police issued the standard line—claiming that they had been attacked by their suspect—the local witnesses tell a different story. Witnesses recounted that police attacked without warning, giving no opportunity for a peaceful interaction. Outraged by the police violence and inspired by the recent wave of resistance, people in the neighborhood gathered to the scene, and the police called in backups. Police pepper-sprayed and arrested a man during the confrontation.
The Detroit police have long demonstrated a callous disrespect for the basic rights and wellbeing of the city’s population. Among their most notorious acts of reckless violence, the fatal shooting of 7-year old Aiyana Jones in 2010 received national attention. But national attention alone is not sufficient to protect the lives of the people of Detroit against the regular misconduct of the police. As long as the police can carry on with impunity and face nothing more than the occasional exposé, they will continue their abuses.
Something more is needed, and the people of Ferguson have given some examples of what the “something more” could be. Detroit truly needs to embrace a renewal of energy and passion: so many years of poverty and racist inequality have stifled the hope, dignity and active spirit of the black and Latina/o population for too long. Let this moment be an opportunity to create a real Detroit revival, one that far transcends any of the corporate investments, but rather awakens the city to a new sense of ability, self-worth, and social power.
If you have witnessed or experienced police brutality and misconduct, contact BAMN immediately. Any information could be of use, and BAMN can provide legal counsel both for defense and to file suit against the police.