2020-06-11: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2020-06-11). Tear Down Racist Statues, End Racist Debt, Pay for Equalizing Reparations. zcomm.org Bring down the statues, surely. But more than that: cancel the debt and provide reparations to the formerly colonized for the centuries of theft and brutality…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-06-11). The Role of Police in a Racist-Capitalist Society. Defunding and Dismantling the US Police Being Fiercely Debated. globalresearch.ca Since the videotaped violent murder of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, there has been an upsurge in antiracist and anti-police brutality demonstrations and rebellions spanning across the United States. | When Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old woman …

Vijay Prashad (2020-06-10). Tear down the racist statues, end racist debt and pay for reparations. mronline.org Bring down the statues, surely. But more than that: cancel the debt and provide reparations to the formerly colonized for the centuries of theft and brutality.

A Guest Author (2020-06-10). Prisoner Solidarity Committee of WWP: Ôªø'NYPD's racist brutality a death sentence for protesters'. workers.org New York city cops prepare to brutally attack and arrest protestors. DE BLASIO: RELEASE ALL PROTESTERS FROM JAIL NOW! A statement of the Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party June 10 — Since this statement/petition was drafted, those arrested in the New York City George Floyd protests have been . . . |

Staff (2020-06-10). This is Not a Drill: Rebellions, Repression, and Elections. therealnews.com The explosion of the largest urban rebellions in the US since the 1960s has sharpened the political and economic crises that were already unfolding. In the backdrop of all of these overlapping crises, November's election looms large, as Trump's promised escalation of state violence and his drumming up of authoritarian sentiments puts the high stakes…

Robert Fantina (2020-06-10). Still Protesting After All These Years. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, June 4, I joined thousands of marchers in Kitchener, Ontario, the town in which I live, to protest racism and police brutality. I have, in the last few years, participated in local events in support of Palestinian self-determination …

news.un (2020-06-10). Rights experts condemn use of force against journalists covering US protests. news.un.org Journalists covering ongoing protests denouncing systemic racism and police brutality in the United States must be able to do their job in peace, two experts on the right to freedom of expression said on Wednesday.

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-06-10). It's time for a new approach to end police brutality. thecanary.co The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May has been followed by waves of protests and outrage across the US and the world. Unfortunately, there's little new in any of this, as we've been here before with US police assaulting and killing Black people. And these attacks and killings have also been followed by mass protests and unrest. | Dr Cornel West, who

William Hawes (2020-06-10). Abolish the Police, Abolish the Military, Abolish ICE: Dismantle Systems of Oppression. globalresearch.ca In this crucial moment, all of us who desire change should begin to think very carefully about a unified message and a coherent, organizing principle in the fight against endemic racism and police brutality in this country. I believe the …

John W. Whitehead (2020-06-10). A Nation in Turmoil. Elections Looming. The Militarization of U.S. Police Forces. globalresearch.ca "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."— George Santayana | Watch and see: this debate over police brutality and accountability is about to get

Charlotte Dennett (2020-06-10). Another Brewing Scandal: Saudi Arms Sales, the Ghost of a Reporter, and America's Oil War in Yemen. globalresearch.ca George Floyd by police, followed by the president's calls for military intervention against protestors, are causing words like "dictatorship," "authoritarianism," and even "fascism" to become part of the national discourse. But the president has been dismantling …

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-09). Militarized Police a Gift from Israel? thealtworld.com Training of American police in brutal tactics revealed | The killing of black man George Floyd by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has produced the highest level of national unrest seen in the United States since the 1960s. Tens of thousands of protesters are demonstrating against racism and perceived police brutality. As it also comes at a time of coronavirus pandemic and record unemployment, it has the potential to change the U.S. in fundamental ways. The core issue is that many on the left, as well as some on the right, see America's police as something like an "occupying force," increasingly sel…

Eds. (2020-06-09). Why is tear gas banned in war but not from peaceful protests? mronline.org In the midst of national protests against racism and police brutality, President Donald Trump on Monday walked a short distance from the White House to St. John's Church. The visit was for a photo op in which Trump held up a bible as though it were a ticket he had just plucked from a raffle …

Alan MacLeod (2020-06-09). Fake taxis among the latest tools in the NYPD's rights-busting crackdown on protesters. mronline.org The NYPD is famous for violating civil rights so it comes as no surprise that protests over the police brutality in the city have elicited a violent crackdown from the city's finest.

A Guest Author (2020-06-09). Viral video forces police to back down in Buffalo, N.Y. workers.org By Victor Enrique June 7 — As the uprisings against police brutality throughout the last week have shown, Buffalo, N.Y.'s elected officials can no longer hold together the conflicts embedded within it. During the first weekend of rebellion beginning May 30, riot police teargassed and shot rubber bullets at crowds, . . . |

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-09). Defund, Reform, or Disband US Police? What About the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, US Gulag, and Wall Street Owned Fed Etc! globalresearch.ca Indeed police killings, brutality, and its other unacceptable practices against America's most disadvantaged are a major societal problem needing correction. | Cutting its funding or even replacing it with an alternate societal control system won't fix things. | The problem isn't cops. …

WSWS (2020-06-09). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette censors accurate reporting of protests against police brutality. wsws.org The newspaper's management has barred two black reporters from covering the protests on the grounds they are too sympathetic to the demonstrators.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-09). Kenyans protest against police brutality and killing of innocent civilians. peoplesdispatch.org Police in Kenya are accused of using excessive force and violence in the name of imposing the lockdown to prevent COVID-19, especially against people in the slums of capital Nairobi. Protesters also expressed solidarity with the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in the US…

Fight Back (2020-06-09). 1000 protesters brave Tropical Storm Cristobal to rally in Tally against police brutality. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL — Tallahassee has been host to months of regular protest since the January 2020 swearing-in of killer cop Lawrence Revell as chief of police. Protests became more frequent after three murders in the last three months by the Tallahassee Police Department, and now daily protests have continued for the past ten days after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and Tony McDade by Tallahassee Police Department. | TPD's recent killings robbed Tallahassee of 31-year-old, Black, unarmed, father of four, Mychael Johnson on March 20; 69-year-old white man Wilbon Woodard on May 19; and 38-yea…

LaLa B Holston-Zannell (2020-06-10). Sex Work is Real Work, and it's Time to Treat it That Way. aclu.org Sex workers aren't always a part of the conversation about police brutality, but they should be. Police regularly target, harass, and assault sex workers or

Sputnik News (2020-06-09). Iran to Execute Alleged CIA Spy Involved in Killing of Ex-Quds Commander Soleimani. iranian.com On 3 January, a US drone strike, authorised by President Donald Trump, killed Qasem Soleimani and Shia militia commander Abu Mahdi Muhandis who both were in a car at the Baghdad International Airport. Iran's judiciary spokesman has announced that a citizen of the Islamic Republic, who allegedly provided the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with …

Staff (2020-06-10). Buffalo Police Assaulted a 75-Year-Old Longtime Peace Activist, Now Trump Is Attacking Him Too. democracynow.org We look at the story of peace activist Martin Gugino, who was hospitalized in critical condition after being pushed to the ground by a police officer in Buffalo last week — an attack captured on video that has been viewed millions of times. On Tuesday, President Trump attacked the 75-year-old activist on Twitter, suggesting he staged his fall and was "an ANTIFA provocateur," echoing baseless claims from a segment on the far-right channel One America News Network. We speak with Lu Aya, a member of the New York-based group The Peace Poets, who organized with Martin in the group Witness Against Torture. "Marti…

Staff (2020-06-10). "Justice Will Be Served": Family Pays Tribute to George Floyd and Demands Change at Houston Funeral. democracynow.org A private funeral was held in Houston Tuesday for George Floyd, two weeks after a Minneapolis police officer killed him by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd's death has sparked protests against police brutality and racism across the United States and around the world. We play excerpts from the funeral service and hear from Floyd's family and dignitaries.

Staff (2020-06-09). Immigration Agents Target People at Police Brutality Protests, Including a U.S. Citizen Military Vet. democracynow.org As protests against police brutality continue nationwide, immigrant rights advocates are sounding the alarm over the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at some of the demonstrations. A viral video showed a group of ICE agents working with the New York City Police Department to detain a protester at a George Floyd rally in New York City last week, and advocates say agents held the man on the ground as they pointed three guns at him and handcuffed and searched him. He was reportedly released after agents found a military veteran's ID on him, and is a U.S. citizen of Puerto Rican descent. We spea…

Staff (2020-06-10). Noam Chomsky: Amid Protests and Pandemic, Trump's Priority Is Protecting Profits. truthout.org Many years ago, social scientist Bertram Gross saw "friendly fascism" — an insidious authoritarianism that denies democratic rights for corporate ends without the overt appearance of dictatorship — as a possible political future of the United States. | Today, that future has arrived. Donald Trump has not only consolidated the integration between Big Business and government, but now, with the country in the grip of some of the biggest protests in more than half a century, he is ac…

The Canary (2020-06-09). George Floyd's body arrives at church for private funeral. thecanary.co George Floyd's body has arrived at a church in Houston, Texas, for a private funeral to be followed by his burial.The service caps off six days of mourning for the Black man whose killing inspired a global reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice.Floyd was to be laid to rest next to his mother in the suburb of Pearland. He cried out for his mother as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck on 25 May.About 6,000 people attended a public memorial on Monday in Houston, where Floyd grew up.Mourners pay respects to George Floyd during a public visitation (AP/David J. Phillip, Pool)Und…

RT (2020-06-09). US Navy to ban Confederate flag on ships & bases to 'ensure unit cohesion,' following similar move by Marines. rt.com The US Navy has signaled that it will bar public displays of the Confederate flag on installations, warships and aircraft, mirroring a similar decision by the Marines as protests over police brutality and racism sweep the country. | Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday said on Tuesday that an order is being drawn up to prohibit the controversial flag "from all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines," adding that the move is meant to "ensure unit cohesion, preserve good order and discipline." | The order is meant to ensure unit cohesion, preserve good…

Anand Naidoo (2020-06-09). The Heat: U.S. protests fallout in U.S. america.cgtn.com Demands for racial justice and an end to police brutality continue in the United States. As the white police officer accused of killing African American George Floyd makes a court appearance.

sputniknews (2020-06-10). Amazon Puts One-Year Moratorium on Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology. sputniknews.com Tech giants question whether face detecting technologies should be used by law enforcement agencies, as protests against police brutality continue in the United States following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

_____ (2020-06-10). The Network In Defense Of Humanity Demands Justice For George Floyd. popularresistance.org The Network in Defense of Humanity adds its voice to those of thousands in the United States and around the world who are demanding Justice for George Floyd. | The image of a man of African descent being killed by a racist policeman is very common in the United States. In fact, the police murder about a thousand people annually; a disproportionate number of them are Black. | George Floyd's murder was no different, but it has been on an exponential level since the scene of his death by torture was documented in detail as he told the white policeman "I can't breathe"—first he appealed to his torturer, then to…

Revolutionary United Front (2020-06-09). Tuesday 6/9: Community Meeting on Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). MP calls on intelligence min. to pursue perpetrators of martyr Soleimani's assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — A member of Iranian Parliament in a letter penned to the intelligence minister called on him to submit a comprehensive report on the measures taken by the Ministry of Intelligence in connection with the assassination of martyr Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the US terrorist forces.

_____ (2020-06-09). From George Floyd To COVID-19, Two Pandemics Target Black Workers. popularresistance.org Compounding the devastation of coronavirus, Black people in the US continue to face threats, brutality, and death for going to and from work. For being out jogging. For being poor. For sleeping in their own bed. For watching birds in a park. For being Black. | The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade highlight this grim reality. Now millions of people all across the country are protesting. After experiencing two months of grief from COVID-19, there is now a righteous feeling of collective anger. | According to the statement from UE national officers, "It is not surprising that p…

Staff (2020-06-08). Headlines for June 8, 2020. democracynow.org Minneapolis City Council Announces It Will Disband Police Department, Uprising Against Racism, Police Brutality Brings Out 100,000s from Coast to Coast, D.C. Mayor, Protesters Paint Black Lives Matter Protest Call on Streets Leading to White House, Protests Mount Across the Globe as Racist and Colonialist Statues Targeted in U.K., Police Violence Against Protesters Results in More Deaths and Severe Injuries, Video Shows ICE Agents Arresting and Pointing Gun at Protester, Calls Mount to Prosecute Officers Who Killed African American Man, Manuel Ellis, in March, Family of Maurice Gordon, a Black Man Killed by NJ St…

Combined Sources (2020-06-08). Black Lives Matter movement sweeps the world. peoplesworld.org Hundreds of thousands of people gathered this weekend in cities far from the United States to express anger over the death of George Floyd, a sign that the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality is resonating with wider calls to address racism from Australia to Asia to Europe. In Berlin, where police said 15,000 people rallied …

Wayne Nealis (2020-06-08). Community control of police — an idea whose time has come. peoplesworld.org The death of George Floyd at the hands of officer Derek Chauvin, whose record of brutality is well known, shows that years of police reform efforts to educate and retrain officers have failed. Decade after decade, the so-called bad apples remain in abundance on the Minneapolis police force. Systematic brutality, harassment and killing goes unabated. …

Eds. (2020-06-08). The U.S. rebellion for black lives. mronline.org As protests rage across America against police brutality and systemic racism, Akunna Eneh, an activist from Boston, argues that the movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd has exposed the true face of American society.

Paul M. Renfro (2020-06-08). Arresting Justice: Victimizing the Victimizers Won't End the Policing Crisis. counterpunch.org In the wake of the brutal slayings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Tony McDade in Tallahassee, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, demonstrators nationwide and throughout the world have trained their anger on racialized police brutality and state violence, more broadly. While many have expressed support for decarceration, abolition, and cuts to police budgets, some of these same activists and commentators have petitioned for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

RT (2020-06-08). Transparency and change in the US under Democrats? 'Don't be fooled,' says UN torture expert. rt.com The notion that the Democratic Party would be better than Republicans at delivering transparency and accountability is flawed, because US government impunity is "systemic," UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has said. | With the November presidential election looming and protests raging across the US following the police killing of George Floyd, many on the Left are insisting that change will only come if people "vote Democrat" and "vote blue no matter who." | Yet, Democrats taking the wheel in January 2021 would not necessarily bring any significant change in terms of transparency and accountability…

RT (2020-06-08). Former cop Derek Chauvin appears in court over George Floyd's murder, with bail set at $1.25mn. rt.com The former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd has appeared in court for the first time over the death. Floyd's killing while in police custody sparked widespread protests against police brutality. | Derek Chauvin appeared at the short hearing at Hennepin County District Court via video link, and the judge set bail at $1.25 million without conditions or $1 million with conditions. According to the terms outlined, if posting the lower bail amount, Chauvin would have to avoid contact with Floyd's family, and refrain from handling firearms and conducting any police work. | Derek Cha…

RT (2020-06-08). One person injured after man drives car into George Floyd rally in Seattle, opens fire. rt.com A man has been arrested after driving a car into a barricade at a protest against police brutality in Seattle's Capitol Hill area. The driver reportedly fired a gun, injuring one person, before fleeing the scene. | Video of the incident shows the man ramming a police barricade during a George Floyd rally in Seattle on Sunday. About a dozen protesters rushed towards his car and began hitting it, before scattering after the man appeared to fire his gun out the window. He then exited the vehicle with his gun drawn as protesters scattered. He was apprehended shortly thereafter by police. | Seattle Fire Departme…

Lawrence Wittner (2020-06-08). The Subversion of New York City's Official Policy to Curb Police Brutality. dissidentvoice.org In early November 1966, my sister and I‚Äïarmed with a bucket of home-made paste, a wide brush, and a thick roll of "Vote No" posters‚Äïheaded off from my student apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to plaster the surrounding area with the signs. The Patrolman's Benevolent Association (PBA), a very powerful police union, …

Fight Back (2020-06-08). Houston protests police murder of George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Houston, TX – The police murder of George Floyd, the catalyst of a national and now global wave of mass demonstrations against anti-Black racism and police brutality, took place in Minneapolis. But Floyd was a son of Houston, Texas, a longtime and much beloved neighborhood personality of the Third Ward, one of the city's historic centers of African-American life. Judging by the sheer size of the recent protests in Houston, Floyd's home city will never forget him. | The largest demonstration in Floyd's honor in Houston occurred on Tuesday, June 2, when an estimated 60,000 people came downtown for a march and rally…

teleSUR (2020-06-08). Montreal Police Disperse Peaceful Protesters With Tear Gas. telesurenglish.net Demonstrators were gassed Monday in Montreal, Canada as they were protesting against racism and police brutality. | RELATED: | Protester gathered in the center of this Canadian city to march peacefully, as part of the global display of repudiation stirred by George Floyd's murder last May 25, suffocated to death when in custody by U.S police. | This is the second time in a week when people take Montreal streets to…

WSWS (2020-06-08). Tens of thousands continue UK protests against racism and police brutality. wsws.org More than 100,000 people across Britain continued to protest the death of George Floyd over the weekend.

Bonnie Kristian (2020-06-08). How Endless War Contributes to Police Brutality. zcomm.org This dynamic is deliberate: Police officers are explicitly trained to conceive of themselves as warriors in battle, always on high alert and prepared to kill…

Laura R. Olson (2020-06-08). Trump's authoritarian playbook. zcomm.org Coming at a time of social turbulence, critics accused Trump of following authoritarian-leaning world leaders by sidling up to religion to reinforce an image as a strongman defending a particular brand of tradition…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-08). Decrying 'Unacceptable' Brutality, UK Lawmakers Join Half a Million Britons in Calling to Halt Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets Exports to US. commondreams.org Calling on the British government to avoid complicity in "a continuous breach of human rights" in the U.S., more than 600,000 Britons on Monday had signed a petition demanding a suspension of tear gas, riot gear, and rubber bullet exports to the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1218215437_1.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-08). Families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile Join 600+ Groups Urging UN Probe of US Police Violence. commondreams.org Relatives of four black Americans killed by police—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile—joined with over 600 rights groups Monday to demand a United Nations probe into racist policing and law enforcement's violent suppression of ongoing mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1217563267.png

WSWS Repost (2020-06-08). Police kill unarmed 22-year-old man in Vallejo, California. indybay.org The Vallejo, California Police Department has a well-established track record of brutality and murder. | On Tuesday, June 2, Vallejo police gunned down an unarmed 22-year old whose last text sent was one asking his sisters to sign a petition protesting the police murder of George Floyd.