2020-06-16: News Headlines

Staff (2020-06-16). Civil Rights Activist Annie Chambers Is Marching Again Against Police Brutality. therealnews.com Reverend Annie Chambers marched for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King throughout the 60s. This month she took to the streets to demand an end to police brutality when Baltimore City joined the nationwide movement calling for justice for George Floyd, a Black man killed by police in Minnesota. | The lifelong organizer says that while history repeats itself, racism is even worse than in her youth. "In the 50s and 60s we were taught to suffer. We got beat and shot and attacked by dogs. And you heard what Donald Trump say—get the dogs out on them," Chambers said in a phone interview with The Real News on…

RT (2020-06-16). India summons Pakistani ambassador after embassy staff detained following road accident. rt.com Pakistan's ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry in New Delhi after two Indian embassy employees were held by Pakistani police, following an alleged hit-and-run incident in Islamabad on Monday. | The ambassador was handed a protest note against what India called "abduction and torture" of the staff of its embassy, officially called the High Commission. The two men were "video-graphed and coerced to accept a litany of fictitious allegations and concocted charges," the statement by the ministry read. | The embassy employees were "kept in illegal custody for more than 10 hours" and were released only af…

Fight Back (2020-06-16). After Rayshard Brooks murder by Atlanta police, NAARPR demands community control of the police. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Frank Chapman, Executive Director of the recently formed National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, today, June 15, called for immediate passage of legislation establishing democratic community control of the police in every city and town across the nation. | Chapman stated, "This is really the only way the people will have the power to make the changes that everyone is demanding in the wake of countless murders by police. This is the only way to stop the killings, torture and brutality — a virtual war against Black and brown communities." | "What is it going to take? How many…

Robtel Neajai Pailey, Amy Niang (2020-06-16). The Long Blue Line Connecting Police Brutality to Drone Strikes. thenation.com The Long Blue Line Connecting Police Brutality to Drone Strikes…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-06-16). The Rich are Defunding Our Democracy. counterpunch.org How can you tell if you're living in a democracy? The answer can get rather complicated. Simple yardsticks can often confuse more than clarify. Take the notion that you have democracies where you have elections. Ballots over bullets. Sounds good. But authoritarians have been brazenly manipulating elections — to cement their rule — for generations.

_____ (2020-06-16). Parallels Between Minneapolis And Jerusalem Are More Than Skin Deep. popularresistance.org It is hard to ignore the striking parallels between the recent scenes of police brutality in cities across the United States and decades of violence from Israel's security forces against Palestinians. | A video that went viral late last month of a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, killing a black man, George Floyd, by pressing a knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes has triggered a fortnight of mass protests across the US — and beyond. | The footage was the latest disturbing visual evidence of a US police culture that appears to treat Black Americans as an enemy — and a reminder that rog…

_____ (2020-06-16). Nightly Rally To Seattle's West Precinct Takes Detour, Shuts Down I-5. popularresistance.org Every night around 7 pm, demonstrators now march from the Capitol Hill Organized Protest to the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct. The downhill rally culminates with a handful of speakers who speak out against police brutality. Tonight, the rally ended with an unexpected detour—onto I-5. Speakers spoke on the steps of the West Precinct on Virginia Street for around 30 minutes. There were no police in sight, only a barricade set up in anticipation of the rally. | Demonstrators spoke on a bullhorn about SPD's use of tear gas, calling it a war crime and demanding justice. Organizer David Lewis talked a…

Lynda Carson (2020-06-16). Fatal encounters with the cops in Oakland. indybay.org Protest Against Police Brutality and Killer Cops:…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-06-16). Summer 2020 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Immigrant News Alert! indybay.org Justice for George Floyd, Black Lives Matter! Multi-Ethnic Unity Against Racism & Police Brutality!

Staff (2020-06-15). "He Wanted to Hurt Me": New York Protester Hospitalized After NY Officer Shoved Her to the Ground. democracynow.org In a rare development, a New York police officer has been charged with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing, after a viral video showed him violently shoving a peaceful protester to the ground as he shouted an expletive and a misogynistic slur. We speak with Dounya Zayer about the attack she faced during a protest against police brutality in Brooklyn on May 29 and how she suffered a seizure and was hospitalized with a concussion. We're also joined by one of her attorneys, Tahanie Aboushi.

RT (2020-06-15). eBay execs mailed bloody mask & LIVE INSECTS to couple who criticized company. rt.com Six former eBay employees and executives have been charged with stalking after they hounded a couple who criticized the e-commerce giant in a newsletter. The group mailed threats to the pair, and sent them live cockroaches. | The victims, a Massachusetts couple, published an online newsletter "critical of eBay and other e-commerce companies," US Attorney Andrew Lelling explained at a press conference on Monday. | Their missive put them on the radar of eBay's Global Intelligence Center, and a harassment campaign began, Lelling continued. | eBay, despite its great usefulness, has never felt lovable and humane to…

RT (2020-06-15). US Supreme Court refuses to hear challenges to qualified immunity doctrine shielding police from lawsuits. rt.com The US law doctrine, protecting police and other public officials from lawsuits, is not going to be reexamined by the country's Supreme Court. The decision comes amid nation-wide protesting against police brutality. | The US Supreme Court issued an unsigned order on Monday announcing its decision to decline hearing any further cases that seek to reconsider the doctrine of 'qualified immunity'. According to the doctrine, a police officer cannot be personally liable — and thus cannot receive a civil suit — unless their actions violate "clearly established" law or court rulings. Conceptually, the idea w…

news.un (2020-06-15). Children caught in conflict facing 'brutality and fear while the world watches'. news.un.org Boys and girls used and abused in armed conflict have had their childhoods replaced by "pain, brutality and fear while the world watches", the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said on Monday.

WSWS (2020-06-15). Residents protest after woman dies in police custody in Harper Woods, Michigan. wsws.org Priscilla Slater was found unresponsive in a holding cell in Harper Woods on the east side of Detroit this week amid international protests against police brutality.

teleSUR (2020-06-15). UN to Hold Hearing Over 'Systemic' US Racism, Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) agreed Monday to hold an emergency debate Wednesday on "systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests" in the United States and elsewhere. | RELATED: | UNHRC's decision followed a request last week by Burkina Faso on behalf of 54 African countries in response to the killing on May 25, of George Floyd, a black U.S. citizen, under the knee of…

news.un (2020-06-15). Human Rights Council picks up again after COVID suspension, to hold racism debate. news.un.org After a three month long COVID-19-enforced break, the Human Rights Council resumed on Monday, giving the green light to a rare Urgent Debate on racism, alleged police brutality and violence against protesters sickened by the killing of American George Floyd in police custody.

Brett Heinz (2020-06-15). Rio de Janeiro: Police Violence and Solidarity. cepr.net On May 31, hundreds of people in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, joined protesters around the world in marching against police brutality. While the protest was in solidarity with the wave of Black Lives Matter protests in the US following the killing of George Floyd, Brazilian protesters were marching against their …

sputniknews (2020-06-15). New Online Database of Police Brutality Videos Highlights 'Casual Cruelness' of Law Enforcement. sputniknews.com As attempts to collect videos of police violence quickly became unwieldy, two activists created a public database comprising what has become hundreds of cases. However, one technologist told Sputnik the list is just a drop in the bucket, and the practice is much older than cellphone videos.

David Rovics (2020-06-14). Stop the Evictions Before They Start. dissidentvoice.org Ôªø The system based on a combination of police brutality, mass imprisonment, and evictions at gunpoint may be collapsing, but if it's going to fall in the direction we want it to fall in, we need to push it that way. And if we want to make that happen, we have to organize to stop …

RT (2020-06-14). Defunding will not solve anything, it's the 'system' that is broken — police commander Travis Yates to RT. rt.com Protesters in the US are calling for law enforcement defunding, but that would hardly solve anything since the problem lies with how the state manages the policing system, Travis Yates, a police commander in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said. | Many Americans that have joined the protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's killing by a cop are not demanding the authorities defund the police or abolish the law enforcement system entirely. This idea has been declared the "main goal" by anarchists who created an "autonomous zone" in Seattle and was even supported by some celebrities earlier. | However, th…

The Canary (2020-06-14). Atlanta police officer sacked after another fatal shooting of a Black man. thecanary.co An Atlanta police officer has been sacked following the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks — a Black man. Another has been placed on administrative duty, the police department has announced.The shooting came at a time of heightened tension over police brutality and calls for reforms across the US following the death of Floyd in Minneapolis. Atlanta was one of the cities where large crowds of protesters took to the streets.Demonstrators, including members of Brooks' family, gathered outside the restaurant where he was shot.The moves follow the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, who stepped down…

Fight Back (2020-06-14). Protests across Chicago mark National Day of Action to Stop Police Crimes. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Protesters demand the mass exoneration of everyone tortured and framed by Chicago cop Reynaldo Guevara. It was one of the three demonstrations that took place in Chicago, June 13. Cites across the U.S. participated in the National Day of Action to Stop Police Crimes called by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-14). The Enemy Within: A Story of the Purge of American Intelligence. strategic-culture.org "Western Europe has only 20 to 30 more years of democracy left in it; after that it will slide, engineless and rudderless, under the surrounding sea of dictatorship, and whether the dictation comes from a politburo or a junta will not make that much difference." | — Willy Brandt (German Federal Chancellor, right before he stepped down in 1974) | Believe it or not, but the dystopic view that democracy is dead is by no measure a new idea. However, what might disturb you is where this design, in its contemporary form, really germinated from. | The idea that democracy is in a crisis and needs to be replaced with…

Anand Naidoo (2020-06-13). The Heat: U.S. Race Relations & COVID-19. america.cgtn.com As protests against police brutality and racism sweep across the country, the focus is now shifting to police reform.

Betsey Piette (2020-06-13). Growing revolt by Black journalists. workers.org In an historic week that has witnessed demonstrations, too numerous to count, against police brutality in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, another anti-racist movement is growing. As reports surface of police intentionally targeting journalists across the U.S, especially Black and . . . |

RT (2020-06-13). Boris Johnson gives stern warning about attacking police, says protests 'subverted by violence'. rt.com Following protesters clashing with police in London, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a warning to anyone targeting police and said demonstrations have been "subverted by violence." | "Racist thuggery has no place on our streets. Anyone attacking the police will be met with full force of the law," Johnson tweeted on Saturday. | The prime minister followed that by saying current protests over police brutality and racial inequality "breach current guidelines." | "These marches & protests have been subverted by violence and breach current guidelines. Racism has no part in the UK and we must work together to…

RT (2020-06-13). Seattle cops banned from using tear gas & stun grenades amid 'anarchist takeover' endorsed by mayor. rt.com Seattle Police have been ordered to stop using pepper spray, tear gas and flash-bang grenades following a lawsuit, further tying their hands as the so-called 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone' sprouted around their abandoned precinct. | Handed down by US District Judge Richard Jones on Friday, the order concludes that "on some occasions [Seattle police] used less-lethal weapons disproportionately and without provocation," having a "chilling" effect on free speech amid ongoing demonstrations over police brutality. | "What brings the parties to this Court today are peaceful protesters desiring to engage in their rig…

RT (2020-06-13). People 'are just enjoying themselves': Get insight into life in Seattle's 'autonomous zone' (VIDEO). rt.com 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone', also known as CHAZ, has grabbed the attention of people in the US and beyond ever since it was established earlier this week. RT's Caleb Maupin got a sneak peek into what happens down there. | Established around an abandoned police precinct on June 8, a six-block area of downtown Seattle has since evolved into a sort of commune controlled by anti-police brutality protesters. But how are the Seattle would-be revolutionaries faring in their police-free social experiment? | "Mood here is completely peaceful," Desiree DeLoach, an American travel blogger and anti-capitalist, who foun…

RT (2020-06-13). Video of unarmed black man shot by Atlanta police sparks massive outrage amidst George Floyd protests. rt.com A video of two Atlanta police officers shooting an unarmed black man who later died is sparking massive outrage and accusations of police brutality and racism. Details of the case are still scarce. | Atlanta officers responded to a call of a suspicious person on Friday night that led them to a Wendy's drive-thru where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was allegedly asleep in his car. | According to the George Bureau of Investigations (GBI), Brooks failed a field sobriety test and resisted when police tried to place him in custody. A stun gun was used by one of the officers, which Brooks tried to take, following whic…

WSWS (2020-06-13). Service Prosecuting Authority drops all but one investigation into British war crimes in Iraq. wsws.org The British government is serving notice that it has no intention of honouring domestic or international law outlawing abuse, torture and murder by its military and security forces.

Leonard Rubenstein (2020-06-13). [Perspectives] Accountability for medical participation in torture. thelancet.com After revelations of the participation of US health professionals in torture of detainees in military or CIA custody in the wake of 9/11, citizens filed complaints to disciplinary and licensing boards in seven states against psychologists who had been publicly identified as having been part of the torture apparatus. All of the complaints were eventually dismissed, only one with an explanation. In light of the disciplinary bodies' resistance to investigate participation in torture, much less impose sanctions, colleagues and I, then representing Physicians for Human Rights, helped a New York legislator, Richard Got…

Fight Back (2020-06-13). Black Lives Matter-Lansing event declares racism a public health crisis, confronts mayor. fightbacknews.org Lansing, MI – Police brutality protests continue in both Lansing and East Lansing after the downtown march on May 31 but they are not the only challenge to police brutality based in the Lansing metropolitan area. Black Lives Matter-Lansing and One Love Global hosted a live "Call to Action" on Facebook and Eventbrite. | After a spoken word performance and moment of silence for victims of racist violence, One Love Global CEO and Black Lives Matter-Lansing cofounder Angela Waters Austin spoke with panelists from the Ingham County Health Department about public health deficits experienced by African Americans and oth…

Eoin Higgins (2020-06-13). As nationwide protests over police brutality continue, cities across the US cut and reallocate police funding. nationofchange.org "Policing doesn't work … Yet we keep supporting a system that is clearly broken."

_____ (2020-06-13). Seattle: The Demands Of Collective Black Voices At The CHAZ. popularresistance.org In credit to the people who freed Capitol Hill, this list of demands is neither brief nor simplistic. This is no simple request to end police brutality. We demand that the City Council and the Mayor, whoever that may be, implement these policy changes for the cultural and historic advancement of the City of Seattle, and to ease the struggles of its people. This document is to represent the black voices who spoke in victory at the top of 12th & Pine after 9 days of peaceful protest while under constant nightly attack from the Seattle Police Department. These are words from that night, June 8th, 2020. | For ea…

Faith in Action, NAACP, UNIDOS US, others (2020-06-13). Thursday 6/11: #Equity For All Forum: Racial Equity in HEROES Act & End Anti-Black Police Brutality! indybay.org Online…

ACLU (2020-06-12). Policing the Press: A Journalist on the Frontlines. aclu.org Journalists covering protests against police brutality across the country are facing an influx of violence, suppression efforts, and arrests by police. Since the George Floyd protests began, there have been more than 400 claims of aggressions against the press, according to the

Eds. (2020-06-12). Media are slowly starting to be serious about police violence. mronline.org As the George Floyd protests against police violence erupted around the nation, a massive amount of evidence of police brutality was widely captured through social media. Unfortunately, very little of it made it to mainstream outlets until much later.

RT (2020-06-12). National Guard soldiers deployed to DC protests find GLASS SHARDS in pizza. rt.com National Guard troops deployed to the US capital found broken glass in their pizza delivery, the Pentagon has confirmed, as nationwide protests against police brutality escalate into calls to get rid of law enforcement altogether. | Some 1,500 troops from South Carolina, Indiana, Maryland and Tennessee were sent to the capital last week to reinforce 1,300 members of the DC National Guard deployed to assist law enforcement with restoring order, as George Floyd protests escalated into looting and arson for several nights. | When two of the South Carolina soldiers ordered pizza delivered to the Marriott Marquis H…

Staff (2020-06-12). Angela Davis on Movement Building, "Defund the Police" and Where We Go From Here. truthout.org The uprising against police brutality and anti-Black racism continues to sweep across the United States and countries around the world, forcing a reckoning in the halls of power and on the streets. The mass protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 have dramatically shifted public opinion on policing and systemic racism, as "defund the police" becomes a rallying cry of the movement. We discuss the historic moment with legendary scholar and activist Angela Da…