2020-06-17: News Headlines

John Bachtell (2020-06-17). Support grows in Chicago for a new approach to police accountability. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO- This city is the national epicenter of police torture of African American men. So, it's not surprising tens of thousands have taken to the streets following the police execution of George Floyd. "The wounds run deep here. Many protests make this an uprising," Jazmine Salas, 28, co-chair of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and …

Eds. (2020-06-17). "And This Happened in Los Angeles:" Malcolm X describes police brutality against members of the Nation of Islam. mronline.org There was police brutality and there was atrocity, and the press was just as atrocious as the police. Because they helped the police to cover it up by propagating a false image across the country, that there was a blazing gun battle which involved Muslims and police shooting at each other.

Carla Stea (2020-06-17). "I Can't Breathe, Please, Please!" The Martyrdom of George Floyd, Tortured and Murdered by US Police in 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds, May 5, 2020. globalresearch.ca "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon …

Max Parry (2020-06-17). Beware the hijacking of U.S. Protests into a "Color Revolution" dissidentvoice.org The May 25th killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota shocked the world and set off mass protests against racism and police brutality in dozens of cities from the mid-western United States to the European Union, all in the midst of a global …

Grist staff (2020-06-17). Black environmentalists are organizing against worldwide injustice. peoplesworld.org

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…

pip.hinman (2020-06-16). Stop the brutality. Abolish prisons. greenleft.org.au

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…

Sarah Lahm (2020-06-16). Midwest Dispatch: When Bill Clinton Came to Minneapolis. progressive.org Once referred to as "Murderapolis," the city is now home to an uprising spurred by demands to end mass incarceration and police brutality.

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…

Geoff Kelly (2020-06-16). Buffalo's Police Brutality Didn't Start With Martin Gugino. thenation.com Buffalo's Police Brutality Didn't Start With Martin Gugino…

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…

sputniknews (2020-06-16). Dems Push Foreign Meddling Narrative Amid Floyd Protests, Demand Secretive FBI Briefing. sputniknews.com Be it local or global issues, including the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of the Democratic party at the 2016 presidential elections or the ongoing anti-police-brutality protests sweeping the country, some US officials still attempt to put the blame on foreign actors.

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!

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…

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.

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.

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 …

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). 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.

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.

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 …

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…

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…

_____ (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…