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‘Thousands’ of corrupt police on our streets. Daily Mail 2nd November 2022
They [police] seemed to enjoy inflicting pain and suffering on the working man. Ken Loach: The Spirit of 45, striking miner, 2013
The police state and how’s it being slotted into place even as we speak in the so-called free western democracies … The domestic spying program which partially broke… It was admitted that the NSA is listening to domestic calls without proper warrants … The surveillance program is much broader. Corbett Report: #10 The Police State’s Noose is Coiling Around Your Neck, James Corbett online 2007
Citizens are deluded into believing they are still free people. ibid.
The most surveilled country in the world – the UK. ibid.
We are being incrementally introduced to the idea that surveillance is good for us, and the government cannot be wrong when it surveils us. ibid.
Police forces across the UK paid out at least £22 million to informants over the last five years. The Corbett Report: India Kicks Out Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, James Corbett online 2017, cited BBC online report
45-year-old Michael Dunn is being charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Three and a Half Minutes: Ten Bullets, 2015
This is Mark Kennedy, a former Metropolitan police officer. This is the story of how he spent seven years of his life as Mark Stone, environmental activist. Cutting Edge: Confessions of an Undercover Cop, Channel 4 2011
He fell in love with one of the people he was spying on. ibid.
‘I got dragged to the ground, punched and kicked, and stamped on. I felt my back go click. They dragged me to the police van.’ ibid.
Four male Negroes in a fifty-two Chevy white colour with sawn-off shotguns. Watts area. LA92: The Riots, rozzers’ radio, National Geographic 2017
August 1965: Watts district of Los Angeles: ‘It was the most widespread, most disruptive racial violence in American history.’ ibid. news
Neither the police nor the suspect knew that a home video camera had captured the scene. ibid. Dan Rather
The incident early Sunday morning was not an isolated incident: the difference this time is we have the proof. ibid. Ramona Ripston ACLU
Like they had a little toy and wanted to see how it worked. ibid. Rodney King
Rodney King is released from custody without being charged. ibid. caption
I haven’t beaten anyone this bad in a long time. ibid. beating rozzer
Public forums are held throughout the city to address the issue of police brutality. ibid. caption
The jury finds Soon Ja Du guilty of voluntary manslaughter: the recommended prison sentence is 16 years. Judge Karlin reduces the sentence to community service, a small fine and no jail time. ibid.
The venue was changed to the Simi Valley, a mostly white suburb of Los Angeles where many police officers live. ibid. observer
Why is this tragedy happening to us? Could it be that God is punishing us? ibid. store owner
This is America! ibid. store owner
It was worse than being in Vietnam. ibid. rozzer
This is not fair! ibid. store owner
To avoid further delay, Governor Wilson orders the guard into the streets with limited ammunition. A citywide curfew is declared from dusk to dawn. ibid. captions
We all can get along. ibid. Rodney King
Ferguson, Missouri, August 2014: ‘No Justice! No peace!’ Do Not Resist, protest, 2016
Ten days after Mike Brown is shot to death by officer Darren Wilson protests continue. A midnight curfew is implemented for all residents. ibid. caption
We are seeing a growing debate about ‘warrior cops’. ibid. James Comey, FBI chief addressing police chiefs conference
Since 9/11 the Department of Homeland Security has given police departments $34 billion in grants to purchase equipment. ibid. caption
This is an MRAP vehicle we acquired through the 1033 program … that funnels military property that is no longer used to law enforcement. ibid. county sheriff
In the 1980s there were 3,000 Swat deployments a year … today there are an estimated 50-80,000 per year. ibid.
Police were also used to discipline the working class. In Tompkins Square, New York, 1874, 7,000 workers protested unemployment only to be savagely attacked by police. Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA I: Divide and Rule, 2015
The National Guard came to the Pinkertons’ rescue protecting strike-breakers and defeating the union. Plutocracy II: Solidarity Forever, 2016, Mother Jones
The Lawrence Textile strike of 1912 which involved immigrants from over forty different nationalities, both men and women … Before long, police began attacking the picket lines. ibid.
When the [Rodney King] verdict came in they felt betrayed, leaving 4,000 fires, staggering property damage, hundreds of injuries and the senseless deaths of over thirty people. The LA Riots: 25 Years Later, George H W Bush, History 2017
April 29 1992 marked the first day of the most destructive civil disturbance in US history. Over 16,000 crimes were committed. Police made 12,111 arrests. Over 7,000 fires were ignited. 2,116 people were injured. ibid. captions
The culmination of four decades of police brutality. ibid. Patricia Moore, Compton councilwoman
William Parker turned the LAPD into a quasi-military force as opposed to a police department that was working in conjunction with the black community. ibid. Dr Todd Boyd
The Watts riots were the signal for the beginning of the black power phase of the civil rights movement. ibid. Boyd
Merchant Charged: Teenager Shot, Killed in Dispute Over Orange Juice … Last Saturday violence erupted again between a Korean merchant and a Black patron in South Central Los Angeles. The proprietor of a convenience market shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old girl whom the owner says was stealing. ibid. Sentinel news report
No jail time for the killing of an African-American child. ibid. commentator
Black people are still being treated like prey in our community.’ ibid. Danny Bakewell
The city of Flint is under a state of emergency after poisonous lead is found in the water supply. An election for mayor is a week away leading to uncertainty for the chief and the department. Flint Town s1e1: Welcome to Flint Town, caption, Netflix 2018
I’ve also asked the police if they need any other new powers. David Cameron, address House of Commons August 2011
The riot didn’t tear up the community; the condition of the community caused the uprising that we had. (Baltimore & Police & Custody) Baltimore Rising, Carl Stokes councilman, HBO 2017
On April 12 2015 Freddie Gray is arrested in the Gilmor Homes housing project … ‘He emerged at the end of that ride with an 80% torn spine.’ ibid. caption & attorney
Freddie Gray, a young man arrested by Baltimore City Police, last weekend, has died. ibid. news
The governor sends 2,000 national guardsmen to help police as Baltimore remains under a state of emergency. ibid. news
One week after Freddie Gray’s death, State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, charges six Baltimore police officers. ibid. caption
‘Not guilty verdict.’ ibid. news