It’s no accident that cops and right-wing militias seem to work hand in glove. They have a history of colluding to serve the role cops play, as Lenin articulated: “special bodies of armed men” to protect private property and the capitalist order.
“The video that came out of Kenosha is absolutely horrific. I don’t understand how people can watch it and not be here.”
Authors Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg wrote “I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall Of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad,” a Baltimore story that is a warning to the nation.
The FBI investigated and arrested Michael Avery for posting on Facebook about a Black Lives Matter protest. We talk with a tech industry whistleblower about “snitch apps” and how law enforcement uses technology to “protect” you.
The refashioning of the American police, in recent years, to fit some kind of a military model is a subject that requires a better understanding than the one currently offered by mainstream US media. Certainly, US racism and police violence are intrinsically linked and date back many years, but the militarization of the US police and its use of deadly violence against suspected petty criminals, or even non criminals, is a relatively new phenomenon that has been largely imported from Israel.
As Democrats co-opt the debate about police, we must continue to resist the white supremacist logic behind policing.