cops at protest

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A young girl climbed up a step ladder to stand at the podium before a tense Charlotte City Council meeting.

Petite in size, with braids in her hair and hearts on her t-shirt, Zianna Oliphant collected herself and delivered her message loud and clear.

“It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”

While cops mace children, the black bloc protesters carry them to safety and immediately search for their medics. 

When cops try to mace disabled people, members of the black bloc will escort them to safety as fast as possible, continuing to shield them with their bodies even when the police try to pull them away.

When cops try to mass arrest protesters by blocking off their exits both from the front and the back, the black bloc organizes and charges forward to break through and allow people to escape. 

While the black bloc damages property, the cops damage people. 

Black blocs love and want to protect people more than cops ever will. The image of black blocs being evil and disorganized chaos is a lie fed to us to stop us from showing solidarity with each other.

We need to protect each other and love defiantly against the state. We need to help each other, because the law won’t. 

dealing with cops (at protests)

I keep seeing these posts about dealing with police pop up and I’d like to sum them up to the most important thing:

DO NOT TALK.

Police are allowed to lie in order to get a statement from you.

If they say “it’ll be easier if you cooperate”? It won’t. There are no disadvantages to not making a statement.

If they ask “do you know why I stopped you?” do not answer. They’re trying to make you admit something they have no proof for or they don’t even know themselves.

If they say “just give us a quick statement and you can go” do not say anything. don’t try to justify yourself. it’ll just fall back on other people.

tl;dr

No matter what they tell you
Don’t talk to police.

Differentiating between protesters and rioters is “good-protester versus bad-protester” bullshit. It is an extension of the “peaceful protester” myth and is a mechanism of self-policing. The state and capitalist elite want you to feverishly believe in the idea of peaceful protests because it erases the unrelenting violence of capitalism and the state. Their idea of “peace” is more accurately defined as the unabated continuation and invisiblization of their own violence. By sanctioning only state endorsed methods of resistance you help do the work of policing militancy FOR THE POLICE. 

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May Day 2017 - Paris

French CRS anti-riot police officers are engulfed in flames as they face protesters during a march for the annual May Day workers’ rally in Paris on May 1, 2017. The march was disrupted as scores of hooded youths threw firebombs at riot police in full gear, who responded with tear gas and truncheons.

Burn baby burn.

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Brooklyn, NYC: Justice for Sandra Bland and other Black Women Killed by Police, July 13, 2016.

More than 700 people gathered in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and marched to honor the lives of Sandra Bland and other Black women killed by the police on the anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death. Family members of Kyam Livingston and Shantel Davis called for justice, and the people took over Flatbush Avenue and marched in their name.

Photos: Peoples Power Assemblies