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Angela Davis: ‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’
The activist, feminist and revolutionary explains how the ‘prison industrial complex’ profits from black people, that Barack Obama can’t be blamed for the lack of progress on race, and why Beyoncé is not a terrorist.

There is an unbroken line of police violence in the United States that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery, the aftermath of slavery, the development of the Ku Klux Klan,” says Angela Davis. “There is so much history of this racist violence that simply to bring one person to justice is not going to disturb the whole racist edifice.”

Jeff Davis 8 - Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight young women, who were all either involved with drugs or sex work, were discovered in swamps in the area of Jennings, Louisiana. Most of the young women knew one another with some being related by blood. They were identified as:

  • Lynn Lewis, 28
  • Ernestine Marie Daniels Patterson, 30
  • Kristen Gary Lopez, 21
  • Whitnei Dubois, 26
  • Laconia “Muggy” Brown, 23; 
  • Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, 24
  • Brittney Gary, 17.
  • Necole Guillory, 26,

The cause of death was difficult to determine in a couple of the deaths due to extreme decomposition but it’s generally believed that they were all murdered. Two of the victims’ were discovered with slit throats. The deaths were mishandled by authorities from the onset with an abundance of evidence being “lost.” A number of witnesses even named local police officers as suspects in the deaths. It was also reported that the women were informants for police before their deaths and had even provided information regarding the other victims before being killed themselves. The case still remains unsolved to this day, with many believing the police to be involved while others believe it to be the work of one sadistic serial killer.

On 27th August 2013, Mona Nelson was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of 12 year old Jonathan Foster.

On Christmas Eve of 2010, Jonathan’s mother was working and as a result he was left home alone that day. When she arrived home, it was discovered that her son had disappeared and a panicked search for the young boy ensued. Just four days later, Jonathan’s burnt remains were discovered at the bottom of a ditch in a northeastern region of Houston, Texas. It was thereafter determined that he had been tortured to death with a device similar to that of a blowtorch.

Surveillance footage which later emerged showed Nelson’s truck near to where Jonathan’s body was found and her dumping what appeared to be a container, and a witness also confirmed that the vehicle seen on the tape was similar to that identified at the Foster’s family home that day and identified Mona Nelson as its driver. It was also acknowledged that traces of Nelson’s DNA were found in various places on the Looney Tunes sweatshirt that Jonathan was wearing that day.

A motive for the killing was never identified, but Mona Nelson maintains that Jonathan’s stepfather, David Davis, had asked her to dispose of a container but she was entirely unaware about what was inside. After 12 hours of questioning by the police, Davis admitted he had become physically violent with Jonathan’s mother in the past but loved her son as a father would and never put him in harm’s way. He was ultimately ruled out as a suspect.


Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer Lennox Hinds Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorist List

Davis: “It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism.[…] I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues – police violence, health care, education, people in prison.

Hinds: “We believe that putting Assata Shakur on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list is designed to inflame the public and to characterize her as a terrorist when none of the acts alleged relates to terrorism.” […] “This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion […]There is no way to appeal someone being put on the terrorist list.”


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