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The video of police killing of Sam Dubose is apparently so bad, Cincinnati is preparing for riots

The city refuses to release the video. Here is a part:

After a routine traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati Police Officer, Sam Dubose ended up dead with his face blown off. The officer was wearing a body camera, but the city refuses to release the video. In the meantime, everybody who sees it is deeply disturbed, including the city wide police chief.

City Manager Harry Black spoke about the unreleased body camera video of the shooting.

“It’s not a good situation,” Black said. “It’s a tragic situation, someone has died that did not necessarily need to die.”

But here’s the thing.

All studies indicate that in nearly 99% of instances of police killing someone, even in the most egregious circumstances, “something appropriate” doesn’t actually happen and officers are let off.

Let’s keep pushing for the release of this video. We must never assume that justice will happen on its own, but must fight for it daily.          /source/

You saw that? Cop handcuffed Sam even before shooting. Now how did it go from him putting him into handcuffs to him killing him in self defense? the authorities are afraid of people who demand justice for all the victims of #PoliceBrutality. We gotta be smart and uncompromising. We pay taxes for those bodycams they wear - we got a right to see what they caught. 

#Sam Dubose #PoliceBrutality #PoliceViolence #Cops #Police #Cincinnati  #Abuse #BlackLivesMatter



“This is how we do it”: Neighbourhood Solidarity after East Street raid

On Sunday 21st June up to 100 people joined together to fight off an immigration raid in East Street Market, Walworth, South London. Although in the end the Home Office “enforcement” bullies managed to get away with their captive, after calling in riot cops backed up by police dogs and helicopter, it was a powerful moment of solidarity and rebellion that brought the back streets of South London to life for a couple of hours.

What’s happened since then? First of all, many people’s thoughts have been with the prisoners: both the Pakistani man originally grabbed by the Home Office; and then another man brutally snatched by riot police during the resistance. The first has been lingering inside an immigration detention centre. The antiraids network and others have helped organise legal support and other practical solidarity for this prisoner.

The second prisoner was taken away in a police van and disappeared for six hours, during which time he was repeatedly assaulted by the cowardly filth holding him hostage. He was then locked up for two nights in Walworth police station, then one night in Wandsworth prison, before eventually being released on bail. All three nights and at the court there were rowdy demos at the buildings where he was held. He now faces charges of “Violent Disorder” and a prison sentence if convicted.

The forces of order have been trying to sow fear of a clampdown on the streets. The day after the resistance, cops went round the market and into shops asking for information on the “disorder”. They have since tried to spread the idea, through local press etc., that they are “looking for more people” involved. Maybe this is serious, maybe it’s all the usual bullshit, who knows. It’s a good idea for anyone who is concerned to take sensible precautions, without getting freaked out or paranoid.

So much for their cop shit. Meanwhile, human beings from the area have been going out on East Street, Aylesbury Estate and the whole neighbourhood putting up posters about what happened (see some pics below), handing out flyers including tips and legal information for anyone threatened by home office or cop repression, and just chatting face to face with teenagers, market people, and everyone in the streets about what’s happening.

In short: the East Street resistance wasn’t just a brief moment one afternoon. It carries on as people use the energy and momentum of the 21st to make new connections and grow solidarity in the area.

Like much of inner London, the Walworth area is under intense attack by an army of zombie parasites: property developers, bailiffs, Home Office scumbags, cops, businesses, local politicians, hipsters, and others seeking to profit from / control/ screw up the lives of others. These often work hand in hand — e.g., as discussed in a previous article on Deptford Market, immigration raids are coordinated jointly by local government agencies as a tool to push out migrant workers and open the way for gentrification.

Together these fuckers are a death machine eating away every space of freedom and difference in the city, turning everything into an endless shiny graveyard, one giant shopping mall under CCTV. Against their death machine we have our rebellion, friendship, solidarity, and life. If anarchists want to help grow a serious resistance, we need to leave comfortable but totally irrelevant lefty circles well behind and make links with others who are up for a scrap. East Street, Deptford, Brixton, Peckham, Camden, Hackney, and many more places, are frontlines in London’s social war. They’re also the cracks in the tombstone, where we can meet new friends on the street and come alive.