Question | Why do police issue orders of dispersal against your right to assemble in protest over the killing of men like Eric Garner and boys like Mike Brown?:
Answer:It is NOT about "Keeping the peace." It never has been. As an institution police operate as state sanctioned gangs employed to uphold the violent, racist hierarchy of capitalism and, whenever possible, to further the monopoly of power where all violence from/by those higher on the hierarchy upon those lower can be legalized and normalized. Any deviation from this narrative, any resistance — even the threat of force displayed in massive protests — by those lower on the hierarchy upon those higher is met with brutal repression.
This is why cops are always present at protests. Again, it is NOT to “Keep the peace.” We've seen their "peace" — tear gas, rubber and wooden bullets, mace, riot gear, sound cannons, and thousands of brutal cops leaving dead bodies. This violence is enacted to protect the private property/interests of corporate power, the owners of US government, and to maintain at all times the explicit reminder of America’s power hierarchy; meaning, inevitably, the maintenance of white supremacy through the brutalization of black and brown bodies above all others. Such has always been and will always be the primary function of police.
Remember Malcolm X when he said, "A hundred years ago they used to put on a white sheet and use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they have taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms and traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they’re still doing the same thing.”
[image description: a protest poster. the top half of the poster has the rainbow pride flag while the bottom half is white. on the fourth stripe of the pride flag, which is the green stripe, there is a TD Bank logo beside text.
IN TEXT: Proudly supporting profit Proudly supporting capitalism Proudly supporting queerbaiting Proudly supporting pinkwashing Proudly supporting heteronormativity Proudly supporting shareholders Keep pride political. Not profitable. BANKS DON’T BELONG IN PRIDE END TEXT.
Above the last sentence of text there is a small symbol of a unicorn. end description.]
we would also add “Proudly supporting homonormativity” to this list.