Tag Archive: anti-police

Bandung, Indonesia: ELF Torch Police and Military Bulletproof Vest Manufacturing Plant

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Communique [translation – original text here]:

The police are the enemy. This is our final statement that is not negotiable. Police are not born to be friends, as individuals and as an institution, and can not be excluded from the list of enemies that must be addressed by for our attacks. As an institution and as individuals, the police goal is to protect civilization and the exploitation it is doing to the earth.

The objective of the police -as well as the other repressive instruments- is to secure the money and investment interests for the sake of the anthropocentric way of life as it is today. The police are not for representing our interests. Instead, the police are one of the thousands of faces of outrage alive today. Police must be attacked, as hard as possible.

For their loyal services as guard dogs for the domestication of life, they are equipped with combat equipment that is used against free will and the aspirations of wildlife where the judiciary and the rule of law are totally absent. They are equipped with weapons, armor and bulletproof vests. The devices are manufactured so that the pigs can act with confidence in the face of the war that is addressed to their masters. (more…)

The Ex-Worker #6: Making Police Obsolete

ep6-250From Crimethinc.

OK, so we’re still not lovin’ the cops—but how do we live without them? In our sixth installment of the Ex-Worker, CrimethInc’s twice-monthly anarchist podcast, we follow up on our last two episodes about prisons and police with a discussion of how to stay safe without the state. We also hear a Croatan Earth First! organizer reporting back from the Round River Rendezvous and the campaign against hydrofracking, review the latest issue of Fifth Estate Magazine, discuss some listener feedback about the politics of anarchist support for the Cuban Five, and share plenty of news and events.

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The Ex-Worker, Episode 5: The Police

exworker5From Crimethinc.

Putting the “latest” in “latest episode,” we present the fifth installment of our bimonthly podcast, wherein we turn our attention to police and the systematic violence they incarnate. Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue, joins us to discuss the development of police tactics since 1968; other special guests include members of East Atlanta Copwatch and a comrade from Çarşı, a Turkish football-ultra group holding it down at Gezi Park in İstanbul. All this is filled out with news from around the world, and a review of “To the Indomitable Hearts: The Prison Letters of Luciano ‘Tortuga’ Pitronello.”

Download the episode or stream it online or read the full transcript. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or email us at podcast@crimethinc.com. Episodes appear on the first and third Sunday of every month. No, really.

Why Police Lie Under Oath

03POLICE-popupBy MICHELLE ALEXANDER

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

THOUSANDS of people plead guilty to crimes every year in the United States because they know that the odds of a jury’s believing their word over a police officer’s are slim to none. As a juror, whom are you likely to believe: the alleged criminal in an orange jumpsuit or two well-groomed police officers in uniforms who just swore to God they’re telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but? As one of my colleagues recently put it, “Everyone knows you have to be crazy to accuse the police of lying.”

But are police officers necessarily more trustworthy than alleged criminals? I think not. Not just because the police have a special inclination toward confabulation, but because, disturbingly, they have an incentive to lie. In this era of mass incarceration, the police shouldn’t be trusted any more than any other witness, perhaps less so. (more…)

DA drops Durham police assault case

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DURHAM, N.C.  — The Durham County District Attorney’s office has dropped all charges against Stephanie Nickerson.

The 25-year-old Navy veteran had faced resisting arrest and assaulting an officer charges in an October incident in which she claims an officer repeatedly punched her in the head and face – leaving her with a broken nose, a black eye and swollen lips.

Nickerson’s case has drawn considerable community attention, and prompted multiple protests in front of the Durham Police Department. Supporters have called for the officer involved to be removed from duty and criminally charged. (more…)

3 Durham police officers charged with breaking and entering, assault, false imprisonment

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DURHAM — Three police officers, including a high-ranking watch commander, were arrested Friday and charged with “pushing their way into a residence” in North Durham to retrieve items that were reportedly stolen from them.

The three officers were off duty when the incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Durham police Lt. Ryan A. Freeman and fellow officers Stacy L. Armstrong and Erin V. Espinola are each charged with one count of false imprisonment and assault. Armstrong also is charged with two counts of misdemeanor breaking and entering, while Freeman and Espinola were each charged with one count, Michael said. (more…)

Durham New Year’s Eve Demo: Noise, More Noise, and Lots of Rage

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Joining dozens of similar demonstrations around North America and the world, on New Year’s Eve fifty or so comrades and several family members of inmates met up at 7:30 pm at the jail in downtown Durham to show our rage and hatred for the prison system, and our solidarity with prisoners on the inside. Armed with black flags, pots and pans, a drum corps, and numerous banners (“Against Prisons,” “Solidarity with Prisoners Everywhere,” “Total Liberation from Domination,” “Love for All Prison Rebels,”) we chanted, screamed, and directed a cacophonous melody of anger at the guards changing shifts. It was subtly amplified by the shouts and banging of prisoners from the small plexiglass windows of their cells, whose faces were visible as dark silhouettes standing out against the modernist architectural gloom of the building complex. (more…)

Durham, NC: Cop Shoots Self With His Own Gun In Stop, Then Charges Man With Assault

gunFrom Boots Riley of The Coup via Facebook

My 21 year-old cousin, Carlos Riley, Jr, was stopped by a cop in Durham, NC
mid morning on December 18th.

During the stop, the cop shouted expletives, physically attacked Carlos,
verbally threatened to kill him and attempted to draw his weapon to shoot
at my cousin.

While attempting to draw his weapon, the cop shot himself in the leg. This
is actually a common occurrence for police while drawing their weapons.

Fearing for his life, Carlos fled the scene in his car. According to the
police, at this point he also took the cop’s weapon and badge away from him
(If this happened, it was a smart move to make sure the cop didn’t shoot
him in the back). (more…)

“Gun Control” by sole, A Rumination on Mass Killings, Alienation and Capitalism

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Before the tears that fell from The Presidents face hit the podium and the Us troops deployed to Turkish borders could learn to pronounce “Ahmadinejad ” everyone had an opinion on the Connecticut shooting. Celebrities and politicians all lined up, either to propose stricter gun laws or to say, “now is not the time to politicize.” Even as the details from the Aurora shooting continue to fill news pages and blogs after almost 3 months, Once again we are trapped in a 9600+ hour news cycle where we will be bludgeoned with every detail to emerge from the shooting as hack journalists pontificating back and forth on “how” but never look deeper then family/personal issues as to the “why.” (more…)