Tuesday, September 22, 2020. New York City – On Saturday, September 19, 2020, a group of people gathered in Union Square, Manhattan, to demand an end to all police crimes and community control of the police.
Louisville, Kentucky, declared state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor grand jury decision this week. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency room technician, was killed on March 13, 2020, by police officers. Kentucky attorney general, Daniel Cameron, has presented evidence to a grand jury, which would decide whether to indict any of the three officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Today, Louisville’s mayor, Greg Fischer, said: “We do not know when the attorney general will make an announcement, or what it will be.” Protesters want officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove to be arrested.
Are police reforms working? Do we need to abolish the police and start something new?
Demonstrators across the country want to defund the police (and defund the military too).
Green Party presidential candidate, Howie Hawkins and Green Party vice presidential candidate, Angela Walker agree with protesters in New York City. We need community control of the police.
“This policy paper makes the case for reviving the Black Panther Party program for community control of the police, an idea whose time came 50 years ago and never left. If New York City had community control of the police when Bloomberg was mayor, the community would have had the power to halt his racist stop-and-frisk program.
Community control means elected neighborhood review boards with real investigative and policy-making powers in their communities and a citywide elected police commission to set citywide police department policies and determine disciplinary sanctions for police misconduct. The Panther’s program was designed to give oppressed communities control of their police departments in order to hold police officers accountable for misconduct and to institute a culture and policies for policing so that police departments serve and protect communities instead of abusing them.” Click here to read more.
Speakers at the rally in Union Square ranged from Struggle-La Lucha, New York City Students for a Democratic Society, DC 37, CPUSA, New York Boricua Resistance, and Bayan USA. Each of the speakers expertly brought their organization’s focus to the forefront and connected them to the need for community control of the police.
Jessica Schwartz stated, “Why community control? Because we’ve seen time and time again how our current system is incapable of properly holding police accountable for their violence against different communities. Because it should be the communities that they’re sworn to serve and protect who holds them accountable, not a board chosen by politicians and the police. We want an accountability council made up of people with no ties to police and have been involved in organizing in people’s movements.”
According to fightbacknews.org, the rally in New York City was organized by the New York Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NYAARPR).
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