“Repression and Resistance” is a column from Tribune of the People that highlights rebellions and repression happening in protests across the US each week. If you want us to cover a protest happening in your city, please send us a pitch.
In what has become an ongoing battleground in the movement for Black Lives, the city of Portland saw People’s Justice enforced in the shooting and killing of fascist Patriot Prayer member Aaron J. Danielson following a Pro-Trump vehicle caravan through the downtown area. Late on Thursday, it was reported that his alleged shooter had been gunned down by police.
As the protests have continued relentlessly there since May, the Justice Department announced this week that it was investigating the leadership and funding behind the protests in Portland and elsewhere. Federal prosecutors in Portland have also begun to prosecute protesters on “civil disorder” felony charges for the first time, a sign of authorities following Donald Trump’s call to crack down harder on protesters.
District of Columbia
The police murder of Black teenager Deon Kay this week sparked a protest outside a DC police station, and another outside Mayor Muriel Bowser’s residence calling for the firing of Police Chief Peter Newsham.
Los Angeles, CA
Rage has run through the streets of Los Angeles this week after local deputies killed Black worker Dijon Kizzee for violating a biking ordinance. The officers shot Dijon 15 times according to his family’s attorneys.
Disturbing video surfaced this week of the police murder of Black worker Daniel Prude. After apprehending Daniel, who was having a mental health episode in the street, police covered his head with a “spit hood,” suffocating him to death. Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary had originally told Mayor Lovely Warren that he had died of a “drug overdose.” Protests have rocked the downtown area in response, with police using pepper spray against protesters Thursday night outside the Public Safety Building.
Police have arrested dozens in clashes with hundreds of protesters this week in Oakland, which began in solidarity with protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Marchers chanted slogans like, “Kill the Cops,” “Burn the city down,” and “Death to America!”
Fires were set near the Alameda County Superior Courthouse, as well as on other buildings and vehicles. An estimated $100,000 in damages was caused to the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.
Green Bay, WI
Protesters painted anti-police graffiti and blocked streets across downtown Green Bay last weekend, and repeatedly faced off with police. 15 arrests were made, including a protester singled out with the new Red Scare label ‘Antifa.’
Police brutalized 11 protesters this week outside of Richmond City Justice Center, with one officer tackling a protester as he rode his bike.
A protest that started last week in Battery Park demanding that three Burlington Police be fired culminated in a march of hundreds of people this Tuesday which disrupted traffic downtown. This follows an incident on Monday when reactionary Jordan Atwood was caught stalking the march with an assault rifle.
17 people out of a small group protesting evictions was arrested outside of City Hall this week for blocking the entrance to the District Attorney’s office. The City of Philadelphia has defied the CDC’s call to halt evictions by continuing to hear cases.
A statue of King Louis XVI, which has been damaged and covered in graffiti since the May Uprisings, was finally removed this week. This comes as protests continue to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, murdered by the police in her bed earlier this year. Louis XVI, the infamous last monarch of France, was sentenced to death by guillotine during the French bourgeois revolution.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Englewood Cliffs Mayor Mario Kranjac sent a bill of $2,500 for police overtime to a teenage organizer who had coordinated a rally for Black lives in July. In the accompanying letter, the Mayor essentially admitted that this was retaliation for the organizer not seeking a permit.
Salt Lake City, UT
A cartoon depicting police as KKK members published in the monopoly press Salt Lake City Tribune this week riled up the local forces of reaction. Cartoonist Pat Bagley responded on Twitter to calls to censor it.
“I know what I meant to say when I did the cartoon and the cartoon reflects that,” he said. “Does it say policing in America has been infiltrated by white supremacists? Yes — that’s just a fact.”
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