Repression and Resistance: Week in Protest, December 18-24

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“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.

Albertville, AL

As a continuation of protests against the confederate flag raised at the Marshall County courthouse, activists this week brought fake body bags to symbolize the 150 slaves which had been owned by Hohn Marshall, the county’s namesake.

Photo by Chandan Khanna

Providence, RI

Activists and medical professionals blocked the street outside Governor Gina Raimondo’s house this week calling for better safety measures at the state’s prisons. One inmate recently died at the Adult Correctional Institution due to Covid-19, and hundreds of cases at the facility have been reported. Police arrested several.

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Boston, MA

Body camera footage surfaced this week of police brutality against protesters in Boston during the May Uprising. In one clip, an officer violently beats a young Black woman down to the ground with is baton. In another, one officer appears to start telling a story about using his vehicle to hit protesters as the officer with the body camera rushes to turn it off and eventually walks away.

Philadelphia, PA

A report on police conduct during the May Uprising was published this past week by research group CNA and law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, requested by the city of Philadelphia. While some cases of police brutality were noted, including four officers who are now facing criminal charges for beating and harassing protesters, the report ultimately proposes more riot equipment and weapons for the police as the solution. As in other cities, these ‘independent’ reports are purposefully meant to give a false sense of objectivity to justify police repression in service of the ruling class.