Guards Torture Political Prisoner Eric King, Bureau of Prisons Destroys Video

Photo: Eric King in a four-point restraint (Source: Government Case File) By David Martinez In 2018, Eric King, a political prisoner from the Ferguson Uprisings for Black lives, was assaulted and tortured by prison guards, who put him in a four-point restraint, splayed-out for five hours, while interrogating him. It was reported last week that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) destroyed some video evidence of … Continue reading Guards Torture Political Prisoner Eric King, Bureau of Prisons Destroys Video

Austin: Police Ignored Oversight Board, Use-of-Force Complaints from May Uprisings

By Michael Nolan On Monday, it was revealed that 202 unique external use-of-force complaints against Austin Police Department (APD) during the May Uprisings last year were largely dismissed without investigation. During the massive, combative protests that occurred on May 30-31, APD beat, teargassed, and shot rubber bullets indiscriminately at protesters. APD’s brutality sent at least 19 protesters to Dell Medical Center, and in the most … Continue reading Austin: Police Ignored Oversight Board, Use-of-Force Complaints from May Uprisings

Pennsylvania: Landlord Murders Tenant; Family and Community Protest State’s Concealment, Collusion

Photo: Leonard Williams Jr., courtesy of Williams’ family By Jason Bartles On September 1, an unarmed Black man, Leonard Williams Jr., was shot and killed by his landlord, Quentin “Lewis” Trisler, in the town of Washington, Pennsylvania. Since then, the facts around the crime have been concealed by the State in order to justify Williams’ murder, with Washington County district attorney (DA) Justin Walsh refusing … Continue reading Pennsylvania: Landlord Murders Tenant; Family and Community Protest State’s Concealment, Collusion

Detroit: Activists Shut Down Former Police Chief’s Announcement of Campaign for Governor

Photo: Activists disrupt former Detroit police chief James Craig’s campaign announcement (Source: Ken Coleman, Michigan Advance) By Peter Garland On September 14, activists from Detroit Will Breathe shut down a speech by former chief of police James Craig as he announced his candidacy for the office of governor of Michigan. Craig oversaw the Detroit Police Department (DPD) during the May Uprisings following George Floyd’s murder, … Continue reading Detroit: Activists Shut Down Former Police Chief’s Announcement of Campaign for Governor

Activists Denounce Heightened Federal Repression of Protesters under Biden and Trump

Cover photo: An unknown protester fearlessly confronts a DPS Trooper during the May Uprisings in Austin. By Michael Nolan, David Martinez The Biden administration continues to expand and intensify the federal government’s repression of protesters and activists fighting for progressive causes across the US. Activists have highlighted how these repressive efforts ramped up under Trump during the protests following the May Uprisings last year, and … Continue reading Activists Denounce Heightened Federal Repression of Protesters under Biden and Trump

Austin: Family of Alex Gonzales Jr. Celebrates His Birthday, Calls to Convict Police Who Killed Him

By Josefina Morales Undeterred by scattered thunderstorms, the family of Alex Gonzales Jr., as well as their supporters and activists, gathered on Monday evening to commemorate what would have been Gonzales’s 28th birthday, celebrating his memory and calling for the arrest and conviction of the police who murdered him. On January 5, Austin Police Department (APD) officers Gabriel Gutierrez and Luis Serrato shot and killed Gonzales as … Continue reading Austin: Family of Alex Gonzales Jr. Celebrates His Birthday, Calls to Convict Police Who Killed Him

Los Angeles: Police Detonation of Fireworks Causes 2 Deaths

Photo: Auzie Houchins, one of LAPD’s victims from their botched fireworks detonation By David Martinez Two men in Los Angeles died last month due to the impacts of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) reckless detonation of fireworks within a residential area of the South Central neighborhood in late June. Families of the two men say that the effects of the blast and the subsequent … Continue reading Los Angeles: Police Detonation of Fireworks Causes 2 Deaths

Austin: March in Honor of Garrett Foster on Anniversary of His Murder

By Josefina Morales On July 25, the one-year anniversary of the murder of Garrett Foster, supporters of the movement for Black lives marched in his memory, calling for the conviction of his killer and for the advancement of his fight in service of the people. Foster, 28, was killed by Daniel Perry, a reactionary active-duty US Army sergeant who drove into a crowd of protesters … Continue reading Austin: March in Honor of Garrett Foster on Anniversary of His Murder

San Fernando Valley: March Against Police Murder of Chris Garcia and Guillermo Amezcua

By Serran Soledad On July 17, anti-imperialist organization People’s Struggle SFV (PSSFV) organized and held a march along with community members to demand justice for Chris Garcia and Guillermo Amezcua, both murdered by the police in southern California in recent months. Garcia was shot to death by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) following a vehicle pursuit as he surrendered at a northbound 5 Freeway … Continue reading San Fernando Valley: March Against Police Murder of Chris Garcia and Guillermo Amezcua

Charlotte: DA Releases Footage of Frankie Jennings’ Murder, Will Not Press Charges Against US Marshal

By Sarah Ahmed On June 29, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather released security footage from the killing of Frankie “Pop” Jennings at the hands of law enforcement in March, announcing that he will not press charges against the US Marshal responsible. In response to the decision, activists with Charlotte Uprising and Feed the Movement organized a protest demanding justice and answers for Jennings’s family. … Continue reading Charlotte: DA Releases Footage of Frankie Jennings’ Murder, Will Not Press Charges Against US Marshal