Times may change, and the target of the LAPD’s police thuggery may change (from prostitutes to Black men to Latinos protesting)…but the basic principle remains the same: No Humans Involved.
Witness the latest round of the Gangstas in Blue busting "non-lethal" violence upon peaceful protesters at a May Day immigrants’ rights rally in LA (as videographed by the local LA FOX affiliate (via YouTube):
And not even the media was exempted this time: this loop shows a Invision cameraman being attacked and his camera taken away from him:
The right to peaceful assembly?? To express your grievances with government?? To defend your right to exist as a human being?? Yeah, right….not if you are targeted as an "illegal alien"…or a "gangsta"….or a "whore"…or if you simply aren’t rich or White enough to buy your justice.
Oh…but current chief William Bratton now says that "some" of his cops’ actions were "inappropriate". Eeee-yah. Like Rodney King’s ass whooping was innapropriate after…what, the 23rd bash with the nightstick??
Of course, the usual right-wing noise machine will defend this police riot as very much appropriate against the dire threat of "Mexifornia" and "Atzlan"….but what of the rest of you??
Justice….or more like "just us"???
I could say more..but Nezua, BfP, Sylvia, and a few others have documented this travesty far better than I could…so here’s the appropriate linkage:
Women of Color Blog (Brownfemipower):
We Are All Criminals
LAPD Is Not Racist; It’s Not Hyper-Aggressive. It’s Really Not
State Brutality Is Not An Anomaly
MacArthur Park Brutality
The Anti-Essentialist Conondrum (Sylvia):
Watch and Read
Para Justicia y Libertad!! (XicanoPwr):
May Day Violence at Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park
Guerillas In The Matrix:
Police Violence at LA Immigration March
C*ntensquirten (R. Mildred):
LAPD Fire On Young And Old Alike (Again)
LA Indymedia (extensive coverage):
Police Terror In The Park (includes extensive links to various views of the brutality)
Greens Condemn Brazen Brutality of LAPD
May Day, 2007: A Report To Correct The Balance
Police Attack Peaceful May Day Rally
Cops Terrorize May Day Protestors
AJLPP Condemns Police Brutality Against Immigrants
More links as they become available….