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Police Kill Another Native American Woman in Washington State. Police Terror Needs to End!

October 28, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper |


Photo of Renee Davis from Facebook
Photo of Renee Davis from Facebook

On October 21, two cops came into the home of Native woman Renee Davis on Muckleshoot tribal land and, with two of her children present, shot her to death. King County Sheriff John Urquhart says police went to investigate a report of someone being suicidal and found Renee Davis possessed of a firearm. The medical examiner says she was shot multiple times.

Renee was 23 years old and a teacher's aide. She was five months pregnant. Foster sister Danielle Bargala said,"She was such a soft person," and "It's really upsetting because it was a wellness check. Obviously, she didn't come out of it well." Jackie Salyers, a Native woman in nearby Tacoma, was murdered by police earlier this year, as reported at Other Native deaths at the hands of police in western Washington State in recent years include Daniel Covarrubias, Cecil Lacey Jr., Jack Sun, Sampson Castellane, and John T. Williams. These slayings have had an ongoing and devastating affect on Native communities and families. As Marilyn Covarrubias, mother of Daniel Covarrubias, has said, "When they kill one of us, it is like handing the rest a smallpox blanket." A study by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice shows that the group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans, followed by Black people and Latinos. Natives are 0.8 percent of the U.S. population and comprise 1.9 percent of police killings. Combined with frequent denial of health care, reproductive care, education, housing, religious freedom, safe water, safe food sources, and other human rights, this is a picture of a slow genocide.

Police also kill many other people here in Washington state, 23 in 2015 alone. Just this month, on October 8, they killed a young man in mental distress, Ricardo Hernandez, in Federal Way,

As Carl Dix stated this month ("Build the Fight to Stop Police Terror as Part of Organizing for an Actual Revolution! On October 22: Stop Police Terror! Which Side Are You On?"):
"These horrors fall heaviest on Black, Latino and Native American communities. And they are built into the very way this system operates. You can't reform this shit away. You can't vote it away. You can't lobby elected officials to get them to do something about it because their system needs this brutality, incarceration and repression to suppress people they have no future for, and who they hate and fear.

"This system has no answer for people who want to see this suffering ended, but the revolution does. Through revolution we could end all the horrors the capitalist-imperialist system enforces on humanity. We could bring into being a society where those entrusted with public security would sooner take a bullet themselves than kill or injure an innocent person.

Read the entire HOW WE CAN WIN—How We Can Really Make Revolution HERE

"And we in the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) are organizing right now for an actual revolution; one that overthrows this system, that dismantles its police forces and its military, and brings a totally different and far better system into being. We have the leadership for this revolution in Bob Avakian, the leader of the RCP, and we have the strategy for how to make revolution in a country like this. If you yearn to see a world where these horrors are no more, you need to get with this revolution!"

To end this police terror, as well as the endless wars for empire, the environmental destruction, the war against women, the plight of immigrants, and so many other horrors, we need to urgently organize for revolution, and people need to get with "HOW WE CAN WIN, How We Can Really Make Revolution" right now!

(For reference to other murders by police in Washington State reported in newspaper, see Che Taylor, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, John T. Williams.)

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