Justice Department Drops Other Shoe


Statement by Carl Dix

March 6, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on March 4 that they found “... no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety.” This is the final punch in the gut to the family of Michael Brown and to all those who held onto some hope that the federal authorities might give justice when the locals wouldn't. That was false hope that the authorities stoke by opening DOJ investigations after local authorities let killer cops walk free. Now, like they have done in case after case, they investigated for months, and then they decide there is insufficient evidence to indict the killer cops.

It's time and way past time for people to stop being taken in by this false hope—POLICE GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER MUST STOP and it will be us standing up and saying NO MORE to these horrors to stop it!

The DOJ tried to soften the sting of this non indictment by releasing a report that found that the law enforcement authorities in Ferguson subjected Black people to illegal and immoral treatment. This won't do a damn thing about the way police get away with brutalizing and murdering people! The DOJ has done a number of such investigations. They did one on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and forced Los Angeles to sign a consent decree promising to change how their police operated in 2000. Did that consent decree keep the LAPD from murdering Brother Africa on March 2nd? Or Mayra Cornejo before that? Did it stop them from murdering many, many other brothers and sisters in the years since that consent decree was signed?

The powers that be keep telling us that if we're serious about this issue, we'll get out of  the streets and engage in serious discussions about policy. The policies they have been offering have all proven not to do anything about police getting away with murder. In November, Obama offered putting body cameras on cops, but within days the grand jury in Staten Island let the murderers of Eric Garner walk, even tho' everyone had seen the video of them committing murder. Now in short order, the DOJ has refused to indict the murderers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

It's time to face reality, and time to learn from our enemy. What did they try to get us to stop doing—taking to the streets in powerful protests that exposed the horrors their system was inflicting on people! That's what really hurt them, and it's what we need to do a lot more of.

We can hit them hard by acting on April 14—the national Shut Down Day—a day of disrupting business as usual because business as usual in this society includes police wantonly murdering Black and Latino people and the system letting them get away with it. On this day, students all across the country will walk out of school and act on their campuses in other ways, and people in cities nationwide will gather and shut shit down.

We've been thru this dance with the DOJ over and over again. They've opened up investigations of police murder after police murder. And almost every damn time the feds end up saying there's not enough evidence for them to do anything. There will be no savior coming from Washington to deal with the horror of police getting away with murdering people. It's up to us to say NO MORE to the system letting police get away with murdering Black and Latino people.



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