Pig Enforcers Terrorize Children

by Joe Veale and a member of the Los Angeles Revolution Club | November 23, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Check this shit out: In Flint, Michigan, a young woman—Chrystal McCadden—gets a call from the school her seven-year-old attends. When she gets to the school she sees that her son—Caden—has been placed in handcuffs by the police who were called to the school to “discipline” this child.

Allegedly, little Caden was being “disruptive.” Apparently this was the “sign” of a “thug”—a potential “menace to society.”

Chrystal was furious and demanded that they take the handcuffs off Caden.

In the most care-free way, the pig said he had lost the keys, prolonging the dehumanization—the terror—for both mother and son. Leaving a mark on their consciousness that will be impossible to erase.

Their humanity meant nothing to the police.

Apparently Caden has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). He was acting out as ADHD kids often do. But instead of giving him some TLC and the room to act out, the police treated Caden as a criminal.

Earlier this year, the same thing happened to five-year-old Michael Davis in Stockton, California. He was put in zip tie handcuffs—hands behind his back, and his ankles were also put in zip tie handcuffs. Again police were called to the school to discipline a “disruptive” five-year-old! What five-year-old is not “disruptive”?

When the pig reached to put his hands on Michael, he allegedly pushed the pig’s hand away and kicked him. For this Michael was cuffed, charged with battery on a police officer. Then they put him in the pig car and took him to the psychiatric ward at the local hospital.

A judge later dismissed the battery charge against this five-year-old “criminal.”

An interview with a former prisoner in Revolution newspaper—and who is now a revolutionary communist and fighter in the struggle for the emancipation of humanity—talks about being nine years old when the police put his five-year-old brother in a chokehold for throwing rocks at other kids.

Is anyone surprised that the people I’m describing are Black? Generally among the section of people who are at the very bottom, right at the base of this capitalist-imperialist system?

Check it out: In California the pigs have a gang database that they add names and profiles to during what they call “routine” stops. They practically boast that kids as young as TEN are routinely added to this database. Every major city in the United States has some version of this kind of program.

When we see the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, 13-year-old Andy Garcia, or Walter Scott in South Carolina, Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Washington, Eric Garner in NY, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Freddie Gray in Baltimore, their murder by the police is generally the culmination of the howling horror of a lifetime for a section of people who are abused, racially profiled, degraded, dehumanized by the pig enforcers of a system that views such people as a powder keg—as potential social dynamite.

It is up to us to develop them, together with other sections of the people—into what Bob Avakian (BA), the leader of the revolution and Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, says: “a part of the human saviors of humanity; the gravediggers of this system and bearers of the future communist society” [BAsics 3:16]—a whole new society and world of consciously, freely, cooperating human beings.



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