Friday, July 15, 2016
THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE ATTACKS BLACK LIVES MATTER
The recent #BlackLivesMatter movement, has
Perhaps become one of the most visibly recognized
protest movements in the last decade. Its founders
define it as an “ideological and political intervention
in a world where Black lives are systematically and
intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation
of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our
humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly
oppression” (Black Lives Matter, 2015, para 4). The
group was created in 2012 after the acquittal of
George Zimmerman in the murder of unarmed
teenager, Travyon Martin. The importance of this
movement is that in its visibility, it has illuminated for
many both nationally and internationally, “deadly
oppression” not only in individual acts of police
brutality and excessive force, but state-sponsored
Naturally the American Police State will seek to discredit Black Lives Matter because they are viewed as a subversive force.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund's (PCJF) Freedom of Information Act investigations carried out over the last five years in particular have shown that the FBI, DHS, Fusion Centers and other federal law enforcement agencies regularly label peaceful protest as terrorist activity, and also concoct violent potential scenarios to justify the widespread surveillance of and crackdown on the social justice movement and dissenters.
This recently happened in Baton Rouge LA, where, Last weekend, Baton Rouge's African-American community, lead by Black Lives Matter was repeatedly assaulted by the police as people attempted to peacefully protest the killing of Alton Sterling. The Baton Rouge police were given the green light by President Obama's FBI to approach this peaceful protest as they would an enemy force
The FBI's New Orleans Field Office circulated an alert to local law enforcement on July 7 titled "Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Riots Planned for 8-10 July 2016." This document consisted of a few unsourced and inflammatory images that appear to be screen grabs from random social media postings. No such riots took place anywhere over the weekend, and despite widely circulating that the peaceful demonstrators were bent on violence, not a single law enforcement entity cited any credible evidence of such a threat or plot. But the bulletin gave local law enforcement -- implicitly or explicitly -- the green light for repression.