Grand Jury Decisions in Deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner Expose Reality of Capitalism
BY MARTIN SAYLES and ROBIN WAKIPAJAN | DECEMBER 8, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y., December 7 — As we go to press, mass protests continue across the country in response to grand jury decisions that have cleared the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
On Nov. 24, a St. Louis County grand jury returned a “no true bill” (a legal term for no charges) against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who shot and killed Brown while he stood with his hands in the air. Nine days later, on Dec. 3, a Staten Island grand jury handed down its own “no true bill” in the case of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who applied a chokehold on Garner, provoking a heart attack.
“A System Cannot Fail Those Who It Was Never Designed to Protect.” — W.E.B. Dubois
BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
The outcome of the so-called grand jury in the case of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of 18-year-old Mike Brown, should not have come as a surprise to anyone. It certainly wasn’t a surprise to those living in Ferguson, who already knew that the fix was in.
From the beginning, it was clear that none of the local or state officials, from Governor Jay Nixon to County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to Mayor James Knowles and Chief Thomas Jackson, wanted to see Wilson face a trial in the August 9 shooting. They would have preferred to see those residents who were angry over Brown’s death quietly and forcefully swept off the streets. Indeed, that was the original plan — to drive the African American community off the streets and back into their homes through the use of their armed enforcers of “law and order.”
Justice Now for Michael Brown! Organize, Unite and Fight Police-State Terrorism!
For Armed Workers’ Self-Defense to Protect Ourselves, Our Families and Our Homes!
The cold-blooded murder of Michael Brown by the Ferguson, Mo., cops has once again showed the world the true face of racist American capitalism. The Workers Party in America expresses our sincerest condolences to the family of Michael and joins with those condemning this barbaric act against an unarmed young man whose only crime in this society was walking through his neighborhood while being Black and working class.
Let us be clear: This execution — this state-sponsored lynching — of Michael Brown is the latest act of racist police terrorism, and no one should turn away from or deny that fact. Every 28 hours in the U.S., racist cops and vigilantes (like George Zimmerman) shoot and kill an African American — usually a young, male and innocent one. This fact alone exposes the lie of such violence being an “exception,” a “mistake” committed by “rotten apples.” Continue reading