Yanno, there are just times when one of these is required:
You’ll remember that in 2015 our Comprador-in-Chief signed an EO declaring that the end of the road had come for po-po departments getting free grenade launchers and tanks with tracks, I reckon. Well, just after the sniper shot five police in Dallas, Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, and Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations told Reuters that they and six other heads of police associations met with Obama at the White House. He agreed to review their requests for reinstating those ever-so-crucial military items to the 1033 program. For one thing, in certain situations, like Dallas, the po-po just couldn’t protect the police state protestors from…the sniper adequately. In some wars on citizens, wheeled tanks just won’t cut it:
Now to be fair, what Reuters reported was that they couldn’t protect themselves adequately, but some reports had claimed the former silliness. Three days later, three cops were killed in Baton Rouge. What do you think his administration will decide?
While speaking to the three authors at Reuters:
“The White House thought this kind of gear was intimidating to people, but they didn’t know the purpose it serves,” said Pasco, noting a grenade launcher can also launch tear gas for crowd control.”
So, see? As a bit of extra enticement, Pasco showed the Prez that grenade launchers are actually not just for launching grenades, but can serve dual purposes. Whew; I’m glad to know that, aren’t you? My tax dollars have more breadth and depth than I’d realized. Reuters made no mention of Obomba’s having curtailed the weaponized drones formerly given to police, however.
“At Obama’s request, White House chief legal counsel Neil Eggleston will review the ban, Pasco and Johnson said.”
Now Glen Ford quoted these figures recently:
“A recent study shows that, under the Pentagon’s 1033 program, enacted in 1997, the value of military weapons, gear and equipment transferred to local cops did not exceed $34 million annually until 2010, the second year of the Obama administration, when it nearly tripled to more than $91 million. By 2014, the year that Michael Brown was shot down – and when the full Congress, including 32 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, rejected a bill that would have shut down the 1033 program – Obama was sending three quarters of a billion dollars, more than $787 million a year, in battlefield weaponry to local police departments. In other words, President Obama oversaw a 24-fold (2,400%) increase in the militarization of local police between 2008 and 2014. Even with the scale-back announced in 2015, Obama still managed to transfer a $459 million arsenal to the cops – 14 times as much weapons of terror and death than President Bush gifted to the local police at his high point year of 2008.” [snip]
“Obama came into office with the intention of vastly reinforcing the two-generations-long siege of Black America, but was temporarily chastened by the emergence of a resistance movement during his second term.”
The Obama administration marks a new stage in the street war against Black and brown people – a war he escalated before the emergence of a new Black movement, rather than in response to it. Activists should dismiss, out of hand, the Obama administration’s propaganda about “community policing,” a catch-all for finessing an ever deeper police presence in Black communities. When Obama was earmarking $163 million for U.S. Justice Department “community policing” projects in 2015, he was simultaneously budgeting more than half a billion dollars for militarization of the police. Conclusion: Obama is willing to invest limited funds in cultivating more snitches, but he’s really gung-ho about outfitting the cops with tanks, machine guns and grenade launchers.”
On July 30, the Popular Resistance newsletter reported that police brutality protestors across the US shut down the offices of various police unions, including Oakland, DeeCee, NYC, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and others. “In Chicago, activists using lockboxes and ladders blocked the street in front of the notorious Homan Square CPD torture facility and twelve were arrested.” No media covered the event, as I remember it.
Now back to New York City, on July 25, it was announced by Bill Bratton that in response to the killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the NYPD would be spending $7.5 million to buy 6,000 bulletproof vests and 20,000 helmets, and plans to buy bulletproof doors for police cars, possibly with bulletproof windows, according to Bratton. Bill de Blasio looks serious and proud in the photos.
Now the following Monday, protestors held the Million March #ShutDownCityHallNYC in an attempt to force DeBlasio to fire Bratton. They also demanded reparations for victims of police brutality, as well as using the NYPD budget to support minority communities.
Let’s let Keegan Stephan tell it:
His replacement? Keegan says:
“As highest ranking uniformed cop, new NYPD commissioner (Jim) O’Neil was essentially in charge of deploying cops on all Broken Windows assignments.”
But where, oh where… will Billy Bratton go? You guessed it:
“Later on Tuesday, the WSJ revealed that he would take a job at Teneo, a global consulting firm with ties to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Bratton will run a new risk division.” RT also includes some of Bratton’s illustrious career spanning several cities across the nation, from Boston to LAPD, back to NYC (thanks, De Blasio).
In other police state news, and yes: there were a lot more of these:
August 1: ‘Black Mother Killed in Her Home by Baltimore Police, Child Shot’, via Telesur. “Police confirmed they killed Korryn Gaines, who was wanted for traffic violations, after a standoff. Her 5-year-old son was also shot.” Rest in Power, Korryn Gaines, may your family find some way to accept the pain of your assassination.
For some history and facts, you might want to read ‘Why Black Lives Matter Won’t Go Away: a Primer on Systemic Racism in America’, by Anthony DiMaggio