The police murder of George Floyd

Leaked bodycam footage shows George Floyd’s arrest and murder

By Kevin Martinez, 5 August 2020

The harrowing footage, not meant for public distribution, was leaked to the Daily Mail this week.

Trump orders hundreds of federal agents into Chicago

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2020

The White House is escalating the drive toward an authoritarian regime in America.

President Trump sending federal police agents into major American cities

By Kevin Reed, 21 July 2020

Trump said on Monday that he was extending the use of federal law enforcement officers to New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland to arrest protesters.

Police body camera footage of George Floyd murder released

By Kevin Martinez, 17 July 2020

New videos showing Floyd’s death at the hand of Minneapolis police were unsealed by a judge on Wednesday, but were only viewable in the courthouse and could not be published by news organizations.

Federal agents in Portland, Oregon shoot and critically injure protester

By Hector Cordon and Julio Patron, 16 July 2020

Portland is being used by the Trump administration as a test case for the deployment of heavily armed federal agents to suppress popular protests against police brutality.

Lawsuit claims Washington, DC police participated in June raid on Lafayette Square protest

By Ray Coleman, 16 July 2020

The latest amendments to the lawsuit filed by the ACLU implicate the Democratic administration of DC Mayor Bowser in the June 1 assault ordered by President Trump.

Protests erupt after Detroit, Michigan police shoot and kill 21-year-old man

By Stephen Fuller, 11 July 2020

Tensions are high in the city after weeks of protests against police brutality in which hundreds have been arrested and police have rammed into protesters with their vehicles.

After multiple shootings and two deaths

Seattle police forcibly end Capitol Hill Occupied Protest

By Kayla Costa, 2 July 2020

The protest tent site was overrun by more than one hundred local police and FBI officers armed with heavy riot gear and military-grade vehicles.

Teen shot in back by Louisiana police, charged with resisting arrest

By Aaron Murch, 2 July 2020

Tre’mall McGee’s mother has been demanding answers from the sheriff’s office for three months to no avail, while the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office until recently has been concealing that there was a shooting at all.

230 Poet in New York Times: "My Body is a Confederate monument" article

1 July 2020

Aurora, Colorado, police attack protesters after investigation reopened into 2019 death of Elijah McClain

By Matthew MacEgan, 30 June 2020

Aurora police fired pepper spray and smoke grenades on a vigil for McClain, which was attended by families and children a day after the governor announced a reopening of the state.

Newly released body camera footage shows Baltimore police shooting man in the back

By Dominic Gustavo, 30 June 2020

Police body camera footage showed 29-year-old Robert Johnson, Jr. seeking to run from the scene as an officer opened fire while pursuing him. Innocent bystanders were hit by gunfire in the incident.

Detroit Police SUV plows through protesters, several injured

By Stephen Fuller, 30 June 2020

This incident is the latest in a series of vehicular attacks on protesters by police and right-wing individuals.

“Street medics” provide emergency care to US protesters injured by police

By Alex Johnson, 30 June 2020

”Street medics” have helped protesters cope with the effects of tear gas and pepper spray, broken limbs and injuries from “less-lethal” rounds of rubber bullets and bean-bag hits.

Ahmaud Arbery’s killers indicted on murder charges in Georgia

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 June 2020

A Georgia grand jury indicted all three men with nine counts each, including malice murder and four counts of felony murder.

San Diego city council approves $27 million increase in police budget, pledges millions for an Office of Race and Equity

By Linda Rios, 26 June 2020

The San Diego City Council’s budget for FY 2020-21 includes a $27 million increase in the funding of the Police Department and $3 million devoted to the creation of an “Office of Race and Equity.”

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

In the one month since the killing of George Floyd, the mass, multi-racial and international demonstrations against police violence are in danger of being hijacked by a faction of the ruling class that is aggressively promoting a brand of racial-communal politics.

Nationwide protests against police violence continue as LA County sheriffs kill two more

By Jacob Crosse, 22 June 2020

Thousands marched to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office Sunday demanding justice for slain 18-year-old Andres Guardado

“It’s bigger than black and white, it’s a problem with the whole way of life”

Rapper Lil Baby’s new single begins to address “The Bigger Picture”

By Elliott Murtagh and J. L’Heureau, 22 June 2020

Atlanta rapper Lil Baby has released a new song about the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality.

Millions across the US mark twenty-fifth day of mass demonstrations against police violence

By Kevin Reed, 20 June 2020

Ongoing demonstrations against police violence merged with celebrations of Juneteenth across the country on Friday as the Democratic Party attempts to adapt itself to the movement and inject racial identity politics.

Richmond, Virginia police chief ousted following days of violent attacks on protesters

By Ray Coleman, 20 June 2020

Top-level changes at US police departments are bound to continue as public opinion increasingly turns against repressive state measures against peaceful demonstrators.

Canada’s political establishment inject racialist narrative into protests against police violence

By Roger Jordan, 20 June 2020

Prime Minister Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh are working to divert the mass anger over police brutality and racism along reactionary racialist lines.

Johnson government mounts offensive against mass opposition to police violence and racism

By Thomas Scripps, 20 June 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel is linked with a Facebook group providing a platform for the far-right thugs who attacked Black Lives Matter protesters.

Mass protests against police violence expand in advance of Juneteenth rallies across the US

By Kevin Reed, 19 June 2020

Demonstrations have taken place in 1,670 US towns and cities in response to the killing of George Floyd, other murderous acts of violence by police and the repression of protesters.

Hundreds rally outside sheriff’s office demanding justice for Missouri woman killed by police

By Jacob Crosse, 19 June 2020

Friends, family and supporters turned out Thursday night in front of the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office in rural Sedalia, Missouri, demanding justice for 25-year-old Hannah Fizer.

New Mexico protester wounded by far-right shooter

By Jacob Crosse, 17 June 2020

Encouraged by President Trump and working in concert with local police departments, far-right elements have been allowed to attack and intimidate peaceful protesters across the country.

Voices of young protesters: Police violence, COVID-19 and the 2020 elections

By our reporters, 17 June 2020

The young people expressed concern over attacks on democratic rights, the acute economic distress facing youth, and imperialist war among other issues.

Police violence and class rule

By Niles Niemuth and Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2020

What is absent from all of the media commentary on police violence, let alone the statements from bourgeois politicians, is any examination of what the police are and their relationship to capitalist society.

Washington Post op-ed calls for news media to censor videos of police brutality

By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2020

ESPN journalist and University of Maryland Professor Kevin Blackistone has called for the removal of videos of police killings on the grounds that they “dehumanize” black men.

Atlanta police killing of Rayshard Brooks ruled a homicide as Democrats posture as reformers

By Matthew MacEgan, 16 June 2020

Brooks’ killing has fueled the mass protests against police violence and racism that have taken place in all 50 states and dozens of cities internationally.

Canadian oil refinery boss lauds George Floyd protests while employing state violence against locked-out workers

By Carl Bronski, 16 June 2020

Federated Cooperatives Ltd. CEO Scott Banda has mobilized and solidarized with racist, far-right forces in seeking to break the resistance of 750 locked-out Regina oil refinery workers.

Family demands answers after Missouri cop kills 25-year-old convenience store worker

By Jacob Crosse, 16 June 2020

Hannah Fizer was shot to death by a Pettis County deputy during a traffic stop Saturday night in Sedalia, Missouri.

Australian police allegedly threatened Sydney protesters with sound weapon

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 June 2020

Despite police denials, footage clearly indicates that NSW police were in possession of an LRAD device known for its use against demonstrations in the US.

Protests erupt in Atlanta, Georgia after police fatally shoot fleeing man

By Matthew MacEgan, 15 June 2020

The Atlanta police chief resigned after officers killed Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant Friday night.

Thousands protest over suspicious hanging deaths of two black men in southern California

By Rafael Azul, 15 June 2020

Protesters rallied in Palmdale, California on Saturday demanding answers in the death of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old black worker found hanging from a tree outside City Hall.

Residents protest after woman dies in police custody in Harper Woods, Michigan

By Kathleen Martin, 15 June 2020

Priscilla Slater was found unresponsive in a holding cell in Harper Woods on the east side of Detroit this week amid international protests against police brutality.

Washington, DC’s Democratic mayor renames city street “Black Lives Matter Plaza”

By Dmitri Church and Nick Barrickman, 15 June 2020

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s co-option of the slogan as protests surge throughout the US and internationally is an attempt to cover up the record of the Democratic Party.

UK government encourages fascist provocation to justify police crackdown

By Thomas Scripps, 15 June 2020

The stage has been set for a law-and-order campaign, directed against anti-police violence protests involving hundreds of thousands of people.

Tens of thousands protest in Paris against police killings of George Floyd and Adama Traoré

By Will Morrow, 15 June 2020

Tens of thousands filled the Place de la République in central Paris on Saturday afternoon to protest police violence and demand justice for the killings.

Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party organise police violence against peaceful demonstrators

By Gregor Link, 15 June 2020

The police attacks are part of an effort to criminalise anti-capitalist tendencies.

The protests against police murder: The way forward

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 15 June 2020

The fight against police violence must be connected to the struggles of the working class, in the United States and internationally, against inequality, war and the capitalist system.

As nationwide protests continue

Trump steps up provocations and threats of military force

By Jacob Crosse, 13 June 2020

In a Fox News interview Thursday night, Trump labeled Seattle protesters “terrorists” and threatened to call out the military.

Teacher arrested during protests speaks on social conditions in New York City

By Tim Avery, 13 June 2020

A video interview of Brigette Brantley at a demonstration against police violence recently went viral on social media, accumulating over seven million views on Twitter.

In response to protests over police violence

Sanders opposes “defunding” police, calls for increased pay for cops

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 June 2020

Sanders’ position boils down to an absolute defense of the police, which are an instrument of class rule.

National Guard fired the shot that killed David McAtee in Louisville during protest against police violence

By Kevin Reed, 12 June 2020

Laboratory tests have determined that McAtee was shot and killed by a member of the Kentucky National Guard during an assault on protesters last week.

UK: Police refer decision not to prosecute over death of Belly Mujinga to Crown Prosecution Service

By Michael Barnes, 12 June 2020

No trust can be placed in the Crown Prosecution Service. Justice depends on the independent intervention of the working class.

Sri Lankan police violently suppress protest against the killing of George Floyd

By our reporters, 12 June 2020

The police attack is a message from the Rajapakse administration that it will not tolerate any opposition from workers, young people and the poor.

Australian PM calls for mass arrests at protests against police violence

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 June 2020

Echoing Donald Trump, Scott Morrison declared that demonstrations had been “hijacked by left-wing radicals” who were pursuing “their own political agendas.”

New Zealand Police ends armed units after widespread opposition

By Tom Peters, 12 June 2020

Faced with overwhelming opposition to armed officers, the Labour Party-led government and the police have temporarily withdrawn a push to introduce Armed Response Teams.

Would-be führer Trump steps up coup plotting

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2020

The president is seeking to manufacture a pretext for violent repression and the establishment of an authoritarian regime in America.

999 Oprah program on race

12 June 2020

More cases of US police brutality emerge as protests continue against murder of George Floyd

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 11 June 2020

In recent days, Albuquerque police shot and critically injured a man in his mid-20s, New Jersey authorities released video of the fatal shooting last month of Maurice Gordon and Austin police released video of the 2019 murder of Javier Ambler.

Sri Lankan workers and youth denounce police murder of George Floyd

By Saman Gunadasa, 11 June 2020

“White and black must unite and fight against persecution and repression.”

A timeline of abuse by the New York Police Department

By Sam Dalton, 11 June 2020

A peaceful protester arrested in New York City tells the WSWS about her experience

Social class, capitalism and the murder of George Floyd

By Niles Niemuth, 11 June 2020

As has happened so often in the past, the political establishment and media are promoting a racial narrative to conceal the social and economic basis of police brutality and deflect popular anger away from the capitalist system.

George Floyd laid to rest as nationwide protests over police violence continue

By Niles Niemuth, 10 June 2020

The murder of Floyd, caught on bystander cellphone video in excruciating detail, has served as a catalyst for the largest nationwide and international outpouring of political opposition in decades.

Forced disappearances of protesters against police violence in Guadalajara

By Andrea Lobo, 10 June 2020

The disappearances happened in the context of demonstrations centered on the police killings of George Floyd in the US and Giovanni López in Mexico.

Youth protests and worker strikes show mounting social opposition in Brazil

By Tomas Castanheira, 10 June 2020

Strikes and job actions are intersecting with protests of tens by thousands of youth who have joined the international wave of demonstrations against police violence.

Russia’s ruling class nervous over spreading global protests

By Andrea Peters, 10 June 2020

The Kremlin’s seeming smugness over the crisis gripping the United States seeks to mask deep-seated fears that similar mass protests could erupt in Russia.

Bakersfield, California protester dies after being run over by neo-Nazi

By Adam Mclean, 10 June 2020

The driver, Timothy Moore, was defended by police and subsequently released without charge after he rammed Robert Forbes.

UK: Johnson government demands police repression of George Floyd protests

By Robert Stevens, 10 June 2020

Tory MPs as well as Labourites denounced “thuggery” and “violent” protesters, focusing on the tearing down of the statue of a Bristol slave trader Edward Colston.

The paradox of the Wall Street surge

By Nick Beams, 10 June 2020

The rise of the market, taking place in the midst of the greatest health crisis in a century, stands in stark contrast to the underlying real economy.

Proponents of racial politics react with hostility to multi-racial protests against police murder of George Floyd

By Nick Barrickman, 10 June 2020

Democratic Party officials and their black nationalist supporters have denounced white “outside agitators.”

Thousands pay respects to George Floyd as Minneapolis cop is arraigned on murder charges

By Kevin Reed, 9 June 2020

Protests demanding justice for Floyd and against police violence continued on Monday for the fourteenth day in a row.

Democrats announce toothless police reform bill

By Barry Grey, 9 June 2020

The “Justice in Policing” bill, a collection of minor reforms that has no chance of being passed by the Senate and signed by Trump, is aimed at containing and dissipating mounting social protest.

“Our system is so broken, it needs to be broken down and rebuilt”

Health care workers join mass protests against racism and police violence, and explain why

By Clara Weiss, 9 June 2020

The WSWS spoke to health care workers in Illinois and Kentucky who have joined the protests or are working to organize protests themselves.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette censors accurate reporting of protests against police brutality

By Samuel Davidson, 9 June 2020

The newspaper’s management has barred two black reporters from covering the protests on the grounds they are too sympathetic to the demonstrators.

Protests erupt in Germany against police violence, racism and fascism

By our reporters, 9 June 2020

The outbreak of mass protests in the US against the police murder of George Floyd was the spark that ignited demonstrations in Germany against the return of the far right and the growth of unemployment and social inequality.

UK protesters speak on George Floyd demonstrations

By our reporters, 9 June 2020

“America claims to be the ‘land of the free,’ but protesters are being denied their First Amendment rights”

Across Canada tens of thousands join protests against police violence

By Roger Jordan, 9 June 2020

Whilst the trigger for the demonstrations was the brutal police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protesters emphasized that police violence and racism are similarly rampant in Canada.

New York Times editor James Bennet resigns over fascist op-ed

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2020

The last straw was the publication of a column by Senator Tom Cotton calling for military intervention to suppress the protests against police violence.

Millions march in cities and towns in every part of the US to oppose racism and police violence

By Kevin Reed, 8 June 2020

The demonstrations over the weekend to protest the police murder of George Floyd, among the biggest nationwide mobilizations of workers and youth in US history, signaled a new stage in the movement of the American working class.

Trump, Barr continue threat to deploy military against nationwide protests

By Barry Grey, 8 June 2020

The political situation in the US remains on a knife edge as Trump’s fascistic cabal continues to plot against the Constitution.

Buffalo, New York mayor protects police in attack on 75-year-old

By Jacob Crosse, 8 June 2020

The Democratic mayor’s comments follow another week of vicious police assaults against peaceful protesters across the country.

Hundreds of thousands join protests against police violence across Europe

By our reporters, 8 June 2020

The size and wide geographical spread of the protests over Floyd’s murder reflect broad-based opposition to racism and police violence around the world.

Tens of thousands continue UK protests against racism and police brutality

By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2020

More than 100,000 people across Britain continued to protest the death of George Floyd over the weekend.

Police killing of Giovanni López sparks protests, political crisis in Mexico

By Evan Winters, 8 June 2020

Protests broke out in Guadalajara and Mexico City after footage surfaced of the brutal arrest of López, who died of his wounds the next day, for not wearing a COVID-19 facemask.

Defying government threats, thousands join Australian protests against police violence

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 June 2020

Over 100,000 people demonstrated across the country, despite threats of large fines and an attempted ban of the Sydney rally.

Australian protesters speak out: “The class systems need to be abolished”

By our reporters, 8 June 2020

The demonstrations were “a great show of people power and it’s a great show of how the world should move forward.”

The global protests and the fight against capitalism

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 8 June 2020

The global wave of demonstrations against police violence is the response to decades of unending war, the destruction of basic democratic rights, and a massive concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny ruling elite.

Encouraged by Trump, police rampage leaves protesters dead and wounded across the US

By Jacob Crosse, 6 June 2020

Demonstrators have been teargassed, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets and beanbags, and beaten by rampaging police.

“He is trying to be a dictator and he can’t be allowed to be one”

US autoworkers denounce police violence, Trump’s moves to impose military dictatorship

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 June 2020

The multi-ethnic, multi-racial protests against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have evoked widespread sympathy among autoworkers.

“I didn’t receive one warning”

Protester explains how he was brutally assaulted by Secret Service officials in Washington, D.C.

By Nick Barrickman, 6 June 2020

The demonstrator explained how federal officials provoked and then assaulted peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last weekend as protests against police brutality swept the country.

Four Tacoma, Washington police officers put on administrative leave three months after killing Manuel Ellis

By Julio Patron, 6 June 2020

Ellis, a father of two, could be heard on dispatcher radio calling out “I can’t breathe” after being brutally detained and handcuffed by the police.

Workers in Detroit and across Michigan support anti-police violence protests

By Stephen Fuller and Kevin Reed, 6 June 2020

Michigan workers, including 200 health care workers from Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, demonstrated against police violence this week.

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro calls demonstrators “terrorists,” threatens military repression

By Miguel Andrade, 6 June 2020

Gen. Hamilton Mourão viciously attacked protests against the murder of George Floyd and social inequality, calling for the arrest of demonstrators.

Australian governments try to block demonstrations against police violence

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 June 2020

The bans and police threats are outright attacks on the right to protest, a basic democratic right, aimed at establishing a precedent for suppressing mounting social and political opposition.

Mass protests erupt across Canada against police brutality and Trump

By our reporters, 6 June 2020

Protesters denounce Canadian police brutality and racism, following the US police murder of George Floyd.

The police murder of George Floyd sparks mass protests throughout the world

By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

New York Times in crisis over op-ed backing military takeover

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2020

In publishing a fascistic diatribe by Senator Tom Cotton, headlined, “Send in the troops,” the Times editorial page tacitly sided with a military takeover of the United States.

Ten thousand people have been arrested across the US as protests against police violence continue to expand

By Kevin Reed, 5 June 2020

Protests have taken place in more than 500 cities and towns across the US over the past ten days in the face of the deployment of riot police, the National Guard and Trump's threat of military intervention.

Trump administration deploys unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C.

By Zac Thorton, 5 June 2020

The appearance of largely unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C., has underscored the growing threat of a military takeover in the United States.

Thousands of US medical workers join protests against police violence

By Clara Weiss, 5 June 2020

Protests by health care workers expanded significantly Thursday, with more demonstrations planned for Friday and Saturday.

Inmate dies after being pepper sprayed by guards at Brooklyn federal detention center

By Sam Dalton, 5 June 2020

Jamel Floyd was declared dead shortly after guards responded to an incident in his cell and subdued him with a noxious chemical agent.

Protests erupt in France against police violence and Trump’s coup d’état

By Alex Lantier, 5 June 2020

After the anti-constitutional threats by Trump to deploy the military against protests in the United States, 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday.

German protests in solidarity with George Floyd and against police violence

By Jan Ritter and Noah Windstein, 5 June 2020

The brutal video-recorded murder has shocked people in Germany and many have taken to the streets in protest.

Trump intensifies campaign to brand domestic opposition as terrorism

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2020

The White House’s planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend “agitators” is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy.

Austin, Texas police critically injure young protesters with “less lethal” beanbag rounds

By Matthew Taylor, 5 June 2020

College student Justin Howell was hospitalized on Sunday with a fractured skull and brain damage after being shot in the head while participating in a demonstration against police violence.

999 Identity politicians criticize multi-racial protests

5 June 2020

After more than a week of nationwide protests, new charges announced against George Floyd’s murderers

By Jacob Crosse, 4 June 2020

Attorney General Keith Ellison tempered any expectations of justice as thousands continued to defy police and military repression in marches across the country