Police violence

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.

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Faced with overwhelming opposition to armed officers, the Labour Party-led government and the police have temporarily withdrawn a push to introduce Armed Response Teams.

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.

Police shoot dead mentally ill man in Melbourne, Australia

By Karen Maxwell, 11 June 2020

The man’s death marks another incident where police have killed someone suffering a mental health crisis.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Police kill unarmed 22-year-old man in Vallejo, California

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 June 2020

Sean Monterrosa was on his knees with his hands held up when police officers shot five bullets into him through the windshield of their unmarked cruiser.

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.

New details emerge in hearing for three charged in murder of Ahmaud Arbery

By Matthew MacEgan, 5 June 2020

The judge in the Arbery case found probable cause against all three defendants and declared that all of their cases would move forward to trial.

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.

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.

Use of tear gas by US police may exacerbate COVID-19 pandemic

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 4 June 2020

Tear gas directly attacks the lungs, and its corrosive effects could make people far more susceptible to respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.

Georgia police officers charged after brutal assault on college students returning from protest

By Dan Conway, 4 June 2020

The students were viciously assaulted returning from protests against the murder of George Floyd on Saturday night despite doing nothing to provoke the officers or arouse suspicion.

Protesters defy Trump’s threats, expand nationwide movement against police killings

By Jacob Crosse, 3 June 2020

Curfews, mass arrests and police terror have not quelled the powerful movement of youth and workers of all races and ethnicities in response to the police murder of George Floyd.

Brazilian youth join international wave of protests against police violence

By Tomas Castanheira, 3 June 2020

Responding to demonstrations across the US, thousands of people took to the streets of Brazil protesting against police violence, racism and the fascistic president Bolsonaro.

Australian police officers assault Aboriginal boy in Sydney

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2020

The widespread anger provoked by the attack has prompted nervousness from the political establishment, under conditions of mass protests internationally against police violence.

Woman pinned down by police officers in London: “I can’t breathe”

By Thomas Scripps, 3 June 2020

Police violence is directed against the working class, particularly its poorest sections, and falls disproportionately on black communities.

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Protests across New Zealand over US police murder of George Floyd

By Tom Peters, 2 June 2020

Thousands rallied in solidarity with those protesting police killings in the United States, and many expressed opposition to the further militarisation of the New Zealand Police.

Protests in Louisville continue day after local restaurant owner killed

By Jerry White, 2 June 2020

Claims that David McAtee was killed after police and National Guard troops “returned fire” from protesters fell apart after the Louisville mayor declared there was no body camera footage of the incident.

Video: Police on nationwide rampage

1 June 2020

Throughout the country, police attacked nonviolent protestors and journalists with batons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and even vehicles.

Nationwide protests continue over police murder as state violence mounts

By Jacob Crosse, 1 June 2020

In scenes repeated across the country, youth and workers were clubbed, gassed and attacked with rubber bullets by police.

“The system is suffocating the life out of the working class”

Autoworkers denounce police murder of George Floyd, express support for protesters

By our reporters, 1 June 2020

Autoworkers rejected efforts to brand the protesters as “violent” and said the real violence was being perpetrated by police and National Guard troops.

Protests internationally against police murder of George Floyd

By Thomas Scripps, 1 June 2020

Thousands have demonstrated in a show of solidarity with US protests.

Trump incites violent police rampage against protesters

By Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 June 2020

Trump’s calls for police violence and repression have been a common theme throughout his administration. Trump views the police as a potential power base for a dictatorial and fascistic regime.

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Mass protests voice outrage over police murder of George Floyd

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2020

Thousands defied a curfew in the Twin Cities while large protests took place in New York City, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles and dozens of other US cities.

Protests against police killing of frontline worker Breonna Taylor escalate in Louisville, Kentucky

By Dominic Gustavo, 30 May 2020

Hundreds protested in Louisville on Thursday demanding the arrest and prosecution of police who killed Breonna Taylor during a “no knock” raid on her residence in March.

Hundreds of thousands stage multiracial demonstrations against police violence in a powerful show of working-class unity

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 30 May 2020

Mass demonstrations of workers and youth of all races, triggered by the brutal murder of George Floyd, are an expression of tremendous social solidarity. It is not a question of black against white, but the working class against the rich.

Mass anger erupts throughout the US in protests against police murder of George Floyd

By Anthony Bertolt, 29 May 2020

The police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has set off a wave of social anger, sparking demonstrations in Kentucky, Colorado, California, Ohio and other states throughout the country.

Mass anger erupts throughout the US in protests against police murder of George Floyd

By Anthony Bertolt, 29 May 2020

The police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has set off a wave of social anger, sparking demonstrations in Kentucky, Colorado, California, Ohio and other states throughout the country.

Cop who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis had record of brutality

By Kristina Betinis, 29 May 2020

Local station KARE 11 reports 13 complaints since 2003 were closed without discipline. Chauvin was awarded a departmental medal of valor in 2009.

Police attack on unarmed woman in Ypsilanti, Michigan sparks three days of protests

By James Brookfield, 29 May 2020

Workers and youth gathered in Washtenaw County, Michigan for a third consecutive day on Thursday to protest the brutal police attack on Sha’Teina Grady El that occurred in the early morning hours Tuesday.

Attorney Lee Merritt speaks on conspiracy to cover-up Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

By Matthew MacEgan, 29 May 2020

Merritt spoke to the WSWS Wednesday about developments in the Arbery case and what has been exposed about the efforts of the police and prosecutors to whitewash the killing.

Thousands continue to protest in Minneapolis over the brutal police murder of George Floyd

By Anthony Bertolt, 28 May 2020

Surveillance video footage shows that Floyd was being compliant moments before he was pinned to the ground and choked to death by a Minneapolis police officer.

The murder of George Floyd and the fight against police violence in the US

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 28 May 2020

The murder of Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is the latest in a long string of killings and abuse which have their roots in the capitalist system.

Police in the US fire tear gas at protest against brutal Memorial Day murder

By Kevin Reed, 27 May 2020

Video shared on social media shows that George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck while he was subdued on the ground.

FBI investigating Georgia officials who failed to arrest Ahmaud Arbery’s killers

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 May 2020

Federal investigators are reportedly looking into potential criminal and civil violations on the part of the district attorneys who initially handled the Arbery case.

Baltimore police officer shoots man dead, injures another after nuisance call

By Dominic Gustavo, 25 May 2020

Witnesses said 29-year-old Robert Johnson, Jr. had exited his vehicle with his hands over his head when police began to open fire, killing him and injuring a bystander inside a nearby home.

Third man charged in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery

By Matthew MacEgan, 22 May 2020

William Bryan, who recorded video of Arbery being shot and killed by Travis McMichael in February, was arrested Thursday and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

New details emerge in Ahmaud Arbery killing

By Matthew MacEgan, 20 May 2020

Recently released surveillance video shows that Travis McMichael had an encounter with Arbery two weeks prior to fatally shooting him on February 23.

Brazilian police massacre 13 in brutal operation in Rio de Janeiro

By Tomas Castanheira, 19 May 2020

“Instead of sending doctors and nurses to protect the residents from COVID-19, the government sends police, armored vehicles and helicopters to kill us.”

COVID-19: Podemos, social-democrats prepare to send Spanish police against workers’ protests

By Alejandro López, 18 May 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is backing plans for Civil Guards to attack working class protests and monitor social media for signs of online dissent.

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Starving Bolivian workers clash with troops deployed by coup regime

By Tomas Castanheira, 15 May 2020

Amid the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez’s self-proclaimed “interim government” is escalating state repression.

Family files lawsuit against Louisville, Kentucky police over March killing of Breonna Taylor

By Kevin Reed, 14 May 2020

Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was killed in a hail of gunfire during a court authorized “no-knock” siege of her apartment on March 13.

Georgia autopsy report shows Ahmaud Arbery shot three times

By Matthew MacEgan, 13 May 2020

Reports also emerged Tuesday that the one of the men involved in the killing, a retired investigator for the local district attorney’s office, helped prosecute Arbery in the past.

New York police brutality continues unabated in midst of pandemic

By Sam Dalton, 13 May 2020

Sections of the Democratic Party and the media in New York City are attempting to portray brutal attacks by the NYPD on workers and youth exclusively in racial terms.

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The killing of Arbery by a former police officer and public investigator must be seen in the context of the unending wave of police killings in the US, which claim more than 1,000 lives every year.

Indianapolis cops fire pepper balls on group protesting police shooting of Dreasjon Reed

By Kevin Reed, 11 May 2020

Police arrested one protester and fired pepper balls at demonstrators who assembled at the scene where Dreasjon Reed was shot and killed by an officer on May 6.

Protests erupt over police violence and state cover-up of murder in Indiana and Georgia

By Christopher Davion and Kevin Reed, 9 May 2020

Protests erupted over police killings in Indianapolis and the ten-week cover-up of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery by a former officer and his son in Brunswick, Georgia.

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Off-duty Louisiana police officer shoots 14-year-old in the head

By Aaron Murch, 27 April 2020

The boy survived the shooting but remains in a local hospital in critical condition.

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San Leandro, California police execute man suffering mental health crisis in front of dozens of people in packed Wal-Mart

By Jacob Crosse, 21 April 2020

The killing of 33-year-old Steven Taylor on Saturday sparked outrage after a 57-second graphic video was posted and shared widely on social media.

Millions of internal migrant workers suffering under India’s lockdown

By Rohantha De Silva, 20 April 2020

A police attack on a Mumbai protest has highlighted the fate of workers under the Modi government’s measures.

Former Dallas police chief who used a robot to kill shooting suspect appointed Chicago’s top cop

By Brian Brown and George Marlowe, 7 April 2020

The appointment by Mayor Lori Lightfoot of former Dallas police chief David Brown to head the Chicago Police Department is part of the city’s preparation to intensify the repression of the working class in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Riot police fire “pepper balls” at University of Dayton students ordered to evacuate campus housing within 24 hours

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 March 2020

Students have taken to social media to voice their outrage over the police crackdown after the university ordered an evacuation of student housing due to the coronavirus.

New York cops caught on video assaulting unarmed man

By Shuvu Batta, 10 March 2020

Yet another display of NYPD gangsterism sparks outrage.

After Mayor Lightfoot unveils plan to increase policing

Video of brutal police shooting of unarmed man in Chicago train station sparks outrage

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 March 2020

Friday’s incident stands in sharp contrast to the racialist politics of the Democratic Party and the political organizations in its orbit which portray police brutality as a problem that stems from racism, not from the capitalist system.

Washington, D.C., transit police engaged in competitions for highest number of arrests in the metro system

By Dmitri Church, 24 February 2020

A whistleblower revealed that approximately 50 Metro Police in Washington, D.C., engaged in a weekly contest for number of arrests, tickets, and citations.

New Jersey teenager fired from Five Guys for allegedly insulting police officers

By Erik Schreiber, 5 February 2020

Five Guys management aims to browbeat its employees into showing unquestioning respect and obedience to the police.

Maryland police officer faces murder charges after shooting handcuffed man seven times inside patrol car

By Harvey Simpkins, 1 February 2020

With highly unusual swiftness, Prince George’s County police charged the officer, Michael Owen, 31, with second-degree murder and manslaughter within 24 hours of the shooting.

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Clearview AI facial recognition tool being used by more than 600 US police agencies

By Kevin Reed, 22 January 2020

The facial recognition technology company claims that its app can identify anyone within seconds by submitting a photo of them into their database of 3 billion facial photos.

Chicago police to be deputized as federal immigration agents

By Kylie Rose and Andy Thompson, 20 January 2020

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says it will use the Chicago Police Department to enforce federal immigration laws.

Oakland, California: With guns drawn, police evict homeless mothers from house

By Adam Mclean, 17 January 2020

A SWAT team wielding semi-automatic AR-15s broke down the front door of the house with a battering ram and arrested the residents of the house along with two protesters.

Settlement reached in lawsuit against Detroit killer cops in Damon Grimes case

By Tyler van Dyke and Tom Hall, 7 January 2020

The family of Damon Grimes, a Detroit teen who died in an ATV crash after police tasered him from a moving vehicle, received a $12 million settlement.

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Operation Relentless Pursuit: Federal agents occupying a city near you

By Jacob Crosse, 31 December 2019

As part of new law-enforcement initiative, Attorney General William Barr announced that an additional $71 million in federal funds will be allocated to seven US cities ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

ACLU intervenes in police lawsuit against Black Lives Matter’s DeRay Mckesson

By Fred Mazelis, 13 December 2019

The US Supreme Court is being asked to hear an appeal in a case seeking to hold Mckesson liable for injuries caused during a protest after a police killing in Louisiana.

George Zimmerman, killer of Trayvon Martin in 2012, sues his victim’s family for $100 million

By Fred Mazelis, 12 December 2019

Zimmerman’s legal maneuvers must be treated with the contempt they deserve.

South Florida UPS driver, motorist killed in reckless police shootout in rush hour traffic

By Matthew Taylor, 7 December 2019

At least nineteen police officers fire 200 rounds into a UPS delivery truck which had been hijacked after a jewelry store heist, killing the driver, the two carjackers and an nearby motorist.

Retiring Chicago Police Chief Superintendent fired after video shows police body-slamming a mentally ill man

By Ben Mateus, 3 December 2019

Democratic mayor Lori Lightfoot offered a standard prepared statement noting that the ensuing investigation “will be comprehensive and expedited so that the public may gain a complete picture.”

Notes on police violence

No charges against US Park Police in 2017 shooting death of Bijan Ghaisar

By Harvey Simpkins, 16 November 2019

US Park Police in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., gunned down the unarmed 25-year old in his vehicle after he was the victim of a minor traffic incident.