America's Brutal Society
US Supreme Court clears way after 5-4 ruling on lethal injection drug
By Kate Randall, 22 April 2017
Ledell Lee saw some four-and-a-half torturous hours pass between his originally scheduled 7 p.m. execution and the time he was marched into the execution chamber.
By Gary Joad, 22 April 2017
The number of homeless persons 55- to 80-years-old in the state increased by 45 percent between 2012 and 2015.
By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2017
This month marks the beginning of an annual spring offensive by utilities across the US targeting the poorest and most vulnerable sections of the population for service disconnection.
By Alan Gilman, 21 April 2017
On the day that his former teammates were being honored at the White House, former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell.
By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2017
Steven Stephens died in Erie County, Pennsylvania less than 48 hours after posting a video on Facebook of the killing of a 74-year-old stranger, Robert Godwin.
After last-minute reprieve for one prisoner
By Kate Randall, 19 April 2017
Despite a series of setbacks to their assembly-line state killing schedule, Arkansas officials are pressing forward with the planned lethal injections.
By Brad Dixon, 17 April 2017
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction to block the planned execution of six inmates over 11 days in the state of Arkansas.
By a reporter, 14 April 2017
Immigrants at the for-profit detention center are denied adequate food, clothing and healthcare and are paid just $1 per day for prison labor.
By Kate Randall, 14 April 2017
Lawyers argued in federal court that the state’s accelerated execution schedule will subject the condemned inmates to cruel and unusual punishment.
By Eric London, 13 April 2017
Jeff Sessions threatened mass deportations and to criminally prosecute immigrants who re-enter the US and those who shield or harbor undocumented immigrants.
By Eric London, 12 April 2017
The beating of the 69-year-old doctor is a brutal outcome of decades of deregulation, monopolization and financialization in the airline industry.
By Ben McGrath, 11 April 2017
The poverty and declining social conditions found in cities like San Bernardino are major contributing factors in now routine outbursts of mass violence.
By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2017
The Trump administration is considering requiring visitors to hand over their cellphones and social media passwords when they apply for a visa.
By Brad Dixon, 31 March 2017
Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered the spree of executions after learning that one of the drugs to be used in the executions was set to expire at the end of April.
Notes on police violence
By Genevieve Leigh, 28 March 2017
The recent conviction and disciplinary actions do not mark a departure from the policy of near complete immunity for killer cops.
By Matthew Taylor, 21 March 2017
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced last Friday that no charges would be brought against the four prison guards responsible for Rainey’s death in 2012.
By Kate Randall, 7 March 2017
The ease with which the ruling class engages in such barbarism must stand as a warning to the working class.
By Shelley Connor, 2 March 2017
The policies of the Trump administration benefit the private prison industry at the expense of inmates and their health.
By Shelley Connor, 25 February 2017
On Wednesday night, 51-year-old Adam Purinton shot two Indian immigrants in an Olathe, Kansas bar after harassing them with racial slurs and shouting at them, “Get out of my country!”
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 February 2017
Trump wants to unleash is a violent and ruthless crackdown on working class and impoverished communities, along with a clampdown on protests against police violence,
By John Andrews, 24 February 2017
Videos show an off-duty Los Angeles police officer drawing a pistol and shooting it during a minor confrontation with a group of young people.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017
The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.
By Kate Randall, 1 February 2017
Christeson,37, was executed after the US Supreme Court and the Missouri governor refused to grant either a stay or clemency.
By Kate Randall, 28 January 2017
Edwards’ attorneys argued he did not fire the fatal shots in a 2002 shooting in Dallas, and that his trial was tainted with racial bias.
By Christopher Tiberio, 20 January 2017
With an explosion of the city’s homeless population, the NYPD has taken control of security in the shelters as a way to monitor and terrorize their temporary residents.
By George Gallanis, 12 January 2017
The issues raised by this violent and cruel incident can be properly understood only by placing it within its socio-economic and political context.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 January 2017
Reports from friends and family continue to emerge regarding the toll that Esteban Santiago’s time in Iraq took on his mental state.
By Shelley Connor, 9 January 2017
For years, the Pentagon has maintained that child abuse is less common and less severe in military homes than it is among the civilian population.
By Nancy Hanover, 7 January 2017
A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor, a new book by sociologist Alexes Harris, shows how legal financial obligations (LFOs) penalize the poorest among us.
By Gabriel Black, 4 January 2017
The number of people killed by police every year in the United States exceeds by far those killed by police in every other major capitalist country.
By Toby Reese, 4 January 2017
A joint measure by the City and County of Los Angeles will provide $10 million in funding for legal assistance to residents facing deportation proceedings, far below need.
By Alex Gonzalez, 24 December 2016
A proposal by the Washington, DC mayor would increase screening requirements for homeless people and sharply curtail the right to shelter in the city.
By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2016
The gunman had ties to white supremacist groups which supported right-wing Republican politicians.
By Shannon Jones, 16 December 2016
The shooting of Francisco Serna, who was suffering from dementia, is the latest horrifying episode in the continuing wave of police violence in the United States.
By Shelley Connor, 16 December 2016
After spending 31 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Lawrence McKinney is fighting the Tennessee Parole Board for the $1 million compensation he is entitled.
By Kate Randall, 14 December 2016
On Monday, the US Supreme Court denied review in four death penalty cases, each of which had been relisted by the court multiple times.
By Kate Randall, 10 December 2016
Ronald Smith was executed utilizing a three-drug lethal injection protocol after the US Supreme Court denied his last-minute appeal.
By Kranti Kumara, 8 December 2016
William Sallie was put to death by lethal injection in Georgia Tuesday night after the US Supreme Court rejected his plea for a stay of execution.
By John Burton, 6 December 2016
The jury in the trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager, who was caught on video firing eight rounds at a fleeing Walter Scott, was discharged Monday after failing to reach a verdict.
By Joseph Kishore, 3 December 2016
Under the watchful eye of the Obama administration, protesters have been subjected to brutal violence from the police and National Guard.
By Jerry White, 30 November 2016
Monday’s tragedy sheds light on the realities of the “new economy” and the extreme exploitation facing employees of the online retail giant.
By Evan Blake, 29 November 2016
The alleged attacker had expressed concern about his ability to pray on campus due to the negative image of Muslims presented in the media.
By Kate Randall, 19 November 2016
One in seven people in the US will become addicted to drugs or alcohol in their lifetimes, but only 10 percent of them will ever receive any treatment.
By Samuel Davidson, 17 November 2016
A former police officer was charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop.
By Zaida Green, 17 November 2016
Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm after shooting Castile seven times during a traffic stop in July.
By Sandy English, 1 November 2016
Four guards at New York City’s Rikers Island prison complex were convicted of brutalizing inmate Carl Williams in 2013 and falsifying records.
By Dan Conway and John Andrews, 3 October 2016
Pasadena police officers dispatched to assist with a disturbed man, tased, beat and ultimately asphyxiated Reginald Thomas, Jr., a father of eight, in front of his family.
By Gary Joad, 1 October 2016
The first-ever national strike by federal and state prisoners began September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, to protest against zero or low wages for prison labor.
By Norisa Diaz, 29 September 2016
The killing of Alfred Olango one week after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott has sparked demonstrations in the impoverished San Diego suburb.
By Charles Abelard, 28 September 2016
Police shot and killed Nathan DeSai after he opened fire on passersby near his home early Monday morning, wounding nine.
By Tom Carter, 26 September 2016
In an effort to quell ongoing unrest, officials in Charlotte, North Carolina released videos Saturday that show portions of Keith Scott’s fatal encounter with police officers on September 20.
By Nick Barrickman, 26 September 2016
Authorities have refused to release information on whether Austin M. Baier had been armed or whether he had in any way threatened deputy Tyler Reiff.
By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2016
A companion to the boy killed by police disputed claims that the victim brandished a weapon, as the wave of officer-involved killings in the United States continues.
By Catherine Long, 16 September 2016
The US prison system, the world’s largest, with more than 2 million inmates, exacts an enormous social cost, documented in a recent study.
By Kate Randall, 14 September 2016
Median household income is still 1.6 percent lower than the previous peak of $57,423 in 2007, before the economy sank into recession.
By Zaida Green, 13 September 2016
The drug overdose crisis in the Midwestern city, once the rubber capital of the world, is only a slice of the social devastation sweeping across the United States.
By Kate Randall, 13 September 2016
As two new reports document the shocking consequences of food insecurity, the social disaster in America is being ignored in the elections and the contest between Clinton and Trump.
By Debra Watson, 13 September 2016
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s evictions in major American cities like Milwaukee were a fraction of what they are today. Meanwhile, in the US, post-2008 rental housing market rates continue to rise as working class incomes stagnate and even fall.
By Shelley Connor, 26 August 2016
Daniel Kevin Harris, a 28-year-old deaf man, was one of at least 20 people killed by police across the US over the last week.
By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2016
The embrace of “ending welfare as we know it” marked a fundamental shift to the right in the Democratic Party and capitalist politics as a whole.
By Douglas Lyons, 19 August 2016
Twenty-two mothers have entered into the second week of a hunger strike, protesting lengthy detention at a US-run facility.
By Fred Mazelis, 18 August 2016
Muslims and others alarmed over growing scapegoating of immigrants see the murders as a threat to their own safety.
By Kate Randall, 10 August 2016
The growing rate of death in childbirth is just one manifestation of the human toll taken by the vast and all-pervasive inequality and mass poverty that dominates American society.
By Shelley Connor, 4 August 2016
Days after charges were dropped against the cops in the Freddie Gray murder case, police in the Baltimore area shot Korryn Gaines to death and wounded her five-year-old son.
By Tom Carter, 4 August 2016
A recently published interview sheds light on the conditions faced by Manning, the US Army whistle-blower and political prisoner, who attempted suicide on July 5.
By Shannon Jones, 30 July 2016
Between 2005 and 2015, an average of 628 people a year died while in the custody of police or state corrections officials.
By Shelley Connor, 25 July 2016
The ruling, which passed 4-3, struck down an executive order that would have reinstated the voting rights of Virginians who had completed sentences for felonies.
By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2016
Two cops fired two shots into the white youth as he stood a few feet away, then two more, including a shotgun blast, as he lay twitching on the ground.
By Isaac Finn, 12 July 2016
Police departments have exploited the killing of five police officers to further curb democratic rights and clamp down on anti-police brutality protests across the country.
By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 11 July 2016
The campaign to portray the United States as riven by racial hatred serves definite and reactionary social and political aims.
By Sandy English, 11 July 2016
A store surveillance video has surfaced that shows the killing of Delrawn Small by off-duty New York Police Department officer Wayne Isaacs at a traffic altercation.
By John Burton, 11 July 2016
Noble, an unarmed 19-year-old white youth, was killed by two police officers from Fresno, an impoverished city of about one-half million located in the heart of California’s Central Valley.
By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2016
The Dallas events take place in the context of an unrelenting campaign to portray the police killing of unarmed men in exclusively racial terms.
By Tom Hall, 7 July 2016
The grisly execution-style murder is only the latest in an epidemic of police killings which have become a regular feature of American life.
After Orlando massacre
By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2016
The plan to use the FBI “watch list” to ban gun purchases is only the initial step towards a more systematic attack on democratic rights.
By Barry Grey, 15 June 2016
The question that is imperiously raised by events such as the Orlando massacre is: What is it about American society that so frequently leads mentally unstable individuals to resort to mass murder?
By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2016
Both major parties’ presumptive presidential nominees have rushed to exploit the tragedy in Orlando to promote war and reaction.
Worst-ever US mass shooting
By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2016
The Democratic and Republican presumptive presidential candidates both issued statements making clear that the massacre will be exploited to promote war abroad and intensified state repression at home.
By Sandy English, 10 June 2016
A jury convicted guards at the Rikers Island jail complex this week on several counts in the vicious 2012 attack on inmate Jahmal Lightfoot.
By Tom Hall, 10 June 2016
Prosecutors refused to reopen Davontae Sanford’s case even after the real killer stepped forward only weeks after Sanford’s 2008 conviction.
By Adam Mclean, 3 June 2016
Multiple police departments, including several SWAT teams as well as the FBI, swarmed the California university in response to reports of a shooting on the campus.
Notes on police violence in America
By George Gallanis, 3 June 2016
Federal prosecutors determined that the officers were justified in shooting Clark in the back of the head as he was pinned down to the ground.
By Kate Randall, 23 May 2016
If passed, SB1552 would have been the most sweeping anti-abortion bill in any US state since the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade
By Kate Randall, 13 May 2016
Earl Forrest died by lethal injection Wednesday in Missouri, while Vernon Madison received a stay just hours before his scheduled execution on Thursday in Alabama.
By our reporter, 7 May 2016
Since May 1, approximately 400 inmates across multiple Alabama state prisons have engaged in a labor strike.
By Evan Blake, 6 May 2016
A series of exposés by the Raleigh-based News and Observer have uncovered rampant police brutality and misconduct by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.
By Helen Hayes, 2 May 2016
Gary Tyler’s frame-up and decades-long incarceration expose the brutal class character of the American judicial system and its vast prison complex.
Eighty percent increase among middle-aged white women
By Kate Randall, 23 April 2016
The Centers for Disease Control study follows recent reports showing a decline in life expectancy among US whites and sharp increases in lifespan divergences between rich and poor.
By George Marlowe, 13 April 2016
Internal Chicago police documents reveal violent abuse of detainees at the secret interrogation center in Homan Square.
By Jerry White, 12 April 2016
The social crisis reflected in this and other reports is the source of the immense anger and hatred for the political establishment revealed in the 2016 election campaign.
By Shelley Connor, 9 April 2016
Pablo Lucio Vasquez was the 11th person executed in the US since the beginning of the year.
By Kate Randall, 5 April 2016
Pendleton’s death is a tragic consequence of the criminalization of the poor and homeless in America that is repeated in courtrooms and prisons across the US.
Immigrant farmworker sentenced to 25 years to life for leaving her newborn in California strawberry field
By Eden Ferrera, 31 March 2016
Nineteen-year-old Rosalba Moran, an undocumented immigrant and victim of rape, was charged with first-degree murder.
On sexual harassment policy
By David Walsh, 30 March 2016
A report by the American Association of University Professors points to the reactionary role of the sexual harassment industry on university campuses.
By Kate Randall, 29 March 2016
The Ninth US Circuit Court’s ruling comes as the number of death row exonerees continues to grow, including 156 individuals since 1973.
By Sandy English, 29 March 2016
The Democratic Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio has ruled out any reform of the prison system, including closing Rikers Island, the location of regular brutality and abuse.
By Gabriel Black, 28 March 2016
The two laws come amidst ongoing attempts to whip up hysteria over doctored videos that were intended to frame Planned Parenthood for allegedly selling fetal tissue.
By Evan Blake, 23 March 2016
The high court’s refusal to spare Adam Kelly Ward, who was clearly induced to murder by paranoia and psychosis, demonstrates their support for executing the mentally impaired.
By Kate Randall, 19 March 2016
In 2009, the Ohio execution team tried for as long as two hours to insert the IV lines to kill Romell Broom before giving up.
By Robert Fowler, 11 March 2016
Officers are not searched upon entering the facilities, so they are able to bring in drugs and alcohol, which according to the lawsuit are then used to coerce prisoners.