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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Notes on police violence in America

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hundreds protest police violence in Brooklyn, New York subway

By Josh Varlin, 4 November 2019

Recent incidents of police violence in the subway system, connected to the crackdown on “fare evasion,” have fueled growing anger among workers in New York City.

New York City police kill five in less than a month

By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2019

Behind the killings is the undoubted rise in social tension, the product of unprecedented inequality, along with decaying conditions affecting the working-class.

Trump makes fascist appeal to police in Chicago

By Barry Grey, 29 October 2019

The U.S. president doubled down on his efforts to rally support within the police and military for dictatorial methods and the use of state violence against immigrants and the working class as a whole.

The police murder of Isiah Murrietta-Golding

By Tom Carter, 26 October 2019

The epidemic of police brutality in the US, which enjoys the full backing of the state, is a product of a social and economic system in deep crisis.

Video shows Fresno police officer shooting unarmed 10th grade boy in the head

By Tom Carter, 24 October 2019

After Isiah Murrietta-Golding’s body drops to the ground, another police officer yells, “good shot.”

Fort Worth, Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting woman in her home

By Jacob Crosse, 15 October 2019

Atatiana Jefferson was shot through the window of her home early Saturday morning, while playing video games with her nephew.

Key witness in trial and conviction of police officer Amber Guyger murdered in Dallas

By Kevin Reed, 8 October 2019

Joshua Brown was killed two days after the sentencing of the officer to ten years in prison for the September 6, 2018 off-duty shooting death of Botham Jean in his own apartment.

Former Dallas police officer found guilty in off-duty shooting of neighbor

By Aaron Murch, 2 October 2019

The conviction marks the first time a Dallas police officer has been found guilty of murder in more than four decades.

Sacramento, California killer cops return to work 18 months after murdering 22-year-old Stephon Clark

By Dan Conway, 28 September 2019

The two Sacramento, California, police officers who fatally shot unarmed Clark 20 times last year returned to work Thursday after no federal civil rights charges were brought against them.

Orlando, Florida police officer fired after arresting two six-year-old school children

By Casey Gold, 24 September 2019

School resource officer Dennis Turner was fired from his position in the face of widespread outrage Monday, not for brutalizing two children, but for making the arrests “without the approval of a commanding officer.”

National Football League continues blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick

By Alan Gilman, 23 September 2019

Despite one-fifth of starting quarterbacks unable to play because of injuries, the National Football League owners continue to refuse to give Colin Kaepernick a tryout, let alone hire him.

Voices from Ferguson, Missouri five years after the police murder of Michael Brown

By Zac Corrigan, 22 August 2019

Residents spoke about life in a country where the police kill with impunity to defend a capitalist social order based on historic levels of inequality.

New York Police Department fires cop who killed Eric Garner

By Sandy English, 20 August 2019

The NYPD fired officer Daniel Pantaleo over five years after he choked to death Staten Island resident Eric Garner.

Police violence the sixth leading cause of death for young men in the US

By Gary Joad and Kate Randall, 20 August 2019

There were only 22 days in all of 2018 in which someone was not shot dead by police.

Outrage as Colorado police returned to duty after shooting 19-year-old in the back

By Kayla Costa, 17 August 2019

The officers involved in the murder of De’Von Bailey, the 537th person killed by police in the US this year, have already been returned to active duty.

Five years after police murder of Michael Brown

Police have killed 5,000 Americans since Ferguson protests

By Niles Niemuth, 10 August 2019

Despite popular protests and increased scrutiny in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing, US police officers have continued to kill at a rate of more than 1,000 people per year.

While Trump cries crocodile tears over massacre victims

ICE rounds up nearly 700 immigrants in sweep through Mississippi poultry plants

By Norisa Diaz and Patrick Martin, 8 August 2019

The Trump administration has given its real response to the fascist massacre in El Paso, Texas by carrying out the largest immigration raid since Trump entered the White House.

16 Shots: Documenting the Chicago Democratic Party’s cover-up of the police murder of Laquan McDonald

By Michael Walters and Kristina Betinis, 3 August 2019

Through powerful interviews with family members, witnesses, attorneys, city officials and activists, the timeline of the murder and cover-up is reconstructed.

Video shows Dallas, Texas police joking as a 32-year-old man dies in their custody

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 August 2019

Disturbing body camera footage was only released after all charges were dropped and the three officers who killed Tony Timpa in 2016 returned to active duty earlier this year.

US attorney general directs Bureau of Prisons to reinstate federal death penalty

By Kate Randall, 26 July 2019

The order by William Barr targeting five federal prison inmates of the death penalty for federal inmates sets the stage for the execution of inmates on federal death row for the first time in 16 years.

Florida police officer charged with planting drugs during traffic stops

By Matthew Taylor, 23 July 2019

Eight Floridians serving prison sentences have been released and had their cases dismissed due to the charges against a Jackson County, Florida sheriff’s deputy.

US investigators identify 70 current and former immigration agents in far-right, racist Facebook groups

By Kevin Martinez, 19 July 2019

The announcement came after several Facebook groups connected to Customs and Border Protection agents were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.

US Justice Department will not bring charges in 2014 police murder of Eric Garner

By Erik Schreiber and Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2019

The failure to charge Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death is an endorsement of lethal police violence against the working class, under conditions of growing social unrest.

Seventeen-year-old girl fatally shot by police on California freeway

By Alan Gilman, 13 July 2019

Hannah Williams was shot and killed after being involved in a minor traffic accident with a police vehicle in Fullerton, California.

UN human rights chief denounces “outrageous conditions” for immigrants in US concentration camps

By Josh Varlin, 10 July 2019

Indicating that the US government has no intention of heeding Bachelet’s statement, DHS has requested another 1,000 National Guard troops on the border between Texas and Mexico.

Building the infrastructure of a police state

Detroit’s facial recognition surveillance system exposed

By Kevin Reed, 9 July 2019

The poorest large city in the US is being used as a testing ground for invasive surveillance technologies in preparation for coming eruptions in the class struggle.

US Border Patrol agents joke about immigrant deaths in secret Facebook group with 9,500 members

By George Marlowe, 2 July 2019

A report by ProPublica revealed that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to make sadistic and violent jokes about immigrants as well as members of Congress.

Social media investigations unearth hundreds of police officers in the US involved in fascist or racist groups

By Jacob Crosse, 29 June 2019

Investigations conducted by Reveal and the Plain View Project confirm the presence of openly far-right officers in police departments.

Facial recognition technology and the US military-intelligence apparatus

By Kevin Reed, 27 June 2019

The banning of facial recognition software by major California cities has exposed the advanced use of biometrics and artificial intelligence by the domestic surveillance state and the Pentagon war machine.

Pete Buttigieg’s town hall debacle: A Democratic Party “golden boy” unmasked

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 June 2019

Working class residents of South Bend, Indiana, heckled Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the city’s mayor, as he stammered through empty promises to address police brutality.

Three incidents of police brutality spark outrage across US

By Jessica Goldstein, 19 June 2019

Each incident exposes the systematic brutality that workers in all areas of the US suffer at the hands of police on a daily basis.

Police murder in Memphis

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2019

The conditions in Memphis exemplify the economic and social conditions behind the reign of police violence in working class communities.

NYPD disciplinary trial of cop who killed Eric Garner concludes

By Sandy English, 15 June 2019

Final briefs were submitted in the NYPD’s trial of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who choked Eric Garner to death in Staten Island in 2014.

Protest erupts in Memphis, Tennessee after US marshals kill 20-year-old Brandon Webber

By Warren Duzak and Patrick Smith, 14 June 2019

The killing prompted about 100 protesters to take to the streets Wednesday night to vent their anger and demand justice.

Minneapolis police officer sentenced to over 12 years in prison for murder of Justine Damond

By Anthony Bertolt, 13 June 2019

A month-long trial in April resulted in Noor being found guilty of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Chicago police kill bipolar man inside his home

By Andy Thompson, 28 May 2019

Myles Frazier was shot and killed after he barricaded himself in his home in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the city’s south side.

After shouting “I’m pregnant,” woman fatally shot by Texas police officer

By Marcus Day, 15 May 2019

Video recorded by a bystander and posted to Snapchat quickly went viral, prompting widespread outrage at the horrific killing.

Cell phone video from Sandra Bland’s 2015 traffic stop made public

By Anthony Bertolt, 10 May 2019

The video renews attention to her death in police custody and raises questions over the way it has been withheld for nearly four years.

Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering Justine Damond

By Anthony Bertolt, 2 May 2019

Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and found not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2017 shooting.

Protests continue at Yale University over police shooting

By Tim Avery, 29 April 2019

Protests at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and surrounding communities have continued since the shooting of two unarmed motorists by police officers on April 16.

Florida deputy’s assault on high school student caught on video

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 April 2019

The assault took place in the same county as the Stoneman Douglas school shooting last year, where officers have since been trained to use more brutal policing methods.

New video emerges of Chicago police officers tasing and beating high school student

By Jacob Crosse, 13 April 2019

The revelation of the incident which took place at the end of January has exposed yet another attempted cover-up inside the Chicago Police Department.

“An excessive amount of violence, sexual abuse, and prisoner deaths”

Federal report exposes horrific levels of abuse in Alabama prisons

By Niles Niemuth, 5 April 2019

A more than two-year investigation exposed appalling violations of constitutional protections for the approximately 25,000 men locked up in facilities operated by the Alabama Department of Corrections.

“Police violence is endemic to the system”

Pittsburgh high school students protest acquittal of killer cop

By Samuel Davidson, 26 March 2019

Hundreds of high school students and others took part in rally Monday in the fourth day of protests following the acquittal of the police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose last year.

Massive police presence for trial of cop in murder of Antwon Rose

By Samuel Davidson, 21 March 2019

A massive show of police force is being staged for the trial of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who killed 17-year-old Woodland High School honor student Antwon Rose last year, shooting him three times in the back.

Florida police officer found guilty in 2015 shooting of motorist

By Matthew Taylor, 8 March 2019

The conviction of Nouman Raja Thursday represents a rare example of a killer cop being held accountable by the courts.

US detains 77,000 immigrants at border in February, a 10-year high

By Norisa Diaz, 6 March 2019

The number of immigrants detained at the border hit a 10 year high in February, while employer audits and mass workplace sweeps continue to rise.

No charges for Sacramento police officers who murdered Stephon Clark

By Kayla Costa, 4 March 2019

Over the weekend, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that the officers who shot and killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark nearly one year ago will not face charges.

Florida state senator calls for National Guard to be deployed on the streets of Jacksonville in response to recent spate of violence

By Matthew Taylor, 21 February 2019

The call for martial law shows that the Democrats, no less than the Republicans, have nothing but contempt for constitutional protections and will utilize any excuse to institute police state measures.