By Gabe Falsetta Another tragic NYPD killing of an African American – this time, an elder with a history of mental illness – has brought Sergeants Benevolent Association President, Ed Mullins to once again give his interpretation of the shooter’s innocence after the officer was indicted on murder charges May 31st. According to the June…
What is also so frustrating is that although there is all this hand wringing and lamenting by a plethora of writers, journalists and reporters, there is a lack of direction by anyone of the progressive or leftist slant to propose anything to halt these racist, state sanctioned lynchings. I would venture some proposals including everything from civilian review boards, peoples’ tribunals to community patrols to monitor the activities of the police who in so many instances act like an occupying army rather than protectors of the communities they are supposed to serve. There has to be community control of the police. Keep in mind that the courts, so far, have been on the side of the police. The so-called justice system in this regard is broken.
As an aggrieved mother of a recent victim so poignantly said: “the police cannot police the police.”
In her opening remarks here at the annual conference of Jewish Voice for Peace, Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson said that the fight for Palestinian freedom in territory controlled by Israel is “squarely in the center of the fight” against Islamophobia and anti- immigrant bigotry here in the United States.