[Reformists like Al Sharpton and Van Jones have continually appealed to activists to appeal to the Obama Administration and to Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, to get justice and relief and an end to routine police abuses and unending bloody killings (against black and brown people in large part ) from coast to coast. But this article reveals that such reformist appeals are deceptive and mis-directive. As people learn more about the systemic cause of ongoing police terror, many turn away from electoral solutions, and toward community-based self-defense organizing. — Frontlines ed.]
At Supreme Court, Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. Routinely Backs Officers’ Use of Force
It was the kind of violent police confrontation that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has frequently criticized in Cleveland, Albuquerque, Ferguson, Mo., and beyond. But last month, when Ms. Sheehan’s civil rights lawsuit reached the Supreme Court, the Justice Department backed the police, saying that a lower court should have given more weight to the risks that the officers faced.