The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) maintains that regardless of what one may think of Christopher Dorner and the rights or wrongs of his actions, we want to call attention to the truth’s stated in Dorner’s manifesto regarding the pervasiveness of racism in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
As many historians and commentators have pointed out since the release of Dorner’s manifesto, the LAPD is a notoriously racist institution. The Ramparts Division scandal of the late 1990’s is one recent reminder of how racist and corrupt the institution is, and to what extent the judiciary and other branches and institutions of the US government support its actions.
We should be clear that the LAPD is not an aberration or an exception to the rule. Racism is endemic to all law enforcement agencies in the United States, and is part and parcel of the foundations of the United States government, its historic mission, and its systemic functioning. What Mr. Dorner’s manifesto call into question is the degree to which racism is blatantly ignored, reasoned away, and legitimized in this society. This is further evidenced by the fact that William J. Bratton, the innovator of the infamously racist “stop and frisk” policies and tactics, who was the Chief of Police in Los Angeles when Mr. Dorner filed his complaints and was subsequently fired, has been hired by the city of Oakland (which is currently under Federal receivership for its racist conduct) to reportedly “clean it up”. Continue reading
On September 10, 2012 the Los Angeles Times published an article with the headline: “LAPD to hold meetings on use of force policies.”
Top Los Angeles police officials announced those community meetings to counter growing criticism about videoed brutality incidents involving LA police officers in the preceding months, that article noted.
On November 24, 2012 The Daily Beast posted an article with the headline: “In Los Angeles, Questions of Police Brutality Dog LAPD” reporting abuse incidents by officers of that department placed under federal oversight between 2001 and 2009 after repeated brutality and corruption scandals.
Over two months after that Daily Beast posting about LAPD brutality a fired LAPD officer unleashed a murderous rampage as revenge against his claimed unfair firing by the LAPD. Continue reading
Yesterday was not simply a day like any other, and yet an entire system is grinding into motion to ensure that the peculiarities of the day be promptly forgotten: another crazy person lost it and committed unthinkable acts. The act of killing stands in and speaks for the person: look what he has done, of course he must be crazy. Case closed.
What they want you to see is just another Adam Lanza, just another inexplicable act, and when the act speaks for the assailant, words are secondary and there is no need to listen. But this is not, and has never been, a good way to understand reality.
What they want you to forget is the sheer strangeness of what is happening in Los Angeles. Christopher Dorner allegedly killed a police officer and two civilians. This was not a random shooting by a right-wing gun-nut mourning the loss of the “Real America.” Here is a man with good things to say about liberal democrats, a supporter of heightened gun control, a former LAPD officer and Navy reservist, targeting his own institution, which he accused of racism, violence, and corruption.
Dorner’s “Last Resort”
We know all of these things because what is most peculiar about this entire case is the written testament that Dorner has left us. In a letter titled only “Last Resort” and addressed to “America,” he makes clear his grievances, his objectives, and the rationale behind his actions – a chilling declaration of war on the Los Angeles Police Department.
The press is busy citing only those bits of the statement which make Dorner seem crazy: when he addresses Tim Tebow or Larry David, for example, or when he laments the fact that he will not survive to see The Hangover 3. (See for example, Buzzfeed’s “Everything You Need to Know,” which conspicuously says very little). But the vast majority of the letter paints a picture of someone who, while clearly undergoing some sort of mental break, is astonishingly lucid as to the causes and candid as to what he intends to do about it. These causes and these intentions, regardless of what you may hear on MSNBC or Entertainment Tonight (both will essentially carry the same message), begin and end with the LAPD. Continue reading
|THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, November 01, 2012|
LOS ANGELES — A newspaper has found that Los Angeles police failed to publicly reveal key details in a recent officer-involved shooting — the suspect was handcuffed, unarmed and lying face down when he was shot by an officer.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/RwvB7u ) that police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday that the news release about the Oct. 12 shooting was not an attempt to distort the incident.
Beck says information was withheld to preserve the integrity of the investigation.
The shooting occurred after 23-year-old Kennedy Garcia fled as he was being handcuffed on suspicion of graffiti vandalism. He was found hiding under an SUV and two officers pulled him out by the ankles. He was shot in the lower back and critically wounded.
Beck says the investigation is ongoing.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com
Revelation about covert surveillance in LA comes as 55 people arrested at Occupy San Francisco camp
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 11 December 2011
Undercover police officers infiltrated Occupy LA’s tent city last month to spy on people suspected of stockpiling human waste and crude weapons for resisting an eventual eviction, police and city government sources have said.
Authorities said the covert surveillance was not aimed at anti-Wall Street activists exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression but at those they considered anti-government extremists bent on violence.
The revelation came as police arrested dozens of people during a raid of an Occupy San Francisco encampment outside the Federal Reserve building early on Sunday.
San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza says that at approximately 4am officers arrested about 55 people for illegal lodging.
Esparza says that before police moved in on the encampment, demonstrators had been warned on an hourly basis over a 24-hour period that they were subject to arrest.
The arrests come after at least 85 people were arrested on Wednesday when police cleared a separate Occupy encampment in nearby Justin Herman Plaza.
Civil liberties campaigners said they were troubled by the infiltration of peaceful demonstrations, although the Los Angeles police department’s undercover efforts were not unique. Continue reading
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On Tuesday afternoon nearly 141 protestors were arrested in Boston because they refused to abide to police request to move from the newly-renovated Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Such an event is reminiscent to the arbitrary arrests which took place a week ago in San Francisco. Eighty officers reportedly disassembled 200 campers at 12:45AM in which one of the protestors was arrested for supposedly assaulting an officer. Yesterday, the police have arrested eleven Occupy San Francisco protestors, on the charges of blocking the entrances of the Wells Fargo headquarters. Nearly 300 protestors had been gathered around this Wells Fargo building dancing, singing, and chanting loudly “we are the 99%.” The protestors were portraying their anger towards the foreclosures banks have issued and because “the financial system has favored corporate banks over regular people.” Similarly, yesterday, nine people were arrested at 1:00AM at De La Guerra Plaza in Santa Barbara. Here in Los Angeles, the relationship with the LAPD has been generally cordial, which has led to some internal divisions.
GUESTS: Mario Brito, member of the General Assembly, Alejandra Cruz, member of the Committee Against Police Brutality at Occupy Los Angeles