Police/Legal/Prisons

Activists hold rally to demand NO vote on Metro police powers expansion.

On Sep 7, Black Lives Matter and transit activists rallied at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza to demand that the WMATA (Metro) board vote NO on the proposal to expand Metro police powers. This vote originally scheduled for July 29 was postponed to Sep 9 after WMATA board member Tom Bulger received a protest at his home on July 27.

Update Sep 9: vote on expanding Metro Transit Police powers expansion delayed again

Video by StonieFlix of continuing protest INSIDE Metro 44 sec

March for An'Twan Gilmore and George Watson takes over U st area

Since the police murder of An'Twan Gilmore MPD has not stopped killing. Thus, the name of George Watson had to be added to An'Twan Gilmore's name for the planned Friday night march against MPD. This time around, marchers headed into the crowded U st dining and bar corridor for maximum visibility.

Video highlights of U st March 54 sec

Twice the march passed Nellie's in a chorus of boos

March for An'Twan Gilmore lays siege to MPD's 5D headquarters

On the 28th of August, after a long day of voting rights marches, marchers again assembled at NY Ave and FL Ave NE for An'Twan Gilmore. After a feint downtown, marchers headed E on NY Ave and descended on MPD's 5D headquarters. When they got there, cops stood wall to wall to defend their precinct but avoided a fight. Possibly they know they are guilty and don't want to trigger further unrest.

Video: protesters beseige MPD's 5D precinct 45 sec

Cops face off against protesters at MPD's 5D headquarters but avoid a fight

Furious marchers take to the streets night after MPD executes An'Twan Gilmore

On August 25, MPD cops shot and killed An'Twan Gilmore as he tried to drive away after being confronted for sleeping in his car at NY Ave and FL Ave NE. The following night, furious protesters assembled at the same spot and held a confrontational march down FL Ave into town. Any police cars caught in the march were instantly surrounded and heckled. Cops backed off from confronting these marchers, presumably for fear of causing it to blow all the way up.

Video-marchers use traffic barrels to keep cops at bay 1 min 18 sec

These traffic barrels kept most cop cars off the back of the march until the supply in the street ran out

DC Jail gets another Decarcerate DC noise demo demanding release of ALL inmates

Shortly after dark on the 21st of August, Decarcerate DC again showed up at the DC Jail to hold a noise demo in solidarity with ALL the prisoners trapped inside. Demands are nothing less than the closure of DC Jail and every other jail and prison on the continent and the release of every last inmate. Prison abolition means exactly that.

Video-noise demo at DC Jail 1 min 5 sec

Chanting, singing, and banging pots and pans outside the jail

Protesters march on police stations against Gaithersburg police shootings

On the 31st of July, protesters marched through the streets of Gaithersburg, MD for Kwamena Ocran and Ryan Leroux. Kwamena was shot and killed by Gaithersburg police in January, and Ryan shot down in a blizzard of gunfire (24 shots in all) by Montgomery County Police on Friday, July 16.

Marching on the headquarters of the Gaithersburg police

Police attack using snowplows fails to remove Nellie's protest

On the 30th of July, Boycott Nellie's protesters showed up for the 7th week since Keisha was dragged down the stairs over Pride weekend. The bar was open but sparsely attended. During the protest, snowplows summoned by MPD tried to clear the intersection, one of them coming in straignt-on and honking while others flanked. The plows were halted by advancing protesters and the attack failed.

Video of the failed police attempt to push through using snowplows 53 sec

Snowplows attempt to charge into the intersection held by protesters in front of Nellie's Sports Bar

New raw video of July 17 MAGAt protest at DC jail over J6 arrestees

Raw Video shot by John Zangas of the situation at the DC Jail when fascists and MAGAts (Trump supporters) showed up at DC Jail on July 17 2021. They were there to protest rough treatment their folks detained there have gotten as payback for the rough treatment the Capitol and its defenders got on Jan 6. Not suprisingly, white nationalists held in a jail where both inmates and guards are people of color are having a tough time.

All the raw video shot that day on one camera, made into a single longer video file 28 min

Where's the bear mace and Thin Blue Line flags on poles used to beat the cops?

WMATA's Tom Bulger gets residential protest over proposed increase in Transit Police powers

Video-Tom Bulgar gets a home demo 2 min 9 sec

Update July 30:WMATA postpones vote on proposed police power expansion until Sep 9.

On Thursday, July 29, Metro's board had been scheduled to vote YES or NO on giving Metro Transit Police power to bar anyone merely accused of a variety of offenses from riding Metro for a prolonged period. On the evening of July 27, furious Black Lives Matter protesters showed up at the fancy Upper NW home of Metro board member Tom Bulger, who could have killed the proposal by voting NO if the vote had taken place as scheduled.

In front of Tom Bulger's house

MAGAts and a few Proud Boys protest ongoing arrests and prosecution of J6 insurgents

On the 17th of July, about 100 Trump supporters including members of the Proud Boys returned to DC to protest the ongoing arrests and prosecutions of themselves and others for the violent Jan 6 attempt to forcibly overturn the 2020 election by storming the Capitol. They showed up at DC Jail, where some of their own have been held without bond.

Still from Ford Fischer video of the MAGAts at DC Jail

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