Police/Legal/Prisons

Decarcerate DC protest held against US atty's fanatical opposition to Second Look Amendment Act

On the 5th of September, US Atty for DC , Jessie K. Liu (a Trump appointee) held an ostensably public meeting aimed at sabotaging and undermining the DC Council's Second Look Amendment Act. Outside, DC residents and representatives from Black Lives Matter held a protest as the meeting was limited to hand-picked residents. Liu's staff told members of the public the meeting was "for elected officials only."

US Park Police entrap, arrest Gay men in Malcolm X Park

For decades Malcolm X Park has been a popular cruising area for Gay men, mostly men of color. Since August 2018, US Park Police have been entrapping and arresting Gay men there, using 1950's style tactics including directly propositioning their targets. This and police raids on Gay bars were the factors that led to the Stonewall Riot, a three day uprising in which NYC's police were soundly defeated. It has the potential to lead at any time to violent confrontations beyond what police expect, as they found to their sorrow on June 28, 1969. The GLBTQ community has refused to tolerate this kind of assault since Stonewall.

Tisha B'Av Protest Against Howard County Contract with ICE

Never Again Action, Jews United for Justice, Truah, CASA and other human rights activists marched to the Howard County Detention Center and risked arrest protesting Howard County's contract with ICE.

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According to a Jews United for Justice Facebook post, "County Executive Ball has already indicated a willingness to "reexamine" the intergovernmental service agreement (IGSA) that Howard County has with ICE."

McAuliffe's book tour faces second round with Cville survivors at National Press Club

On the 6th of August, former VA Governor Terry McAuliffe's "Beyond Charlottesville" book tour returned to DC. The big question going in was just how much he would stink up the National Press Club by evading survivor's questions. This time the moderator did her best to hold the former Governor to the questions, but at one point survivors did have to interrupt him. Afterwards, one of the car survivors called McAuliffe an "artful dodger."

Ford Fischer's video originally posted to Twitter of Charlottesville survivors interrrupting former Va Governor Terry McAuliffe 1 min 33 sec

Security objects to distributing fliers "too close" to the National Press Club's building

Extinction Rebellion marches on Capitol Hill in face of police harassment

On the 9th of July, the DC Chapter of the global Extinction Rebellion movement marched on the US Capitol to support a climate emergency resolution introduced by Sen Bernie Sanders and Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.The march faced considerable harassment by US Capitol Police.

Video of the march showing the police harassment and aggression 5 min 21 sec

Motorcycle cops push, hold the march to the sidewalk

All Out DC Overwhelms White Supremacy Rally (video)

 "Hate has no home here" was the message as All Out DC and Black Lives Matter DC, despite massive police presence, barricades, and stifling heat,  overwhelmed the the tiny white supremacy rally with freedom, solidarity, and music.

00:00:38  Black Youth Power 100 DC

00:04:23  Janera, poet

00:06:45  TOB Band

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DC to be left holding the bag for Trump's July 4 security costs

On the 4th of July, Donald Trump plans to speak at the Lincoln Memorial,effectively turning July 4th into a MAGAT-infested campaign rally for his re-election plans. This has created a financial problem for DC, as "security" costs will run into the millions. The Washington Post reports that Trump and the Federal government never paid DC back for all those riot cops and prosecutors needed to "secure" J20, and now Trump wants to go again. The Federal government also has stopped paying into the "security" fund DC will have to dip into to cover all these unpaid bills.

Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective Speaks at the White House (Video)

ANSWER Coalition joins members of the Embassy Protection Collective, the Black Alliance for Peace, and one puppet in front of the White House to speak out against US interventions in Venezuela, Iran and Africa.

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State Department Arrests Venezuelan Embassy Protectors (Video)

A small army of DC police, Secret Service and State Department security, some in tactical gear, take away the remaining four members of the Embassy Protection Collective from the Embassy of Venezuela. Attorney Mara Verhayden-Hilliard describes the potential consequences of the US administration violating a foreign embassy.

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Chelsea Manning sent back to jail after resisting second grand jury

On the 16th of May, Chelsea Manning was sent back to jail after refusing to testify before a second Federal grand jury asking the same questions as the first grand jury whose term ran out the previous week. She had only been free a week after two months in the hands of Virginia's jailors.

HD Video-Chelsea Manning speaks outside the Albert V. Bryan U.S. District Courthouse before being jailed again 4 min 40 sec

Chelsea Manning speaks in front of the Federal Hall of Injustice in Alexandria, VA

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