Police/Legal/Prisons

White House Announces Puerto Rico Disaster Rebuilding Aid

The White House announced a $3.7 billion disaster grant for Puerto Rico to rebuild reservoirs, dams, and wastewater facilities.

“Puerto Rico suffers from a debt crisis and is still recovering from hurricanes and earthquakes,” said Eric LeCompte, the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network, a religious development organization. "The aid is vital as Puerto Rico needs to rebuild infrastructure damaged by disasters."

Video: 2020 in review: Pandemic, uprising, and a violent transition of power

Video: 2020 in review by Iron Snowflake 21 min 16 sec, link is fixed

Content warning! This is the most violent year I have ever seen in DC and the US. Video include two murders by police, the resulting long hot summer of fighting, fireworks used as artillery, and brutal fighting against the Proud Boys on Nov 14 and Dec 12.

One climax of the year: the fall of the Albert Pike statue

Karon Hylton's mother arrested at 4D protesting cops who murdered her son

On Dec 19, Karon Hylton's mother was arrested after confronting MPD cops at their 4D stationhouse for killing her son. This triggered an hours-long siege of the station by protesters ending in the release of Karon's mother. Threats to mace protesters and bike cops riding around to threaten a kettle failed to disperse protesters. In the end, MPD threw in the towel.

Video-Karon Hylton's mother challenging MPD at 4D's front door and being arrested 1 min 20 sec

MPD swarms Karon Hylton's mother

Chuck Modi publishes interview with protesters arrested for stopping a Proud Boy with a gun

“One of the had a gun on them & came charging toward me. This is because MPD allowed them to do what they did the first time. U use mace/tear gas/rubber bullets on us all summer long? Why not them?”

Chuck Modi's interview with a BLM protesters arrested for stopping a gun-carrying Proud Boy 2 min 16 sec

Cops assault jail support with pepper spray

On the 14th of December, MPD officers first assaulted and then pepper sprayed activists outside Central Cell Block supporting arrestees from Dec 12. All arrestees were released, but cops made one new arrest of someone at the jail support action.

Chuck Modi's video of the start of the police attack and escalation to pepper spray 43 sec

Chuck Modi's video "Police going WILD w/pepper-spray streams on people at jail support" 43 sec

Still from Chuck Modi's video of the attack

Furious fighting as Trumpers try to invade BLM Plaza after "March for Trump"

The 12th of December saw intense fighting all over downtown DC as another "March4 Trump" descended on the city. The Proud Boys and militias were with them, and attempted assaults on BLM Plaza ranged from minor skirmishes to a full-on charge. By evening, police lines intended to prevent fights had the opposite effect as anti-fascists activists found their access to their own side of the battlefield blocked off.

Video: Overall course of the battle starting mid-afternoon 6 min 53 sec

Smoke on BLM Plaza as attempt by Trumpers to enter BLM Plaza escalates to pitched battle

Activists hold ground, march to BLM Plaza in face of fascist threats

On the 21st of November, SURJ held some group discussions on BLM Plaza and the Fuck the Police march went there almost directly from Dupont Circle. This was to provide relief for the hard-pressed folks looking after the plaza and the signs on the White House fence in the face of repeated attacks from fascists.

Police attack on DC Fuck the Police march fails

On the night of Nov 7, a "Fuck the Police" march took to gentrified parts of DC chanting "Same shit, different President!" A police attempt to forcibly stop the march on 18th st was defeated.

Video-police attack fails, ends in retreat as marchers scream "MOVE BACK!" 1 min 20 sec

Bike cops turn, try to block march after exploiting a lane opened to let out a car

Fuck the President march marches from BLM Plaza to 4D

On the 3ed of November, shortly before both sides tried to declare victory in the Presidential election a "Fuck the President" march took to the streets from BLM Plaza. This march picked up a sizable crowd from the go-go truck's exit march-and proceeded to march all the way to MPD's 4D police station for Karon Hylton.

Activists with shields at MPD's darkened and mostly shut down 4D headquarters

Sun night reportback from 4D: cops avoid confrontation, hide inside station

On the 1st of November, MPD finally realized that police aggression against protests for Karon Hylton was just bringing people back to 4D night after night. Bike cops stayed out of sight while riot cops hid in the darkened and apparently mostly shut-down police station.

A protester's flashlight reveals riot cops behind the window in this darkened police station

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