Police/Legal/Prisons

Anti-torture protesters march on Trump Hotel demanding closure of Guantanimo Bay

The 11 of January, 2020 was the 18th annniversary of the opening of the gates of Hell at Guantanimo Bay by George W Bush. Protesters marched to Trump Hotel bearing nine coffins for nine detainees who have died there, and one more for whoever is next to die from the atrocious conditions at Gitmo. Trump has vowed nobody will be released from there no matter what.

Video-coffin march on Trump Hotel demands Gitmo close forever 2 min 2 sec

The march departs the White House

MPD solicits sex from, assaults DC activist

At about 2AM on the 4th of January, an MPD decoy targetting customers of sex workers first solicited sex themselves from an area activist, then resorted to potentially deadly force when their sting operation blew up into a chase. This was the 5th in a month-long series of harassment incidents by area police depts and their allies against the core crew of the activist in question.

Video: Grand Jury resisters Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond get New Year's Eve solidarity protest at Alexandria jail

On New Year's Eve 2019-2020, supporters of imprisoned grand jury resistors Jeremy Hammond and Chelsea Manning protested outside the Alexandria Detention Center. It has been confirmed that the noisemakers were heard and the protest seen from the inside. Protesters deployed fireworks, flares, and a laser in addition to noisemakers.

Video: protesters deploy flares, fireworks at Alexandria Detention Center 1 min 50 sec

Protesters deploy flares in solidarity with Jeremy Hammond and Chelsea Manning

2019 in Progressive Activism

Video compilation of protests and direct actions mostly but not entirely in the DC area as the resistance against the regime of Donald Trump enters its third year. (16 min 58 sec)

BLM marches on FOP for Atatiana Jefferson after rally at MPD

On the 28th of October, Black Lives Matter activists rallied at MPD's headquarters, then marched on the headquarters of the Fraternal Order of Police. They were demanding justice for Atatiana Jefferson and for all other Black women murdered by police.

Video featuring stirring performance by Dick Gregory's daughter (starting 1:46) after opening rally, march on FOP, and a speaker describing their role in convering up police shootings (4 min 10 sec)

In front of MPD's main headquarters

#JUSTICEFORMONTE rally held in front of PG County Police Station

On the 26th of October, Black Lives Matter activists backed by allies showed up in front of the PG County police station on Barlowe Rd in Landover, MD. They were there to demand that the cops who broke Monte's neck during a traffic stops on Oct 17, the proceeded to break his back too be fired for this outrage. There were rumblings the cops would respond with the SWAT unit, instead they mostly stayed inside in shame.

Video: #JUSTICEFORMONTE rally at PG police station 4 min 26 sec

Smithsonian Police harass Black Lives Matter activists at Atatiana Jefferson Vigil

On the 16th of October, Black Lives Matter activists showed up at the Museum of African-American History on the Mall to hold a vigil honoring Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot by a Texas cop while playing video games in her own home. Smithsonian Police became quite aggressive in demanding one activist move her car, but finally backed off when their own behavior was cited as a reason the activist in the car would NOT leave, for fear of leaving others at risk from the same cops.

Video cut from longer vertical video posted by Black Lives Matter DC Twitter account @DMVBlackLives 2 min 8 sec

DC Abolition Coalition locks down at DOJ against prison horrors

On the 1st of October, protesters from the DC Abolition Coalition (prison abolition) locked themselves to ladders blocking all the vehicle driveways into or out of the Dept of Justice. Police used power tools recklessly and shook ladders while cutting them out of the 9th st side of the lockdown. They also threatened to knock out an African-American woman on top of one of the ladders.

Video: police use reckless tactics to remove locked-down protesters 7 min 42 sec

Cops recklessly push and pull on one of the locked down defenders. This made the ladders rock dangerously

DC protest against prison slavery in Alabama invokes Attica uprising

On the 20th of September, relatives and former prison inmates from Alabama backed by DC area activists held a rally in Pershing Park demanding that the Dept of Justice sue the Alabama Dept of Corrections over prison slavery as well as assaults and murders by guards. The main banner had the slogan "We Are Men" used in the 1971 Attica prison Uprising (mens' prison) to indicate inmates were people not animals on somebody's factory farm.

HD Video: Prison slavery protesters invoke Attica 1 min

The slogan "We are Men" on the banner was used at the 1971 Attica uprising

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."

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