Last night I saw the most violent and disgraceful policing I’ve ever seen in the UK

Riot police from all over the southwest of England descended on a protest camp in Bristol on the evening of Tuesday 23 March. It’s difficult to put into words the extreme violence I witnessed, as police attacked, arrested and hospitalised people, and police horses and dogs were used to charge at crowds. I arrived at the College Green camp in the early evening and joined around 150 people who were protesting what’s possibly the most racist and classist part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: criminalising trespass with the intention to reside. Protesters had set up tents on the green, and for hours people made speeches,…

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Horrifying research shows two cops a month commit violent or sexual offences against women and children

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS REFERENCES TO RAPE AND MURDER SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTRESSING Eight police officers have been convicted of murdering their wives or girlfriends in the past 11 years. This figure comes from research on criminality among people working in criminal justice. And it destroys the idea that Sarah Everard’s alleged murder at the hands of a cop was, if true, isolated. Because in every month in 2019, on average at least two police officers committed violent or sexual offences against women or children. Yet the government wants cops in nightclubs to “protect women”.  But the figures are actually just the tip of the iceberg. Because in the…

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America Has Entered the Weimar Era: Walden Bello on How Neoliberalism Fueled Trump & Violent Right

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to turn right now to what’s happening in the Capitol. The Democratic-led House of Representatives plans to vote to impeach President Trump as soon as Wednesday, unless Trump resigns or Vice President Mike Pence first invokes the 25th Amendment to remove him, which looks unlikely. On Monday, House Democrats unveiled a single article of impeachment against the president for incitement of insurrection against the government of the United States, a week after Trump’s supporters violently attacked the Capitol. Trump is also accused of subverting and obstructing the certification of the 2020 election.…

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