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Notes Concerning Recent Actions against the Police
by In Sadness and Rage
Wednesday Jul 20th, 2011 3:14 PM
On Tuesday July 19th, hundreds of people took to the streets of San Francisco in order to demonstrate their rage against the recent murders of Charles Hill and Kenneth Harding in the city by BART police and SFPD respectively. We marched behind a banner reading “they can’t shoot us all; fuck the police” as an expression of our intention that police murder will be met with resistance and retaliation every time they rear their ugly heads in our city.
Notes:


IT DEFINITELY WENT DOWN:

The march began at Dolores Park where nearly 200 of us departed and began moving towards the Castro. The route followed MUNI rail lines, obstructing the functioning of the rail system as it proceeded. Upon reaching the Castro MUNI station, all hell broke loose. While approaching the intersection (home to the underground MUNI station as well as the crossing of several MUNI rail lines) a significant portion of the march had donned masks and hoods. What had now become a mob moved effortlessly past the bewildered cops and descended into the station. Down below on the mezzanine level, trash was set alight and thrown down onto the tracks below, followed by advertisements and signs. The ticket machines, the fare checkpoints and the agent booth were all smashed with hammers and flags – totally ruined. Smokebombs and fireworks were thrown throughout the station, adding to the chaos as the group resurfaced. The march then moved back through the Castro, hurling bricks over the heads of riot police and through the windows of Bank of America before heading into the Mission.

Those at the front of the march, made the spontaneous decision to continue onwards to the Mission police station on Valencia street. As the march approached, the pigs moved into formation to protect their sty. This didn’t stop us from throwing flares, a paint bomb, and a hammer at the façade of the building and at its defenders. The crowd, now swelled to almost 300, stayed in front of the police station for a while, screaming in the faces of the scum that patrols our streets and kills and imprisons the people we love. After making it abundantly clear that we wanted them the fuck out of our neighborhood, we continued through the Mission . At this point, the march dwindled slightly but continued down Mission St. Things escalated again when CBS news began harassing the crowd. People grabbed the big ass camera and smashed it on the ground. Police moved to make an arrest, but were repelled by the stick-wielding crowd.

After leaving the Mission, the crowd took Market St. and began moving through downtown toward Civic Center Station (the site of Charles Hill’s murder) and then onto Powell Station. At this point the number swelled again to more than they had been at any point, as countless onlookers joined the anti-cop demonstration. The crowd was big enough to block both sides of Market (a rare occurrence). The police began issuing dispersal orders from their sound truck tailing the march. Not giving a fuck, however, hundreds of us drowned out their orders screaming “SHUT THE FUCK UP” over and over. As the march turned up Powell (where we had intended to disperse) riot cops were able to surround and kettle about 30 people. As they filled in to enforce their kettle, hundreds of people pushed against them, hurling projectiles and screaming at them to let them go (and die). Skirmishes broke out as a handful of friends were unarrested and several more attempts were made to free those trapped inside police lines.

When it became clear that it would be impossible to free the 30 or so friends caught by the police, the strategy shifted to outright fighting. As the police began moving the vans containing the arrested, our crews and others did everything we could to stop them. The vans were chased and blockades attempted. The police and their vehicles were pelted with rocks, bottles, D-batteries and whatever else could be thrown against them. All-out brawls broke out leading to police injuries and a handful of arrests. Several police motorcycles were knocked over and stomped on. The night ended with a tense standoff against police. At this point, hundreds of people from the surrounding area had flooded the scene, screaming at the police or just looking on in awe. More shit got thrown at them and eventually people left, as we had word that several of the arrested were already being released.

It is the humble opinion of these participants that this last round of events was marked by some of the most wild physical fights with police at a demo in a long time. By the end of the night, all but one of the arrested had been released with misdemeanors (for disobeying orders and/or battery). One person remains in jail, being charged with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Felony Vandalism. (Updates soon)


RESISTANCE IS SPREADING:

Yesterday’s attacks come in the context of a growing campaign of diffuse attacks against the MUNI system in retaliation for the murder of Kenneth Harding. On Saturday, within moments of his murder, people on scene began attacking the police with bottles and trying to disrupt the T-train. In the subsequent days various crews of people in and around Bayview have spontaneously and diffusely taken up a campaign against the MUNI system: blocking tracks, breaking the windows on trains and busses, attacking agents, fighting with the police. Most of this resistance, of course, has gone unreported by the scum media. At a press-conference held in Bayview on Monday, many family-members of police victims and other angry people gathered to denounce the most recent murders, share stories about how much they fucking hate the pigs, and articulate a strategy of resistance.

The message at the conference and in people’s actions is clear: “We want pigs off the MUNI system and we want the system to be free, or there will not be a system at all.” People vowed to continue their attacks and blockades against the trains and buses operated by MUNI until they are fare-free and cop-free. As austerity takes its toll on poor people in the Bay Area, it is becoming increasingly clear that the only solution is attack, and that these attacks are the clearest way to demonstrate our solidarity.

It is in following the lead of those struggling for freedom in Bayview that we decided to trash the MUNI station in the Castro. This is only one contribution in what is mounting up to be a wave of chaos against a system that values a 2$ fare over our lives.


SYSTEMIC DISRUPTION AND SABOTAGE:

Last week, over 100 of us disrupted the BART system by blockading trains and vandalizing stations. This activity resulted in 3 hours of solid obstruction and delays through the BART system caused by several station closures. This was called for in response to the killing of Charles Hill on the Civic Center platform by BART police. Once again, we disrupted the transit system in an act of vengeance against the slaughter at the hands of the armed enforcers of fares. Last night, in addition to putting the Castro MUNI station out of commission, we blocked tracks, buses, and trains. Police went on to close at least three BART stations for fear of the destruction at the Castro station being brought on other stations throughout the system. Through our actions and the response of the police, we brought the transit system in the heart of the financial capitol of the West Coast to a grinding halt for the second time in as many weeks.

It should be noted that obstructing these systems and destroying their apparatuses takes very little effort. System disruption is a valuable tool, and should be considered for use as a response every time the pigs murder someone in our towns. The economic damage and the disruption to networks of control caused by these actions is deeper and wider than a brick through a window (however lovely the act may be).


WE DON’T CARE ABOUT THE PIG LIES:

Fearing full on rebellion, SFPD and their servants in the media have gone into full spin mode. Each day they make new justifications for their killings. They say Charles Hill had a knife. They say Kenneth Harding shot at them. They talk about Harding’s previous convictions and allude to his connection to the murder of a pregnant woman in Washington State. In each of these cases, it is important for the enemies of the police to not be tricked by these diversions.

The issue has never been the character of Kenneth Harding or what type of weapons the victims of police violence may or may not have been carrying. The issue is that the armed enforcers of Capital and the State have enforced a death sentence on the poor in this city; made themselves the judge, jury and executioner of anyone who cannot afford a fare, is homeless, or breaks their meaningless laws in order to survive. We don’t care if Kenneth Harding had a gun. In fact, we wish he had shot the men who went on to shoot him ten times in the back and throat. Any justification for his murder misses the point that the situation should never have happened in the first place. We shouldn’t have to pay for their trains and the cops shouldn’t exist to enforce fares (or anything at all). To blame Kenneth Harding or Charles Hill or any victim of police violence for the atrocities enacted upon them by the police is to side with the State, always. Kenneth Harding is dead for one reason: because officers shot him ten times in the back and throat and watched as he bled to death on the street.

It is also worth noting that the mythology of black male violence against women is consistently used by the police and other armed white people as a pretense for racist murder, whether at the hands of a lynch mob or by the bullets of a cop’s gun. To counter this narrative, and the entirely false idea that police exist to protect women, a feminist contingent within the march prepared a statement and distributed it, denouncing the police.


IN CONCLUSION:

When the police kill in our cities, we need to respond immediately and to continue and escalate that resistance. This has been the case so far in the response to the recent murders in San Francisco. People throughout the city – victims, family members, angry kids, anarchists, communists, hooligans – didn’t wait for the Left or any Non-Profit groups to begin. We acted without hesitation and constraint, in doing so setting the narrative of the struggle against the police. It is important that we not fall into the traps set out by the State. The struggle cannot be limited to one neighborhood or one “Legitimate” series of concerns or any one part of the population. We need to fight against SFPD throughout the city, against BART Police throughout the Bay, and against policing on a global scale. This weeks events have already demonstrated that angry people are willing to act against the police and the system they enforce in their neighborhoods, and to join the struggles of others and act in solidarity through attack. The struggle that began with the Oscar Grant rebellion is just beginning to emerge from hibernation. People here are just beginning – collectively and diffusely - to resist police terror in our streets. This is just a taste.


In sadness and in rage.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA
JULY 20, 2011

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by ....---
Wednesday Jul 20th, 2011 3:54 PM
in washington state, a black man was killed by a racist vigilante shouting ''kill niggers'' while he killed the black man. the white man WAS NOT charged with a ''hate crime''!! NEVER trust ''washington state'' authorities!
by b citizen
Wednesday Jul 20th, 2011 8:09 PM

More of this type of thing near the SOMA condo towers or near the waterfront.
by curious
Wednesday Jul 20th, 2011 10:02 PM
What good is covering your face yet leaving an arm covered with "ink" exposed?
by A
Wednesday Jul 20th, 2011 10:40 PM
on a hot day :)
by “they can’t shoot us all”
Thursday Jul 21st, 2011 6:12 AM
Solidarity to the arrestee of July 19th demo

Freedom to all political prisoners
by INSURRECTION!
Thursday Jul 21st, 2011 12:13 PM
Racism is very well and alive every where in the United States and the social order of boss vs. the worker promotes racism by giving the authority to the boss to deny a job to a black man. Jobs are directed at a class of citizens who have everything and so the poor and the rejected get nothing but left out and when they do get a job they get treated differently.

No wonder the poor are more inclined to resort to street crime. They are not allowed to participate and have to do much more than walk on egg shells just to get their foot in the door only to get mud flung in the face everday. No one wonder the prisons are so full. The employers through rejection of us are responsible for creating us who we are.

Now the time has come we organize in prisons and on the streets to bring this motherfucker down and start over wit ha clean start for a better system. For a system of fairness, equality and true equal opportunity for everybody.

Long live the coming insurrection!
by Education Not Incarceration
Thursday Jul 21st, 2011 12:52 PM
I find this article extremely suspiscious.
"Mob" is a police term.
Gloating about Assaulting a TV cameraman (a Unionized working class Comrade!) to me is beyond shaddy, and may reek agent provocateur as the author of this piece.

As a core organizer of the last Monday Press Conference held on 3rd and Oakdale (the very corner where Kenneth Wade Harding Junior was gunned down by the Thugs in Blue last Saturday), along with Jeremy Miller, the SF Bayview paper and Poor Magazine,
I want to make it very clear that none of us were involved in this street demonstration preparations and planning strategies. although Jeremy and I, and 2 Bayview Comrades showed up in Support.

Bayview dont play that way !

Last night, 3 Black comrades, including a forefront original Black Panther Conrade, came to my house to discuss last week events, from the killing of Johntue Caldwell to Kenneth Harding,
and plan ahead about modus operandi, safety for all and measures to circumvent infiltrators.

We will never endanger the lives of protesters or bystanders.
Lets keep our eye on the ball: ACCOUNTABILITY

There is a time to clench fists and holla "eff da Po_lice",
then there is a time to use our heads, l
aunch a citywide collective to demand a Civilan Review Board, lay out compelling demands and use our United Oower to expedit the release of Police, Coroner, Forensic reports, and the names of the 2 officers who executed Kenneth.
and to locate his Grieving Family to provide unconditional support.

I realize there may be a generational gap here, hence my outlook.

In 1966, the national tropps were called and killed Black teenagers protesting police brutality on 3rd Street.
To this day, riot control heavy equipement, including tanks, are stored on Parcel E at the shipyard in BVHP, as the power that be would LOVE for us to riot and kill us to accelerate gentrification and the "Negro Removal".

As someone who lost her only, Black child Idriss Stelley to police racist violence,
I implore ALL forces working on police accountability,
on firing amd incarcerating these bastards ,
to UNITE and plan TOGETHER about subsequent course of Action
In Unity & respect
mesha Monge-Irizarry, 415-595-8251
by The Toxic Reverend
Thursday Jul 21st, 2011 4:24 PM
When you are up to your butt in alligators it is hard to remember that your main objective is to drain the swamp

Drug, alcohol and steroid testing of law enforcement

http://www.waccobb.net/for​ums/showthread.php?38796-R​oid-a-Cops-Police-shooting​s-Brutality-amp-Steroid-Ab​use