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Black Lives Matter protesters won’t accept a whitewash after more killings

by Alistair Farrow
Issue No. 2524

Carnell Snell jr (left) and Reginald Thomas (right, pictured with one of his children) were both killed by police in Southern California last week

Carnell Snell jr (left) and Reginald Thomas (right, pictured with one of his children) were both killed by police in Southern California last week


Protests took place across the US over the weekend as the police’s killing spree continued apace.

Police shot a black man in Los Angeles last Saturday as he was running away from them, apparently with his hands in the air. They said they stopped his car because its number plates were paper.

Carnell Snell Jnr’s sister said, “The cops came and shot my brother.” Police claim to have found a handgun near the scene but other accounts suggest Carnell was unarmed.

“We don’t want to see a cover-up. We don’t want to see a whitewash,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable.

Two other people in Southern California have been killed since Tuesday of last week, one of whom was holding a vape pen his police killers say they mistook for a gun.

Protests continued in LA throughout Sunday despite heavy policing, with activists marching on the governor’s house.

Racist

Elsewhere in the US protesters demanded an end to police violence and racism. In Houston, Black Lives Matter activists demonstrated against a racist White Lives Matter protest on Saturday.

Protests also took place in Seattle—and Vancouver in Canada.

In Washington DC Donald Trump’s new hotel had “Black Lives Matter” and “no justice, no peace” spray painted on it.

Research by the Pew Research Center shows that 40 percent of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement. The figure climbs to 60 percent among people under 30.

American Football player Colin Kaepernick has joined the protests by refusing to stand for the US national anthem before matches.

His protest has sparked a movement among sportspeople and celebrities taking similar action. Sales of his shirts are now the highest in the US.

In a recent interview he said, “Cops are getting paid leave for killing people. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”

Criticising last week’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump he said, “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist.

“You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but the end is still evil.”


US prison strike spreads

The US prison strike which began on 9 September, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riot, continues.

Some guards at the Holman facility in Alabama, one of the centres of the strike wave, have reportedly failed to attend work.

Organisers said this action is in solidarity with the strikes. Guards at the prison have previously raised concerns about conditions for prisoners.

Some unconfirmed reports say the strikes have spread further than the 45 facilities across 24 states that organisers initially hoped for.


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