[News] Dorner, Racism, and State Repression

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Tue Feb 12 17:39:22 EST 2013


The *Malcolm X Grassroots Movement* (*MXGM*) maintains that regardless 
of what one may think of Christopher Dorner and the rights or wrongs of 
his actions, we want to call attention to the truth’s stated in Dorner’s 
manifesto regarding the pervasiveness of racism in the Los Angeles 
Police Department (LAPD).

As many historians and commentators have pointed out since the release 
of Dorner’s manifesto, the LAPD is a notoriously racist institution. The 
Ramparts Division scandal of the late 1990’s is one recent reminder of 
how racist and corrupt the institution is, and to what extent the 
judiciary and other branches and institutions of the US government 
support its actions.

We should be clear that the LAPD is not an aberration or an exception to 
the rule. Racism is endemic to all law enforcement agencies in the 
United States, and is part and parcel of the foundations of the United 
States government, its historic mission, and its systemic functioning. 
What Mr. Dorner’s manifesto call into question is the degree to which 
racism is blatantly ignored, reasoned away, and legitimized in this 
society. This is further evidenced by the fact that William J. Bratton, 
the innovator of the infamously racist “stop and frisk” policies and 
tactics, who was the Chief of Police in Los Angeles when Mr. Dorner 
filed his complaints and was subsequently fired, has been hired by the 
city of Oakland (which is currently under Federal receivership for its 
racist conduct) to reportedly “clean it up”.

In July 2012 our organization issued a critical report on the 
Extrajudicial Killing of Black people by the Police (see 
http://mxgm.org/report-on-the-extrajudicial-killings-of-120-black-people/) 
that highlighted the cold facts regarding the deadly impact of racism 
and national oppression, made several concrete demands on the US 
government, and encouraged Black people to unite and reorganize 
ourselves to defend our communities against the various forms of state 
repression aimed at us and our social movements for justice.

We maintain that our people must step up our organizing efforts to 
curtail the repressive apparatus being built by the US government to 
contain oppressed peoples and radical social movements, and we resubmit 
the critical demands we posed in 2012, as they are no less relevant in 
2013, which have been graphically illustrated by the impact of Mr. 
Dorner’s statements and actions.

_Some fundamental demands_.

Los Angeles specific demands:

1. We call for an independent investigation into the numerous 
allegations made by Christopher Dorner against specific named 
individuals, as well as his general allegations of police conduct, and 
the charges of nepotism that he contends surrounded his firing.

2. We call for an independent commission to investigate the documented 
abuses of the LAPD and to hear unfiled claims of racial discrimination 
and abuse against the department, and to try the department before a 
Federal court to provide redress for the victims.

3. We call for the immediate institutionalization of a Police Control 
Board in the city of Los Angeles directly elected by the people, which 
possesses the power to monitor, review, and change all racist policies 
and procedures, and to fire, subpoena, and try offending police officers.

National demands:

1. We call for the institutionalization of Police Control Boards that 
are directly elected by the people.

2. We call for the elimination of the Police Bill of Rights and the 
numerous civil service rules and judicial policies and procedures that 
give the police anonymity, freedom from having their behavior recorded 
and virtual immunity from accountability and prosecution.

3. We call for the end to the various polices of containment such as 
racial profiling, stop and frisk, gang injunctions, secure communities, 
etc.

4. We demand the demilitarization of domestic law enforcement, including 
eliminating the use of Drones and various surveillance operations and 
institutions.

5. We call for the redirection of military funding to social programs, 
such as public education, housing, health care, public transportation, 
and grassroots-controlled programs to prevent domestic and 
intra-communal violence.

6. We call for the institutionalization of a /National Plan of Action 
for Racial Justice/ to combat racism and racial discrimination in the 
institutions of government and the social relations that shape the economy.

Organize and Take Action! The system will change, only when we make it 
change.

Forward,

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Tuesday, February 12, 2013


In Unity and Struggle,
Kali

Visit:
http://www.mxgm.org
http://navigatingthestorm.blogspot.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/kaliakuno
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