The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Anaheim California:
Protests against Police Brutality

Mar 6, 2017

Protests erupted in Anaheim, a city 50 miles south of Los Angeles, after a video appeared on the internet showing an off-duty Los Angeles police officer dragging a 13-year-old boy, who demanded the man release him. The off-duty cop had initiated the fight after he accused some teenagers of walking across his lawn. When some of the boy’s friends tried to free him from the man’s clutches, the man pulled a pistol from his belt and fired it. The shot prompted many of the teenagers to flee.

In a statement after the shooting, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait appeared to condemn the actions of the off-duty cop. “Like many, I am deeply disturbed and frankly angered by what it shows,” said Tait. “The video shows an adult wrestling with a 13-year-old kid and ultimately firing a gun... It should never have happened.”

Yet, the police did not arrest the off-duty cop. But they did arrest the 13-year-old boy and another teenager. And when 300 demonstrators took to the streets to protest police brutality, the police arrested 24 protesters.

Because in this society, the government and police always defend the right of police to fire their guns at anyone they want... including teenagers for walking across a cop’s lawn.