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

Dearborn Police Shooting

Feb 19, 2018

The City of Dearborn, Michigan recently agreed to pay 1.25 million dollars to settle a lawsuit. The suit was filed by the family of Janet Wilson, a 31-year- old black woman who was shot multiple times – while sitting in her car – by a white Dearborn police officer in 2016.

Janet was a gentle young woman according to family. She was “mentally challenged” but high functioning. On the day she died, Janet had gone to the mall to have lunch. Her father, whom she was very close to, had recently died. It was his birthday.

A mall security guard was called after she became “distraught” inside a JCPenney store. Witnesses described her as “mentally incapacitated.” She walked to her car and left. Mall security asked her to stop. When she would not, Dearborn police were called.

According to witnesses, Dearborn Police pursued her – slowly, in stop and start traffic. When traffic cleared and the police officer asked Janet to stop her vehicle, she would not. The police officer shot her multiple times.

In this society, more than anything else, MONEY TALKS. The fact that the City of Dearborn agreed to pay 1.25 million dollars to the family speaks louder than words. It was cold-blooded murder.