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

Police Rampage in Chicago

May 14, 2018

An ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) agent was shot in the face in Chicago’s mostly Latino Back of the Yards neighborhood on May 4th. Though the agent lived and will make a full recovery, the cops went on a rampage looking for the shooter.

The Chicago police sent hundreds of cops to the area, and announced that the entire neighborhood was on “lockdown.” They intimidated, harassed, and mistreated people, going into homes without warrants, pushing a kid to the floor, and forcing people off the streets, according to more than two dozen local residents who protested. People throughout the neighborhood were scared–of the cops, much more than of the shooter.

To people in Back of the Yards, and many other neighborhoods in Chicago and around the country, the police act like an occupying army.