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 Reform or Campaign Promises?

Jun 15, 2020

The stampede of politicians rushing to introduce legislation to reform policing in the U.S. is enough to make your head spin.

Democrats leading Congress are rushing to pass a bill within the month to address issues of law enforcement nationwide. The Republicans are scrambling to get ahead of the Democrats’ push.

All this action is a result of the real action of demonstrators in the streets protesting police brutality. A recent poll of the Washington Post registered a whopping 70% view on the part of Americans that the Floyd killing represented a systemic problem with U.S. law enforcement.

With elections right around the corner, business as usual is not looking so good for Team Trump. Quite simply, the Democrats are smart enough to press the advantage of the unpopular Trump law and order show to create a “kinder, gentler look” for their own Democratic candidates.

The huge apparatus that runs this country on a daily basis in large cities where police brutality is the norm, are most often Democrats. Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Minneapolis, with their “progressive” looking mayors and governors, are in “Blue States.” Democratic leaders have been responsible for policing cities riddled with police brutality for decades!

Both parties run the system for the wealthy upper class. Both parties have been satisfied to leave racism in place in all its hideous violence. They let skin color be a dividing line for continual poverty and perpetual insult and police brutality.

These “reformers” could have reformed the system a thousand times over the decades. But they didn’t. They perpetuated it because the systemic violence practiced by the police upholds the profit system they are part of.

Both parties and their system are corrupt and beyond reform. The population can only protect itself against state violence by continued struggles. It can only rid itself of this violence by throwing out the system that breeds it.