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

Prince George’s County, Maryland:
Racist Police

Aug 2, 2021

Prince George’s County in Maryland agreed to pay 2.3 million dollars to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed three years ago by Black and Hispanic county police officers. Police testified that white cops used racist slurs, sent text messages saying to “reinstitute lynching,” and put a black face and Afro wig on a training dummy, among other disgusting abuses.

The county spent many times the settlement amount—nearly 18 million dollars—to try to fight the lawsuit, with most of the money going to pay expensive lawyers. This shows their priorities: defending abusive prejudice. No one should expect the department’s practices to change.