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

Using Cops as Rent-a-goons

Feb 4, 2002

At the Johnson Controls auto parts plant in Plymouth Township, Michigan, 500 workers build auto and truck seats while Plymouth Township’s uniformed police patrol the aisles–and watch them.

Johnson Controls is getting ready to close the plant. They soon will lay off all but 80 of the workers. Johnson rented these cops from the township. The cops go to the plant and watch the workers instead of going to their regular cop jobs–and Johnson pays the township for their time.

What are the cops’ orders? Shoot if a worker makes a mistake?