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

Deja vu all over again

Jul 28, 2003

According to the L.A. Times, even before the police brutality trial of Jeremy Morse began, the Justice Department was busy recruiting "business, civic and religious leaders" to help "direct people to places where they can peacefully vent their anger" when the trial ends.

It's outrageous enough that brutal, racist cops run around uncontrolled, beating people up in their own neighborhoods. But it's a criminal act on a much larger scale when state officials let these thugs go unpunished and try to diffuse the totally justified outrage of the community.

In 1992, it took a full-scale uprising in the second-largest city of the country to get some kind of "guilty" verdict against two of the cops who had beaten Rodney King. Since then, however, it's been business as usual again. Across the country, cops who beat and even kill unarmed civilians are brought to trial only when there is much publicity and a big public outcry.

The uprising of 1992, like many before it, showed the anger of the population, but it did nothing to challenge the power structure of the bosses, officials and politicians who let these murderous cops loose on the population.

It was the same "business, civic and religious leaders" who are being called on by the authorities today to try and calm down the justified anger of the community who told people in 1992 to "clean up, go home and put your faith in the system."

Here it is, the system at work – and we have come full cycle.