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

A War Veteran Killed by Cops

Jan 8, 2007

James E. Dean, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, was killed by a Maryland state trooper the day after Christmas. Dean had already served 18 months in Afghanistan. Returning home, he continually suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.

Before Christmas, Dean, now a member of the Reserves, got a letter ordering him to report for duty in Iraq. He broke down, telling his wife that no one knew what it had been like in Afghanistan. She appealed to the Army to put him on disability leave, but they refused.

On Christmas evening, he walked away, telling his wife, “The next time you see me it’s going to be in a body bag.” He barricaded himself in his childhood home.

Instead of calling on family members to speak with Dean, the police surrounded the house, firing tear gas. After 14 hours of standoff, when he finally came to the door, police shot him dead.

In other words, if you won’t go on being cannon fodder for this army, the government has no use for you. And the police shoot you down like a dog.