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

Cops in Prince George’s County, Maryland:
“Just Doing Their Job”

Oct 20, 2008

On August 16, Prince George’s County cops shot and killed Manuel de Jesus Espina in Langley Park. Espina was unarmed and the cops executed him. Hundreds turned out for a vigil. This was the seventh killing this year by PG County police and the year isn’t over yet.

In June, 19-year-old Ronnie White, whom the cops arrested under suspicion of killing a PG cop, was found strangled to death in the county jail. The cops obviously executed White without a trial.

In July, sheriff’s deputies and police narcotics officers raided the home of the mayor of Berwyn Heights (a town in PG County), claiming that he was a drug courier, and killed his two dogs, only to apologize later for making a “mistake.” This made national news because it was a mayor.

The cops have been carrying out these kinds of killings for a long time. In 2000, a Prince George’s undercover cop shot a black Howard University graduate student four times in the back and killed him.

These cops have been killing people in a county where 66% of the people are black. They can turn even a routine traffic stop into a major tragedy.

The anger is so high against the cops, the federal government has had to step in to investigate the 800 biting incidents in a seven-year period ending in the mid-1990s. This includes an incident of a police dog mauling and disfiguring an innocent woman sleeping in her bed. Obviously, the federal government has done nothing - as usual.

The only force that can stop these violations is the population.