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

P.G. County, Maryland:
Awfully “Suspicious”

Sep 17, 2012

Nineteen-year old Ryan Dorm and a friend went to a gas station convenience store to buy drinks and chips one night last February in Brentwood, Prince George’s County, Maryland. Two plain-clothes police detectives entered the store and followed him out. One detective hit him from behind in the head with his gun so hard the gun fired – as clearly shown on the videotape recently made available to local TV news.

But the cops filed a report that he tried to take their gun. Ryan Dorm was charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and jailed on a $15,000 bond.

The same night, internal affairs detectives visited the scene and discovered the surveillance footage from a nearby business. An investigation was opened, and the police were suspended.

But Ryan Dorm spent four long months in jail before he was released and all charges were dropped. The police department took its time looking through his history, trying to find any excuse for keeping him under arrest and in jail.

The detectives said Dorm and his friend – two young black men buying snacks at night – “looked suspicious.” What’s suspicious, as always, is how the police behave! Racist to the bone!