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

Lies to Support Murdering Cops

Jun 8, 2015

Ever since President Obama and Baltimore mayor Rawlings-Blake called the people rioting in the streets of Baltimore “thugs”, all kinds of lies have spewed forth as reinforcement. In fact, the police, the media, and the politicians are carrying out a propaganda campaign to justify the actions of the police.

Several experts have already pointed out the fallacies in their arguments. The cops say crime rose in May. But Tracey Meares, a Yale professor, points out the crime statistics claiming the rate of crime is increasing, are bogus. “This time last year” comparisons are meaningless and especially so when the numbers are small. Crime always increases in May when the weather starts to get warm. For better accuracy, the comparison needs to be extended over time. She also pointed out that the claim that crime is rising because cops are backing off from their jobs is based on anecdotes and not any real evidence.

Then there is the matter of the 175,000 prescriptions stolen from the CVS and other pharmacies. The cops say the looted drugs could be the cause for the surge in violent crime, as if people are getting high from stolen prescription drugs. Since when does CVS only sell narcotics? The most prescribed drug in the U.S. is levothyroxine, used to treat hypothyroid disease. After that is cholesterol-lowering and anti-heart burn drugs. Not the best drugs to get high on!

Lies on top of lies. All this because states attorney Mosby was forced to charge six cops in the murder of Freddie Gray by the young people of Baltimore who fearlessly went out into the streets and challenged the police.

People have seen murders of young black men by police on T.V. over and over. This campaign means to get people to doubt what they have seen and what they know. It means to convince people to support the police, to want them in their neighborhoods.

They are actually trying to convince us that it was wrong to protest and denounce their murderous ways!