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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Protests for Karon Hylton

Nov 9, 2020

For days, people have been protesting the killing of 20-year-old Karon Hylton in D.C. Hylton was killed when his mo-ped collided with a car while he was being chased by an unmarked police car. Residents are saying that Hylton was the victim of police “jump outs.” These are when officers literally jump out of unmarked vehicles to do questioning or searches. Some residents are saying jump-outs are used to antagonize and provoke young Black people so the cops can further harass them.

All of this was because Hylton wasn’t wearing a helmet.

D.C. police are “not allowed” to chase people for traffic violations. But obviously the police do what they want. Maybe in this case they will be reprimanded for breaking the rules. Maybe. But Karon Hylton remains dead.

And the protests continue, as they should.