[Photo: Political Prisoner Arrested For Journalism, Patti Beers]
In Wake of Protest Over Police Murder, Cops Crack Down on Journalism in Fullerton, CA
by Steven Argue
At yesterday's protest against the acquittal of the police murderers of Kelly Thomas, 13 people were arrested. Actually, many of the people arrested were kidnapped by the cops as they tried to walk away from the protest. These included an independent media person, Patti Beers, who was arrested filming the arrest of others walking away from the protest. She is being held on $500 bail.
Kelly Thomas was a homeless man brutally beaten to death by the Fullerton Police. As Political Blind Spot described from video that has been released of the beatings:
"In the moments before he lost consciousness, Kelly Thomas cried out for his dad 31 times. He yelled “help me” 26 times and cried out “I’m sorry” 15 times. He responded “OK” to police, a full 29 times and used words like “Sir” and “Please” when speaking to the officers who beat him to death. Those two former Fullerton California police officers walked free this week, found not guilty of any wrong doing in the murder of Thomas."
According to the corporate media, 200 people showed up at the protest, but actual numbers are much higher. Kelly Thomas's sister, Tina Kinser, said of the protest, "I appreciate this [turnout] so much more than anything, it helps us to know that there are so many people fighting for justice.”
The arrest of Patti Beers is being ignored in the corporate media. Instead, they are focusing on one person who attacked a camera person for CBS2, a corporate media station that has the backing of the police. Typically, that was the only violence covered by the corporate media and police violence against peaceful protesters and the independent media were ignored. That woman who attacked that camera person may well have been an agent provocateur. Useless violence perpetrated by undercover police agents are a very common tactic used by police departments and the FBI in the United States to justify police repression and attempt to discredit protests.
Other than that one person, we demand:
Immediate Freedom For Patti Beers and the other Protesters in Fullerton!
Jail the Killer Cops who Beat Kelly Thomas to Death as he Pleaded for his Life!
In the United States the police are directed to go out and harass and brutalize poor people, working class people, people of color, and radical activists. They are also allowed to literally get away with murder while carrying out those orders. It is a problem that is thoroughly systemic under a capitalist state that is at war with its people.
At the heart of the capitalist state is its cops, prisons, courts, and military. The ruling wealthy of this country like brutal cops because they know that it is only people with no connection to humanity who will defend their interests. To end police brutality against the poor, working class, and people of color will take smashing the capitalist state in a proletarian revolution. The Revolutionary Tendency is committed to that cause.
-Steven Argue for the Revolutionary Tendency