Monday, April 16, 2007

Sean Bell: Tip of iceberg in New York police murder culture


NEW YORK (FinalCall.com) - The murder of Sean Bell on November 25, 2006 is not an abberation, according to community and social activists. In fact, they say when the dots are connected in a socio/political context, it is easy to understand why only people of color are shot down in New York City streets like dogs.

Carl Dix, national spokesman for the Revolutionary Communist Party and co-founder of the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation explained to The Final Call that he believes that the killing of Sean Bell and the wounding of Mr. Bell’s friends stems from the “very nature of this capitalist system and its culture of White supremacy.”

“People must see the killing of un-armed Blacks as a nationwide epidemic—not just something that happens in New York City. The 92-year-old grandmother Catherine Johnson wasn’t killed by police in New York City; she lived in Atlanta, Ga.,” Mr. Dix stressed.

Taking Mr. Dix’s argument one step further, there was a timely analysis put forth on the World Socialist Web Site back in June 2003: “The essential task of the city’s police is that of defending a social order characterized by a gap between the world’s greatest concentration of millionaires, and the other, a population in which nearly a third lives below the poverty line and 44 percent have no financial assets whatsoever.”

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