Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Aiyana Jones -- Police kill 7 year old and terrorize her family

From the Detroit Free Press:

Aiyana’s dad, Charles Jones, said he rushed into the living room after hearing the explosive and gunshot. He says police made him lie face down on the ground, his face in shattered glass and the blood of his daughter.
"Blood was coming down her mouth," said Mertilla Jones. "They killed my grandbaby."
Charles Jones said that police told him his daughter would be ok.

So, the police threw a flash grenade through her window.  It burned the seven year old girl sleeping on her couch.

Then, the police shot her.

Then, when her father rushed into the living room, they pushed him into the glass and blood of his own daughter on the floor.  They treated him like a criminal.  And they LIED to him.  They told him his daughter was fine.

But, she wasn't fine.  She was dead at age seven.  She was shot and killed by police.

And what did this police do when they discovered the body of a seven year old girl bleeding and dying owing to their bullets?

Did they stop everything and immediately tend to her care?  Did they step back and let the father hold his child in her final moments?  Did they show any remorse?

No, they pushed her father face down into the broken glass and his daughter's blood and LIED to him.  They arrested her grandmother and held her for several hours.

Then, they LIED to the news and the public.

From Democracy Now:

Detroit police say an officer’s gun accidentally went off after the officer tussled with Aiyana’s grandmother. But the attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, says video of the incident shows police opened fire after lobbing a flash grenade through the home’s front window—before they had entered. A bullet from the gun pierced Aiyana’s head and neck.

Now, if you have read all this -- don't just shake your head at the tragedy.  Don't just shrug your shoulders.

Ask yourself: is any of this legitimate in ANY KIND OF WAY?

Fact is, at any point in this entire incident the police handled things in the worst way possible.  And repeatedly they lied about it.

This is not accidental or incidental or one of those so-called "isolated incidents."

Everything about how this entire incident went down reveals the nature of the police force.  They are not there to "protect and serve" the people.  They exist to protect and serve an illegitimate capitalist system that cares nothing for the lives of the people in this country or in any part of the world.

This is a system that was founded on slavery and genocide and has white supremacy woven into its DNA.  It is a system that has perfected the methods for terrorizing oppressed people all over the globe.  I mean, why invent something like the flash grenade?  Why perfect the tactic of throwing them into people's homes in the middle of the night -- the time that is most disorienting, intentionally?  Why bring a whole TV camera crew to film the incident as if it is just another form of entertainment?  (I guess, this is the country that turned genocide -- that is, "cowboys and Indians" -- into a children's game.)

Why is it that you can find parents in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Guatemala, in Panama, in Arizona, in Detroit, in Harlem, in Compton, in countries and cities around the world who would know exactly how Aiyana's family felt?  Because they too have had their doors kicked in in the middle of the night and been shoved onto the ground as their family members are killed, as their elderly relatives are thrown around, as their loved ones are dragged off in cuffs as if THEY are the criminals.

For too long the USA has wrecked terror and heartbreak, bloodshed and nightmares, broken dreams and early graves, misery and torment to every corner of this globe.



Join in protests and get out the statement:

Read and share the whole thing  -- but here are excerpts below:

It is a system of capitalism-imperialism…a system in which U.S. imperialism is the most monstrous, most oppressive superpower…a system driven by a relentless chase after profit, which brings horror upon horror, a nightmare seemingly without end, for the vast majority of humanity: poverty and squalor…torture and rape…the wholesale domination and degradation of women everywhere…wars, invasions and occupations…assassinations and massacres…planes, missiles, tanks and troops of the USA bombarding people in faraway lands while they sleep in their homes or go about their daily lives, blasting their little children to pieces, cutting down men and women in the prime of life, or in old age, kicking down their doors and dragging them away in the middle of the night…while here in the USA itself the police harass, brutalize and murder youth in the streets of the inner cities—over and over again—and then they spit out their maddening insults, insisting that this is "justified," as if these youth are not human beings, have no right to live, deserve no respect and no future.

yes, it is true—now is not yet the time, in this country, to go all-out to seize the power away from those who rule over us and to bring a new power, serving our interests, into being. But now IS the time to be WORKING FOR REVOLUTION—to be stepping up resistance while building a movement for revolution—to prepare for the time when it WILL be possible to go all out to seize the power.
Revolution can be made when there is a revolutionary situation, an even greater crisis in society as a whole: when people in greater numbers come to deeply feel and understand that the present power has no legitimacy…that it serves only a handful of oppressors…that it uses lies and deception, corruption and completely unjust force and violence to keep this system going and "keep the people in their place"…when millions see the need to fight to break this power and establish a new power that can bring about the changes that people desperately need and want. For a revolution, there must be a revolutionary people, among all sections of society but with its deepest base among those who catch hell every day under this system…people who are determined to fight for power in order to radically change society, to get rid of oppression and exploitation. But the point is this: we cannot, and we must not, sit around and wait for "one fine day" when this revolutionary situation comes about and a revolutionary people comes on the scene. No, we must—and we can—work to bring a revolutionary people into being…to enable people to see why they should put no faith in this system, and should not live and die in a way that keeps this system going…but instead should devote their lives to resisting oppression and building up for the time when we can get rid of the cause of all this oppression. Using our Party's newspaper, Revolution, as the foundation, guideline, and organizational scaffolding for this whole process, this is what our Party means when we say we are hastening while awaiting the revolutionary situation, preparing minds and organizing forcesfor revolution.
All this is not possible without leadership. But the thing is…There is leadership.


In Bob Avakian, the Chairman of our Party, we have the kind of rare and precious leader who does not come along very often. A leader who has given his heart, and all his knowledge, skills and abilities to serving the cause of revolution and the emancipation of humanity.


posted by Sunsara Taylor at 1:10 AM


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