police

Kill the Bill? Change the System!

Leaflet distributed by the CWO at various Kill the Bill protests happening around the UK.

7 Lies Police Have Told You About The Bristol Protests

The police have been desperate to build a narrative of valiant officers defending Bristol from dangerous thugs, but the truth is very different, and they have started to trip over their own lies.

[VIDEO] Police: Reform? Defund? Abolish?

Should police be reformed, defunded, or abolished?

https://youtu.be/ik2xZEgoReE

I wrote this as a debate between characters with strong/weak points made on both the reform and abolish side. Rather than have a clear winner, I wanted to respond to challenging questions and criticisms.

My own opinion is that we should abolish the police but that genuine abolition is likely not possible in capitalism.

Neither character is right or justified in everything they say and at times even make me cringe (especially the ad hominems), but hopefully both say things that are challenging, thought-provoking, and deepen your perspective on this topic.

Reforming Zeal: Jack Straw vs football fans

Black Flag article from 2001 on New Labour's proposals for draconian legislation aimed at football fans.

Anti-Fascist: Or Pro-Police? - Anarchist Black Cross

Article from Black Flag in 1986 about Searchlight's attempts to influence Anti-Fascist Action.

How the pigs abuse ‘gang’ labels - Kevin "Rashid" Johnson

An article by Kevin "Rashid" Johnson on the abuse of "gang" labels to censor dissent. This article was previously published by the San Francisco Bay View, and readers who find it useful may wish to donate to their fundraiser.

Cops and Cocaine: Bent for the cause – Black Flag

In Black Flag issue 212, in the article "Scotland Yardies" we argued that "police strategy is in reality about the confinement of crime within working class areas" and that "whether for political purposes or private gain, some police are actively involved in the drug trade in inner cities." This article attempts to further substantiate that contention.

Copwatching in Chattanooga - Lorenzo Komboa Ervin

Article from Black Flag #214 1998.

Interview: Adil Rahman of Newham Monitoring Project - Black Flag

NMP banner

Newham Monitoring Project has been fighting racial harassment and police harassment in East London for 18 years - consistently running an emergency advice line, offering practical support to individuals and running campaigns. NMP has always been a grassroots community organisation and funding has come and gone. The withdrawal of funding and loss of its office more than a year ago had lead to rumours of its demise but Black Flag found NMP still going strong when we interviewed Adil Rahman.

From Black Flag #214 1998

Queering the Panthers: Rhetorical adjacency and black/queer liberation politics

Lisa Corrigan's article charting the coterminous relationship between the black liberation movement and the gay liberation movement with special emphasis on the relationship between the Black Panther Party and the Gay Liberation Front.