Friday, September 5, 2014


At least 1500 people have been killed by U.S. police since May 1, 2013.

I know it's an undercount, however, because two of the police killings that happened near enough to our place to cause shudders never made the "corporate news." How many others might there be? Who knows? Many. That's for certain.

How many wounded? Thousands, many thousands. Not counted yet. But they will be.

These are the casualty counts of a civil war, not pursuit of criminals. These are the casualty counts that come from summary executions and the brutality of stark terror, not crime suppression. These are the casualty counts of occupation, not policing. They violate every principle of dignity, justice, community and peace. These are casualty counts that constitute acts of war on the people.

I don't doubt that others will suitably separate and categorize the raw statistics, and the justifiers will come along and claim that the victims deserved to die the way they always do. The Otherness of the victims will be highlighted and the rest of us will be told to go about our business because we're the fortunate ones. We are served. We are protected by the forces of good and prosperity working tirelessly on our behalf to keep us from the Evil of the Other.

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