The 2020 police murder of George Floyd
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 June 2020
Over 100,000 people demonstrated across the country, despite threats of large fines and an attempted ban of the Sydney rally.
By our reporters, 8 June 2020
The demonstrations were “a great show of people power and it’s a great show of how the world should move forward.”
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 8 June 2020
The global wave of demonstrations against police violence is the response to decades of unending war, the destruction of basic democratic rights, and a massive concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny ruling elite.
By Jacob Crosse, 6 June 2020
Demonstrators have been teargassed, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets and beanbags, and beaten by rampaging police.
“He is trying to be a dictator and he can’t be allowed to be one”
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 June 2020
The multi-ethnic, multi-racial protests against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have evoked widespread sympathy among autoworkers.
“I didn’t receive one warning”
By Nick Barrickman, 6 June 2020
The demonstrator explained how federal officials provoked and then assaulted peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last weekend as protests against police brutality swept the country.
Four Tacoma, Washington police officers put on administrative leave three months after killing Manuel Ellis
By Julio Patron, 6 June 2020
Ellis, a father of two, could be heard on dispatcher radio calling out “I can’t breathe” after being brutally detained and handcuffed by the police.
By Stephen Fuller and Kevin Reed, 6 June 2020
Michigan workers, including 200 health care workers from Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, demonstrated against police violence this week.
By Miguel Andrade, 6 June 2020
Gen. Hamilton Mourão viciously attacked protests against the murder of George Floyd and social inequality, calling for the arrest of demonstrators.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 June 2020
The bans and police threats are outright attacks on the right to protest, a basic democratic right, aimed at establishing a precedent for suppressing mounting social and political opposition.
By our reporters, 6 June 2020
Protesters denounce Canadian police brutality and racism, following the US police murder of George Floyd.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2020
In publishing a fascistic diatribe by Senator Tom Cotton, headlined, “Send in the troops,” the Times editorial page tacitly sided with a military takeover of the United States.
Ten thousand people have been arrested across the US as protests against police violence continue to expand
By Kevin Reed, 5 June 2020
Protests have taken place in more than 500 cities and towns across the US over the past ten days in the face of the deployment of riot police, the National Guard and Trump's threat of military intervention.
By Zac Thorton, 5 June 2020
The appearance of largely unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C., has underscored the growing threat of a military takeover in the United States.
By Clara Weiss, 5 June 2020
Protests by health care workers expanded significantly Thursday, with more demonstrations planned for Friday and Saturday.
By Sam Dalton, 5 June 2020
Jamel Floyd was declared dead shortly after guards responded to an incident in his cell and subdued him with a noxious chemical agent.
By Alex Lantier, 5 June 2020
After the anti-constitutional threats by Trump to deploy the military against protests in the United States, 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday.
By Jan Ritter and Noah Windstein, 5 June 2020
The brutal video-recorded murder has shocked people in Germany and many have taken to the streets in protest.
By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2020
The White House’s planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend “agitators” is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy.
By Matthew Taylor, 5 June 2020
College student Justin Howell was hospitalized on Sunday with a fractured skull and brain damage after being shot in the head while participating in a demonstration against police violence.
After more than a week of nationwide protests, new charges announced against George Floyd’s murderers
By Jacob Crosse, 4 June 2020
Attorney General Keith Ellison tempered any expectations of justice as thousands continued to defy police and military repression in marches across the country
By Robert Stevens, 4 June 2020
Protests were marked by their multi-racial character, with attendees comments confirming that what is taking place in the US is a common experience facing millions across the globe.
“The rich are concerned with keeping their power and keeping the race thing going”
By Evan Blake, 4 June 2020
The WSWS spoke with a cross-section of American workers, all of whom voiced immense support for the protests, while denouncing the criminal response of the Trump administration.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 June 2020
Had the attack occurred in a country such as China or Iran, the muted response from the Australian political establishment would undoubtedly have been very different.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2020
The European press and ruling elite are not especially troubled by Trump’s plan to erect a presidential dictatorship. Rather, they fear the president could provoke class struggles that would endanger the capitalist system and spread to Europe.
Canadian establishment shrugs off Trump’s authoritarian power grab, voices “horror” over mass protests
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 4 June 2020
The Canadian elite, like the US Democratic Party, fears a mass upsurge of the working class against Trump far more than it does his bid to establish a presidential dictatorship.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 4 June 2020
Tear gas directly attacks the lungs, and its corrosive effects could make people far more susceptible to respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
By Kristina Betinis, 4 June 2020
The Douglas County attorney reversed himself Wednesday to call for a grand jury investigation into the murder of James Scurlock by a bar owner during a demonstration this weekend.
By Dan Conway, 4 June 2020
The students were viciously assaulted returning from protests against the murder of George Floyd on Saturday night despite doing nothing to provoke the officers or arouse suspicion.
By Sam Dalton, 4 June 2020
Amidst a worsening COVID-19 outbreak and protests over police violence, fears of brewing rebellions lead to the rapid lockdown of federal prisons this week.
By Jerry White, 4 June 2020
Tech billionaires, Wall Street bankers and auto executives all issued statements this week in hopes of shoring up the battered image of American capitalism.
Letting the cat out of the bag about American television police shows
By David Walsh, 4 June 2020
Dick Wolf, the creator and executive producer of the Law & Order franchise, was obliged this week to fire a writer on an upcoming series after the latter posed with a weapon and threatened to kill “looters” in Los Angeles.
By Jacob Crosse, 3 June 2020
Curfews, mass arrests and police terror have not quelled the powerful movement of youth and workers of all races and ethnicities in response to the police murder of George Floyd.
By Tomas Castanheira, 3 June 2020
Responding to demonstrations across the US, thousands of people took to the streets of Brazil protesting against police violence, racism and the fascistic president Bolsonaro.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2020
The widespread anger provoked by the attack has prompted nervousness from the political establishment, under conditions of mass protests internationally against police violence.
By Thomas Scripps, 3 June 2020
Police violence is directed against the working class, particularly its poorest sections, and falls disproportionately on black communities.
By Andre Damon, 3 June 2020
In contrast to the heroism of the demonstrators, the Democrats have responded to Trump’s dictatorial measures with their typical display of fecklessness, cowardice and complicity.
By Jacob Crosse, 2 June 2020
Trump’s dictatorial moves to quash protests against the police murder of George Floyd signal an escalation of state violence.
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 June 2020
The protest was a rebuke of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s declaration that “There’s no need to import things happening in other countries here to Australia.”
By Sam Dalton, 2 June 2020
In a news conference Saturday night, de Blasio defended police who drove their cruisers into a crowd of peaceful protesters earlier that evening in Brooklyn.
By Tom Peters, 2 June 2020
Thousands rallied in solidarity with those protesting police killings in the United States, and many expressed opposition to the further militarisation of the New Zealand Police.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 June 2020
In a series of politically criminal acts, Trump is establishing a presidential dictatorship based on the military and police.
By Jerry White, 2 June 2020
Claims that David McAtee was killed after police and National Guard troops “returned fire” from protesters fell apart after the Louisville mayor declared there was no body camera footage of the incident.
By Jacob Crosse, 1 June 2020
In scenes repeated across the country, youth and workers were clubbed, gassed and attacked with rubber bullets by police.
“The system is suffocating the life out of the working class”
By our reporters, 1 June 2020
Autoworkers rejected efforts to brand the protesters as “violent” and said the real violence was being perpetrated by police and National Guard troops.
By Thomas Scripps, 1 June 2020
Thousands have demonstrated in a show of solidarity with US protests.
Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 June 2020
Trump’s calls for police violence and repression have been a common theme throughout his administration. Trump views the police as a potential power base for a dictatorial and fascistic regime.
By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2020
Thousands defied a curfew in the Twin Cities while large protests took place in New York City, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles and dozens of other US cities.
By Dominic Gustavo, 30 May 2020
Hundreds protested in Louisville on Thursday demanding the arrest and prosecution of police who killed Breonna Taylor during a “no knock” raid on her residence in March.
Hundreds of thousands stage multiracial demonstrations against police violence in a powerful show of working-class unity
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 30 May 2020
Mass demonstrations of workers and youth of all races, triggered by the brutal murder of George Floyd, are an expression of tremendous social solidarity. It is not a question of black against white, but the working class against the rich.
By Anthony Bertolt, 29 May 2020
The police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has set off a wave of social anger, sparking demonstrations in Kentucky, Colorado, California, Ohio and other states throughout the country.
By Kristina Betinis, 29 May 2020
Local station KARE 11 reports 13 complaints since 2003 were closed without discipline. Chauvin was awarded a departmental medal of valor in 2009.
By James Brookfield, 29 May 2020
Workers and youth gathered in Washtenaw County, Michigan for a third consecutive day on Thursday to protest the brutal police attack on Sha’Teina Grady El that occurred in the early morning hours Tuesday.
By Matthew MacEgan, 29 May 2020
Merritt spoke to the WSWS Wednesday about developments in the Arbery case and what has been exposed about the efforts of the police and prosecutors to whitewash the killing.
By Anthony Bertolt, 28 May 2020
Surveillance video footage shows that Floyd was being compliant moments before he was pinned to the ground and choked to death by a Minneapolis police officer.
By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 28 May 2020
The murder of Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is the latest in a long string of killings and abuse which have their roots in the capitalist system.
By Kevin Reed, 27 May 2020
Video shared on social media shows that George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck while he was subdued on the ground.