The police murder of George Floyd

“He is trying to be a dictator and he can’t be allowed to be one”

US autoworkers denounce police violence, Trump’s moves to impose military dictatorship

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”

Protester explains how he was brutally assaulted by Secret Service officials in Washington, D.C.

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.

Workers in Detroit and across Michigan support anti-police violence protests

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.

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro calls demonstrators “terrorists,” threatens military repression

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.

Australian governments try to block demonstrations against police violence

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.

Mass protests erupt across Canada against police brutality and Trump

By our reporters, 6 June 2020

Protesters denounce Canadian police brutality and racism, following the US police murder of George Floyd.

The police murder of George Floyd sparks mass protests throughout the world

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.

New York Times in crisis over op-ed backing military takeover

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.

Trump administration deploys unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C.

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.

Thousands of US medical workers join protests against police violence

By Clara Weiss, 5 June 2020

Protests by health care workers expanded significantly Thursday, with more demonstrations planned for Friday and Saturday.

Inmate dies after being pepper sprayed by guards at Brooklyn federal detention center

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.

Protests erupt in France against police violence and Trump’s coup d’état

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.

German protests in solidarity with George Floyd and against police violence

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.

Trump intensifies campaign to brand domestic opposition as terrorism

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.

Austin, Texas police critically injure young protesters with “less lethal” beanbag rounds

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

Thousands protest in London against police killing of George Floyd

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”

American workers voice support for mass protests against police brutality

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.

Anger over US police assault on Australian journalists in Washington DC

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.

European media outlets fear bitter class struggles in the US

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.

Use of tear gas by US police may exacerbate COVID-19 pandemic

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.

Anger grows over refusal to bring charges in killing at Omaha protest

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.

Georgia police officers charged after brutal assault on college students returning from protest

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.

US Federal Bureau of Prisons implements full lockdown amid mass protests across the country

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.

As protests grow, corporate CEOs hypocritically declare opposition to “racism and injustice”

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

Writer on Law & Order: SVU spinoff threatens to kill “looters”

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.

Protesters defy Trump’s threats, expand nationwide movement against police killings

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.

Brazilian youth join international wave of protests against police violence

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.

Australian police officers assault Aboriginal boy in Sydney

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.

Woman pinned down by police officers in London: “I can’t breathe”

By Thomas Scripps, 3 June 2020

Police violence is directed against the working class, particularly its poorest sections, and falls disproportionately on black communities.

Democrats cover for Trump’s coup d’état

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.

Trump administration deploys military to the capital as nationwide protests continue

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.

Thousands rally in Perth, Australia against police 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.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defends police violence against protesters

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.

Protests across New Zealand over US police murder of George Floyd

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.

Coup d’état in Washington: Trump declares war on the Constitution

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.

Protests in Louisville continue day after local restaurant owner killed

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.

Nationwide protests continue over police murder as state violence mounts

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”

Autoworkers denounce police murder of George Floyd, express support for protesters

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.

Protests internationally against police murder of George Floyd

By Thomas Scripps, 1 June 2020

Thousands have demonstrated in a show of solidarity with US protests.

Trump incites violent police rampage against protesters

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.

Mass protests voice outrage over police murder of George Floyd

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.

Protests against police killing of frontline worker Breonna Taylor escalate in Louisville, Kentucky

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.

Mass anger erupts throughout the US in protests against police murder of George Floyd

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.

Cop who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis had record of brutality

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.

Police attack on unarmed woman in Ypsilanti, Michigan sparks three days of protests

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.

Attorney Lee Merritt speaks on conspiracy to cover-up Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

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.

Thousands continue to protest in Minneapolis over the brutal police murder of George Floyd

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.

The murder of George Floyd and the fight against police violence in the US

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.

Police in the US fire tear gas at protest against brutal Memorial Day murder

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.