Video exclusive: violent stop and search arrest of Michael Wilson, 64, in Mitcham on 22 July

Michael Wilson was walking home from work in Mitcham yesterday (Wednesday 22 July) when he and a colleague, Lloyd, were stopped by police.

An altercation ensued when they tried to handcuff Michael, who was then forced to the ground by police officers and his head repeatedly forced into the ground.

Michael was splitting blood from the injuries caused by the police. At one stage eight officers were involved in the incident.

Mr Wilson is 64-years-old.

The pair had been clearing a garden and were on their home. Michael had a bag with his tools in with may have been why the police picked on him.

A witness to the police assualt send this video to BLMM.

Michael was taken to Wimbledon police station.

Thanks to onlooker Janet Oliver for arranging for this video to be sent to BLMM and for her action in witnessing and holding to account the officers involved.

The officer at the centre of the violent arrest claims that Michael bit him, which the man denies.

Witnesses to the incident say that there was no sign of Michael biting and that he had no time to do so, between the initial conversation with the officer and being taken to the ground.

Janet Oliver commented: “The officer lied, the man never bit him.”

Lloyd concurs. “I didn’t see no biting,” he insists. “I told him not to resist and to give his name but the police just jumped on him and tried to handcuff him.”

violent arrest of Michael Wilson

This latest incident of police brutality follows the emergence of a video a few days ago of a teenager in Hertfordshire being stopped and assaulted by police.

NFAC says 5,000-strong militia formation headed to Louisville in show of force for Breonna Taylor

Latest – live feed from Courier Journal 25th July 2020:

NFAC rally in downtown Louisville

The group will march to Jefferson Square.

Posted by Courier Journal on Saturday, July 25, 2020

NFAC – the Not Fucking Around Coalition – which came to prominence after an armed march and rally at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia, on 4 July, says it will be marching in Louisville, Kentucky this Saturday (25th July) as part of the fight for justice for Breonna Taylor.

Breonna Taylor was murdered in her own home by Louisville police serving a so-called “no-knock” warrant in a raid supposedly looking for drugs.

No drugs were found but none of the officers have been charged with any wrongdoing.

Daily protests have taken place in the city since Breonna’s killing on 13 March.

Leader of the black militia, Grandmaster Jay, real name John Fitzgerald Johnson, says the militia will be forming up this Saturday 25th July in Louisville when the exercise their constitutional right to bear arms.

Attendees have been instructed to dress in “black boots, black button down shirts, black mask, shotgun, semi-automatic or rifle, pistols… thigh holsters or under your arm”.

The self-styled leader of the group said: “If you are not in that uniform, you won’t be in the formation.”

“No fake guns this time. I’m not playing with you all, I’m trying to keep you safe.”

NFAC throws down gauntlet to KKK terrorists

At the Stone Mountain gathering early this month, the NFAC threw down the gauntlet to white supremacist groups who had threatened to attack Black Lives Matter protesters.

The KKK terror group was “reformed” at the park in the early 20th century.

There was no confrontation at that time, but on Saturday there are noises indicating that far-right groups may mobilise to confront the NFAC.

Louisville’s mayor, Greg Fischer, says the city is ready “to make sure everybody is safe”.

NFAC meets with attorney general

In a surprising development, the NFAC leader is reported to have had a phone conversation with the attorney general in which he criticised the lack of action to date regarding the police who killed Breonna.

In a statement, shown in the second video below, Jay shares some more information:

“12 pm we are meeting at central high school – the school that the great Mohammed Ali came from.

“Show up at 12pm. Get everyone set in the stadium. Then we go see some people…

“Bring body armour”

“Bring body armour, if you have it, make sure you have plates. In this situation get your hands on some, get some level-three body armour…

Don’t bring a weapon you have never fired before…

“I have had some conversations with the attorney general of Louisville. The state does not want any trouble. I have been made privy to some information. They are not going to try and antagonise the NFAC.

“The people in Georgia told them they [the NFAC] don’t fuck around.. There’s going to be five times more of us than last time.”

As can be seen in the videos below, the NFAC has certainly captured the public imagination, with reports of people organising car pools for the formation.

Statement from Jay at 2:20 in the video below:

While nothing has happened to the cops who killed Breonna, the city police force has managed to rake in $3 million in overtime payments from local taxpayers for the policing of protests.

BLM Facts and Stats on why black lives matter – thanks to ABLUK

From All Black Lives UK

When we shout Black Lives Matter, we never said other lives don’t matter…

…we said WE MATTER TOO.

We can go on for days explaining to you why we have to still scream Black Lives Matter, but let’s let the ‘Facts + Stats’ do the talking!

Creds to our Co-Founder @n0tasha_ and our graphic designer Tom for creating these ✊🏾✨

Black Lives Matter Facts + Stats, compiled by ABLUK

Black women are five times more likely to die during pregnancy.

Black people are 10 times more likely to be stopped and searched.

Black people are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested.

Black people serve prison sentences that are 50% longer for the same crimes.

Black Caribbean children are 2.5x more likely to be temporarily excluded from school and 3x more likely to be permanently excluded.

White households on average earn 18% more than Black Caribbean households.

Only 37% of Black Caribbean people own their own homes compared to 68% for White British people

For every one white person, 3.7 black people are detained under Mental Health Act.

More ‘Facts + Stats’ to come…

Video: Herts police in violent assault on 16-year-old, knee on neck

“Let go of my hand or I will f**king smash your face in, do you understand” screams a Hertfordshire police officer as he arrests mixed race 16-year-old youth in Hatfield.

The police chased the youth, took him to the ground. He was detained and arrested for suspicion of possession of drugs, strip searched and found to be carrying nothing and subsequently released.

The teenager pleaded with a passerby not to leave as he feared even more violent assault or worse at the hands of the police.

Knee on neck in widespread use by British police?

The violence of the arrest included another clearly documented use of the infamous knee on neck restraint technique.

This follows an incident in Islington last week and another in Brighton.

These are of course just the incidents we know about because they were caught on video by alert members of the public.

His mother, Lisa, has accused the police of carrying out a racist attack in the way he was singled out and subsequently assaulted.

“I do believe this was a racist attack,” she said.

“He is covered in bruises. We are very frightened that this officer is still serving although the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the body for monitoring misconduct.”

Of the three friends only the white girl was allowed to leave the police officers’ presence unmolested.

The family have seen the racist officer three times outside their home since the violent attack.

Sack racist police now!

Why has this violent racist policeman faced no discipline. Indeed, why does he still have a job?

When asked why the teenager was stopped, the police says he looked “suspicious”, by which they presumably mean he looked a bit black.

More details at The Hertfordshire Advertiser

https://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/sixteen-year-old-hatfield-boy-says-he-was-assaulted-by-police-1-6753204?jwsource=cl

Solidarity with black lives matter: US workers Strike For Black Lives

Thousands of workers all over the US are walking out to show their support for the Strike For Black Lives. Read more about the background here.

From the Washington Post:

Tens of thousands of workers nationwide have or are planning to walk off the job Monday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, hoping to draw closer scrutiny to the income inequality and systemic racism that organizers say have become more entrenched during the pandemic.

The “Strike for Black Lives,” as leaders have dubbed the campaign in more than two dozen cities, includes workers from a broad range of industries. Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, American Federation of Teachers and members of dozens of other labor and political groups plan to take part.

Participants are pushing for “an unequivocal declaration that Black Lives Matter” from business and political leaders; action from government officials to “reimagine our economy and democracy” with civil rights in mind; businesses to “dismantle racism, white supremacy, and economic exploitation”; and access to union organizing, according to a list of demands posted on the strike’s website…

…In New York, Antoine Andrews, a UPS driver in Long Island City and member of the Teamsters Local 804, helped lead more than 100 employees in a demonstration in front of their workplace early Monday morning. Andrews and co-workers did not strike, but wanted to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and send a message to their employer to take issues of inequality seriously. more

In Durham North Carolina:

From the Florida Poor People’s Campaign:

“One of the things we have to understand about a capitalistic system that began with slavery, is what the ultimate goal always is, and that’s to get wages as close to zero as possible, because the nation’s wealth was built on paying nothing.” @RevDrBarber

Across the country, essential workers are on strike for Black lives

From Vox:

Racial injustice and Covid-19 have collided for many essential workers. Today they’re on strike.

Fast food workers like Edie will be joined by an enormous swath of the workforce: other low-wage workers like airport employees, ride-hail drivers, nursing home caregivers, and domestic workers alongside middle-class teachers and nurses and even high-paid Google engineers. Those who can’t strike the whole day will walk off the job for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time a white police officer kept his knee on Black Minneapolis resident George Floyd’s neck before he died.

It’s a massive action that will bring together major unions as well as grassroots organizers. The Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and American Federation of Teachers will join forces with the Fight for 15, United Farm Workers, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Social justice organizations, such as the Movement for Black Lives, Poor People’s Campaign, and youth climate organizers will also participate. It represents a unique partnership: Labor unions don’t always act in concert, let alone partner with grassroots and social justice groups. more

Detroit: “[Corporations] talk about Black Lives Matter but they’re not standing with us. They’re not on the frontlines with us.”

UK anti-racist group Stand Up To Racism sent solidarity greetings

Carmarthen to Leamington Spa: BLM protests Saturday 18 – pictures from around the UK

BLM protests took place all over the UK last weekend, as they have for the past two months. Below we report on just some of them.

“Get your knee off my neck” – Justice for Marcus Coutain

Around 50 people gathered outside Islington police station on Saturday after an officer was filmed kneeling on Marcus Coutain’s neck as was being detained.

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Outside Islington police station in north London on Saturday 18 July

BLM protests in Lewsiham

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Above: BLM protest in Lewisham, south east London

Below: Smethwick, West Midlands takes the knee

Around 60 people gathered in Smethwick to take the knee for racial equality.

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Smethwick

Leamington Spa says black lives matter!

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Leamington Spa

Above: Leamington Spa

Carmarthen, Wales: 100 turn out for Picton Must Fall! demo

A socially distanced demonstration calling for the removal of the Picton Memorial in Carmarthen and its replacement with a fitting memorial to the victims of Thomas Picton and slavery.

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Carmarthen
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Picton Must Fall!
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BLM LONDON protests reports and PICS Saturday 18 July – SUNDAY 19th

There were lively BLM protests in London on Saturday 18 July and Sunday 19th.

Saturday’s protest was in memory of Elijah McClain and the continuing fight for justice.

On Sunday there was also a march from Marble Arch to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

Pictures below from London BLM

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BLM protest, central London, Saturday 18 July
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BLM protest, Oxford Circus sit down, central London, Saturday 18 July

“Get off my neck”: Protest at Islington police station, 12 noon Saturday 18 July

When does this end? That’s what black Londoners are asking themselves after video footage emerged of the police kneeling on a man’s neck during an arrest in Islington north London yesterday.

Fortunately for the man shouting “I can’t breathe” and “get off my neck”, he is still alive and has not suffered serious injury.

That’s no thanks to the police, and is instead due to the intervention of members of the public who were on hand to film this latest outrage.

One of the officers involved has been suspended, on full pay as usual, and another put on restricted duties.

Sack racist police thugs

Officers involved in such practices should be immediately sacked not effectively given time-off the job on full pay.

Maybe if they knew that they would immediately lose their jobs for such criminality they would think twice about going down that route.

Equally shocking is the fact that the police have no qualms about using this horrific restraint technique even after the murder of George Floyd and weeks of protests in the US and here in the UK.

It is not so much that the police are stupid. Instead it shows the depths of racist culture in the Met police. Every black person, in their eyes, is worthy of such treatment.

Protest at Tollington police station

Saturday 18 July

Stop Police Violence Now – Remember George Floyd

Protest Islington at Police Station

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12 noon

Called by Islington Stand Up To Racism

Twitter helping US authorities with BLM mass surveillance

Twitter is in the news for all the wrong reasons at the moment. But beyond the hack of the accounts of the great and the good, behind the scenes the microblogging site has been helping US law enforcement to track and surveil BLM protests.

Dataminr, a company that works closely with the social media platform has been using its privileged access to Twitter realtime data to inform law enforcement agencies about the latest posts of people they identify as BLM demonstrators and activists.

Both Twitter and Dataminr have previously made statements that neither would take part or assist in domestic surveillance, but according to a report by The Intercept this is clearly not the case.

Dataminr’s core business is aimed at providing corporations with a heads up on looming reputational risk issues by scanning social media to pick up signals.

Excerpt from The Intercept:

Dataminr’s Black Lives Matter protest surveillance included persistent monitoring of social media to tip off police to the locations and activities of protests, developments within specific rallies, as well as instances of alleged “looting” and other property damage. According to the source with direct knowledge of Dataminr’s protest monitoring, the company and Twitter’s past claims that they don’t condone or enable surveillance are “bullshit,” relying on a deliberately narrowed definition. “It’s true Dataminr doesn’t specifically track protesters and activists individually, but at the request of the police they are tracking protests, and therefore protesters,” this source explained.

The Intercept

Thanks Twitter: US mass surveillance… just like China?

In another report from The Intercept, journalists have uncovered how the police have ignored the real and present threat of right-wing terrorism around the BLM protests in the US, and instead preferred to pursue fictitious claims, trumpeted by Trump and others, about antifa.

The so-called Blueleaks hack has exposed the details of 700,000 cops in the US.

After the hack, Twitter shutdown the DDoSecrets site that had disseminated information about the Blueleaks hack. The Reddit sub – r/blueleaks has also been banned.

The leaked data dates from 2007 to June 14, 2020, so include much of the protests that took place following the murder of George Floyd by police.

Much of the information in the leaks has come from so-called Fusion centres set up post 9/11 with the purpose of enabling different state and Federal law enforcement agencies to share information.

Some of the hacked websites also included those where law enforcement collaborates with corporations in various guises, such as the Energy Security Council.

Many hacked sites also included data from the high-intensity drug trafficking area program (HIDTA).

And finally another bunch of websites were membership-only police officer associations of one type or another.

Of particular interest were the many instances of SAR reports uncovered – Suspicious Activity Reports.

One such SAR concerned a student seeking pro bono legal aid assistance from a law firm.

A racist lawyer saw it and contacted law enforcement.

“PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED SOLICITATION I RECEIVED FROM AN ANTIFA TERRORIST WANTING MY HELP TO BAIL HER AND HER FRIENDS OUT OF JAIL, IF ARRESTED FOR RIOTING,” he typed into an unhinged letter, in all-caps, that he mailed to the Marin County District Attorney’s office, just north of San Francisco.

He explained that he was remaining anonymous because he “CANNOT RISK THIS PIECE OF SHIT ANTIFA […] FILING A BAR COMPLAINT AGAINST ME,” and warned that “THE SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC DEFENDERS WILL VIGOROUSLY DEFEND THESE TERRORISTS.” He ended his letter, “HAPPY HUNTING.”

Instead of throwing the lawyer’s communication in the garbage, it was uploaded to the local fusion centre as useful intelligence.

This is one example of an estimated 1,200 commmunity-submitted SARs.

Other SARs were similarly racist.

Again, the full story at The Intercept.

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