The rise of state cruelty with the gloves off.

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,535

Saturday 27 August 2016. 2010, the rise of state cruelty with the gloves off.

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Dear Mrs May,

Since 2010 we have seen the rise and rise of state cruelty. This isn’t about injustice, that’s normal, built into the system and has been from time immemorial.

In days of yore, brutal men would just grab any land they fancied, whether it was occupied or not, declare ownership of everything they’d possessed by force or were granted by yet other brutes, call themselves lords and barons, charge the people on the land for the privilege of being owned and expect their fealty and deferential servitude. Chivalry did not extend to ordinary people. So much, so history.

This modern cruelty started with Thatcher, she was bold, brutally breaking the miners and industry and setting the stage for neoliberalism and the cult of competitive individualism. She broke the workers but she dared not touch our NHS and the welfare state remained a safety net for those in need of a helping hand, although she presided over the end of the post war consensus of the universal provision of care.

The coalition under Cameron with the imposition of austerity saw the beginning of the end of the state as any sort of benign force for the good of the people and the speed of the implementation of the wanton destruction of the state spoke of plans long in the making and now the gloves were off.

The re-writing of social security as ‘benefits’ and the escalation of punitive policies and benefits denial against the most vulnerable, the development of Universal Credit as a system of scarcity and punishment, the rebranding of sickness and disability as ‘malingering’ and wholesale attacks on disabled people and the introduction of forced labour were driven by vindictive cruelty and contempt for the lives of ordinary people.

This is where we stand today and stand we must. There is no possible excuse for this cruelty in one of the worlds richest nations. The Telegraph reports that in 2014 ‘Blue chip bosses in the UK earnt an average of £4.96m’: obscene inequality is no accident of nature it is callously wilful. In your ‘coronation’ speech you said, “The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours.” The time to prove that is passing swiftly and there is no evidence that any such change is likely or ever will be as Liz Truss announces that she will be scrapping the Human Rights Act.…/british/modern/thatcherism_01.shtml…/who-are-the-highest-paid-chie…/…/statement-from-the-new-prime-minister-……/were-still-scrapping-the-human…/…

Wayne Co. Prosecutor says she’ll review position on “White Boy Rick’s” parole

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says she will review her office’s position on parole for Richard Wershe, also known as “White Boy Rick.”

The Story of White Boy Rick

Rick Wershe’s case has caused controversy for nearly three decades. 

Rick Wershe, better known as “White Boy Rick,” is the longest serving juvenile drug offender in the history of Michigan.

The Fascinating Story of ‘White Boy Rick’: Feds Made Him a Drug Kingpin at Age 14, Then Threw Him in Prison for Life

Why did the authorities turn on him? It started when he helped the feds investigate drug corruption in the Detroit Police Department.

Old enemy wants ‘White Boy Rick’ freed

The Trials of White Boy Rick

A Detroit crime legend, the FBI, and the ugliness of the war on drugs.

The Story of Bresha Meadows: Who Will Sing a Black Girl’s Song?

Free Bresha Meadows

David J. Leonard @ The Root; excerpt below:

Unlike us, a nation that fails abuse victims—daughters, sons, mothers; that looks away and blames victims, Bresha Meadows said, “Enough.”

Trapped, like millions of other kids, she felt she had no other choice. Ignored, she felt she had no other option, no other way to protect her mom, her family and herself. What could she do to live a life free from abuse and violence? She refused to live in terror; she refused to blame her mom for not leaving, since she was a victim, too. In the face of violence, fear and terror, she stood her ground, and we stand with her now.

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Press Release Civil Rights Leader Rev. Dr. Floyd D. Harris, Jr. founder of the National Network In Action

Press Release
Town Hall Meeting
International National Network In Action
“Black Lives Matter: Is Fresno becoming Ferguson?”
Date: Tuesday 23, 2016
Time: 6 pm
Contact: Rev. Dr. Floyd D. Harris, Jr (559) 790-4277
Location: New Light For New Life Church Of God 1106 W. Woodward Fresno, Ca 93706
Web Site:
Video: Black student being choked by Fresno Police Motorcycle Traffic Officers:
Civil Rights Leader Rev. Dr. Floyd D. Harris, Jr. founder of the National Network In Action has united pastors, concerned citizens, community leaders and statewide activists to continue to push the Black Lives Matter movement in Fresno, Ca. Rev. Dr. Floyd D. Harris, Jr international civil rights leader and Justice Rene-Anthony Medina a local activist both have been arrested by Fresno Police Department for Black Lives Matter activity. Justice Medina will be present to speak at the town hall meeting. This is an extremely important town hall meeting to include the recent police brutality against an African American male who was jaywalking on the first day of High School going to campus. He was slammed to the ground and choked by a Fresno Police Motorcycle Traffic Officers. Speakers will testify about how they are being targeted, harassed, profiled and abused by local police. There will be local victims and concerned citizens who will give testimony on how local law enforcement have fatally murdered their love one’s unjustly. Rev. Harris will continue to organize the people in Fresno to stand for justice and equality for all people.

Who Polices The Police?

Sean Rigg dies in a caged area in Brixton Police Station in August 2008 and the Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) are called in to investigate. Sean’s family are shocked at the death and this soon turns to anger when the government appointed IPCC begin to make error after error in its inquiry – is it incompetence or collusion? Sean’s family begin a four year struggle to investigate the death themselves and in the process ask ‘Who Polices The Police?’

The film is a blow-by-blow account of their journey as they question the police officers accounts, visit the crime scene, speak to witnesses, examine evidence. Harrowing footage emerges that show the last moments of Sean’s life. The family watch in horror. The conclusion they come to – Sean died at the hands of the police.

Using powerful testimonies, poetry and a political analysis of police violence the film explores the tactics of the IPCC and, through the family of Sean Rigg, challenge its claim that it is independent of the police. Meanwhile the deaths the IPCC oversees continue.

Protecting the image of the police becomes an alter on which hundreds of people that have died in police custody are sacrificed. The IPCC administer last rites and no officers are ever successfully prosecuted for their crimes. In the film the facts of political appointments and ex-police officers leading the investigation teams are exposed. The might of the state is challenged by one family.

‘Who Polices The Police?’ builds fragments of reality, of memory and of resistance into a powerful document about a struggle for justice.