city officials have also disclosed that stores that suffered damages during demonstrations would receive $2,000 each to offset repair costs. If only government officials showed as much concern and diligence when it comes to reparations for the victims of police brutality and their family members!
In other words, Oakland’s redevelopment plan includes augmenting the policing of the cities poorest residents. Police repression is an effective gentrification tool for driving out the poor in order to make room for wealthier residents, whom city officials and the business community see as more desirable.
police brutality is a euphemism. It’s police terrorism… All of us experience the same sentiment of terror, from the top of our heads to the tips of our toes. We think we’ll get 40 shots in the back, or end up on death row on some trumped up case… Everyday, everyday is September 11th for us.” Hampton continued, “We have to start using brutal terms for brutal realities… Don’t call them ‘jails’ call them ‘concentration camps’!
More radical activists tried to push for review boards with real power over hiring and firing of police, as well as the ability to prosecute officers, but these efforts were almost always defeated. This was the line that the ruling class would not cross: any disruption of their chain of command, personnel decisions or discipline. The community might have some control over new complaint processes and far more Black and Latino officers were hired, but when it came to police orders and operations — the real centralism of the state — they would yield no community control.