Indict, Convict, Send the Killer Cop to Jail—
The Whole Damn System is Guilty as Hell!!

November 25, 2012 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Revolution received the following flier from the Revolution Club in Chicago:


15-year-old Dakota Bright was shot in the back of the head by Chicago police at 3:30 in the afternoon on November 8, 2012—two days after the re-election of Barack Obama. Dakota was on his way to his grandmother’s house—a few hundred yards from where he was shot to death. His body lay in the grass in a back yard handcuffed while—according to witnesses—the police shooed away an ambulance. For 4 hours he lay there while police refused to tell his family what was going on.

Dakota Bright, murdered by Chicago police, November 8.
Photo courtesy of the family of Dakota Bright

Police claim Dakota was pointing a gun at them when he was shot but the gun the police “recovered at the scene” was three backyards away from Dakota’s body. Witnesses report only one gun shot—the one that hit Dakota IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD. Facts are facts—Dakota was murdered in cold blood!

Dakota was a regular 15-year-old kid. A freshman at Paul Robeson High School, Dakota loved to dance to hip-hop music, tell jokes and play video games. He wrestled and played basketball for fun. He collected shoes and hats. And, like any Black teenager, he faced daily harassment and terrorization from the police. Two months ago police kicked Dakota in the mouth, chipping one tooth and knocking another down his throat. When he spit out the blood they charged him with “Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer.” Police said they did this because Dakota “had a smart mouth.” In the old south a “smart mouth” could get a Black kid lynched. Today it is the police doing the lynching.

For days following this outrageous murder family members, friends and people from the community have marched, rallied and held vigils demanding “JUSTICE FOR DAKOTA” and “No More Cops Killing our Kids.” These demands should be taken up far and wide by all—Black, white, Latino and all nationalities. To stand aside in the face of an outrage like this would be immoral. The struggle for justice for Dakota is an important part of the larger struggle against an unjust system of capitalism/imperialism that has at its very core long, long years of brutal oppression of Black people. 

Protest against the murder
Photo: Special to Revolution

The case of Trayvon Martin powerfully showed that the determined struggle of thousands is required to get even a hint of justice for a young Black man. And the continuing police murders, daily harassment and mass incarceration show that only doing away with the system will bring an end to these outrages once and for all. And that takes revolution. 

Revolution doesn’t mean going off all crazy. Revolution means millions of people rising up when the time is right to get rid of this system and building a totally different and far better society. Now is the time to build a movement for revolution—so that revolution can be made when the time for that is right. That means we have to be “fighting the power, and transforming the people, for revolution” today. Winning Justice for Dakota is part of that.

No More Cops Killing our Kids!!



BAsics 1:13

No more generations of our youth, here and all around the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed, who have been condemned to an early death or a life of misery and brutality, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that.

FROM: BAsics, from the Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

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