Once Again, Murderer In Blue Walks Free—This Time In Milwaukee: HOW LONG?!?!?

June 22, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Once again a murderer in blue has walked free.  Yesterday the uniformed killer who murdered Sylville Smith in cold blood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin—as Smith lay helpless on the ground—walked free, acquitted of reckless homicide charges! 

Last month, the police murderer of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, walked free in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Last week the pig who murdered Philando Castile walked free in St. Paul, Minnesota.  As Valerie Castile, Philando's mother, said last week: “The system in this country continues to fail Black people and will continue to fail us.”

Sylville Smith was a 23-year-old Black man.  Last August 13, 2016, he was simply hanging out when two cops came at him.  Sylville ran from them.  Authorities released a photo appearing to show him then throwing a handgun he’d been carrying over a fence.  Pig Dominique Heaggan-Brown shot him in the arm.  Sylville fell down.  Seconds later, Heaggan-Brown stood over him, and from inches away shot Sylville point blank in the chest, murdering him.  Smith was unarmed and on the ground — “hands up, with no place to go,” the prosecutor said.

Later that night, after he murdered Sylville Smith, Heaggan-Brown went to a bar and “bragged about being able to do whatever” he wanted “without repercussions,” then sexually assaulted a man, the New York Times reports.  

But still this foul, murdering pig, who happened to be Black and wearing a body camera walked!!  Why?  Because police are the armed enforcers of this system and this whole system is set up to justify and exonerate their murders!  In Milwaukee those police procedures demand that police expect anyone who has a gun to have another, and to “use  deadly force until a suspect was no longer a threat,” the cop’s lawyer said.  In other words dead.   

After the verdict, Sylville Smith’s stepsister courageously spoke truth:  “I feel like no matter what it is, these police officers all over the world, they can just literally murder you… I feel he blatantly shot Sylville. I feel it was intentional.”

Now the Trump/Pence regime and its Attorney General Jeff “KKK” Sessions are declaring that there should be even fewer of the already-minimal investigations or restraints on these murderers in blue!  

Last year, righteous rebellions broke out after Sylville’s murder.  Right now it’s urgent that people protest this outrageous police murder and acquittal.

As Carl Dix said after Sylville’s murder last year:  

A system that gives its stamp of approval to wanton police terror is absolutely illegitimate. It's been around too long and needs to be gotten rid of through revolution. In a revolutionary society, as Bob Avakian, the leader of the RCP, has said, “…[W]e would sooner have one of our own people’s police killed than go wantonly murder one of the masses.”

We in the RCP are organizing right now for an actual revolution to get rid of this system and bring into being the kind of society where the kind of state sponsored brutality being inflicted today would be no more.  




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