LAPD, Violence and Immigration

The LAPD is being investigated for its excessive use of force at a peaceful Immigration rally this week. The rally was part of a international movement of marches and protests called May Day – a day dedicated to labor and immigration reform. And in classic LAPD fashion, officers were caught on tape; bombarding women, children and journalists with rubber bullets and clubs. The department is currently under investigation but as we know, people of color are no strangers to racial profiling, police brutality or violence from the boys (and girls) in blue, particularly in non-violent protests. We have a long history of non-violent social movements led by such prominent activists as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which were met with violence from the state.

Do these protests represent a new era of mass movement from people of color? Is Immigration reform the new “Segregation reform” for the fastest growing brown population in the United States?

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Published on May 4, 2007 at 11:54 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under collective action,inter-minority relations,news/politics.