Police Terror Won’t End With the Trump Administration

In the month leading up to the general election last week, the New York Police Department prepared the mass upheaval. Top Messing agreed to uniformed officers prepare Curb unrest after “one of the most competitive presidential elections of modern times”. A tactical squad staged Amped-up training Exercises to prepare for the ubiquitous destruction of property. According to a spokesman for the NYPD, the department has even prepared to “Freeze areas of Manhattan“For car and pedestrian traffic” should lead to widespread looting.

The post-election riots the NYPD had expected never happened. Donald Trump’s attempted coup appeared to have failed, and New York did not experience any significant electoral irregularities or voting dramas, so city residents saw no need for it that kind of escalation. But the cops were still controlling as if they were. During the three days between election day and the announcement of Joe Biden’s electoral college victory, tank officers persecuted and harassed organized protest marches and celebrations on several occasions water heater Protesters who spark confrontations and make violent arrests.

“It was just a march … there was no point making arrests,” said Tameer Peak, who was among more than 50 demonstrators arrested in Manhattan on November 4th. Arrests were “definitely the plan,” he said. “It was just run and catch and grab.”

The protests in New York City contrasted sharply with the celebrations that took place across the country on Saturday as activists and marginalized communities had passed the past few months continued violence by the police were accompanied on the streets by white liberals, who were delighted to hear Trump’s news of Trump’s defeat being declared and almost no confrontations with the police. Since those celebrations, cop aggression at New York demonstrations has already been resumed.

The dynamic reinforces an argument often made by Black Lives Matter protesters: While Trump’s defeat is a necessity, it does not represent a fundamental change in the face of the fight against institutions of authoritarian oppression in the US, particularly the police.

IIn New York City on the night after election day, when the Trump campaign made its sloppy attempts to prevent the counting of a few postal ballots, two separate marches demanding that election officials “count any vote” rallied several hundred protesters . They also attracted a comparable number of riot police and body armored bicycle policemen– Part of the tactical team that trained for post-election rioting.

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