As Now, As Always, Fuck the Police
“Fuck the police!” We all scream the words as we walk amongst the stores. “Yeah one more time, louder”---“FUCK THE POLICE”. We cackle with laughter, and yell again, “FUCK THE POLICE.” The whole mall is starting to notice, and the security guard starts following us. We belt it out a few more times, pass out leaflets, say goodbye to our briefly found friends, and dart out the door. We smile and begin to imagine the march, emboldened by all the words of support we hear.
They’ll tell us that those responses we desire now aren’t what is needed. The times we cheer, when those present destroy what surrounds them and refuse to accept the current state of things, won’t make a lasting impact. You need a mass movement, they’ll say. We believe that we must move in the present to attack what oppresses us and create space for others to attack as well. We will continue to act against the logic of power and permission, and while the abyss of freedom is terrifying, we must create the world we want now, for ourselves.
A hint at this insurrection burst through Saturday in Anaheim. People gathered in shock and outrage at the murder of Manuel Diaz, shot twice from behind by cops in broad daylight. The crowd was rowdy and wanted to strike back against those who seek to enforce a narrative of social peace. The police didn’t allow for the possibility, unleashing a variety of “less than lethal” weapons on those yelling near the site of the police shooting. Despite the attack people have continued to gather every day since the shooting, growing in courage and beginning to set barricades in the streets.
Solidarity is what we must offer when others begin to rebel. On Friday, July 27th we will march against police violence in Atlanta, gathering at 8pm at 14th and Piedmont. The same anger that is being expressed in Anaheim can be found here in Atlanta. The cops in Atlanta are no different than in Anaheim. Ariston Waiters was only 19 when he was shot twice in the back by police. In June metro Atlanta officers shot 3 people within 36 hours of one another, including the 13 year old Trevion Davis. The list is already too large, and will only continue to grow. Conversations show that people across the city hate the police. No one is happy with those who try and force us to accept that we can’t have what doesn’t belong to us, that we must sell our selves for a piece of this wretched earth. We chose to unmask the irreducible violence of the police—violence that is foundational for the functioning and existence of the state. The violence that rigidly distinguishes who gets what and why—the violence of capitalism.
Now we must learn to act with those who share our disdain for the police and the domination of our lives. Our society is broken and divided by sharply enforced hierarchies, controlling and punishing those who have nothing, while allowing those with money to do whatever they please. To taste freedom we must destroy the hierarchies pressed upon us, to find affinity with someone based on their actions, not a category they are placed under. We need to erase this society and the relationships it brings, entirely, and forge joyous new bonds through our actions together.
Some have expressed hesitation at the thought of anti-police march at this time in Atlanta. But the beatings, shootings and arrests by cops are constant, and police violence is never an accident. This is a chance to march and express our utmost disgust for the police. If there’s one thing we should be able to agree on it’s this: Everyone hates the police. We can only begin to imagine a world without them. But by helping to take care and support those close to us, and those who fight for the same freedom we desire, we can begin to see the possibility of a new world. Let’s show solidarity, with Anaheim, with Atlanta, and with all who resist.