#1 TIME: "Preparing for Riots After Zimmerman Verdict Is Racial Fear Mongering"
07-11-2013, 02:05 PM
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Preparing for Riots After Zimmerman Verdict Is Racial Fear Mongering
The assumption that there will be violence if Zimmerman is acquitted runs counter to recent history
By Marc W. Polite
As the trial of George Zimmerman winds down, the Orlando police are reportedly bracing for possible riots in the event that the defendant walks. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office release two public service announcements urging people to “raise their voice, not their hands” if they are unhappy with the verdict. Meanwhile, church leaders, who have been given seats at the trial, have pledged to use their influence in the community to quell any violence.
Given the way law enforcement delayed over Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting—it was 46 days before George Zimmerman was arrested—there is cause for concern. It was a groundswell of protest from the black community that brought the shooting to the nation’s attention—remember the One Million Hoodie March? This case has sparked a movement—in defense of young black men and in opposition to Stand Your Ground law. But the pre-emptive call for calm runs counter to recent history, and may be akin to racial fear mongering.
The last major racial riot occurred in Los Angeles after four police officers were acquitted in the brutal beating of Rodney King. That was 21 years ago. Since then, there have been several other racially-charged cases that might have provoked an outpouring of protest but did not. The police officers who murdered Sean Bell in a hail of 50 bullets were acquitted in 2008, and no riots ensued. The indictment of the officer that shot and killed Bronx teenager Ramarley Graham was tossed out earlier this year, even with footage of the police following him into his Bronx home. His mother didn’t call for riots. She made t-shirts to protest.
In some ways, the calls for order recapitulate what this case is all about—the assumption of violence on the part of the black community, and of black men. No one seems to be concerned about the possible violence of Zimmerman supporters if Zimmerman is convicted. To try to preemptively deter the black community from taking matters into their own hands should they feel justice has not been done is ironic considering that Zimmerman’s actions themselves were a kind of vigilanteeism—a violence above and beyond what many, including the prosecution and Martin’s family, feel was necessary.
If Zimmerman is acquitted, people will be upset, but they will find other avenues to show their dissatisfaction. The black community has become more sophisticated in protesting injustice, and there is talk already of using economic boycotts and other means that are more effective than upheavals that would only result in heavier police repression. Should Zimmerman walk, the response will be long-term and focused on ending Stand Your Ground so that this cannot happen again. After all, this case probably would not even have come to trial without the sustained outpouring of protest—all of it non-violent.
Polite is an award-winning blogger and author of the chapbook The Poetic Ruminations of Mr. Born Nice. More of his political and social commentary may be found at his blog, politeonsociety.com
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07-11-2013, 02:19 PM
Riots? The media is seeding the clouds.
07-11-2013, 02:26 PM
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I love that Polite claims that the last racial riot was in Los Angeles long ago. Obviously, he hasn't been watching sports team parades, like the Lakers victory parade in 2009.
And here are the race/ethnic riots in the US since 1992:
1996: St. Petersburg Riots (St. Petersburg, Florida): After Officer Jim Knight stopped 18 yr. old Tyron Lewis for speeding, his car lurched forward causing Knight to fire his weapon, fatally wounding the black teenager. Riots broke out and lasted for about 2 days.
2001: Cincinnati riots (Cincinnati, Ohio): In a reaction to the acquittal of Steven Roach after the fatal shooting of an unarmed young black male, Timothy Thomas, during a foot pursuit, riots broke out over the span of a few days.
2003: Benton Harbor riots (Benton Harbor, Michigan)
2005: 2005 Toledo Riot (Toledo, Ohio): A race riot that broke out after the Neo-Nazi protest marched through a black neighborhood.
2006: Fontana High School riot (Fontana, California): Riot involving about 500 Latino and black students
2006: Prison Race Riots (California): A war between Latino and black prison gangs set off a series of riots across California
2008: Locke High School riot (Los Angeles, California)
2009: 2009 Oakland Riots (Oakland, California): Peaceful protests turned into rioting after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Oscar Grant, by a BART transit policeman.
Wiki has a list of all civil unrest situations:
1996 - St. Petersburg, Florida Riot 1996, October 1996, St. Petersburg, Florida
1997 - The July 4th Immigration Demonstration Lockdown, July 1997, Los Angeles, California
1999 - WTO Meeting of 1999, "The Battle in Seattle", November 1999, Seattle, Washington
1999 - Michigan State University student riot, April 1999, (East Lansing, Michigan)
1999 - Woodstock '99 music festival riot, August 1999, (Rome, New York)
2000 - Puerto Rican Day Parade attacks, June 11, Central Park, New York City, New York
2001 - Seattle Mardi Gras Riots, February 27, Seattle, WA
2001 - University of Maryland, March 31, Students riot following team's loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA tournament, College Park, Maryland
2001 - 2001 Cincinnati Riots, April 10–12, Cincinnati, Ohio
2002 - University of Maryland, April 1, Students riot following their team's victory in the 2002 NCAA tournament, College Park, Maryland
2002 - University of Minnesota Hockey Riots, April 6, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2002 - Ohio State University football riot, Nov., Students riot after game with University of Michigan, Columbus, Ohio
2003 - University of Minnesota Hockey Riots (second straight year), April 12, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2003 - Benton Harbor Riot, June 2003, Benton Harbor, Michigan
2003 - Miami FTAA Protests, Fall 2003, Miami, Florida
2004 - Detroit Pistons "Malice at the Palace", Nov. 19, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan
2005 - Civil disturbances and military action in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, August - Sept., New Orleans, Louisiana
2005 - 2005 Toledo Riot, October 15, Toledo, Ohio
2006 - San Bernardino punk riot, March 4, San Bernardino, California
2007 - The Los Angeles May Day mêlée, May 1, Los Angeles, California
2008 - Cedar Fest riot 2008, Michigan State University, April 5, 52 arrested, East Lansing, Michigan
2008 - Republican National Convention Protests, St. Paul, March, over a 1000 arrested, St. Paul, Minnesota
2009 - Protests against BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant, January 7, 120 arrested, Oakland, California
2009 - College Fest riot, Kent State University, April 25, more than 50 arrested Kent, Ohio
2009 - Spring Jam/Dinkytown riot, University of Minnesota, April 25, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009 - Palmer Fest melee, Ohio University, May 10, Athens, Ohio
2009 – L.A. Lakers riot, June 14, Fans riot in Downtown Los Angeles after Lakers win championship, Los Angeles, California
2009 - 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh summit protests, Sept. 24-25, 193 arrested
2010 - University of Tennessee Lane Kiffin Riot. Students riot on the Knoxville campus following head football coach Lane Kiffin's announcement that he took the head coaching job at the University of Southern California.
2010 - University of Maryland basketball disturbance 2010, College Park, Maryland, March 3 following a game; 28 arrested.
2010 - Springfest Riot, April 10, 200 police disperse crowd of 8000 using tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds, near the campus of James Madison University; dozens injured; 30-35 arrested., Harrisonburg, Virginia
2010 – Santa Cruz May Day riot, May 1, 250 rampage through downtown Santa Cruz attacking 18 businesses, causing an estimated $100,000 in damages. 1 arrested. Santa Cruz, California
2010 – L.A. Lakers riot, June 17, Fans riot in Downtown Los Angeles after Lakers win championship, 50 arrested. Los Angeles, California
2010 – BART Verdict riot, July 8, Riot breaks out in response to verdict in the killing of Oscar Grant, BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant. About 100 businesses were damaged and 78 people were arrested, Oakland, California
2010 - Eugene Melee, Sept 25, Riot breaks out west of the University of Oregon campus as police use tear gas to break up a rowdy party. 9 arrested. Eugene, Oregon
2010 - Oakland Protest riot, Nov. 5, Police made more than 150 arrests as a crowd broke windows and knocked down fences, protesting sentence of former BART officer in shooting of Oscar Grant on New Years Day 2009 see BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant., Oakland, California
2011 - Pennsylvania State University Joe Paterno Riot. Students riot in protest of the decision of the Board of Trustees to fire head football coach Joe Paterno. State College, Pennsylvania
2011 - Occupy Wall Street (Brooklyn Bridge Protests). Demonstrators blocked the bridge and more than 700 people were arrested. Brooklyn, New York
2011 - Occupy Wall Street Oakland Protests Riots. October. Protesters shattered windows, set fires, and plastered buildings with graffiti. Riot police fired heavy amounts of tear gas on the protesters.
2012 NATO 2012 Chicago Summit May. Conflict between riot police. Dozens of demonstrators clubbed and arrested.
2012 - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, October 12, Fans riot after a win at home against Upper St. Clair. Fans broke through a fence at the Bethel Park High School stadium.
2013 - Brooklyn Riots, March 9th. Riots erupt for several nights after the controversial shooting of Kimani Gray. Over 46 demonstrators were arrested.
2013 - Seattle May Day Protest Riots, May 1st, 17 Arrested as Seattle May Day Protests Turn Violent.
07-11-2013, 02:46 PM
Detroit police prepared for potential riots following the Malice Green case, but as both cops were convicted, no riots occurred. I think there would have been problems, if not a full scale riot, if no cops had been convicted. One had his sentence overturned, but that was because he was not the killer-he basically lied to protect his partner, who was the killer.
They also prepared for possible riots following OJ Simpson's trial-I'm not sure there would have been riots in Detroit if OJ had been convicted in the murder trial, but it doesn't hurt to prepare.
I'm not concerned that there will be riots in Detroit if Zimmerman is aquitted, but if I lived in Miami or Orlando, I would be concerned. If there were going to be riots in Detroit this year, it would have been after the Governor took over the city and named an emergency manager.
If there was a 1967 style riot in Detroit, the police are even less equipped to deal with it than they were in 1967. They probably would have been able to handle one in 1994, but I'm guessing the force has about 1/3 the number of cops they had then, when Archer was mayor.
07-11-2013, 07:50 PMShould Zimmerman walk, the response will be long-term and focused on ending Stand Your Ground so that this cannot happen again.Be Not Afraid.
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07-11-2013, 09:00 PM
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From "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon" to the DOJ's "keen" interest has a purpose. It not earth-shattering to anyone here, but Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS, as well as the NSA stories are just old news now. There's hardly a mention of these topics even on Fox now. Prior to this, one, or more were discussed/updated daily.
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