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Speaking out about police violence in the nation

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During times of national crisis — such as the one we are facing around racial justice and policing — voices across Princeton University speak directly to the moment. The University is grounded in a mission of teaching and research, and our scholars and experts are joining the national dialogue in the context of the trial of Derek Chauvin after the death of George Floyd.

As our country continues to grapple with this crisis in light of the recent deaths of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minneapolis and 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago, several Princeton faculty members and alumni are appearing in virtual public conversations and using opinion pieces, media appearances, and social media conversations to help navigate a path forward, drawing on their research as well as their own personal experiences.

Read, view and listen to some of their contributions to this national conversation.

Closer to home, Princeton is also offering resources to the University community, including virtual processing spaces, for help in grappling with this topic on a more personal level.

Faculty: In the media and research

Faculty: Events

  • April 9: Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, recorded webinar “Protest, Political Violence and Inequality” with Nathan Kalmoe, associate professor of political communication, Louisiana State University; Mona Leena Krook, professor of political science, Rutgers University; Omar Wasow, assistant professor of politics, Princeton; and Ali Valezuela, assistant professor of politics, Princeton.
  • May 17: Office of Population Research public conversation The State of Black Americawith panelists Ta-Nehisi Coates; Kathryn Edin, the William Church Osborn Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; Patrick Sharkey, professor of sociology and public affairs; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American studies; and Frederick Wherry, the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor of Sociology.

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Thousands Protest Against Alleged Police Brutality – The Berlin Spectator

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In Berlin, some 5,000 people rallied against claimed brutality and racism in the German police on Saturday. Some participants even demanded an abolition of the police as a whole.

Berlin, May 8th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) — There were “too many isolated cases” of police brutality in Germany, a banner at one of today’s largest protests read. Organized by left-wing groups, participants said they wanted to abolish the police altogether. “All of Berlin hates the police”, people chanted while they marched through Kreuzberg. The accuracy of some of their claims did not seem to be too important.

Strong Presence, Low Profile

“Against racism and Nazis in the security authorities”, a big banner held by six protesters read. “You are the problem”, “Stop racial profiling”, “Stop police violence” and “Stop the Nazi networks in the police and the military” other signs said. Cops were accused of being fascists as well.

The very same police the protesters provoked with baseless allegations kept a low profile, probably in order to make sure they did not provide a target for the radicals among the many demonstrators. A total of 1,300 officers protected the city from them. The Berlin Police Department ordered a strong presence because they feared protesters would attack them again, as they did during a “Revolutionary May 1st Protest” a week ago, but the officers stayed in the background as much as possible. On May 1st, all policemen and policewomen on duty had come in full riot gear. This time, they did not.

Fireworks Lit on Roofs

The rally was peaceful as it moved through Berlin’s Kreuzberg borough towards the Neukölln district. At Hasenheide, a major street, the march stopped when police temporarily arrested a man who had scrawled something on construction site fences with a big marker. Once the officers let him go, the rally continued. During the event, a spokeslady for the police confirmed it had been peaceful. Some little incidents were reported. Unknown individuals lit illegal pyrotechnic articles from the roofs of buildings the rally passed.

Almost all protesters wore protective masks. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

The reality is that there have been some police scandals in recent months, for instance about officers in the federal states of Hesse and Berlin who were caught exchanging racist views and Nazi propaganda in chat groups. But, especially in Berlin, the state government is putting a lot of effort into combatting racism and other forms of extremism in its police force. Last summer, Interior Senator Andreas Geisel and Police Chief Barbara Slowik even introduced an extremism prevention concept designed to filter out extremist individuals before they even become police officers.

There were dozens of protests in Berlin today. On this 76th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender, the victims of fascism were supposed to be commemorated at a big event in the German capital’s Alt-Treptow neighborhood.

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Almagro condemns vandalism and police brutality in Colombia — MercoPress

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Almagro condemns vandalism and police brutality in Colombia

Saturday, May 8th 2021 – 08:41 UTC

“The OAS General Secretariat recognizes peaceful protest as a fundamental basic right that must be protected by democratic institutions,” Almagro said.
“The OAS General Secretariat recognizes peaceful protest as a fundamental basic right that must be protected by democratic institutions,” Almagro said.

Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis Almagro Friday condemned “the cases of torture and murders committed by the forces of order” in Colombia where unrest reigns supreme since April 28.

 

Multiple protests have taken place in Colombia since President Iván Duque submitted to Congress a tax reform bill which was going to be easy on the wealthiest and harsh on the middle class in contrast to the world’s current trend of shifting the burden towards those who can afford it, as it has already been the case in Argentina and Bolivia and which is encouraged by world leaders such as US President Joseph Biden or United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

 

These demonstrations have been crushed by police forces with unprecedented brutality which the world was able to witness through homemade videos that went viral over social media. Colombia has so far recorded 37 violent deaths this year according to the NGO Tremors.

“The OAS General Secretariat recognizes peaceful protest as a fundamental basic right that must be protected by democratic institutions,” Almagro said.

He added that “ the right to protest is a right of individuals and society and must be highly valued as a form of political participation”, he added.

Almagro underlined as well that those who do not protest also have rights and these cannot be violated when fundamental rights of the population such as health, work, education and free movement are affected. “In this sense, the cessation of the blockades is urged when these fundamental rights of the people are violated and a broader social peace is supported within the framework of the demands that they want to make,” said Almagro about road blockades that have affected the normal supply of food and medicines to various cities nationwide.

But he also regretted state-endorsed violence: “We especially condemn the cases of torture and murder committed by the forces of order,“ he said.

”We value the report sent by the Ombudsman’s Office to the Attorney General’s Office regarding the prosecution of criminal responsibility by those members of the public force who have exceeded themselves and who have committed a crime violating fundamental rights of citizenship,“ Almagro went on, as he called for the prosecution of those who have committed actions of a terrorist nature against the institutions and authorities of the State.

”The OAS General Secretariat demands that external and internal actors who induce violence and destabilization of the country stop these actions and calls on organized violent groups to stop their criminal actions,“ Almagro pointed out.

The Organization of American States supports the conversation process led by the national government and calls for all social and political forces to work together towards this goal.

The United Nations have also called for a stop to criminal actions in Colombia and opposed the ”loss of life, incidents of violence and the disproportionate use of the force during protests.” The UN stood in favour of “the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to protest to be guaranteed, and [insisted] that any action by the public force must fully observe the protection and respect for human rights.”

“The Peace Agreement signed in 2016 offers elements to regulate these guarantees and strengthen citizen participation,” the UN said. It also condemned any form of violence, such as vandalism against infrastructure, serious cases of sexual violence and actions that violate human rights, which is why it urged the national government to accelerate the process of ”investigation, prosecution and punishment” of those responsible.

 

 

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Protests held in Bolivia against Colombia police brutality

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La Paz, May 7 (EFE).- Dozens of people held a demonstration near the Colombian embassy in La Paz to demand an end to the alleged brutal repression of protesters in Colombia, resisting a controversial fiscal reform by President Ivan Duque.

Activists and some Colombian residents had organized the demonstration, blending music with harsh slogans against the Duque government.

The protesters marched to the embassy complex in the Calacoto neighborhood, accompanied by a group of drummers.

“Down with Duque. No to repression,” and “Long live the rebellion,” read some of the banners carried by the demonstrators.

When the march reached the embassy gates, a group of Bolivian riot police came out to guard the complex.

David Guillermo Caicedo, a protester from Bogotá, who has lived in Bolivia for more than five years, told EFE that they decided to demonstrate “in a peaceful and artistic way, raising their voices against the abuses in Colombia.”

He wondered how could the Colombian government impose new “tax reforms that will further impoverish the people amid the pandemic.”

He said the armed forces must stop killing people and join the protesters instead of supporting “the corrupt, lying and mafia political class that kills their own people.”

Colombia has seen a wave of protests since Apr.28 against the reforms.

At least 24 people have died in clashes between police and against anti-government demonstrators, an official count said.

But nonprofit Temblores indicate that 37 people have died.

The Colombian president has called politicians across the spectrum for dialog to find a solution. EFE

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