New PDF release: AMERICAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL: People v. Newton

By Lise Pearlman

As I write this, the country remains to be reeling from a number of shocks in July 2016. First, because the month begun, got here but extra videotaped incidents of police capturing to dying black arrestees after many different such widely-publicized incidents over the former a number of years. The day after the Fourth of July vacation, annoying pictures went viral of Baton Rouge police outdoors a comfort shop firing many times at 37-year-old Alton Sterling whereas white policemen already had Sterling pinned face down at the flooring. an afternoon later, 1000 miles away in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, the quick-thinking woman buddy of Philandro Castile used her cellular phone to catch an area policeman nonetheless waving his gun open air Castile’s motor vehicle window as Castile lay bleeding to loss of life seated beside her following a site visitors cease. This photograph photo was once inside of days by way of breaking information of a awful sniper assault on Dallas policemen who have been tracking one of the Black Lives topic protest rallies brought on by means of the deaths of Sterling and Castile. Then, on July 17, 2016 got here one other assault, this time on Baton Rouge police.
The carnage and proliferation of demonstrations and adversarial reactions within the aftermath have drawn renewed nationwide concentration to fractured police-community kinfolk in towns throughout nation, the very factor that gave upward push to the Black Panther social gathering a part century in the past. certainly, the day after video photos went viral of Castile loss of life from gunshot wounds following a site visitors cease, AlterNet reporter Alexandra Rosenmann drew an immediate comparability to the sensationalized 1968 homicide trial of Panther get together co-founder Huey Newton. Rosenmann titled her internet article, “Gun Rights, Police Brutality and the Case of the Century: Philandro Castile’s tragic case of police brutality pulls some of the most recognized circumstances again into focus.”1
The incidents did start off in related methods. within the early morning of October 28, 1967, Oakland policeman John Frey stopped the auto Newton used to be using to write down a price ticket for an unpaid site visitors high quality. A shootout ensued that left Officer Frey useless and Newton and a back-up officer heavily wounded. Newton claimed to were unarmed and the sufferer of an abusive arrest; no gun belonging to Newton used to be came upon. His loss of life penalty trial the subsequent summer time drew foreign recognition as to if any black guy may get a good trial in the United States.
Before the lethal July 2016 incidents happened, interviewees for this ebook had already famous the notable relevance of the 1968 Newton case to present occasions. between them is William “Bill” Patterson, a former President of the Oakland NAACP and the 1st black foreman of the Alameda County Grand Jury: “It does resonate this day. a tender guy [Oscar provide III] being killed within the BART station through BART police and the way that performed out. The Florida case . . . back one other younger guy [Trayvon Martin] shot to demise. those occasions proceed to emerge and if we aren't cautious, we'll locate heritage repeating itself.”
In the earlier a number of months, either champions and critics of the Black Lives topic stream have drawn parallels to the cut up between american citizens within the turbulent Sixties. The comparisons reached some extent the place President Obama felt forced to reassure the area, on July nine, 2016, that the majority americans are usually not as divided as we have been fifty years in the past: “When we commence suggesting that someway, there’s this huge, immense polarization and we’re again to the location within the ’60s, that’s simply now not real. You’re now not seeing riots, and you’re now not seeing police going after those people who are protesting peacefully. . . . We’ve bought a beginning to construct on . . .”
President Obama himself symbolizes the profound swap within the textile of our state during the last part century. So, too, do black police chiefs like Dallas Police leader David Brown. leader Brown’s response to a black gunman ambushing randomly selected white officials at the night of July 7, 2016, captured the feelings of so much american citizens: “We are heartbroken....

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