What Is Police Terrorism?

"Oscar and Tatiana," by Miguel "Bounce" Perez of the Trust Your Struggle Collective, Oakland, CA.

"Oscar and Tatiana," by Miguel "Bounce" Perez of the Trust Your Struggle Collective, Oakland, CA.

"While no universal definition of terrorism exists, the Federal Bureau of Investigation defines terrorism as: "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." Police terrorism is not only the actual acts of killing by police - killings that happen without due process and that go unpunished by the legal system - but also the trauma, fear and anxiety it causes amongst our communites: '... to intimidate or coerce ... the civilian population, or any segment thereof ...' "

"For Black and Brown communities within the United States of America, the use of force and violence is seldom, if ever, deemed “unlawful,” as attested to by the lack of accountability and punishment for police officers when they kill. This use of force and violence, which is in furtherance of the political and social objective of containment of Black and Brown peoples, is in actuality, state-sanctioned (government) violence: violence that is on behalf of, serves the interest of, and/or is conducted by the state."  

~ Excerpted from the Anti Police-Terror Project's "First Responder’s Training Guide," Oakland, CA.


Carlos Reyes, far left, attempts to explain to BART police that Oscar Grant is trapped on top of his leg, as Johannes Mehserle, rear, glances at his gun, mere seconds before shooting Grant in the back. Photo via L.A. County Superior Court.

Carlos Reyes, far left, attempts to explain to BART police that Oscar Grant is trapped on top of his leg, as Johannes Mehserle, rear, glances at his gun, mere seconds before shooting Grant in the back. Photo via L.A. County Superior Court.


Resources for Organizing against Police Terror

NOTE:  This list is woefully incomplete & continually evolving.

 

1.  Anti Police-Terror Project

2. Critical Resistance - Oakland Power Projects

3. Black Youth Project 100

4.  Campaign Zero

5. What To Do Instead of Calling The Police A "living" document, continuously updated

6. Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Chapter Two devoted to various organizing against police terror

7. Policing Is A Dirty Job But, But Nobody’s Gotta Do It:  6 Ideas for a Cop-Free World Rolling Stone magazine article

8. A Police-Free Society? It’s Possible Article from Anonymous. (Yes, THAT Anonymous)

9.  Peacekeeper: An Alternative to Calling the Police Mobile App

10. ACLU Mobile Justice App Currently available in 18 states (Stop and Frisk app available in NY)

11. Buoy App: Call a Friend, Not The Cops Mobile App

12. Article on Buoy from TeleSUR Mobile App

13. Cell 411 Smart App Mobile App