Silicon Valley DSA denounces the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Sean Monterrosa, and all who have died at the hands of police. The police function as a white supremacist gang that targets all people of color, and Black people specifically. We stand in solidarity with all communities fighting back against police terror.
We are in the middle of historic protests against police violence and massive retaliation that indiscriminately targeted peaceful demonstrators, legal observers, media, and medics. Beginning Friday, May 29, San Jose police deployed hundreds of heavily armored officers, who repeatedly fired rubber bullets and tear gas at a nonviolent crowd. San Jose’s demonstrations were organized largely by young people of color, who put themselves on the line to fight injustice. We are humbled by their commitment and bravery.
To address police violence we must go beyond reforms that tinker around the edges, and defund the police.
For local organizing toward defunding, check out our event calendar. Below you can find our Defund The Police zine – share widely!
Police protect their own
Police “union” and city contracts allow police to purge misconduct records, reinstate fired officers, limit oversight, and block investigations into uses of violence.  Media, jurors, and prosecutors are often biased in favor of police narratives. 
Bias training doesn’t work
Hundreds of studies dating back to the 1930s show that anti-bias training doesn’t alter behavior or change the workplace. 
Police don’t care about reforms
Body cams (even when on) haven’t reduced civilian complaints, uses of force, or significantly altered judicial outcomes.  Eric Garner died because NYPD ignored a ban on choke-holds.
First, repeated analysis has consistently failed to find any connection between the number of police officers and crime rates. Second, the primary strategies adopted by modern police have been shown to have little or no effect on crime. 
Homeless sweeps make the problem worse
Arresting unhoused people and destroying their possessions makes it harder for them to access the services they need for medical care and stable housing. 
Cities are spending millions of dollars on policing. Imagine what else we could spend that on:
Studies show “schooling significantly reduces the probability of incarceration and arrest.” 
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