America’s Brutal Society
By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020
Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.
Bodies of two workers still entombed at collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans nearly one year later
By Aaron Murch, 23 July 2020
Ten months after the partial collapse of the Hard Rock hotel construction site collapse recovery, efforts are finally under way to retrieve the bodies of two workers still buried beneath the rubble.
By Benjamin Mateus, 22 July 2020
The United States is in the unique position of being the only developed nation to face such a disastrous and expanding outbreak.
By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2020
The Trump administration’s plans to deploy federal paramilitary forces in major American cities is a sharp escalation of the assault on democratic rights and the establishment of police state forms of rule.
By Kevin Reed, 21 July 2020
Trump said on Monday that he was extending the use of federal law enforcement officers to New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland to arrest protesters.
By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2020
The crackdown on demonstrators by Trump’s fascistic border agents is the latest move in his administration’s years-long assault on democratic rights in the United States.
By Kate Randall, 18 July 2020
Dustin Lee Honken was the third prisoner executed in five days after a 17-year de facto moratorium on the gruesome practice at the federal level.
By Will McCalliss and Nancy Hanover, 18 July 2020
Amid the chaotic transition to online learning during the pandemic, a teenage girl has been taken into criminal custody for “failure to submit any schoolwork.”
By Kate Randall, 17 July 2020
For the second time in as many days, the highest US court vacated a lower court’s order, allowing a federal execution to proceed.
By Andre Damon, 16 July 2020
The massive run-up in stock prices has only one explanation: The capitalist state has put at the disposal of its masters in the financial oligarchy unlimited amounts of money.
By Kate Randall, 15 July 2020
In the modern history of the death penalty in the US, Daniel Lewis Lee’s execution stands out as a particularly egregious affront to due process and basic human rights.
By Kevin Reed, 14 July 2020
Government prosecutors have filed a motion in the case of Ghislaine Maxwell urging the court to deny her request for $5 million bail while she awaits trial on charges of assisting Jeffrey Epstein in sexually abusing underage girls in the 1990s.
By Kevin Reed, 11 July 2020
Whatever the outcome of Maxwell’s arraignment on Tuesday, more revelations about the activities and relationships of Jeffrey Epstein and his confidante should be anticipated.
By Stephen Fuller, 11 July 2020
Tensions are high in the city after weeks of protests against police brutality in which hundreds have been arrested and police have rammed into protesters with their vehicles.
Coronavirus pandemic threatens lives of at least one million people at risk from AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria
By Bryan Dyne, 7 July 2020
The global distribution of preventative treatments for other deadly diseases has been severely disrupted by the pandemic.
By Jacob Crosse, 6 July 2020
Police blamed protesters after a man drove into a peaceful demonstration early Saturday morning, killing one person and critically injuring another.
By Aaron Murch, 2 July 2020
Tre’mall McGee’s mother has been demanding answers from the sheriff’s office for three months to no avail, while the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office until recently has been concealing that there was a shooting at all.
US Supreme Court upholds abortion access, eliminates executive watchdog and opens federal death chambers
By John Burton, 30 June 2020
On Monday, the US Supreme Court issued a significant ruling protecting the right to abortion, but also strengthened the unitary executive and cleared the way for the first federal executions in 17 years.
Aurora, Colorado, police attack protesters after investigation reopened into 2019 death of Elijah McClain
By Matthew MacEgan, 30 June 2020
Aurora police fired pepper spray and smoke grenades on a vigil for McClain, which was attended by families and children a day after the governor announced a reopening of the state.
By Dominic Gustavo, 30 June 2020
Police body camera footage showed 29-year-old Robert Johnson, Jr. seeking to run from the scene as an officer opened fire while pursuing him. Innocent bystanders were hit by gunfire in the incident.
By Stephen Fuller, 30 June 2020
This incident is the latest in a series of vehicular attacks on protesters by police and right-wing individuals.
By Matthew MacEgan, 26 June 2020
A Georgia grand jury indicted all three men with nine counts each, including malice murder and four counts of felony murder.
By Kate Randall, 25 June 2020
Dr. Sandeep Jauhar makes the remarkable argument that patients who have stopped going to the doctor during the COVID-19 outbreak “seem to have done OK,” and concludes that Americans have too much access to health care.
By Sam Dalton, 19 June 2020
With coronavirus cases doubling in one month, US prisoners are at growing risk of infection and death.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 June 2020
Encouraged by President Trump and working in concert with local police departments, far-right elements have been allowed to attack and intimidate peaceful protesters across the country.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2020
ESPN journalist and University of Maryland Professor Kevin Blackistone has called for the removal of videos of police killings on the grounds that they “dehumanize” black men.
By Matthew MacEgan, 16 June 2020
Brooks’ killing has fueled the mass protests against police violence and racism that have taken place in all 50 states and dozens of cities internationally.
National Guard fired the shot that killed David McAtee in Louisville during protest against police violence
By Kevin Reed, 12 June 2020
Laboratory tests have determined that McAtee was shot and killed by a member of the Kentucky National Guard during an assault on protesters last week.
By Niles Niemuth, 10 June 2020
The murder of Floyd, caught on bystander cellphone video in excruciating detail, has served as a catalyst for the largest nationwide and international outpouring of political opposition in decades.
By Adam Mclean, 10 June 2020
The driver, Timothy Moore, was defended by police and subsequently released without charge after he rammed Robert Forbes.
By Kevin Reed, 9 June 2020
Protests demanding justice for Floyd and against police violence continued on Monday for the fourteenth day in a row.
“I didn’t receive one warning”
By Nick Barrickman, 6 June 2020
The demonstrator explained how federal officials provoked and then assaulted peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last weekend as protests against police brutality swept the country.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 June 2020
Sean Monterrosa was on his knees with his hands held up when police officers shot five bullets into him through the windshield of their unmarked cruiser.
Ten thousand people have been arrested across the US as protests against police violence continue to expand
By Kevin Reed, 5 June 2020
Protests have taken place in more than 500 cities and towns across the US over the past ten days in the face of the deployment of riot police, the National Guard and Trump's threat of military intervention.
By Zac Thorton, 5 June 2020
The appearance of largely unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.C., has underscored the growing threat of a military takeover in the United States.
By Sam Dalton, 5 June 2020
Jamel Floyd was declared dead shortly after guards responded to an incident in his cell and subdued him with a noxious chemical agent.
After more than a week of nationwide protests, new charges announced against George Floyd’s murderers
By Jacob Crosse, 4 June 2020
Attorney General Keith Ellison tempered any expectations of justice as thousands continued to defy police and military repression in marches across the country
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 4 June 2020
Tear gas directly attacks the lungs, and its corrosive effects could make people far more susceptible to respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
By Kristina Betinis, 4 June 2020
The Douglas County attorney reversed himself Wednesday to call for a grand jury investigation into the murder of James Scurlock by a bar owner during a demonstration this weekend.
By Dan Conway, 4 June 2020
The students were viciously assaulted returning from protests against the murder of George Floyd on Saturday night despite doing nothing to provoke the officers or arouse suspicion.
By Sam Dalton, 4 June 2020
Amidst a worsening COVID-19 outbreak and protests over police violence, fears of brewing rebellions lead to the rapid lockdown of federal prisons this week.
By Jerry White, 4 June 2020
Tech billionaires, Wall Street bankers and auto executives all issued statements this week in hopes of shoring up the battered image of American capitalism.
By Jacob Crosse, 3 June 2020
Curfews, mass arrests and police terror have not quelled the powerful movement of youth and workers of all races and ethnicities in response to the police murder of George Floyd.
By Jacob Crosse, 2 June 2020
Trump’s dictatorial moves to quash protests against the police murder of George Floyd signal an escalation of state violence.
By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2020
Thousands defied a curfew in the Twin Cities while large protests took place in New York City, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles and dozens of other US cities.
By Dominic Gustavo, 30 May 2020
Hundreds protested in Louisville on Thursday demanding the arrest and prosecution of police who killed Breonna Taylor during a “no knock” raid on her residence in March.
Hundreds of thousands stage multiracial demonstrations against police violence in a powerful show of working-class unity
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 30 May 2020
Mass demonstrations of workers and youth of all races, triggered by the brutal murder of George Floyd, are an expression of tremendous social solidarity. It is not a question of black against white, but the working class against the rich.
By Anthony Bertolt, 29 May 2020
The police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has set off a wave of social anger, sparking demonstrations in Kentucky, Colorado, California, Ohio and other states throughout the country.
By Kristina Betinis, 29 May 2020
Local station KARE 11 reports 13 complaints since 2003 were closed without discipline. Chauvin was awarded a departmental medal of valor in 2009.
By James Brookfield, 29 May 2020
Workers and youth gathered in Washtenaw County, Michigan for a third consecutive day on Thursday to protest the brutal police attack on Sha’Teina Grady El that occurred in the early morning hours Tuesday.
By Matthew MacEgan, 29 May 2020
Merritt spoke to the WSWS Wednesday about developments in the Arbery case and what has been exposed about the efforts of the police and prosecutors to whitewash the killing.
By Anthony Bertolt, 28 May 2020
Surveillance video footage shows that Floyd was being compliant moments before he was pinned to the ground and choked to death by a Minneapolis police officer.
By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 28 May 2020
The murder of Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is the latest in a long string of killings and abuse which have their roots in the capitalist system.
By Kevin Reed, 27 May 2020
Video shared on social media shows that George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck while he was subdued on the ground.
By Matthew MacEgan, 27 May 2020
Federal investigators are reportedly looking into potential criminal and civil violations on the part of the district attorneys who initially handled the Arbery case.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 27 May 2020
The parent company of the Reuters news agency has been aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the targeting of immigrants for arrest, detention and deportation.
By Alberto Escalera, 26 May 2020
In addition to slating coronavirus-positive detainees for deportation, Washington is seeking to ship back infamous death squad leader and CIA “asset” Emmanuel “Toto” Constant.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 May 2020
William Bryan, who recorded video of Arbery being shot and killed by Travis McMichael in February, was arrested Thursday and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
By Warren Duzak, 21 May 2020
Walter Barton was executed Tuesday by lethal injection despite new evidence that had made jurors question his murder conviction.
By Matthew MacEgan, 20 May 2020
Recently released surveillance video shows that Travis McMichael had an encounter with Arbery two weeks prior to fatally shooting him on February 23.
By Warren Duzak, 16 May 2020
More than half of the 2,400 inmates at the CoreCivic Trousdale Turner Correctional Center have tested positive for coronavirus.
By Kevin Reed, 14 May 2020
Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was killed in a hail of gunfire during a court authorized “no-knock” siege of her apartment on March 13.
By Matthew MacEgan, 13 May 2020
Reports also emerged Tuesday that the one of the men involved in the killing, a retired investigator for the local district attorney’s office, helped prosecute Arbery in the past.
By Sam Dalton, 13 May 2020
Sections of the Democratic Party and the media in New York City are attempting to portray brutal attacks by the NYPD on workers and youth exclusively in racial terms.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020
The killing of Arbery by a former police officer and public investigator must be seen in the context of the unending wave of police killings in the US, which claim more than 1,000 lives every year.
By Kevin Reed, 11 May 2020
Police arrested one protester and fired pepper balls at demonstrators who assembled at the scene where Dreasjon Reed was shot and killed by an officer on May 6.
By Adam Mclean, 11 May 2020
Lacking basic sanitation and living in squalor, infections among immigrants in ICE custody have skyrocketed.
By Kevin Reed, 7 May 2020
The Hamilton Project, a Washington, DC policy think-tank, has published survey results that show dramatic increases in hunger in households across the US.
By Aaron Murch, 7 May 2020
Prosecutor Tom Durden issued a statement this week calling for a grand jury to be commissioned to consider bringing criminal charges against the killers.
By Kate Randall, 6 May 2020
The wiping out of large numbers of the elderly population is seen by the ruling elite as a convenient and positive byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Barry Grey, 6 May 2020
Trump made a point of calling the American people “warriors,” implying that they had to be prepared to die. And to die, moreover, for Wall Street.
By Niles Niemuth, 5 May 2020
The Trump administration has embraced an approach to the pandemic that will—and that it knows will—result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people in the coming weeks and months.
By Stephen Fuller, 4 May 2020
As of May 2, almost 2,000 inmates have tested positive with 41 prisoners succumbing to the coronavirus.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2020
More than 18,000 New York City residents have so far died from COVID-19, and the city’s ability to deal with the bodies is at the breaking point.
By Andre Damon, 1 May 2020
Friedman has published an op-ed endorsing a policy of allowing large portions of the US population to be infected with COVID-19.
By Ed Hightower and Kathleen Martin, 28 April 2020
Tiger King centers on the feud between Joe Exotic—a flamboyant zoo owner in rural Oklahoma—and the animal rights activist who aims to shut down the cub petting industry in the US, Carole Baskin.
“Veritable volcanoes for the spread of the virus”
By Alex Findijs, 27 April 2020
America’s 2.3 million inmates and 420,000 guards and staff are at high risk of infection, threatening tens of thousands of lives.
By David North, 18 April 2020
For the financial-corporate oligarchy, the pandemic has been viewed, above all else, as an economic crisis. Its principal concern from the start was not the potential loss of life but the destabilization of the financial markets, the disruption of the process of profit extraction, and, of course, a substantial decline in the personal wealth of the members of the oligarchy.
“[COVID-19] will turn our detentions into a death sentence”
Immigrants at US detention centers lead hunger strikes, face persecution demanding protections from pandemic
By Renae Cassimeda, 14 April 2020
Nearly 200 immigrants, in male and female cell blocks, are currently staging a hunger strike and sit-in at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield, California.
By Sam Dalton, 11 April 2020
Many harrowing accounts have emerged in the form of videos and written testimony from prisoners outlining the conditions they face in the last two weeks.
By Don Barrett, 2 April 2020
The US ruling class turns to bad statistics to justify its continued inaction and paint a picture that the worst is just ahead.
As 150,000 hotel rooms remain empty, Las Vegas government forces 500 homeless residents to sleep outside on asphalt parking lot
By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020
The action follows the closure of one of the few homeless shelters in the city after someone staying there tested positive for coronavirus.
By Sam Dalton, 31 March 2020
An acute outbreak of COVID-19 in many US prisons is underway, with hundreds of prisoners and staff members testing positive for COVID-19.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 March 2020
Detainees have stepped up their protests against unsanitary conditions over the very real fear of coronavirus spreading rapidly through the vast immigration detention network in the US.
US military veterans who fought as mercenaries for Ukrainian fascists indicted on double murder charges
By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020
Alex Zwiefelhofer and Craig Lang are accused of orchestrating the double murder and robbery of Serafin and Deana Lorenzo to finance a trip to Venezuela for the purpose of killing “communists.”
By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2020
The $2 trillion bill allocates the bulk of its funds to loans and grants to corporations and businesses, with some emergency aid to workers.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 March 2020
The governor is asking for more ventilators and beds, as New York faces a near collapse of its healthcare infrastructure.
By Sam Dalton, 23 March 2020
Thirty-eight people in the New York prison system test positive for COVID-19 as reports emerge that Harvey Weinstein has also been infected by the virus.
“No one wants to die in jail”
By Erik Schreiber, 23 March 2020
Detainees at the Newark, New Jersey jail used by ICE are protesting filthy conditions that increase their risk of infection by the coronavirus and are demanding to be released.
By Steve James, 23 March 2020
World productive capacity of medical ventilators is far below peak requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.
First ICE officer tests positive for COVID-19
By Genevieve Leigh, 20 March 2020
The lack of medical care and the extremely close quarters in America’s detention camps create excellent conditions for the coronavirus to spread rapidly if even a single person catches the disease.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 March 2020
Estefany Girón Luna from Guatemala fell nearly 20 feet as she attempted to scale the steel mesh border wall near Clint, Texas. Despite multiple surgeries, neither Girón Luna nor her child could be saved.
By Dmitri Church, 17 March 2020
Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been accessing Maryland state driver’s license photos for years to catch undocumented immigrants given licenses by a special state program.
Riot police fire “pepper balls” at University of Dayton students ordered to evacuate campus housing within 24 hours
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 March 2020
Students have taken to social media to voice their outrage over the police crackdown after the university ordered an evacuation of student housing due to the coronavirus.
By Shuvu Batta, 10 March 2020
Yet another display of NYPD gangsterism sparks outrage.
By Katy Kinner, 9 March 2020
The Franklin County coroner recently released data showing a shocking increase in overdose, suicide and homicide deaths in the first two months of 2020.
By Jacob Crosse, 7 March 2020
News of the company starting an online fundraiser was met with justified scorn and derision on social media, with commenters pointing out the hypocrisy of a billion-dollar conglomerate shaking down the population for money to pay for the consequences of deaths suffered while on the job.
By Jacob Crosse, 27 February 2020
Anthony N. Ferrill, a 51-year-old Molson Coors Beverage employee opened fire Wednesday morning, killing five coworkers before committing suicide.
By Shuvu Batta, 27 February 2020
Dennis Turner bragged that he had made more than 6,000 arrests and that Kaia Rolle had “broken the record” for the youngest child he had ever detained.
By Warren Duzak, 27 February 2020
Nicholas Todd Sutton, convicted and sentenced to death in 1986 for the stabbing death of a fellow prisoner, had spent his entire adult life in prison.