Socialist Party Statement on the Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling
The mask is off. We have seen behind the curtain. American Imperialism
come home to roost, and it is wearing a badge.
The grand jury
decision in the case of Darren Wilson -- the officer who shot
an unarmed 18-year-old African American man six times -- is
tragically clear indication that the people of the United States are
targets of a brutally racist and oppressive system that has
definitions of "justice" dependent on one's class position. Racism,
brutality, and oppression have received pardons. Again.
deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin are tragedies, but
isolated incidents. Such deaths have become disturbingly frequent in an
of increasing police militarization, decreased police accountability,
continued racial profiling.
Police departments have reacted with
increasing force in response to protests
stemming from public outrage caused
by the deaths of these men, and many
others. Across the country, many police
officers have demonstrated their
willingness to harm innocent civilians with
impunity. These are not mere
accidents, but rather the predictable result of
aggressive ‘shoot first, ask
questions later’ policies that allow police
officers to use lethal force with
Party USA stands in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown.
Jay Nixon and call for his removal from office, and for Darren
Wilson to be
held accountable for his criminal acts.
We stand by those who have taken
to the street to demand justice for these men
and all the victims of police
brutality and systemic racism. We support non-
violent efforts to confront
the growing police state in the US and condemn the
constant harassment and
brutality that communities of color and working-class
people have received their marching orders. Together, we can and will
for the changes that deliver equality, peace, and justice for all.
short of universal equality, peace, and justice is acceptable.
the Socialist Party USA National Committee 11-24-2014