WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush praised a Black Lives Matter activist who called for the death of police officers during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday.
The fight for Black lives and the fight for Palestinian liberation are interconnected.
We oppose our money going to fund militarized policing, occupation, and systems of violent oppression and trauma.
We are anti-war. We are anti-occupation. And we are anti-apartheid. Period. pic.twitter.com/DO42FEre0W
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) May 13, 2021
The representative from Missouri compared the rising conflict between Israel and Gaza with the BLM movement and described the late activist Bassem Masri as a “St. Louis Palestinian.”
At least 122 people have died in Gaza from the escalating violence between Israeli forces and Palestinians.
Masri, a Palestinian-American, was arrested with other protesters following violent demonstrations outside Ferguson Police Department in November 2014 following the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown.
Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza, killing at least 26 over two days as fighting escalates. Hamas launched a barrage of rockets at southern Israel, killing two Israelis.https://t.co/LwmACMLzWo
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 11, 2021
Masri died of a heart attack in 2018.
During her floor speech, Bush said:
“As a Palestinian, he (Masri) was ready to resist, to rebel, to rise up with us as our St. Louis community mourned Mike Brown, Jr.’s state-sanctioned murder, and as we demanded an end to the militarized police occupation of our communities.
“Palestinians know what state violence, militarized policing, and occupation of their communities look like.”
According to Masri’s livestream during the Ferguson protests, he told Ferguson police:
“Coward straight pig out here b***h! You gotta go. Your life is in danger homie. What happens when we take your gun?”
"Bassem Masri, a Palestinian-American activist who live-streamed throughout the protests against police brutality and the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has died." https://t.co/T3IYUOVQWe
— SJP @ FIU (@SJP_FIU) November 28, 2018
In another video of the protests, Masri can be seen pointing to one police officer after another, saying:
“I’m praying for your death and your death and your death and your death.”
In an interview with Fox News following the protest, Masri was asked by a reporter if he was trying to taunt the officer to get them to hit him. He answered:
“Maybe, nah. I don`t want to get hurt. I don`t want to go to jail. Hell, no, and you know what it is? Like I just stated earlier, I`m a citizen who`s mad.”
One month after the protests, Masri sent a tweet that became a chant for BLM:
“Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”
@dion_ad | Pigs in a Blanket fry em like baconnnn
— Bassem Masri (@bassem_masri) December 20, 2014
Michael Brown was shot and killed by St. Louis Officer Darren Wilson after Brown attacked the officer and tried to take his firearm. Prior to the completion of the investigation, claims that Michael Brown was unarmed and had his hands up when he was shot went viral.
The incident sparked months of violent protests and clashes with police. The misinformation sparked the creation of Black Lives Matter as a national power. BLM obtained its slogan from the incident, “Hands up. Don’t shoot.”
reminder to people that hands up don't shoot didn't happen.
Michael Brown first attacked the police officer still in his car, he was not a victim but still gets used by people that support #BlackLivesMatter.
"‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ was built on a lie"https://t.co/HpbUrFqGNP
— BD (@DonaldsonB33) September 14, 2020
The shooting was ruled justified, and the facts determined that Michael Brown was shot struggling with the officer trying to take his gun.
Despite Masri’s calls for death to police officers, Bush said that Masri and other protesters like him standing up to the police were like the Palestinians fighting the Jews in the deadly conflict developing between Israel and Gaza:
“So, when heavily militarized police forces showed up in Ferguson in 2014, Bassem and so many others of our St. Louis Palestinian community, our Palestinian siblings showed up too.”
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) May 15, 2021
The freshman congresswoman asked Congress to divert military aid funds from Israel and use the funds to St. Louis communities. She compared the money sent to the Israeli military to the militarization of police against citizens inside the United States:
“That harassment, that extortion, that brutalization by heavily armed militarized presence in our community, that’s what we fund when our government sends our tax dollars to the Israeli military.”
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What could go wrong? Squad member Rep. Tlaib calls for end of US policing, which she says is ‘intentionally racist’
April 13, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – From behind her shield of police, National Guard, and Secret Service at the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has called for an end to policing and imprisonment. The progressive liberal member of the “Squad,” called for “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization.”
It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
Tlaib took on the role of jury Monday, declaring that the shooting death of Duante Wright during a traffic stop was intentional despite investigators’ initial findings saying it appeared to be accidental:
“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government-funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”
I agree. Everyone should join themed gangs like in The Warriors and settle their disputes with street violence.
— Tsukkomi (@ljenkins314) April 13, 2021
The Michigan Democrat sent out the tweet as demonstrators gathered for the second night of protests and rioting in Brooklyn Center near Minneapolis in response to the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Duante Wright. Officer Kim Potter fired her handgun when she meant to fire her Taser, according to authorities and video released of the incident.
Wright was stopped in Brooklyn Center Sunday night for a minor traffic violation. During the stop, officers learned he had an arrest warrant and tried to take him into custody. He struggled and re-entered his vehicle.
Warning: Graphic footage, including the shooting
Here's the body camera footage of the killing of Daunte Wright that was just released. pic.twitter.com/A2X8qS8ZFH
— The Recount (@therecount) April 12, 2021
The city’s police chief said he believes the officer meant to draw her Taser, but mistakenly pulled her gun instead. She fired one shot killing the young man.
Wright’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
Brooklyn Center chief Tim Gannon comes back to the news conference and says, "the officer is afforded due process just like anybody else." pic.twitter.com/UcMJbrRili
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 12, 2021
Tlaib has been a steady voice calling for the defunding and end of law enforcement and has thrown her support behind the BREATHE ACT, a bill yet to be introduced that would divest federal money from federal law enforcement entities, close federal detention centers, and incentivize the closure of state prisons, among a host of other things, according to the website.
Are you, a lawmaker, saying we don’t need law enforcement? If yes, what effective alternative institutions, organizations, agencies do we have to enforce the law if we do away with policing?
— Steve Boniface (@stevieray8450) April 12, 2021
The BREATHE Act is wide-ranging legislation resulting from a project led by the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 organizations. The bill is broken into four sections, as explained by The Detroit Metro Times:
I mean, Rashida literally wrote legislation on what she thinks policing should look like, you could comment on that instead of on tweets?https://t.co/eW6v8i1Ge1
— Adam Smith (@LaissezWhere) April 13, 2021
– The first section calls for divesting from police agencies like the DEA and ICE, banning surveillance technology, ending civil asset forfeiture, ending life sentences and mandatory minimum sentences, closing federal prisons, and decriminalizing and retroactively expunging both state and federal drug offenses, among others.
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