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Over the weekend, protests across the country have taken place as the video of the brutal police murder of Tyre Nichols was released on January 27. The Memphis Police Department’s SCORPION unit has been disbanded, 5 officers have been charged, and in the few days since the release of the videos, at least two more officers have been removed from the police force. In the second half of our show we analyze the police actions on this case, and we hear eyewitness reports from the protests.
But first, the city of Atlanta is set to move forward with a $90 million dollar “urban warfare” corporate-backed police training facility. The developments have been met with resistance: One protester has been killed by police and at least 7 have been charged with domestic terrorism for resisting the Cop City development.
We’re joined for this show by Monica Johnson, local police brutality activist and organizer who’s been involved with the Defend the Forest Campaign to stop cop city in Atlanta. She discusses her work in Atlanta and provides an eyewitness report from Memphis.
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About the Author
Rachel Hu is a journalist with “BreakThrough News,” a new independent media project, where she hosts the podcast “It’s Not You, It’s Capitalism.”
She is also a host on WBAI 99.5FM in NYC and has been an anti-war and anti-racist activist with the ANSWER Coalition for the last decade.
Rachel can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Garaffa has been an anti-imperialist and social justice organizer since joining the movement against the Iraq war in 2003.
Chris is a weekly guest on Sputnik Radio’s “By Any Means Necessary,” and co-hosts the podcast “The Reboot,” focusing on the intersection between technology and human rights.
Chris can be reached at: email@example.com.