Women’s March Activist Tamika Mallory says “Charge the Cops” (Video)

By Democracy Now

HAVANA TIMES – In a powerful address among people in Minneapolis protesting the police murder of George Floyd, activist and former Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory demanded, “Charge the cops. … Charge them in every city across America where our people are being murdered.”


AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We’re continuing with our guests. We’re joined by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, professor at Princeton University; Dr. Cornel West at Harvard University; and Bakari Sellers, joining us from North Carolina. His new book is just out, My Vanishing Country. I’m here with Nermeen Shaikh as we continue to bring you the voices of the rebellion around the country. In the largest nationwide uprising since the ’60s, protesters shut down cities across the country following the police murder of George Floyd, the African American man in Minneapolis. This is activist, former Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory, speaking at a rally in Minneapolis.

TAMIKA MALLORY: We are not responsible for the mental illness that has been inflicted upon our people by the American government, institutions and those people who are in positions of power. I don’t give a damn if they burn down Target, because Target should be on the streets with us calling for the justice that our people deserve. Where was AutoZone at the time when Philando Castile was shot in a car, which is what they actually represent? Where were they?

So, if you are not coming to the people’s defense, then don’t challenge us when young people and other people who are frustrated and instigated by the people you pay — you are paying instigators to be among our people out there, throwing rocks, breaking windows and burning down buildings. And so young people are responding to that. They are enraged.

And there’s an easy way to stop it: Arrest the cops. Charge the cops. Charge all the cops, not just some of them, not just here in Minneapolis. Charge them in every city across America where our people are being murdered. Charge them everywhere. That’s the bottom line. Charge the cops. Do your job. Do what you say this country is supposed to be about — the land of the free for all. It has not been free for Black people, and we are tired.

Don’t talk to us about looting. Y’all are the looters. America has looted Black people. America looted the Native Americans when they first came here, so looting is what you do. We learned it from you. We learned violence from you. We learned violence from you. The violence was what we learned from you. So if you want us to do better, then, damn it, you do better.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Activist Tamika Mallory speaking in Minneapolis over the weekend.

20 thoughts on “Women’s March Activist Tamika Mallory says “Charge the Cops” (Video)

  • Mr MacD,
    You seem to wish to throw all manner of irrelevancies into this debate.
    The reason I mention conservative/fascist hybrid is that in response to the protests that ensued after the killing of George Floyd, the White House incumbent clearly decided to play act toward his power base.
    His core power base is clearly made up of right wing Christians, conservatives and also a conservative/fascist hybrid. This unfortunate hybrid has also been present within Police Forces on both sides of the pond to varying degrees over the years and decades.
    It’s presence, sadly, appears to be lingering to a certain extent.
    This is my basic point.

    And now for some reason best known only to yourself, you’re now mentioning a failed leader of the opposition in London’s House of Commons?
    Surely this would have zero relevance to the matter in hand??

    But as I keep saying, each to their own.

  • For you Nick, it is apparent that anything that lies to the right of Jeremy Corbyn is fascist. For me, totalitarian rule is evil whether of communist or fascist persuasion. The history of the repression of black people and others of colour, is racial and has been practiced by all parts of the political spectrum. The US police services in particular, would be well advised to study the 9 principles laid down when the Metropolitan Police was established in London – and indeed that force itself ought to be reminded. For your interest, those principles still form part of the training of police officers in the Canadian city where I am officially domiciled. Section 6 in particular ought to be instructed in the US.

  • This article relates to a video which relates to the protests relating to the killing of George Floyd. This has nothing to do with any ‘sins of the left’.
    Wait a minute…….. Didn’t the current U.S Government try to talk down these protests as being ‘sins of the left’ ??
    Greater equality of opportunity within societies, greater ethnic diversity within Police Forces, weeding out the hardliners who get past police recruitment processes, better education and confronting the extremes of the current Capitalist/Fascist Hybrid with it’s white supremacist tendencies.
    That’s what I call constructive Mr MacD.
    If you don’t, then as I say – each to their own.

  • I Nick would exclude all those who were driven by totalitarian views that dictatorship and absolute power is desirable. It is even easier to find examples of police repression in totalitarian states -whether they be fascist or communist than in the democratic countries. The USSR demonstrated police repression for a longer period, killing more of its own citizenry, than any other in modern history – communist! We have just passed the anniversary of the massacre of its own citizens in Beijing by the Chinese communist regime. But you always choose to omit the sins of the left. I have consistently criticized both extremes.
    You could well be correct in thinking that few if any would follow our discussion. i am still unaware however of the “constructive remedies” that you say you put forward. I observe only “greater ethnic diversity within Police Forces”.

  • I would have no idea how many readers would be following our debate Mr MacD. There is a lockdown going on and people have a lot more time on their hands so perhaps there are one or two who are interested in our differing opinions.
    For the record, I would absolutely not refute the potential efficacy of your remedy.
    Recruitment is most definitely a factor that would work alongside the constructive remedies I put forward.
    As I say, cops in the U.K. are better than they used to be. You will be familiar with the Battle of Cable Street. The cops attempted to facilitate a march by uniformed British Fascists through a largely Jewish London neighbourhood in 1936. They were openly on the side of the fascists in this instance. History will record that these attempts were thwarted by the assembled ranks of brave and decent people who stood up for themselves and their neighbours.
    These days British Police would not openly side with Fascists in this manner but there are still individuals in the Force who have that disposition.
    Weeding out fascists and racists from police forces (who have managed to slide through the recruitment process undetected) is a crucial part of any remedy.
    I cannot see any reason why you would wish to refute this Mr MacD ??

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