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IT WAS July 17 2014 on a busy shopping street in Staten Island, New York City . A 43-year-old African-American ex-horticulturalist from the New York Parks and Recreation Department, Eric Garner , was confronted by some police officers, accused of selling "loosies" - single cigarettes from unlicensed and untaxed packs. Comment?
Recent organising and demonstrations around the issue of police accountability in Philadelphia , set in motion by grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island , New York not to indict police officers who gunned down unarmed African American men, have taken a new, though rather historically familiar, twist. Laura Krasovitzky, a University of Pennsylvania student organiser, tells The Declaration that she was visited on the morning of December 8 by a Philadelphia Police Department detective, who she soon learned was in the Homeland Security Bureau, asking about posts in a Facebook group . Comment?
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