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April 6, 2015
Six former police officers have been charged with stealing millions of dollars in cash and drugs while working undercover. Hundreds of cases based on the Philadelphia drug unit’s work have been thrown out, and about 100 civil rights lawsuits are on hold awaiting the outcome of the 26-count racketeering trial. Slavery starts with the police, and we’;; take a look at how their criminality affects the mass incarceration of millions of Americans.
All attempts to reform mass incarceration through the traditional mechanisms of electoral politics, the courts and state and federal legislatures are useless. Corporations, which have turned mass incarceration into a huge revenue stream and which have unchecked political and economic power, have no intention of diminishing their profits. We have to wage an economic war to have any hope of crippling these people.
John Floyd, the state’s premier RICO expert and a special prosecutor for the Fulton County district attorney on the APS case, said there was nothing inappropriate about the charges. It’s not necessary to demonstrate any sort of organized crime connection to prove a racketeering violation, he told jurors during closing arguments. One consequence of a successful RICO prosecution, whatever the charges, is hard time. With all of that understood, we will take a hard look at the Ferguson America phenomenon, and take a step closer to finding a way to bring RICO charges against city government, law enforcement and mass incarcerators.
Our Unexplainable Black Death Profile is Patrick Dorismond, 26 years old when he was shot and killed by police.