Gloria La Riva, the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s 2016 presidential candidate, issued a statement on the recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police:
The people's rage is growing justifiably. Cops gun down Black and Latino men and women and children, as well as white people (half of the 1,200 killed in 2015 were white although Black and other people of color are disproportionately murdered). You can bet the people who are killed are not rich people; they are working class and poor people.
Black men and teenagers in particular are in extreme danger. Alton Sterling was just selling CDs in front of a store before being murdered.
These are absolute crimes against humanity, and each cop that gets away with murder opens the way for another cop to willfully murder and copy the same excuses, the same pretexts. The capitalist system fosters this kind of violence, coddles the killers, gives them paid leave, defends them to the hilt and finally exonerates them.
Hillary Clinton is calling for an “investigation” in order to rebuild “trust” in this corrupt legal system, but she was a leading proponent for mass incarceration policies and supported militarized, zero-tolerance policing. She isn’t saying the one thing that needs to be said: the killers of Sterling and Castile must go to prison for their crimes! Donald Trump has so far just avoided commenting on the situation altogether.
We must be the ones to unite and fight racist police brutality. Everyone must stand up to these crimes and demonstrate in every city you are in. I was in Ferguson with my comrades and thousands of people two years ago, when that courageous community demonstrated non-stop for Mike Brown. Ferguson, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Chicago, Albuquerque, San Francisco, all these protests are very important. But the people are reaching a boiling point. Just don't ask why people rebel. Don't ask why one day people just won't take it anymore. There is only one way to win justice and that is the struggle.