Donald Trump & Luke Bronin Protect the Police State

by David Samuels


This column appears in the January 26 – February 4 edition of the Hartford News.


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SPECIAL REPORT: Bronin Retaliates Against Hartford Civilian Police Review Board





Last week the Hartford Civilian Police Review Board requested that the Hartford Police Department provide them with the names of 19 HPD officers, who refused to cooperate with the investigation of former Sgt. Sean Spell. Spell has been charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace, as the result of an investigation that was launched after Spell was caught on a West Hartford Police dash camera kicking Emilio Diaz in the head, following a car chase last June. Courant reporter Vinny Vella interviewed Board member Rick Torres, who initiated the unanimous vote to examine the Spell case. Torres called out the HPD on their hypocrisy, noting that officers have the same ‘no snitching’ code they have blasted community residents for following. “These people are public servants; we usually expect and they demand from us full cooperation in investigations.They always ask the public to come forward. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and we expect them to come forward, too.” Mayor Luke Bronin has retaliated against Torres and the Board, by attempting to replace them with his cronies and police stooges. Bronin has offered to meet with the Community Party to discuss this issue. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story. See the Resources section for a previous column on Bronin sabotaging the Board, and a 2016 interview with Torres.






Policy Watch: Trump Threatens Activists



“One of the fundamental rights of every American is to live in a safe community. A Trump Administration will empower our law enforcement officers to do their jobs and keep our streets free of crime and violence. The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.” ~ White House website, which went live minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in. (report courtesy of Democracy Now!)


“Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year, according to data collected for The Counted [1], an effort by the Guardian to record every such death. They were also killed at four times the rate of young white men.

Racial disparities persisted in 2016 even as the total number of deaths caused by police fell slightly. In all, 1,091 deaths were recorded for 2016, compared with 1,146 logged in 2015. Several 2015 deaths only came to light last year, suggesting the 2016 number may yet rise…* At least one in every five people killed by police in 2016 was mentally ill or in the midst of a mental health crisis when they were killed, according to reports following the incident by law enforcement, local media and relatives… In more than 80 killings by police in 2016, the initial contact with law enforcement began following a call reporting that the person was suicidal or harming themselves, or attempting to harm themselves. Of the at least 35 military veterans killed by police last year, at least 20 had been diagnosed with a mental illness or were having a mental health crisis.”  ~ Black Agenda Report reported 1152 police killings in the United States in 2016. U.S. police kill people at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.



Still  hyperventilating over Trump? If you think this is bad, imagine how the people living in the seven predominantly Muslim countries Barack Obama bombed feel. Or the people in Honduras who are suffering at the hands of the brutal and bloody coup government that Hillary Clinton supported, or the people in Haiti who are dealing with the effects of the Clintons looting the country. Obama is a handsome, smiling fascist. Joe Biden is a folksy fascist. Hillary is a very rich fascist. There is no such thing as a ‘worse’ fascist. Trump is the new caretaker of fascism. Scared? You should have been scared for the past eight years, and for years before that.  By the way, here in Connecticut Democratic Party Governor Dan Malloy is about to release a scorched earth budget on February 8. If you’re a CT resident, you might want to be scared about that, too. Democratic fascism isn’t better. It’s still fascism.



Independent media is invaluable at times like this. Democracy Now! (hosted by Amy Goodman) coverage of the Trump inauguration included excellent analysis by the panel about the Democrats, and their liberal supporters. Naomi Klein talked about the danger of having a foe in Trump who is so despicable, the left will settle for restoring the Democrats to power, instead of recognizing that BOTH the Democrats and Republicans are the problem. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor talked about liberals being in deep denial, blaming the FBI and Russia for the election outcome, in order to avoid facing the fact that their party is totally disconnected from the working class, people of color and the poor, due to their neoliberal policies. 49.6 million people sat out the election, because they were repulsed by both Hillary and Trump, and saw no point in voting for either party as a whole. Taylor went on to say that instead of focusing on ‘messaging’ (better marketing of horrific policies), the Democrats and their liberal supporters must come to terms with the facts about the party’s neoliberal agenda.



Ralph Nader predicted chaos in the Trump presidency from day one, because Trump is not used to working hard. Nader said the volume of decisions Trump had to make as the head of his organization is “chicken feed”, compared to what Trump will face on a daily basis as President. Nader said adding in the factors of Trump’s temperament and “cardiac diet” (fast food is his staple), his business conflicts of interest that make him vulnerable to impeachment, and the certainty that the power drunk Trump administration will overreach and engage in illegal behavior, activists must be ready to pounce.



Taylor reported that the incoming Trump administration wanted tanks and rocket launchers to be displayed during the inauguration parade, similar to the military parades in the Soviet Union and North Korea. The idea was rejected by organizers of the parade, who feared that local streets would be damaged.  This juicy tidbit is indicative of Trump’s plan for an authoritarian style of governing, along with his treatment of CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta during a press conference, and the threat against activists involved with the movement against police violence. Projecting military might while crushing dissent will obviously be the theme of the Trump presidency, along with flaunting the power of the corporate state. As Klein pointed out, Exxon now the controls the State Department and Hardees runs the Department of Labor, headed by Rex Tillerson and Andy Puzder, respectively.



Back to the police state. Independent journalist Matt Agorist, “an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA”, according to the Free Thought Project, recently reported on an internal memo he obtained that outlines Trump policy expectations by the Fraternal Order of Police. The FOP endorsed Trump during the 2016 election.


“The newly proposed list, titled, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: The First 100 Days, lays out the police agenda quite clearly with a prediction of executive action to reinstate so many of the tyrannical practices overturned by the last two administrations. Pledged to rescind Executive Order 13688 which imposed limits on State and local law enforcement (military) equipment programs throughout the Federal government.


Reverse or amend the broad, Bush-era ban on racial profiling by all or some Federal agencies.



(2-year mandatory minimum Federal prison sentence) for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying.



Among their other expectations, the FOP notes that Trump should reverse the position of the Federal government on the use of private prisons too.

In a stunning turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in August it will no longer use private prisons to incarcerate federal prisoners, deeming the notorious for-profit facilities both less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than those operated by the government.

‘They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security.’ Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explained in the announcement. Immediately following the announcement that they would lose their tax-subsidized cash cow, prison stocks plummeted.” Those stocks skyrocketed after Trump won the election. You can read the full article here.





Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs, a member of the so-called Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association work hard every year to kill police reform legislation, while they talk out of the other side of their mouths about ‘building trust’ with urban neighborhood residents.

The Community Party calls on Gov. Dan Malloy and the Connecticut Democrats to respond to Trump’s threats against activists by passing the Meagen Hockaday and Trayvon Martin Acts with their original bill language intact, along with other legislation aimed at police accountability.








Community Party Radio Special Report – Meagen Matters: Meagen Hockaday and the Police War on Black Women




Luke Bronin Sabotaging Hartford Civilian Police Review Board



Community Party Radio January 6, 2016 show. Guests: Hartford Civilian Police Review Board member Rick Torres and St. Louis activist Toni Taylor, the mother of Cary Ball, who was killed by St Louis Police in 2013.




Rep. Bruce Morris Passionately Supports H.B. 5437, Urban Lawmakers Hold Police Accountable



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