That One Time In 1985 Philly Cops Bombed Its Own City, Killing 11 [Pics+]
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 10 months ago
Philadelphia 1980s – socio-political factionists are on the top of Philly Police Department's watch list. They're armed and living in a row house that's apparently fortified for an expected gun fight. Everything the anarchists expected came their way, and then some.
The story of MOVE Philadelphia is fraught with the dark side of over-authoritative policing. As a response to a reactionary compound of anarchists, the Philadelphia police played judge and jury -- dropping a bomb on their row house, eventually burning the entire block down. In total 61 homes went to ashes, five children died, as well as six adults.
The constitution grants even the most dastardly evil doer a fair trial. It's the right to a fair trial that's what is supposed to make America such a great place to be. And, yes – the record definitely shows what dipshits the MOVE anarchists were in their past violent relations with the police, in intentionally assaulting their own poor neighbors with daily bullhorned noise, and in their bullshit paranoid gun usage against law enforcement but dropping a bomb on your opponent in the middle of a peaceful American neighborhood is not the way to police.
A government that disappears dissenters without a proper fair trial is a sick government. If we're willing to overlook the right to a fair trial for some, that is a slippery slope that will affect you and/or your baby's futures further down the road. Remember it was an over-reactive authority that created the horrible paranoia of the Red Scare black lists, the Japanese internment camps, being held without a fair trial for decades in Guantanamo, scary black sites in our own cities like Homan Square, and fucked up over-reactive scenarios like Waco and Dorner.
Without our right to a fair trial to exercise our right to free speech to say why we made our own reactive decisions, leaves the U.S. no better off than any other troglodytic dictatorship on this planet. As a country we aren't perfect, but we certainly could be much much worse. Ignoring the right to a fair trial, while dropping bombs on American neighborhoods, is a road to the much worse.