Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

The NYPD is Stealing Bikes, Leaving Protesters Stranded

The cops are stealing bikes from protesters and beating them as they attempt to get home during the curfew.

Maria Aurelio

June 4, 2020
Facebook Twitter Share
Brooklyn, New York, REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

Despite arrests and repression by the police, today, for the third night in a row, thousands of people in NYC broke the curfew to demand justice for George Floyd, to say that Black Lives Matter, and to protest racist police violence. These protesters were not deterred by police brutality. Nor were they deterred by the fact that all four cops were charged in Minneapolis and the charges against Derek Chauvin were increased from third degree to second degree murder. Police brutality is a systemic problem and these small concessions won’t cut it. 

Tonight is the third night of the draconian curfew in NYC instituted by Gov. Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio. It is the second night of the more restrictive 8PM curfew, that also cancels Uber, Lyft, and even Citibike services. In fact, in Manhattan it was impossible to get a Citibike two hours before curfew began. Although public transportation is running, all non-essential travel is barred in Manhattan. Even people who call Ubers before the 8PM curfew are being pulled over and questioned while in transit by the police. 

This has left thousands of people stranded in Manhattan, unable to return to their homes, and as sitting ducks for the police. In an effort to have an option to safely and quickly return home, some protesters have ridden their bikes to the protests. However, videos have emerged of the police stealing protesters bikes and beating some protesters trying to flee while on their bikes. This follows a pattern of police violence against protesters, including the most blatant in which a police van drove straight into protesters on Saturday. 

While the liberal media keeps replaying videos of the police kneeling with protesters, in reality the police are exactly the assholes in the videos, stealing peoples bikes, leaving people stranded in an empty, boarded-up city, and beating them with batons. The rage of protesters can’t be quelled by crumbs or empty symbols. That’s why the fight for Black lives and against police violence is not stopping.

Facebook Twitter Share

United States

Pro-Palestine protesters at a march in Philadelphia. Palestinian flags in the background while someone holds up a sign that says "Freedom for Palestine."

Temple University Rank and Filers Release Palestine Solidarity Statement

Rank and filers at Temple University in Philly are demanding their union local and national fight to end all support for Israel and join the cause of Palestinian workers.

Jason Koslowski

August 3, 2021
An older woman wearing a hat holds a sign that reads "No More Unjust Revictions: I Lost My Home of 36 Years"

Eviction Moratorium Expired, Millions Face Homelessness

After a half-hearted attempt to extend the eviction moratorium failed, the House of Representatives left for summer vacation.

Emma Lee

August 2, 2021

Pandemic Profiteers: Pfizer Profits Exceed $10 Billion in Six Months

Pfizer has announced record profits as a result of vaccine sales. While the world is in crisis, pharmaceutical companies are raking in billions of dollars from advance contracts and by preventing the release of patents.

Biden Is Expediting Deportations of Migrant Families

The Biden administration added another repressive measure against migrants on top of Donald Trump's already draconian Title 42. Now border patrol agents have the right to decide asylum cases.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

July 29, 2021

MOST RECENT

Four healthcare workers, including co-author of this article Mike Pappas, stand in scrubs and masks in front of an Amazon warehouse holding signs in support of better wages and safer working conditions for Amazon workers.

What Billionaire Space Flights Mean to Healthcare Workers

While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage around the globe and climate disaster is destroying the planet, billionaires are taking joyrides to space. Two healthcare workers who worked throughout the pandemic respond.

Mike Pappas

August 2, 2021
Image of rubble and a lot of smoke in the background. People stand in front of the wreckage.

Joe Biden is Bombing Somalia

Despite claims to reduce drone strikes, Joe Biden is bombing Somalia.

K.S. Mehta

August 1, 2021

Coldest Weather in Decades Hits Brazil — Climate Change Is to Blame

This month, on the heels of the country’s worst drought in a century, Brazil has experienced historic cold weather. The effects on agriculture could have negative consequences across the world.

Otto Fors

July 30, 2021
On the left, the front cover of Argentine Marxist Juan Dal Maso's book Hegemony and Class Struggle. On the right, Dal Maso sits at a desk wearing a black sweater, mid-speech.

A Welcome and Necessary Encounter Between Trotsky and Gramsci

The following is Warren Montag's foreword to the new book by Argentinian Marxist Juan Dal Maso entitled "Hegemony and Class Struggle. Trotsky, Gramsci and Marxism" released by Palgrave Publishing House on July 28th.

Warren Montag

July 30, 2021