Police and Border Patrol Unions Attacked in Tucson

  • Posted on: 2 May 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

This May Day night, two groups of anarchists in Tucson attacked law enforcement targets in solidarity with the ongoing rebellions against police throughout the country. First, the office of the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Arizona, a statewide association of police unions, had a number of its windows smashed out. Later, the office of the Tucson Border Patrol Local Union also lost a number of windows and was redecorated with no borders slogans.

Border Patrol was targeted for their role in the ongoing occupation of indigenous lands, their contribution to countless deaths and untold suffering in the desert south of Tucson and elsewhere, and constantly increasing militarization of border communities across the borderlands. Borders cannot be reformed, they must be abolished.

The police union was targeted for being a police union. We aim for the abolition of the police and take particular umbrage with the notion that cops are workers. The central role of the police is control of working people and the maintenance of white supremacy. We also find value in targeting representatives of the Tucson Police Department since the chief is now part of a federal task force on improving relations between police and the populations they try to manage. Villasenor is adept at pushing a "community policing" agenda as part of a counterinsurgency strategy to better control potentially rebellious populations and incorporate the official Left into this system of domination. This insidious strategy is more difficult to counter than the overt brutality of say, Joe Arpaio, but no less violent - the role of all police remains the same.

In this moment, as fierce revolts against the police and white supremacy are spreading across the country, it is impossible to assert that "not all cops are bad" or that they're "part of the 99%." Those who suggest these things, or that the police can be reformed, are not naive or misguided - they have chosen a side. They've sided with white supremacy, with state violence, with capital, with order. Considering this, our actions are intended to push for more and broader struggle for the absolute abolition of the police and nothing less.

For the rebels in Baltimore, Iguala, Ferguson and everywhere.
For everyone they've taken from us, whether by murder, deportation, or incarceration.
For open revolt against the police and against borders.



I appreciate the action but I want to critique the language used in the communique. There's a lot of talk (in this communique and elsewhere) of abolishing police, it seems strange to me that anarchists would seek to abolish police for a few reasons:
1-It's less than likely that any policy or reform will come about that would have enough wide-spread support within the state to abolish police.
2-Would we not rather rely on ourselves and those who fight with us to get rid of police ourselves? Abolition means a formal and legal change that as anarchists we should oppose.
Police abolition has a ton of room for policing to live on in a thousand new forms. Would aiming to destroy, attack, or something else along those lines be more honest to our ideas (and actions) as anarchists than abolition?

The word "abolition" does not not necessitate a "formal and legal change". Get the fuck out of here with that pretentious pedantic bullshit.

Haha. you may be the only person on the face of the earth that thinks "abolish the police" somehow denotes legislative means. There could be no state without pigs to apply state violence. soooo...

it doesn't seem like all that long ago that 'prison abolition' was a hot, ultra-radical buzzword and now it is promoted with enthusiasm by a certain sector of the non-profit industry ('soft power', the left wing of capital etc), looking forward to a time of infinitely diffuse carcerality (cybernetics realized) and confinement only under the most 'therapeutic' of terms - with all the sensors everywhere, only the most 'ill' need be actually confined until they can be cured of the disease of disobedience. now consider the privatization of security forces, that same diffuse carcerality, how much can change in a decade or so, etc.

if it's worth jumping into a largely apolitical social movement whose political faction is broadly liberal to try to illuminate 'more radical' ideas and directions, it's worth being careful about how you frame your points. but then again, this action seems to be directed purely at the usual echo chamber of cops and activists and caught up in the concept of spectacular political violence.

This was beautiful, my courageous AZ friends. Rock on!

Not bad! Not bad at all.

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