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6/9/70—Weatherman places 10 sticks of dynamite at NYPD headquarters
How to Make It in the Jungle
With the coming of summer we can once again look forward to the honest reactions of people against the conditions that oppress them. We can also look forward to the armed tools of the state using their oppressive power to breakup these actions.
As a public service RAT wishes to show our readers some of the maneuvers that the police will be using against us. We are printing these diagrams in the hope that people may be able to familiarize themselves with the patterns and develop actions around them.
Summer Night in the Slums
"Get the cops out!"
That’s what residents of New York’s Lower East Side shouted repeatedly during a violent confrontation with New York City’s “elite” Tactical Patrol Force (TPFs) on the night of July 22. At least 10 persons were arrested before calm was restored.
Fifty TPFs were sent to patrol an 11-block area where a tavern had been firebombed the night before, and their presence angered members of the community. By midnight, a crowd of nearly 1,000,
Scuffling broke out, firecrackers exploded and several windows were shattered. By early morning, more than 200 TPFs were in the area. Several small fires and a burning automobile were reported.
A community spokesman, Al Cordona, said residents had met with representatives of the Police Community Relations Department earlier in the evening, but failed to obtain an agreement for withdrawal of the TPFs.
The TPFs were accused by residents of being rude and brutal and having inflamed the community when they began arriving at 6 p.m. As residents shouted angrily at the TPFs, several patrolmen grabbed an unidentified man in the crowd and hustled him into a store next to the firebombed tavern. The man went crashing through the store window, fell to the ground and was surrounded by TPFs, who then arrested him. He was allegedly beaten after his arrest. — Guardian, 1968
"The Movement, a San Francisco newspaper, reproduced this advertisement with the following comments: 1) aim for the tires; 2) roll a jellied gas bomb under the thing; 3) avoid it. It has to stay on the streets, you don’t. The XM706 in Vietnam isn’t winning the war for America. Batista’s armored trains didn’t stop Castro. When the American government has to resort to an obscenity like this, it’s getting desperate." — Guardian, 1967