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Video of St. Louis police shooting raises questions about officers’ story

sonofbaldwin:

In the United States, when a police officer shoots and kills someone, by instinct, by training, by matter of course, they immediately reshape reality to fit their course of action.

Whatever they have to do or say to make the unjustifiable justified, they will do.

They will lie, hide or destroy evidence, contradict the testimony of eyewitnesses, plant drugs or weapons, claim a wallet or a bottle of soda was a gun, claim the victims shot themselves (even with hands cuffed behind their backs), say they were being charged, say the victims tried to take their guns—whatever it takes to make the senseless make sense.

And because of their positions and uniforms, the public and the system are wont to believe the lies.

Sometimes, even when there’s video that contradict the police account of events, the public and the system are wont to evaluate it in a way that gives police the benefit of the doubt—especially if the victim is black and disabled.

Like so.

black-culture:

black-culture:

Getting me to Ferguson
http://www.gofundme.com/cxwamk
The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen.“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.”Brown’s killing on Saturday afternoon has sparked protests and rioting in this small, hardscrabble suburb of St. Louis, where tensions continue to rise between the police and the largely black, mostly poor community. Brown’s shooting lifted the lid on a pot that had long been bubbling .What I Need The $800 goal Would fund my transportation from NJ to St Louis, my lodging and meals while in St Louis. As well as printed materials to be distributed at rallies/protests.The ImpactTo support the development of mass self-managed organizations in the community that can address the murder of Mike Brown.To help create a sustainable movement that can address struggles of police brutality, racial profiling,housing,transportation, pollution, welfare rights, and the issues of the day. Political ideas and strategies need to be informed by practical experience. This means that the political organization needs to bring together activists who are rooted in working class communities and their mass organizations and struggles. Through our active presence we can learn from others. Through our participation and organizing activity, and the influence of our ideas, we can build a social base to not only have DEMANDS MET but to CREATE REAL CHANGE.We must defend Ferguson.Other Ways You Can HelpSome people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about this campaign by using the gofundme share tools!Thank you for your support!
Zellie Imani
twitter/ig @zellieimani
http://www.gofundme.com/cxwamk

Never would I have imagined we’d reach this goal, and because of you all, we made it. I say we, because I am representing for all those you cannot physically go.Please follow me on twitter / instagram @zellieimani as I will be posting constant updates once I arrive at St Louis.Feel free to continue to share or encourage others to donate, every dime helps.
 

black-culture:

black-culture:

Getting me to Ferguson

http://www.gofundme.com/cxwamk

The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen.

“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.”

Brown’s killing on Saturday afternoon has sparked protests and rioting in this small, hardscrabble suburb of St. Louis, where tensions continue to rise between the police and the largely black, mostly poor community. Brown’s shooting lifted the lid on a pot that had long been bubbling .

What I Need 
The $800 goal 

Would fund my transportation from NJ to St Louis, my lodging and meals while in St Louis. As well as printed materials to be distributed at rallies/protests.

The Impact
To support the development of mass self-managed organizations in the community that can address the murder of Mike Brown.

To help create a sustainable movement that can address struggles of police brutality, racial profiling,housing,transportation, pollution, welfare rights, and the issues of the day. 

Political ideas and strategies need to be informed by practical experience. This means that the political organization needs to bring together activists who are rooted in working class communities and their mass organizations and struggles. Through our active presence we can learn from others. Through our participation and organizing activity, and the influence of our ideas, we can build a social base to not only have DEMANDS MET but to CREATE REAL CHANGE.

We must defend Ferguson.

Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about this campaign by using the gofundme share tools!

Thank you for your support!

Zellie Imani

twitter/ig @zellieimani

http://www.gofundme.com/cxwamk

Never would I have imagined we’d reach this goal, and because of you all, we made it. I say we, because I am representing for all those you cannot physically go.

Please follow me on twitter / instagram @zellieimani as I will be posting constant updates once I arrive at St Louis.

Feel free to continue to share or encourage others to donate, every dime helps.

 

(via black-culture)

versacekardashian:

***ATTENTION ALL UNITED STATES AMERICANS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY*** 

THE AMERICAN CIVILIANS IN THE CITY OF FERGUSON, MISSOURI IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IS CURRENTLY UNDER ATTACK BY POLICE ENFORCEMENTS!!!

IF YOU ARE UNAWARE OF THE SITUATION GOING ON, WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!

HERE ARE LINKED YOUTUBE VIDEOS PUBLISHED BY THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES IN THE CITY OF FERGUSON:

SIGNAL BOOST THIS!!!

(via barefootandgolden)

barefootandgolden:

aandradeee:

I’d rather go to twitter and tumblr for news about Ferguson than to get it from a news source. All the news sources are doing is sugar coating what is really going on…

Agreed.

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, emerge from deeply ingrained racial, political, social and economic inequities, amongst which include a broad-based problem with the administration of policing in the U.S., particularly within black communities. As citizens and a collective of more than 400 sociologists, we are troubled by the killing of Michael Brown. We are troubled by the excessive show of force and militarized response to protesters who rightfully seek justice and demand a change in the treatment of people of color by law enforcement. We urge law enforcement, policymakers, media and the nation to consider decades of sociological analysis and research that can inform the necessary conversations and solutions required to address the systemic issues that the events in Ferguson have raised.

The relationship between African Americans and law enforcement is fraught with a long history of injustice, state violence and abuse of power. This history is compounded by a string of recent police actions that resulted in the deaths of Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, Calif.), Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), John Crawford (Beavercreek, Ohio), Oscar Grant (Oakland, Calif.), and the beating of Marlene Pinnock (Los Angeles, Calif.) by a California Highway Patrol officer. These events reflect a pattern of racialized policing, and will continue to occur in the absence of a national, long-term strategy that considers the role of historic social processes that have institutionalized racism within police departments and the criminal justice system more broadly.

Sociologists Issue Statement on Ferguson: 400 Sociologists Demand Justice and Change in Policing of Communities of Color

(H/T Sarah Dresser)

(Source: sonofbaldwin)

socialjusticekoolaid:

What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 

(via yorhorho)

Kansas City, Mo., cop under review after posting fake 'Michael Brown' picture to Facebook: report

atane:

That picture of a young Black man holding a gun that clearly isn’t Mike Brown, yet was spread around social media and websites by anti-Black racists saying it was Mike Brown was posted by a cop. Imagine that. A cop did this.

They did this to Trayvon Martin as well btw. Character assassination is their game.

(via blackfeminism)