J. Cole – Be Free – Tribute to Michael Brown

The North Carolina rapper J. Cole went to the small St. Louis suburb to visit the memorial where an unarmed Michael Brown was shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

See pictures and video @ http://globalgrind.com/2014/08/18/j-cole-visits-michael-browns-memorial-ferguson-photos/

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St. Louis Police Shot Man 20 Seconds After Arriving at Store

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See the full video of the fatal shooting by police of Kajieme Powell 

St. Louis police have released cellphone footage of the shooting of a 25-year-old black man that appears to conflict with their description of the story. On Tuesday, police shot and killed Kajieme Powell after he was accused of stealing energy drinks and donuts from a convenience store. Police Chief Sam Dotson said Powell had been shot three or four feet from the officers after brandishing a knife in an “overhand grip” and refusing repeated orders to drop it. But the cellphone video shows Powell appears to be further away than that, and has his hands at his side. It also shows police shot Powell within about 20 seconds of arriving at the scene. The shooting happened about three miles from where Michael Brown was killed.

(Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/21/headlines#8213)

During a follow-up interview with CNN, Dotson acknowledged the discrepancies between his previous statement and the video, but still defended the officers’ use of lethal force.

“So you’ve got an individual armed with a knife, who’s moving towards you, not listening to any verbal commands, continues, says ‘Shoot me now, kill me now.’ Tasers aren’t 100%. If that Taser misses, that subject continues on, and hurts an officer,” he said.

The crowd of approximately 200 people that gathered at the scene of the shooting reportedly fluctuated from peaceful to rowdy, chanting the “Hands up, don’t shoot” refrain made well-known at Ferguson protests. Witnesses of the shooting of Michael Brown say the unarmed 18-year-old said this to an officer before he was fatally shot in Ferguson on Aug. 9.

Ferguson, Missouri Protests Continue

Protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri for the 10th night. Protesters are calling for the arrest of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who shot the unarmed teenager six times, including twice in the head. According to the New York Times, Attorney General Eric Holder and top Justice Department officials are weighing whether to open a broader civil rights investigation to look at Ferguson’s police practices at large. At least 11 journalists have been detained while covering the protests sparked by the shooting of Brown.

President Obama addressed the issue of journalists being detained while doing their jobs and has stated:

“I have to be very careful about not prejudging these events before investigations are completed. Because, although these are, you know, issues of local jurisdiction — you know, the DOJ works for me,” Obama told reporters on Monday. “And then when they’re conducting an investigation, I’ve got to make sure that I don’t look like I’m putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other.”

Some feel that President Obama should have more to say, he should have more to say when it comes to the mistreating of black men and the journalists who report on these issues.

“This President knows better than most what happens in poor communities that have been antagonized historically by the hostile relationship between black people and the police department,” Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“It is not enough for him to come on national television and pretend there is a false moral equivalency between police people who are armed and black people who are vulnerable constantly to this. He needs to use his bully pulpit to step up and articulate this as a vision,” Dyson said.

CNN political commentator and Morehouse College African-American studies professor Marc Lamont Hill wrote in an op-ed for CNN.com that Obama has “placed the highest priority” on people remaining calm.

“While this may seem reasonable on its face, particularly against the backdrop of rioting and looting, his words failed to acknowledge the legitimacy of black anger,” Hill said.

Protests are continuing in Ferguson, Missouri

over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager who was shot by police on Saturday. On Wednesday night, the city looked like a warzone as police fired tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs. Police arrested at least 10 people, including a St. Louis alderman and two journalists. But last night the mood was less tense after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon put an African-American highway patrol captain, Ron Johnson, in charge of security in the town of Ferguson. Johnson marched with protesters and ordered the riot gear put away.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/15/facing_national_outcry_ferguson_police_drop

 

 

 

 

Every 28 Hours a Black Man | Woman is Killed by a Police Officer


“He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air” said Dorian Johnson, a friend of 18-year old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri who was scheduled to begin college classes Monday was murdered on Saturday August 9th, 2014.

Dorian Johnson tells News 4 he was walking with Brown when the officer confronted them and drew his weapon. St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood told News 4 that Brown was shot once by the officer and then an additional nine times as he lay in the street. “We are hurt to hear that yet another teenaged boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York who was killed for selling cigarettes. We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting.”

By early Saturday night, dozens of police cars remained parked near the shooting scene as mourners left votive candles, rose petals, a large stuffed animal and other remembrances at a makeshift memorial in the middle of the street. At the height of the post-shooting tensions, police at the scene called for about 60 other police units to respond to the area in Ferguson, a city of about 21,000 residents, about two-thirds of whom are black.

So, the officers left this young man’s body laying there for hours and hours, not covered to show respect to one who has passed at the hands of violence. This shows how law enforcement have no regard at all for black lives.

EVERY 28 HOURS A BLACK MAN OR WOMAN IS SHOT BY AN OFFICER OF THE LAW.

These people are not here to protect all, they’re out to kill at the mercy of this unjust system. This angers me. This makes it all clear regarding the agenda of this system – to get rid of as many niggas & non-white faces as possible.

I scroll down my Facebook & Instagram newsfeed to see my fellow black people saying R.I.P. to Robin Williams who as 63 years old and just committed suicide. Who the fck cares…?! – He was ready to go. But, were all the innocent black men and women who were gunned down by police officers ready to go….? NO!

Another young black man shot by officers:
22-year old John Crawford and his girlfriend went their separate ways to shop for personal items while in the Walmart store. At some point, Crawford picked up a toy BB gun and played video games while talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone.

A suspicious couple, April and Ronald Ritchie, began following Crawford. They eventually called police and told them that Crawford was walking around the store with a gun.

When police arrived at the store, they approached him from behind and told him to put the weapon down. Crawford turned and told them it was just a toy. The police officers opened fire on Crawford. He later died from his wounds.

Racist assumptions with violent acts on behalf of police officers and/or citizens of this country seem to continue after slavery. New day, same stories. We are not free from this racial caste system and whoever thinks we are has the mind of a deaf and blind person.

It saddens me to see a dumbed down black society – not all, but a large number. Wake Up Black People! Speak for our communities, speak for your brothers & sisters.