According to the New York Daily News, NYPD officers have killed at least 179 people over the past 15 years. Of those 179 incidents, only three led to an officer indictment, and only one led to a conviction. For that one conviction, the officer served no jail time.
The Department of Justice (DOJ):
1. Release the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including updates that would:
- Make the Guidance enforceable
- Apply the Guidance to state and local law enforcement who work in partnership with the federal government or receive federal funding
- Close the loophole for the border and national security
- Cover surveillance activities
- Prohibit profiling based on religion, national origin, and sexual orientation
2. Require racial bias training against the use of force for state and local law enforcement that receive grants
Sign the petition at: https://www.aclu.org/secure/DOJ-racial-profiling?ms=web_141124_racialjustice_taf
This decision was not completely misunderstood as the history, the current day atrocities which happen at the hands of so-called “officers of law” here in the states has become so often.
An indictment of the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown would not prove that black lives matter in America.
Vincent Warren of the Center on Constitutional Rights writes:
Without accountability, there can be no rule of law. If Wilson is not indicted, or is under-indicted, the clear message is that it is open season on people of color, that St. Louis has declared that Darren Wilson is not a criminal but that the people who live under the thumbs of the Darren Wilsons of this country are. It would say to the cry that “Black lives matter” that, no, in fact, they do not.
This is the sad truth in this country – we cannot forget the Unites States is an institution built on racism, sexism and classism. The authors of Struggle for Justice wrote in 1971 “without a radical change in our values and a drastic restructuring of our social and economic institutions” we can only achieve modest reforms of the criminal punishment system (including policing).
“A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect”
– W.E.B. Du Bois
School system teaching our children lies, mainstream hip hop owned by our ancestors masters sons who also have a large part in the industrialized prison system, taxes being spent on wars… Black (& brown) lives are only a mean to a head count in prisons for profit along with cheap labor – civil war.
Yes, we have certain freedoms, but at the cost of so much more that is detrimental to our present and future. A day without police brutality, killings, prison sentences lacking moral/lawful reason and equal rights to all seems to be too far in sight – unreachable.
R.I.P. to all the Black names unspoken and forgotten.
The cousin of murdered Ezell Ford by the LAPD, since then Ceebo became a community organizer in Los Angeles and has been organizing rallies and marches for Tha Movement for Ford, demanding justice for Ezell Ford and all victims of police violence.
Ceebo is now facing a long prison sentence following a house robbery in Pomona, Ca in which he and his and his codefendant, Andrew Lopez, were identified in a popular practice known as a field ID. Unlike line ups in police stations, field ID’s essentially constitute a police officer bringing the witness into the field where they tell the witness that they should not be biased just because they see the suspect in custody or handcuffs. Police then show their suspect to the witness. All in the hopes of non-bias, the witness then says yes this is the one I saw or no. Field identifications are a dangerous practice that threaten to bring frequently criminalized black and brown youth that much further from justice and closer to becoming a statistic.
Ironic this young black man who has been rallying against police brutality|murder is now facing years in prison for a crime that would seem to have no proof at all of him being guilty of any crime. This unjust system is out to imprison|enslave our men and women – this system shows no conscious.
Pack The Court on 11/20/14 at 8:30AM Pomona Superior Court @ 400 Civic Center Plz. Pomona, Ca 91766 6th Floor, Dept. T
Read more from the source and see the They Don’t Care About Us video: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/activist-rapper-facing-decades-prison-railroaded-justice-system/
Will Mike Brown’s Killer Avoid Charges in Ferguson? Cops Stockpile Riot Gear Amid “Troubling” Leaks
Where is the equal justice in cases like this? – It’s absent in a day where skin color still motivates crime and police officers are protected by corrupt law enforcers.
Disparities spoken – Truth. Reality. War. Hatred. Black. Racism. Classism. Sexism. Voices. Silenced by a white wall.
And she wrote: An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.
As protests continue in Missouri, police in Los Angeles are facing public anger over a shooting of another young African American man by the name of Ezell Ford. Details Family members say 25-year-old Ezell was unarmed and lying on the ground when police shot him dead Monday night. Ford suffered from mental disabilities.
According to the news station, Ezell Ford, 25, was only blocks from his South Los Angeles home Monday when officers stopped him. Police claim that it was an “investigative stop” but have not stated why Ford was being investigated. According to police, a struggle ensued and police “opened fire,” indicates a Los Angeles Police Department news release issued Tuesday and viewed by the news station.
His family has announced a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department. A protest on LAPD headquarters has been called for this Sunday.
The funeral was held in New York City for Eric Garner, an African-American father of six who died after police placed him in a chokehold. Police say they confronted Garner because he was selling bootleg cigarettes. Graphic video of the incident shows an officer pulling Garner to the ground by the neck and then holding his head against the pavement. As other officers crowd on top of Garner, he repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe.” Garner soon stops moving. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. On Wednesday, Bishop Kareem Evans addressed mourners at Brooklyn’s Bethel Baptist Church.
“This is an awesome task because Brother Eric is not only a friend, but he is family. Not only is he family, but he is one that you consider close family.”
The officer who used the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo, has been moved to desk duty and ordered to turn in his badge and gun pending investigations. Three men have sued Pantaleo in the past two years for unlawful, racially motivated arrests. The New York City Police Department says it also plans to overhaul training procedures in the wake of Garner’s death. Four emergency response workers who were at the scene have been suspended without pay.
See the video of Eric Garner and NYPD here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5UY9I1EbU
And more Democracy headlines at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS9A_WI3OT4&list=PL50BDB9BCCFAF09CA
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has announced his retirement one month after the arrests of 18 current and former deputies for the alleged abuse of prisoners and other offenses in local jails. Baca has served for nearly 50 years and had planned to seek re-election in June. But he now says he will step down at the end of the month. The charges followed a multi-year investigation into the systemic abuse of prisoners in Los Angeles County jails.
By: Thandisizwe Chimurenga
While listening to the Uprising show this morning on my favorite progressive radio station 90.7FM http://www.kpfk.org, Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Thandisizwe on her new book about Oscar Grant and the murder of this young black man.
Oscar Grant was one out of many black men racially profiled, targeted and assaulted by the police. He was killed at the hands of people we are told to trust, and his story shall echo through the centuries.
About the Book
“Thandi Chimurenga’s book gives an unflinching critique of the role white supremacy has played in the institutionalization of state-sponsored terrorism and violence against African Americans. She forces the reader to grapple with the implications of this regime for a so-called “post-racial” society. With rich clarity, Chimurenga maps the historical trajectory of the criminalization of African Americans and connects it to the tragic murder of Oscar Grant, a young Black man whose 2009 slaying by white transit officer Johannes Mehserle elicited national outrage and civil rights protests. Chimurenga provides a bracing blow-by-blow account of the events leading up to Grant’s murder, the sham trial of Mehserle, and the groundswell of grassroots activism that emblazoned the injustice of Grant’s death into the nation’s consciousness. Students of courtroom politics will be impressed by her laser-like dissection of the proceedings, as well as her willingness to pose hard questions about the government’s continuing human rights violations under the cover of the “law”. If there are any doubts about how the legacy of slavery and racial apartheid has brutally dehumanized and denied Black people justice in the land of 21st century “equal” opportunity, Black multi-millionaires, and a Black president, Chimurenga dispels them with her trenchant take-down of America’s criminal injustice system.”
~ Sikivu Hutchinson, author, Godless Americana, Race and Religious Rebels
“No Doubt… is no doubt an essential read. It is brilliant, fantastically well-written, compelling, engaging and absolutely infuriating in its detail and honesty. No Doubt… leaves no doubt as to why Oscar Grant and so many like him are killed by the police or that these killings are indeed state-sponsored murders.”
~ Jared A. Ball, Associate Professor of media studies at Bowie State University; author, I Mix What I Like; Co-Editor, A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X.
“In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder and George Zimmerman’s acquittal, “No Doubt: The Murder of Oscar Grant” is a necessary book. Thandisizwe Chimurenga dissects the defense that was mounted for Grant’s killer and shows how the legal supports for murders of young Black and Latino people are constructed. In tracing each step in the successful effort to keep Grant’s killer from being convicted of murder, she provides a stunning analysis of how white supremacy is reinforced and planted ever deeper in U.S. society and government. This is crucial knowledge for anyone who works to replace racism with justice.”
~ Laura Whitehorn, Editor, The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison, and Fighting for Those Left Behind by Safiya Bukhari
“No Doubt” is the chilling and compelling story of the 2009 murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a BART police officer. It is also the story of the ways in which racism and white privilege infect America’s criminal justice system, media and society, and encourage, perpetuate, and justify the oppression and devaluing of the lives of people of color. A breath-taking read that will break your heart, stimulate your rage, and hopefully motivate you to take action.
~ Jill Nelson, author, Volunteer Slavery, editor, Police Brutality: An Anthology
“No Doubt” tells the horrifying tale of how Oscar Grant was murdered once on a New Year’s subway platform before hundreds of witnesses, and a second time in media and the courts to minimize or prevent the punishment of his killer and to preserve the larger principle of police impunity when it comes to killing young Black men. After covering nearly every day of the killer’s trial proceedings and researching transcripts of pre-trial proceedings, veteran reporter Thandisizwe Chimurenga proves she can tell a good story as well and isn’t afraid of where it leads. Go see ‘Fruitvale Station’ if you need an airbrushed, slightly fictionalized version of Oscar Grant’s last day on earth. But you’ll have to read “No Doubt” to get the story of his death, and to trace the steps of the official dance which all-but-guarantees the double murder of Oscar Grant will happen again and again and again.”
~ Bruce Dixon, Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Black Agenda Report
“White supremacist capitalism it’s all about making sure only the ‘right’ humans get human rights … as for the Trayvon Martins, the Aiyana Joneses, the Anthony Griffins and so many more, this system relies on dehumanization to justify their murders, on nobody being supposed to give a damn. But we know better, and we do give a damn. In this important document, Thandisizwe Chimurenga traces the events that led to another young man of Afrikan descent being murdered by the state’s mercenary thugs, placing Oscar Grant’s death in both its historical and global context. Pushing back against the dehumanizing and criminalizing narratives of the racist oppressor system, Chimurenga has given us an account that is as necessary as it is painful to read.”
~ K. Kersplebedeb, Canadian-based publisher of anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist radical literature.