Common’s acceptance speech referencing civil rights, protests against police brutality, and racial injustice that was this award’s show focal point. As he accepted his Golden Globe, Common stated:
“The first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie. As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter who was killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers, murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awakened my humanity.”
Rumain Brisbon, 34-years old was shot & killed in Phoenix, Arizona.
Police shot Brisbon last week after mistaking a PILL BOTTLE IN HIS POCKET for a gun. At the march, protesters remembered Brisbon and demanded justice over this death.
The Phoenix PD has been identified the officer as Mark Rine, a 7-year veteran of the department.
“He has been reassigned to a non-enforcement duty pending the outcome of the investigation,” Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump says in a statement.
The body count just keeps rising in this country with police killings – majority racially motivated and others mostly consisting of people with mental health issues. They say justice is served when investigating themselves. That is the opposite of any truth to the numerous killings by officers.
A separate team not under the system which the police and DA have a close relationship, yet a team which is to have or show no bias in cases such as these where justice is 99% of the time missing.
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/