Witness Statements to the Michael Brown Murder


First hand witnesses gives details of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

This is one of countless police killings of black men. We are not in a post-racial era. Bigotry in this country has never ceased to exist and the blatant disregard for black lives is clear as day.

Don’t Forget: Eric Garner murdered by the police

Candles are seen at the memorial of Garner in Staten Island
Choking Death of Eric Garner by NYPD Ruled a Homicide

A medical examiner has made a ruling of homicide in the death of 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. He repeatedly says that he cannot breathe. Garner’s family and supporters have called for criminal charges against the officer and a federal civil rights investigation.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/4/headlines#8415

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Darren Rainey – Another Black Man Killed by Racist Pigs

Darren Rainey - Another Black Man Killed by Racist Pigs

Source: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/darren-rainey/

The mentally-ill prisoner at the Dade Correctional Institution was forced him to stand in a tiny shower stall while being blasted by scalding hot water until his skin began to shrivel away from his body after he defecated in his cell. Fellow inmates say he begged for his life before collapsing in the shower.

“I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,’’ he screamed over and over, according to a grievance complaint from a fellow inmate.

The Florida’s Department of Corrections often comes up with cruel and imaginative punishments for prisoners — allegedly ranging from starvation diets to forcing prisoners to fight so the guards could place bets.

The Miami Herald reports that it was DOC Officer Roland Clarke who was on video placing Rainey in the shower at 7:38pm on June 23, 2012. Conveniently, the camera outside the shower “malfunctioned” right after Rainey was forced in. He was found dead at 9:30pm.

The facility then did its best to cover up the death. Sources say that it was alleged that Rainey had a heart attack, yet DOC refused to perform an autopsy. The official cause of death has never been announced. No one has been charged with the death of Darren Rainey.

“Two years is a very long time to wait to find out why your brother was found dead in a shower,” said Rainey’s brother, Andre Chapman.

This is the exact reason why even I as a BLACK WOMAN do not feel protected by these officers of the law. They are a majority of men and women (mostly men though) who get high off the power they are given over people lives. All it takes is 6 months (depending on what state you live in) to complete police training and you can be in charge of people lives.

CA police officers are some of the highest paid in the country. In the SF Bay Area police officers and Deputy Sheriff’s can easily earn $100,000 or more per year. Many departmental starting salaries in the SF Bay Area are $30-38 per hour. Other parts of the country pay significantly less, however their costs of living are also much less. The median expected salary for a typical Police Patrol Officer in the United States is $45,780.00

So officers are being paid quite well for such little training and the ability to practice racism, sexism, to torture and get away with murder as in this case. This country was built on racism and the hatred the white man (yes, I said the white man) holds against those who aren’t the same skin color will never cease unfortunately.

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Leon Ford

Via:
https://www.change.org/petitions/allegheny-county-district-attorney-stephen-a-zappala-jr-drop-the-bogus-criminal-charges-against-leon-ford-jr

On November 11, 2012, our lives were forever changed upon receiving the most devastating news parents can receive, news that an officer with Pittsburgh Bureau of Police shot my son during a routine traffic stop. Shocked and confused over the news, we rushed over to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital only to be denied an opportunity to see our son; this ban lasted for over seven days as we waited in a state of shock and confusion as police worked behind the scenes to come up with a narrative of what they would later say happened.

Police dash-cam video of the incident would later reveal that our 19-year-old teenager was detained by three police officers on a dark road for almost twenty-five minutes during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop. My son properly provided officers with his driver licenses, vehicle registration and proof of insurance while they harassed him over the legitimacy of his identity. Even more painful to watch is the heartbreaking sounds of our youngest child being shot five times by a police officer who decided to jump inside my son’s vehicle. While we are not sure how the car shifted into gear once the officer jumped inside the vehicle, we are sure that our son was in mortal fear for his life as police harassed, threatened and hurled racial slurs towards him.

The police officers are now trying to justify their actions by claiming that they saw a barrel of a gun in my son’s waistband, but we know our son and it was no surprise that a search following the shooting revealed no gun and no contraband of any kind. Leon is a good kid, who is very intelligent, hardworking and athletic. Simply put, the Pittsburg Police officers mischaracterized our son and profiled the wrong kid.

And even though Pittsburgh police shot my son five times and left him paralyzed, to add insult to injury, they have charged him with bogus criminal charges which could put him in prison for over 20 years. These charges are based on the officer’s allegations that my son dragged them down the street with his car.

Pittsburgh Police officers tried to lie about my son and the way things happened the night they shot him. In an attempt to cover up the truth, the officer lied by claiming a fellow officer was standing in front of Leon’s car when it moved. They hoped that he would die that night, but thank God, he lived and can now tell the truth. But don’t just take our son’s word for it. The video backs up everything that he said happened.

We are calling for Allegheny County District Attorney, Stephen A. Zappala Jr., to drop these bogus charges and asking that the officers who took our sons ability to ever walk again, be held accountable. As a mother and a father, it breaks our heart to see my son in his current condition but we must be strong for him because that’s what parents do.

Latonya Green and Leon Ford Sr.

The parents of Leon Ford Jr.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND SPREAD THE NEWS.

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Earl Sampson, a Miami Gardens Florida Man, is Subjected to Police Racial Profiling Hundreds of Times in 4 Years

Earl Sampson, a Miami Gardens Florida Man, is Subjected to Police Racial Profiling Hundreds of Times in 4 Years

According to the Miami Herald, Earl Sampson, a 28 year old African American man in Miami Gardens, has been questioned 258 times in four years, arrested 62 times for trespassing while on his own work place, and searched more than 100 times. The convenience store where Sampson works is owned by Alex Saleh, who, upon noticing how disproportionately poor and black employees and customers were being targeted by police, installed video cameras to capture their activities on film. Apparently the only thing that Sampson has ever been arrested for is a minor charge of marijuana possession – something he would not be arrested for anymore in states like Colorado or Washington. This extreme case of what unarguably appears to be racial profiling has prompted Saleh to prepare a civil rights lawsuit in response. Miami Gardens is a poor city with a majority black population. However, the police force is primarily white and Latino.

Source: http://www.uprisingradio.org