Judge Drops Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Against Cop In Aiyana Stanley-Jones Shooting →

sonofbaldwin:

Here’s the opportunity to prove that black girls lives matter as much as black boys lives.

Where is the national movement against this judge who dropped the charges against the cop who killed seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she lay on a couch in her home? Where is the demand from the people that the cop be locked up?

A cop who was frontin’ for the cameras of the reality series that was being filmed at the time, who was all gassed up on that “Look at me! I’m a cop on TV” shit and wound up killing our baby girl.

They charged him with some bullshit-ass, slap-on-the-wrist “involuntary manslaughter” and not even that shit could stick.

Baby girl is dead.

And there’s not a whisper or a tear.

I don’t believe it when people say they love black girls.

I have zero evidence of that assertion.


(H/T Kristen M. Muldrow)

cute-pubes:

As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!

Danièle’s husband, Brian Lucas, who is white, says he believes they were targeted because they are an interracial couple.

Read more here

thewomanfromitaly:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Today in Solidarity: Protesters gather in Oakland against the Urban Shield conference and police militarization

Ever wonder where cities get all their fancy ideas on how to militarize their police force? It’s not just from the Pentagon— it’s conferences like Urban Shield, that highlight the latest in tactical equipment and practices for suppressing the very people you’re sworn to serve. #staywoke #whodoyouprotect #whodoyouserve 

„,this is the most fucking disgusting thing I have ever seen

rakaizombie:

ragemovement:

Police are getting body cameras?

"we believe officer bacon’s actions are justified and he did not violate department policy"

Get used to reading that one then. It should already sound familiar.

"officer bacon turned off his/her camera before the altercation"

"the camera experienced technical difficulties and didn’t capture the footage"

etc.

postracialcomments:

monsterbeard:

raptoravatar:

postracialcomments:

This level of conflict of interest is massively unsurprising.

This is horrifying. The worst of Chicago politics migrated south to St. Louis.

Extremely. While we think of Chicago and New York as the most corrupt, we tend to forget our own local politics. This problem is wide spread in every city/county/state. 

There is no way to escape it until we all become aware of this problem. And then when we are aware, we have to organize and attack the problem by its roots. 

queertodaygonetomorrow:

atane:

wristxrocket:

dear-drifter:

lilightfoot:

Remember.

his life was totally in danger.

^^^^

True story; this officer (John Pike) got a settlement of $38,000 because he said he got depressed after pepper spraying these kids. Oh, the depression wasn’t for feeling remorseful for pepper spraying a bunch of college kids peacefully protesting. He got depressed because he said since the media kept playing the video of him pepper spraying peaceful kids without cause, he got threats and didn’t feel safe. He didn’t feel safe. I’m not making that up. This motherfucker collected nearly 40 grand on worker’s comp after assaulting a bunch of college kids.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/23/pepper-spray-cop-settlement_n_4152147.html

"When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation. But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him. Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people."
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Keith Boykin: Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People? (via clambistro)

Shit, neither does the first. As demonstrated by the reaction to protesters in Ferguson. 

(via be-blackstar)

cobra-23 asked: You say all cops are bastards but the first thing you will do if you get robbed is call the cops.

waroncops:

free-metis-army:

maxlibertarios:

waroncops:

i don’t call the cops.

there’s nothing they can do for me that i can’t do for myself.

waroncops.tumblr.com

Typical

There are alternatives to calling the cops.  For example you can file an notarized affidavit with any court that does the exact same thing as filing a police report.  Well it does everything except get the cops to investigate.  I might file a police report and an affidavit if a firearm or my truck was stolen.  These things usually have ways to prove they are mine built right into them.   But if someone stole my goddamn crescent wrench it’s almost impossible to prove which wrench is mine .  The cops wont put the effort into finding a $100 wrench that they would a registered firearm or automobile.  

No matter what is stolen the affidavit is probably more powerful in the event of a problem than the police report.  The police report doesn’t get filed into the public record until charges are laid with the court.  Police have been known to “forget” to do their job and it’s not a stretch to say the report never got transferred from the cop’s notebook to their recording system.  But when you file an affidavit it becomes public record.  For the courts or police to lose or improperly file an affidavit is a very serious problem as compared to losing or improperly handling a police report.  The police lose or refuse to file reports all the time.

The affidavit is more powerful for many reasons.  The most important is that the police rarely have the time to follow up on these things.  They need to fill their ticket and arrest quota.  Chasing down a wrench that can’t be effectively proven to be the one in question isn’t a priority.

Another benefit is that an affidavit keeps the injury private.  When you have a cop file a police report the injury is transferred to the government.  It’s now their injury and you willingly surrendered all of your rights to it.  For example did you ever notice that all charges laid in court have a monetary value attached to them?  The charges might be “petty theft of a wrench valued at $100” and the value of the charges could be set to $500. What’s that $500 about?  If the thief is convicted do you ever see the money?  Not if you called the cops. You surrendered that right when you brought the cops about it.  The crime went from a private injuryto a public one.  So not only will the thief be sentenced to way too much time in prison for theft but you don’t get your rightful compensation for the injury.  Now the judge gets your compensation added to his retirement fund or something.  Is it any wonder why Judges are so rich and that they get considerably richer as they move up the judicial ladder?

Another thing a police report does is subjects a petty thief to inhumane punishment.  Why should they go to prison over your stolen wrench when they could just pay you the $500 and return the wrench?  What benefit is there to society to subject another human being to those monsters in the “justice” system?  Don’t you really just want your wrench back and compensation for the time and money the theft caused you?  Is a wrench really worth all that inhumane treatment?  Geez man if I get my wrench back and compensation for having to go buy a new wrench in the mean time what more can I really ask for?  Is it worth risking the thief being brutalized in prison over?

The police, judges and lawyers all conspire to keep this from you.  Either they aren’t allowed to tell you or they hide it because they all aspire to move up in this scam.  So by safeguarding the scam for those higher on the ladder they are safeguarding their future as well.  If this information was more widely known the whole balance of power could shift.  These guys won’t give you the information that could render them obsolete.

thank you.

rtamerica:

Black TV producer on way to Emmys party mistaken for bank robber, handcuffed, held for six hours

An African-American film producer in Beverly Hills for an Emmy pre-party was handcuffed and detained for around six hours on Friday night as police believed he fit the description of a suspect in a nearby bank robbery.

Charles Belk said he left a restaurant alone to refill a parking meter when he was suddenly surrounded by six police cars “handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb,” he wrote on his Facebook page with an accompanying photo of him sitting on the curb as two police officers stand close by. 

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The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.

It’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn’t collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.

I’ve been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They’ve blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.

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callmeoutis:

this is a good time to remind you not to call the police on someone having a panic attack or an autistic person having a meltdown or someone with a psychiatric disorder that is “acting crazy” save a life don’t do it

wocinsolidarity:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.

There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:

Adaisha Miller, Detroit Woman, Hugged Cop From Behind

LAPD cop charged with assault in death of Alesia Thomas

7-year- old Aiyana Stanley-JonesDetroit Free Press

17 Year Old Darnesha Harris Dead after Run-In with Breaux

Mackala Ross and Delores Epps

Eleanor Bumpurs

Erica Collins family files lawsuit against Cincy Police

Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | AL.com (Heather Parker)

Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)

Family of victim question police use of deadly force – KWCH (Karen Day)

Kendra James remembered at Portland rally | KOIN.com

Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)

After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)

Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression

Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)

Rekia Boyd Settlement: Family Of Unarmed Chicago Woman

Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)

Shantel Davis Killed By NYPD Cop In Car Chase | News One

Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)

Suspected Walmart Shoplifter Shot To Death In Front Of Kids (Shelly Frey)

The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)

Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)

$2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)

No Charges in Killing of Tyisha MillerLos Angeles Times

Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)

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lastrealindians:

Three Police Guns and a Baby, By Cindy Gomez-Schempp

On July 25, 2014, 13 Fargo, ND police officers were dispatched to arrest one 15 year old girl. She claimed Fargo police used excessive force. Officers said they smelled marijuana. She reportedly told officers she was retrieving her sister’s phone and charger from the car but was still dragged her from the car, had her head beat on the hood of a car, and was handcuffed and hogtied causing excruciating pain to her arms, wrists and ankles. (See original story here)

A week and a half later, the 15 year old’s mom went to the police department with her lawyer to request a complaint form from the Fargo Police concerning the brutal arrest of her innocent 15 year old daughter. The day after she met with the Fargo Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards, her car was pulled over by an unmarked police vehicle. She was ready to record because she had been reporting repeated harassment from police toward her family members, especially those who witnessed and reported on her daughter’s arrest.

3 Police Guns and a Baby While giving her friend a ride, she was boxed in and detained by a hoard of police cars during a traffic stop on the vehicle ahead of her (which her passenger’s daughter and boyfriend were traveling in). During the stop officers drew their guns at unarmed occupants including a three year old toddler. A recent Nation article cited what every U.S. Marine knows: That you never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot. Neither the Ferguson nor the Fargo police have been advised of this important distinction.

The disturbing encounter for this embattled Fargo mother, included three guns pulled on the scene against unarmed travelers; one of them a three year old child. The person they arrested did not resist arrest, made his hands visible, and did not pose any visible threat to officers. The mother of the 15 year old recently reporting excessive force claims that she is now being subjected to constant surveillance and harassment as a result of exposing police misconduct to media. The unmarked police vehicle that detained both cars had been sitting outside her home “all day”, and she suspected it as a surveillance vehicle once she left the mobile home park where she lives and noticed it was following her.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/three-police-guns-and-a-baby-by-cindy-gomez-schempp/

wretchedoftheearth:

Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?

mangoestho:

A couple of years ago, when I was newly pregnant and reporting in the West Bank, some of my local colleagues insisted that I skip covering a protest at an Israeli checkpoint. At first, I was resistant to letting pregnancy stand in the way of my work, but they knew from experience that there might be tear gas, and tear gas, they said, causes miscarriages.

They were right: though rigorous studies are few, there is evidence that tear gas is an abortifacient. In 2011, Chile temporarily suspended its use after a University of Chile studylinked it to miscarriage and fetal harm. Investigating the use of tear gas in Bahrain in 2012, Physicians for Human Rights found that local doctors were reporting increased numbers of miscarriages in exposed areas. And UN officials have connected tear gas to miscarriages in the Palestinian territories.

This means it’s likely that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been spraying abortion-causing chemicals on crowds of civilians. Recently at TheNation.com, Dani McClain wrote about the killing of black youth as a reproductive justice issue, one that goes to the heart of the rights of parents to raise their children in peace, safety and dignity. She’s correct, of course, but if the anti-abortion movement were actually concerned about the well-being of the unborn, then the violence in Ferguson would be a pro-life issue as well.

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