[SIGNAL BOOST] Please help

thisiseverydayracism:

On May 9th, in Bay City, Texas, my step dad’s 21 year old unarmed nephew (a black man) was shot 4 times by sheriff’s deputy after a traffic stop. Police went to inform his family with guns drawn and would not release the location of the incident. They are also not sharing the details of the event.

My family is going crazy and my mom is trying to get a hold of the news and I’d really appreciate if you can help get this some attention please, I’ll do anything.

Southern Cheyenne parents say disabled son needed help, instead Custer County sheriff's deputies shot him →

xpsycho:

eatimitationcrab:

setbabiesonfire:

Sgt. Thomas McVicar of the Jersey City Police Department shot 22 year old Kwadir Felton, leaving him blind, after Kwadir pulled a gun on him, he claims. Kwadir Felton denied the accusation, stating that he doesn’t even carry guns.

"I don’t understand!" Felton yelled at a police officer before his mother was removed from the courtroom. "You didn’t have to shoot me in the head for no reason! You trying to charge me with something I didn’t do!"

Sign the Change.org petition and get this story out there.

SIGN THE PETITION. Still at least 1,000 signatures needed. SIGNAL BOOST THIS or i will judge you.

Drunk Cop Murders Unarmed [Black] Man and Walks. →

odinsblog:

golubmc:

Flint Farmer was armed only with a cell phone when video footage caught Officer Gildardo Sierra beating him to the ground and shooting him seven times.

Sierra fired 16 rounds. He admitted drinking “multiple” beers before killing Farmer under the mistaken assumption that he was armed. He had a fatal shooting on his record already. And Cook County prosecutors are refusing even to bring charges against him.

Please…tell me…how in the hell do you get recorded shooting an unarmed man, who is laying on his stomach, 7 times—in the back—and still not have ANY charges filed against you?

If someone got caught shooting a dog 7 times “because they were drunk” they would face a harsher penalty than absolutely nothing

Georgia Police Kill Diabetic Black Man After Family Calls 911 Requesting Ambulance →

medicpharma:

scaren-jaeger:

orangemummies:

thebicker:

A woman called 911 for an ambulance because she was worried that her 43-year-old fiance Jack Lamar Roberson was having complications with his diabetes. Instead, a police car showed up, and the officers walked inside and shot him four times. Roberson was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot. His whole family - including his 8-year-old daughter - saw it happen.

Last year, the same county police force was responsible for the shooting of a 26-year-old unarmed black man. All officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation.

….what…

WHAT

Cops aren’t even pretending to not be racist murderers now

"administrative leave" is all cops get for murder nowadays

trevaa:

momma—mad:

frantzfandom:

angelclark:

This is Jonathan Ferrell. He was in a car accident at 2:30 in the morning on Saturday. It was pretty bad, he was forced to climb out of the back window of his car to get out. He ran to the nearest home and knocked on the door. The woman who owned the home called the police. The police arrived and saw Jonathan nearby. Jonathan ran to them, unarmed. He was probably so happy to see someone that could help him. The police shot and killed him after they tazed him. 

Jonathan was 24-years-old and a football player at Florida A&M University. He had just gotten engaged. His friends described him as a loving, peaceful man with a bright future. 

The cop who shot him has now had voluntary manslaughter. We have to make sure that the cop, Randall Kerrick, does not get away with this. In most cases like this, the cop gets no jail time and no sentence, and in many cases, they’re let back onto the force afterwards. 

Jonathan was a good man with a clean record. He wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent. This should not have happened. 

 

this is horrendous 

WHAT THE FUCK

Toronto police accused of racial profiling, assaulting homeless First Nations people →

lifeofkeylimepie:

"My big brother Ethan, who had Down syndrome, was killed by three police officers earlier this year. His crime? Not buying a $12 movie ticket. And now the police officers who killed my brother are getting off with no consequences.
On January 12, 2013, my brother Ethan went to the movies. When the movie was over, he returned to his seat to see it again. Three police officers told Ethan he had to leave, but Ethan didn’t understand why. He got frustrated and afraid when the officers told him he was going to jail. His aide came into the theater and told the officers that they should not touch Ethan because it would only make him more upset. He needed time to process their request.
But the officers didn’t listen. Witnesses say they threw Ethan to the ground and piled on top of him. Seconds later, Ethan couldn’t breathe, and eventually died. The coroner ruled that his death was homicide by asphyxiation.
My family waited six months for the truth about what happened that night, but the officers’ own department investigated and decided they deserve no punishment at all.” - Emma Saylor
Please signal boost this. I’ve had enough of police brutality. I’ve had enough of innocent people being killed because of people being to ignorant. I’ve had enough. Please sign this petition to get Ethan and his family the justice they deserve. https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-ethan-governor-martin-o-malley-we-need-an-independent-investigation?share_id=RKTOgjuOLf

hipsterlibertarian:

Roy Middleton was returning home from work on Saturday and swung by his car to grab some cigarettes when a neighbor who didn’t recognize him called the police to report a burglary. When deputies showed up, they ordered Middleton to back out of the car with his hands up. He complied, he says, and turned to face the police, and that’s when things sort of went off the rails. "It was like a firing squad," he told reporters from the hospital, where he’s being treated for wounds. “Bullets were flying everywhere."

Seven shots, to be exact. Five hit the car, one hit his home where his mother was sleeping and the final one lodged in Middleton’s leg. 

More here.

Video of Quebec police beating Innu man sparks anger - Montreal - CBC News →

When police wear cameras, what happens? (Hint: Good things.)

hipsterlibertarian:

The police department of Rialto, CA, is currently experimenting with requiring its officers to wear tiny lapel cameras to record audio and visual of all their interactions with citizens. So far, the results have been remarkable, to put it mildly:

Even with only half of the 54 uniformed patrol officers wearing cameras at any given time, the department over all had an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, compared with the 12 months before the study, to 3 from 24.

Rialto’s police officers also used force nearly 60 percent less often — in 25 instances, compared with 61. When force was used, it was twice as likely to have been applied by the officers who weren’t wearing cameras during that shift, the study found.

SCOTUS Justice Louis Brandeis famously said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” — and his words are certainly shown to be correct here.

Perhaps the most fascinating part, however, is the officers’ own reaction: Many objected to the idea of having their actions filmed, “[especially] some older officers who initially were ‘questioning why ‘big brother’ should see everything they do.’”

Huh? Do these police officers not realize that the more they resist this kind of accountability, the more they are Big Brother?

Undoubtedly there will be significant resistance to the idea, but this is a practice I’d love to see implemented at police departments nationwide. Let’s turn the surveillance on surveillants — and watch them clean up their acts.

anarcho-queer:

froontherun:

anarcho-queer:

Howard Morgan, A Black Cop Who Was Shot 28 Times By Several White Cops, Faces Attempted Murder Charges

As much of the country follows the Trayvon Martin case, activists in Chicago are hoping to bring some of that attention to Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was shot 28 times by white officers — and lived to tell his side of the story.

Morgan was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when he was pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street on Feb 21, 2005, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. While both police and Morgan agree on that much, what happened next is a mystery.

According to police, Morgan opened fire with his service weapon when officers tried to arrest him, which caused them to shoot him 28 times. His family, however, very much doubts those claims.

Four white officers and one black Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad police man with his weapon on him — around the corner from our home — and he just decided to go crazy? No. That’s ludicrous,” Morgan’s wife, Rosalind Morgan, told the Sun-Times.

She was not the only person to doubt CPD’s side of the story. A Change.org petition signed by more than 2,600 people called for all charges against Morgan to be dropped, and now Occupy Chicago is getting involved.

After being left for dead, he survived and was then charged with attempted murder of the four white officers who brutalized him," Occupy wrote on their website, adding that Morgan was found not guilty on three counts, including discharging his weapon. The same jury that cleared him of opening fire on the officers, however, deadlocked on a charge of attempted murder — and another jury found him guilty in January.

That jury was not allowed to hear that Morgan had been acquitted of the other charges.

Protesters and Morgan’s family say the second trial amounted to double jeopardy, and claim officers have gone to great lengths to obstruct justice in the case:

Howard Morgan’s van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done.

Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question.

The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.”

If they can do this and eliminate double jeopardy and your constitutional rights, then my God, I fear for every Afro-American — whether they be male or female — in this corrupt unjust system,” Morgan’s wife told the Sun-Times.

Howard Morgan will be sentenced Thursday. He faces 80 years in prison.

Source

What.

The.

Absolute.

Fuck.

This post is over a year old, but since people are currently reblogging it, I should at least post an update.

Unfortunately, the protests and campaign to raise awareness about Howard Morgan’s case couldn’t spare him from our racist ‘Justice System’.

Howard Morgan, his attorney Sam Adam Jr., and Charice Rush (who testified in favor of Morgan), the only witness to the event, are all black. The four other officers involved are all white. The twelve-person jury that found Morgan guilty had ten white members.

On April 5, 2012, Howard was found guilty of attempted murder despite the lack of evidence supporting the white officer’s claims, the blatant disregard for double jeopardy laws (Howard was tried twice) and the reluctance to search for forensic evidence (like checking for gun powder residue on Morgan’s hands).

He was issued four sentences, one, 40 years, one, 35 years, and two for 25 years. These sentences were reported as 40 years because Morgan may serve them concurrently.

kingjaffejoffer:

 

Actor LeVar Burton explains his ritual to prevent being shot by police

Actor and director LeVar Burton explained Monday on CNN that he follows a particular procedure every time he is stopped by police to avoid a potentially deadly confrontation. He removes his hat and sunglasses, rolls down his window, and puts out his hands to show he is not armed.

“I do that because I live in America,” Burton added.

He’s not exactly known for bad behavior, but even the former host of the children’s show Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek the Next Generation actor, fears he will be mistreated by police because of his skin color.

And this guy has been rich for 30 years. 

Let that sink in. 

thepeoplesrecord:

The People’s Record Saturday protest update
June 29, 2013

Saturday in Turkey (abc)
Thousands of protesters returned to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday, demanding justice for a demonstrator slain by police fire during demonstrations that have swept Turkey this month. Police later forced the protesters out of the square, pushing them back using their shields.

In the capital, Ankara, police fired tear gas and pressurized water to break up a similar protest by a group of about 200 people, the Dogan news agency reported.

Saturday in Egypt (bbc)
Crowds are gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the eve of a mass rally to demand the resignation of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi.

As darkness fell, thousands of people could be seen milling in the square, focus of the protests which brought down his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.

Saturday in India (THE HINDU)
In an unprecedented protest at Mananchira on Saturday, a group of Muslim women burned the All-India Sunni Jam-Iyyathul Ulema general secretary Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musalyar in effigy for his recent comments supporting a reduction in the legal marriage age for Muslim women.

The women who do not owe allegiance to any party or organization said that they were forced to protest after the many regressive comments from Muslim organizations and clerics supporting the recent circular to legalize marriage of Muslim girls who had completed 16.

This was perhaps the first time that a group of women from the community was protesting against their community leaders, they said. Power to the women!

Friday in Israel (haaretz)
Some 1,500 Palestinians protested in Wadi Ara in northern Israel on Friday against the government’s home demolitions. Protesters blocked a major road, causing heavy traffic in the area; they threw rocks at abusive police as the brutal police pelted the crowd with tear gas and stun grenades.

Two demonstrators were arrested on ‘suspicion of assaulting police officers’.

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...and then they came for the trans* people. →

zawehzaweh:

confusingboner:

notquiteluke:

kay-is-for-kookie:

tooyoungforthelivingdead:

FUCK.

THIS.

I HAVE NO TIME FOR YOUR BULLSHIT, GREECE. 

as a greek lady this bums me the fuck out wow :(

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