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Who is Murdering BLM, Fergurson, Mike Brown Protesters? 3 Shot Dead

Three people connected with the protests over Mike Browns murder have been found dead under questionable circumstances…Two were found shot to death, in burning cars.

Raises serious questions as to whether the former members of the KKK in are getting a little “Klan Justice”.

One thing we certainly can’t expect is for the “Justice” system in Missouri to voluntarily find the killers.

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in American Genocide, BlackLivesMatter

 

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Darren Seals, Leader of Ferguson Protests Found Murdered

This one suggests a hit…But by whom?

Not jumping to conclusions, it may or may not be the usual suspects – the Ferguson Police, KKK, or Trumpazoids.

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Well-known Ferguson activist Darren Seals found shot to death inside burning car

Well-known civil rights activist from Ferguson, Missouri, was found shot to death in a burning car, reported The St. Louis American.

Darren Seals, 29, a factory line worker and hip-hop musician, took to the streets to protest the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed black teenager.

He co-founded the group “Hands Up United” and was frequently quoted in the national media, and Seals was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, whom he considered outsiders.

Seals had recently uploaded a Facebook Live video of his encounter with Ferguson police officers, who he said drew guns on him and his younger brother.

St. Louis County police said they were called at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday to assist Riverside police with a vehicle fire.

Officers found Seals’ body inside the burning vehicle.

He had been shot before the car was set on fire, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Praying While Black

Ferguson, Mo again…Apparently it is against the law to get down on your knees and pay to God…While black.

Why is a city which supposedly is too poor to raise the salaries to attract qualified Police spending tens of thousands of dollars on made-up offenses?

Ferguson Tries And Fails To Convict Pastor For ‘Praying While Black’

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou has been arrested at more than one protest, including this Aug. 10, 2015, demonstration outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis.

It took less than 20 minutes on Tuesday morning for a jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, to find a clergyman not guilty of a charge stemming from his arrest outside the Ferguson Police Department nearly a year and a half ago.

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, arrested while he knelt in prayer outside the police department the month after an officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, was found not guilty of failing to obey police orders.

The two-day trial was a “serious waste of resources” for the city of Ferguson, said Sekou’s lawyer, Jerryl Christmas.

“In order to put on this trial for this ordinance violation, [Ferguson] probably spent several thousand dollars, which could have been used much more creatively on needed issues centered around Ferguson,” Christmas told HuffPost.

Ferguson, which has long abused its law enforcement system to generate revenue from ticketing mostly black and poor residents, is nearing an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that could significantly reform the city’s predatory practices. But St. Louis County Circuit Judge Joseph Dueker ruled there could be no mention of the consent decree during Sekou’s trial.

Part-time Ferguson assistant prosecutor J. Patrick Chassaing, who works for a law firm whose attorneys hold a variety of roles in local governments within St. Louis County’s broken municipal system, called former Ferguson police officer Justin Cosma as a witness on Monday. Cosma, who processed the arrest in Sekou’s case, had previously settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a 12-year-old boy whom Cosma had arrested and was involved in the arrest of two journalists during the Ferguson protests (including one from The Huffington Post) in August 2014. Judge Dueker also did not allow references to Cosma’s background.

Like his law firm colleague Stephanie Karr when she prosecuted another protester case last year, Chassaing seemed determined to put the Ferguson protests on trial rather than focus on Sekou’s individual conduct.

“Did you see the burning and the looting and the riots?” Chassaing asked one witness. “You are aware of the violent protests, right?” he asked another.

At other times, the judge chose to steer Chassaing away from broader references to the actions of protesters.

“The Ferguson prosecutor tried to put the Ferguson movement on trial and failed as he attempted to portray me as violent and supporting violence,” Sekou told HuffPost after the verdict.

In his closing argument, Christmas said that Ferguson officials wanted to “make an example of Rev. Sekou” and that he shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions of other demonstrators.

“The First Amendment is not on trial,” the defense lawyer said. “The city wants you to get sidetracked on all these other issues and has failed to provide evidence of Sekou failing to obey.”

Chassaing told the jury during his closing argument that “the case is based on limits” and that it wasn’t about disrespecting a “man of the cloth.”

“There must be limits, and we’ll have an awful situation if there are not,” he said.

On the jury of 12, there appeared to be just two black jurors. According to one of the white jurors, 34-year-old Drew Wilcoxen, the limits on what the prosecutor and defense lawyer could say about the Ferguson protests “made it difficult for everyone to do their job.” Wilcoxen didn’t seem to mind that he had been called to judge nothing more than an alleged ordinance violation, declaring it “a great thing” for citizens to be involved.

Chassaing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Christmas said he would be interested to learn how much the law firm bills Ferguson for the part-time prosecutor’s work.

“That’s why the protesters say the whole system is messed up, because everyone is profiting off of this and the people are suffering and that’s what needs to stop,” he said.

“This is not over. The movement is not over,” Sekou said. “We will continue to resist in various facets.”

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in Domestic terrorism, The New Jim Crow

 

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DOJ Sues Ferguson After City Tries to Waffle on Consent Decree

No surprise here. The City Council was involved in the corruption in the first place.

Meet sme of those responsible for the racist court and legal system in Ferguson, here.

Feds Drag Ferguson To Court And Throw The Constitution At It

Un-indicted murderer Darren Wilson (center – back), with his arm around Mary Ann Twitty, who was fired for racism, corruption, and misconduct as Ferguson’s Top Court Clerk

 

The deal would have brought positive change to the mostly white police force in Michael Brown’s hometown.

The Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday in an effort to end what it described as patterns of constitutional violations by the city’s police department and municipal court.

The decision comes one day after Ferguson rejected a negotiated deal that would have set the St. Louis suburb on a path toward reforming its police department.

The original deal was arranged over 11 months after the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division released a damning report last March chronicling routine patterns of constitutional abuses in the city, where an overwhelmingly white police force preyed on black residents who many officers saw “less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.”

The report depicted a corrupt local government, in which the police department and municipal court “worked in concert to maximize revenue at every stage of the enforcement process” for several years. The Justice Department also released troubling emails from Ferguson officials that referred to President Barack Obama as a “chimpanzee” and African-Americans as having “no frigging clue who their Daddies are.”

The negotiated deal would have required several progressive changes, including pushing police to practice de-escalation tactics without using force, mandating extensive training for officers and making city officials engage with minority groups that have had negative experiences with the police department.

At a Ferguson City Council meeting on Tuesday night, all six council members voted to accept the deal only under “certain conditions,” meaning they were asking for changes. They wanted different deadlines and fees from those set forth in the original bargain. They also asked to remove a key line that would have mandated higher pay for police officers in the city, which officials have maintained the city cannot afford. The council members also wanted a provision removed that would have made the entire deal void if the city decided to contract with another law enforcement agency for policing services.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Ferguson City Council’s vote “leaves us no further choice” but to sue.

Ferguson officials had hoped to negotiate further, but knew a lawsuit was a possibility.

“We do believe these conditions maintain the spirit and integrity of the consent decree and allow the city to move forward,” Councilman Wesley Bell said at a press conference in Ferguson on Wednesday.

Bell, an attorney who helped negotiate the original deal, proposed the conditions that the council adopted unanimously. He suggested the amendments were necessary for Ferguson to continue to function after the enforcement of the consent decree.

Bell is a seasoned operator in local Missouri politics. He serves as prosecutor in Riverview, judge in Velda City and city attorney in Wellston. He was central to Wellston contracting for police services with the newly formed North County Police Cooperative, which is unaccredited.

 

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in The New Jim Crow

 

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How the World Sees America’s Racial Issues

For the last two nights demonstrators have taken to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on the 1 year anniversary of Mike Brown’s Murder.

This is what British Reporters saw, and what was on British News.

British reporter in Ferguson finds whites openly carrying rifles and peaceful blacks being arrested

Kylie Morris of Channel 4 in Britain visited Ferguson on Tuesday and tried to explain to the British people why white “Oath Keepers” were allowed to openly carry firearms on the street while peaceful black protesters were arrested.

“The men, calling themselves Oath Keepers, only added to the already simmering tensions,” a Channel 4 anchor noted before tossing to Morris for a live report from Ferguson.

Morris told her British audience that the commemoration of the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death had been interrupted by armed Oath Keepers, who claimed that they were there to protect businesses and conservative journalists.

“But certainly their presence, their state of wearing uniforms, military-type uniforms — some of them are ex-military, some of them are even serving police, we’re told,” she reported. “They were, you know, carrying weapons.”

Morris noted that black protesters faced pepper spray, arrests and other actions by riot police.

The Oath Keepers, however, “openly carry sidearms and semi-automatic weapons as is their right,” she said.

“You and people who look like you, white males, have the sovereignty to walk around with assault rifles,” one black protesters told a white Oath Keeper, “But we [black protesters] can’t even like stand out here and assemble peacefully and exercise our constitutional right to do so without being gassed, maced and arrested.”

“I don’t have a perspective,” the Oath Keeper replied flatly.

Morris said that she had a hard time understanding why police would arrest otherwise peaceful protesters.

“It’s hard to know how this keeps the peace, putting civil rights leaders in handcuffs, including the prominent philosopher Cornel West and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson during a peaceful sit-in outside the federal court,” she remarked.

During an interview with Mckesson, she asked if the police appeared to be taking retribution on the protesters for all of the negative attention the Black Lives Matter movement had brought to the area.

“There is a long history of law enforcement targeting people who are fighting for their rights,” Mckesson told Morris. “The reality is that the status quo didn’t just happen overnight, the status quo [developed] over many years and people work hard to reinforce it, including the police.”

Morris noted that there was a “right-wing push back” against the Black Live Matter movement, which she said “feels more and more vociferous every day.”

“There are people whose bread and butter is sustaining racist oppressive systems like for-profit prisons,” Mckesson said. “The right’s response to us is a sign the movement is working.”

As for the Oathkeepers, Mckesson said that they were a reminder that law enforcement in Ferguson “police based on race.”

“If black people had come out with rifles like that, it would have been sheer pandemonium outside,” he added. “But white people, there was no response by the police. They left, they didn’t return.”

“And that’s real. Policing is racially coded in places like Missouri and places all over the country.”

 

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, The New Jim Crow

 

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Far Right Group Brings Guns to Ferguson

The typical response of the far right to a peaceful demonstration…

Despite this – Demonstrators and Oath Keepers find common ground to talk.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Mike Brown Was No Angel

In this article, John McWhorter attempts to present the idea that since Mike Brown was not a perfect victim, the BlackLIvesMatter, and majority social construct (ergo – “Hands UP, Don’t Shoot”) built around the incident are lies. While recognizing the the issue is structural racism MvWheenie doesn’t quite fit Tab A into Slot B, that there could possibly be  some sort of causal relationship between the two.

It is neither true that Officer Wilson set out that morning to murder someone, or that Michael Brown planned he confrontation which led to his death. Michael Brown was not “perfect” – but niether was Rosa Parks or the first several volunteers who were evaluated to challenge segregation in Montgomery.

What is true is that fear, on Brown’s part driven by friends and neighbors interactions with a racist Police Force, and on Wilson’s part by the community’s justifiable resentment and acts of defiance – as well as the proven racist atmosphere within the department, placed the two on a tragic collision course. The black community immediately recognized the disease. They had seen this movie many, many times before. There are a lot of Fergusons out there.

The beauty of Cell Phones and YouTube and other social media sites is it,if not destroys the historical “Police Bias” subjectivity – reduces it to a manageable level. Remember, in the Michael Brown case – and the following half dozen or so cases – the Policemen involved were mechanically, automatically exonerated by the prevailing authorities.

Perhaps Mr McWhorter should get one.Soft pedaling racism, is still racism.

How the Myth of Ferguson Changed America for the Better

While many in this country refuse to accept the truth about what happened in Ferguson, it did at least start a much needed conversation about policing.

A year after Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Missouri, we can celebrate that this hideous incident has sparked the first genuine debate about black America’s relationship with the police.

However, there is a certain irony as well, in that our initial take on Ferguson has proven to be a myth.

Edison did not invent the lightbulb, Marie Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake,” Nero did not fiddle while Rome burned—and Darren Wilson did not shoot Mike Brown in the back with his hands up, and Brown did reach into Wilson’s car and try to take his gun. No reasonable person, even with the deepest concern about the cops and black America, can deny the findings of the Department of Justice’s report on the incident.

Yet a great many people don’t want to let the myth go. “Mike Brown,” as an utterance and as a meme, has become a totem for the role of racism in post-Civil Rights American life, and that totemic status requires a basic assumption that the main lesson of what happened between Wilson and Brown was that an innocent boy ran up against a white cop’s racist animus.

Black journalist Jonathan Capeheart was viciously flamed on Twitter for urging us to accept the Department of Justice report’s findings. I recently overheard a conversation between two working-class black men, one about 60 and the other about 40. One said “Now, anybody who says there’s no racism is just crazy. All they have to do is look around. Mike Brown, man, that was it right there.” The other man readily agreed. That exchange is hardly untypical. The New Yorker’s piece on Ferguson is committed to drawing a lesson about racism from the story despite the Department of Justice report–its title could be “But Still.”

There is good news and bad news here.

First, the good news. History is being made despite that what sparked it turned out to have been a misimpression. In the grand scheme of things, the progress is more important. If Ray Tensing had casually shot Sam Dubose dead just three years ago, it is likely that the case would never have gotten beyond local news. It is also likely Tensing would not already have been arrested.

The issues of punitive fines and jail sentences connected to them have become part of a nationwide conversation after the Department of Justice’s revelations of the grisly, racist policing practices in Ferguson.

This is big. Black Americans’ sense of racism as a defining feature of black life is based primarily on the police. When incidents such as the deaths of Brown, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, and Sam Dubose are no longer a norm, America will have turned a corner on race in the way that so many wish would happen.

But now the bad part. One senses that for many people, to truly face squarely that what happened in Ferguson was not what we were initially told would be to let go of some kind of opportunity. That opportunity would seem to be, judging from columns like Charles Blow’s this week and the New Yorker piece on Darren Wilson, that changing how cops relate to black men will require white America to internalize a lesson about how racism infects how black people are perceived, and also determines black people’s life chances structurally, as it is often put. In this light, people seem to almost need, or even want, Wilson to serve as the bad white person and Brown to serve as the good black one.

However, if the idea is to teach white America this lesson, historians may be perplexed in 100 years that we were so focused on the Ferguson case when Tamir Rice and John Crawford were simply shot dead in cold blood, and Walter Scott and Sam Dubose were shot dead for trying to flee from arrest for petty misdemeanors.

More to the point, there is an issue of pragmatics we must face. White America is, quite simply, not going to internalize a lesson about racism from the story of a boy who had just stolen from a convenience store who then refused an officer’s order and later tried to take his gun. Some may suppose that the very complexity of this case makes it a better lesson than the simpler ones, in possibly teaching whites that black lives must be valued even amidst imperfect behavior. (A common criticism of those who question Brown’s behavior is “So you have to have a perfect victim?”)

But folks, it’s not going to work. I say that as a writer who has received more angry mail for my statements supporting the Ferguson protesters than I have ever gotten in my 15 years of writing on race—and given my “controversial” politics I have obviously been no stranger to hate mail from all over the spectrum. Yes, ex-cops, but also grandmothers, expatriates, people in prison, accountants, you name it. I have even gotten a lot of actual physical letters—rare these days—with sometimes several pages of urgent handwriting. For a great many white Americans, the idea of Ferguson as a lesson about tolerance has stoked an “All right, enough!” sentiment. It just pushes people beyond where we can expect them to go. Wringing hands about that will accomplish precisely the wringing of the hands.

The idea that Ferguson needs to teach America a lesson is a distraction anyway. At the end of day, getting cops to stop killing black people for no reason is a separate mission from getting white people to understand the nuances and power of racism. It’s easy to forget that because the two things are discussed together so often. However, that kind of discussion is idealist—utopian, almost. A flintier sense of our mission is to make it so that cops know that killing black people for no reason will lose them their jobs and put them behind bars.

As to ideas such as Blow’s that people like Wilson’s “historical illiteracy and incuriousness creates the comfortable distance on which pernicious structural racism lies,” the words are gorgeous but the argument less so. In what sense, precisely, does making sure a Michael Slager doesn’t kill a Walter Scott require that Slager become more historically literate and more curious? That’s a highly unusual proposition, and requires careful presentation and defense if anyone beyond a small circle of the converted is to take it seriously….(read the rest here)

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in American Genocide, Black Conservatives

 

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Faux News and “Kill a Cop”

Faux News is at it again, doing the old Brietbart trick of editing to make a racist point –

Here is the original unedited video, where the protesters are saying something quite different –

 

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2014 in The New Jim Crow

 

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Beginning to Feel a Lot Like 1963…

For you youngsters, 1963 was the year the Civil Rights Movement spawned the anti-War Movement. Literally millions of people were marching in the streets.

In that 1963 March, SNCC Chairman, now Congressman John Lewis had a few things to say –

SNCC Chairperson John Lewis, whose speech was considered so militant that the lead organizers requested he revise it. His original draft states, “We march today for jobs and freedom, but we have nothing to be proud of, for hundreds and thousands of our brothers are not here. They have no money for their transportation, for they are receiving starvation wages or no wages at all.

“In good conscience, we cannot support wholeheartedly the administration’s civil rights bill, for it is too little and too late. There’s not one thing in the bill that will protect our people from police brutality.”

Lewis also generated controversy when he stressed, “We are now involved in a serious revolution. This nation is still a place of cheap political leaders who build their careers on immoral compromises and ally themselves with open forms of political, economic and social exploitation. What political leader here can stand up and say, ‘My party is the party of principles?’ The party of Kennedy is also the party of [racist Mississippi Senator James] Eastland. The party of [Republican Senator Jacob] Javits is also the party of [rightist Senator Barry] Goldwater. Where is our party?”

It is coming again. This isn’t growing into a movement just to stop police murder and brutality…

It is a movement for accountability.

Russell Simmons hints at it…

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Battle With the Bloviate – Hannity Ripped By Norton-Holmes

Hannity gets miffed Eleanor Holmes-Norton, the Congressional Representative from Washington, DC won’t all into debating his racist baiting…

Hannity tries to use a tried conservatwerp racist technique, which is to try and force the other person to argue on behalf of their racist imagination. Ergo – to become the perfect foil for their poor argument. Holmes sticks to her guns…And Hannity looks like a fool.

Way to go, Congresswoman!

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Faux News

 

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Garner Grand Jury and AOL’s the “Riots” of NYC…

Did you know there were “riots” in NYC last night?

I checked the usual sources…

ABC? Nope no riots…

CBS? Nope no riots…

AP? Nope no riots…

So how is it AOL’s “News” splash is covered in “carnage”?

Riot Aol Riot Aol2

 

More than two black people walking side by side down the street?

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Faux News

 

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Walking While Black

This one is hard to believe. A black man, committing no crime other than walking down the street to his house…

Gets stopped for having his hands in his pockets on a 30 degree day.

Sheriff Defends Stopping Black Man For Walking With Hands In His Pockets

A black Michigan man who was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy after walking with his hands in his pockets said he believes he was the victim of racial discrimination.

The local sheriff says the deputy acted appropriately, and that the video of the incident doesn’t show the full story.

Brandon McKean, 25, told The Huffington Post he was in the middle of walking a mile from a friend’s house in Pontiac, Michigan to his own home to eat dinner around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The temperature had hovered around freezing that day, and he had his hands in his pockets.

McKean had been walking for just a few minutes, he said, when an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy drove up, got out of the car and questioned him. McKean began filming with his phone.

“You were walking by … well you were making people nervous,” the deputy says in the video McKean recorded, above. “They said you had your hands in your pockets.”

“Wow, walking by having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police, when it’s snowing outside?” McKean responds.

“They did,” the deputy says. “I’m just checking on you.”

McKean posted the video on Facebook, intending to show a few friends what he considered an absurd and unjustified stop by police. But it quickly went viral, with many outraged commenters sharing the post. By Tuesday, the video had been seen more than 3 million times, according to Facebook’s stats, and had circulated widely, from Gawker to “The Colbert Report.”

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard forcefully objected to the version of the incident that comes across when McKean’s clip is viewed on its own, saying it doesn’t clarify the reason for the stop and leaves out context. McKean’s video cuts off before the end of their conversation, when the deputy further explains why he stopped McKean and the importance of following up on any 911 call.

The video “was posted with an agenda,” Bouchard told HuffPost.

The sheriff said that before McKean was questioned, a business owner called 911, audibly frightened, about a man who had walked by the shop six or seven times looking in the windows with his hands in his pockets. The caller believed the man was casing the business and that a robbery could be imminent. The business and its employees had reportedly already been robbed seven times.

Bouchard would not name the deputies who were dispatched nor the business, but said they had determined the person the 911 caller described was McKean, “without question.” After the furor over the video, the sheriff’s office posted their own video, which the deputy had also recorded with a phone.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in American Genocide

 

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Ferguson Police Caught Lying…Again

You will have to follow the link below to see all of this – but, the crux of the matter is that Officer Wilson shot Mike Brown to death not 35 feet away as announced by the Ferguson Police…

But 148 feet away.

That is over 40 yards!

An NFL level athlete can cover that distance from a standing start in about 4.5 seconds. A NFL lineman, a guy weighing about 300 lbs, as Mike Brown did – can maybe do it in just under 5 seconds. Mike Brown was no NFL level athlete – meaning it would have probably taken him something on the order of 6-7 seconds to cover that distance.

A policeman, using the standard Glock 19, can shoot 19 rounds in under 3 seconds, pop a new clip in and get at least 6 more off in 6 seconds.

Meaning the “fear of his life” defense… Is totally bullshit.

Video: Police lied. Mike Brown was killed 148 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV

For 104 days, the police have lied and said Mike Brown was killed 35 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. It was actually 148 feet.

This distance is essential to the defense and how Darren Wilson must demonstrate that he “reasonably feared for his safety.” At the point in which Mike Brown ran half a football field away, how reasonable is it for an armed officer to fear anyone?

On the afternoon of August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. Below is the first video filmed from Canfield Drive, where the shooting occurred, showing the exact measurement between where Darren Wilson’s SUV was parked and Mike Brown died. After that, we methodically debunk the lie that Mike Brown was killed in close proximity to Darren Wilson’s SUV.

148′ away…Not 35′ as announced by the Ferguson Police Department

Using Google Maps –

Using Google Maps, the approximate distance from the front of Darren Wilson’s SUV to where Mike Brown was shot before falling down is actually 148 feet.

Walking the distance by foot with a rolling measuring tape of the type used in Auto Accidents…

 

And what the Ferguson Police claimed…

 

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in American Genocide, Domestic terrorism

 

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“Witnessing Whiteness” – Trying to Understand the Problems in Ferguson

Proof that the whole world isn’t made of conservative bigots…

This group is one which in at least a small way – is taking the microphone away from the bigots and haters.

 

White St. Louis area residents work to improve race relations

Just as the killing of Michael Brown inflamed racial tensions, some want to turn the tragedy into an opportunity to calm them — and improve relations between blacks and whites.

Sheila Merrell is part of “Witnessing Whiteness,” a group of white residents hoping to better understand the black-white divide in the St. Louis area.

“If these were our white sons being stopped like this, that would not be tolerated,” Merrell says. “It’s like a Rosa Parks moment. This cannot continue. This cannot be whitewashed.”

“I think by having a group that’s just white, we can ask what people may consider the dumb questions,” group Mary Ferguson says. “We can say things that we’re not sure how it would sound to someone. It could sound racist.”

The group has been meeting for the last four years, but their questions have become more important in the months since Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

Bill Gilbert has been here from the beginning. When asked what he thinks about Mayor James Knowles saying there’s “not a racial divide in the city of Ferguson,” Gilbert responds, “He’s crazy. The whole region has a race problem.”

When asked if he can understand why blacks are so angry, Gilbert says, “No I don’t — I don’t think I can really understand. I can’t walk in their shoes so I don’t know that I totally understand it, but I hear it and I am learning more and more.”

Members of the group have joined the protests to keep the peace through candid dialogue and have attracted newcomers, like Mary Densmore.

“Things are ready to change, things are ready to move forward, and I think this is a part of it,” Densmore says. “By us getting together as white people, and talking about this, this is our small step.”

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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More Dirt in Ferguson

If you peruse some of the boards and blogs on the Internet, the conservascum racists are out in full glory about Michael Brown’s murder. One of the issues is why exactly did the town blow up over the shooting?

My theory has been there have been a lot of incidents which have led up to the rioting – and more than just the scam the police and judges were running to skim money from the residents.

What sort of person is Officer Wilson?

Well, you might get an idea from this video released by the Guardian…

Officer who shot and killed Michael Brown is seen telling Mike Arman ‘I’m gonna lock your ass up’ if he does not stop

Video footage has emerged showing Darren Wilson – the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri – threatening and arresting a resident who refused to stop filming him with a cellphone.

Wilson is seen standing near his Ferguson police SUV and warning Mike Arman: “If you wanna take a picture of me one more time, I’m gonna lock your ass up.” Arman, who had requested Wilson’s name, replies: “Sir, I’m not taking a picture, I’m recording this incident sir.”

The officer then walks to the porch of Arman’s home and apprehends him, after telling him that he does not have the right to film. The 15-second clip was uploaded to YouTube on Friday but recorded in 2013, according to police documents.

Arman, 30, was charged with failing to comply with Wilson’s orders. He claimed in an interview on Saturday that the charge was dropped after he told his lawyer he had video footage of the incident. Arman, who runs a small housing non-profit, has a criminal record and has previously been charged with resisting arrest.

“I was working on my porch with my toolbelt on and was being cordial,” Arman said of the incident. “But I wanted to safeguard myself by recording what happened.” Filming police officers carrying out their duties is widely considered to be legal and protected by the first amendment of the US constitution.

Court and police officials in Ferguson could not be reached for comment. When asked on Friday whether the officer in the video clip was Wilson, a spokesman for the Ferguson police department told the Guardian in an email: “I don’t think that is him.” The spokesman did not respond to further questions.

But a police incident report confirms that Wilson arrested Arman at his home on Redmond Avenue on 28 October 2013. The report states Wilson had arrived to issue a court summons regarding derelict vehicles that were being left on the property in violation of city rules. Redacted images of the report were first published by the Free Thought Project….more…

And that is by no means the worst of the police criminal behavior that has been going on in Ferguson…

 

From the Daily Beast

Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson

A pregnant woman’s account of being assaulted by a city police officer and a video of an aggressive Darren Wilson are only heightening the foreboding over the Michael Brown grand jury.

…And a video was posted on YouTube of a citizen’s October 2013 encounter with a uniformed cop who a police department spokesman suggests was not Wilson but almost certainly was.

The department spokesman’s doubts notwithstanding, the ensuing arrest report was fielded by none other than Wilson, badge 609. The report states that Wilson had been preparing to issue 30-year-old Mike Arman a summons for having broken-down cars in his yard, in violation of one of the ordinances that allow the city to raise millions of dollars from poor and working people and issue an annual average of three warrants per household. Wilson attests that he arrested Arman for “failure to comply” after he supposedly ignored instructions to “remove the camera from my face in order for us to complete the process of the derelict vehicles.”

Never mind that Arman’s camera was those eight strides from being in Wilson’s face. Wilson also cited Arman for “violation of pit bull regulations,” saying there were three in the yard. Arman would insist that he has only a bulldog.

Wilson’s narrative is enough at odds with the videotape that the possibility arises that his written account is in possible violation of state law 575.080 against making false reports to a law-enforcement officer. That would seem to apply even if you are one yourself.

The report ends with Wilson transporting Arman to the Ferguson jail….

In any event, Arman seems to have fared much better than a woman who was consigned to the correctional staff at the Ferguson jail after being pulled over for an expired license plate and giving a false name on Oct. 9, 2013.

The woman is identified only by the initials J.W. in court papers from a subsequent federal civil-rights lawsuit. She is described as having been “in her work clothes, that is, nursing scrubs,” as Hayden commenced to fingerprint her and take her mug shot.

“J.W. heard Hayden say softly, ‘You smell good,’” the papers report. “Hayden softly said words to the effect, ‘This will teach you a lesson.’”

The papers note that J.W. had never met Hayden before. She was placed in a cell and Hayden told her that she also had outstanding traffic warrants in other jurisdictions. He repeatedly walked past her cell.

“J.W. was distraught and said words to the effort of, ‘Let me go… I haven’t done anything wrong… I just don’t have money to get my plates,’” the papers report. “Hayden said words to the effect of, ‘Be quiet… Others will hear.’”

The report goes on, “J.W. sensed that Hayden was acting in a sexually provocative manner toward her. J.W. did not respond… J.W. told Hayden that she was several months pregnant. J.W.’s pregnancy was showing.”

J.W. then informed Hayden that she was suffering “pain and discharges.” Hayden checked with a superior and summoned an ambulance. The EMTs checked J.W. and said it was up to Hayden whether she was released into their custody.

“Hayden did not indicate a decision in J.W.’s presence,” the papers say. “Hayden and the EMTs left the room. J.W. never saw the EMTs again.”

Salvation must have seemed at hand when J.W.’s boyfriend arrived and posted the necessary bond to free her on the new Ferguson charges. Hayden removed J.W. from her cell and had her sign some official forms.

“Hayden began to make remarks with words to the effect of, ‘You’re the type of girl that can get me in trouble,’” the papers report.

The papers go on to note: “J.W. was crying. J.W. kept asking to go home. J.W. said, ‘I will do anything to go home.’”

The papers emphasize, “By that remark J.W. did not intend to deliver the message that she would have sex with Hayden in exchange for release. The remark was in the nature of a rhetorical statement while in an emotional state of extreme distress.”

Hayden continued to say that J.W. had outstanding warrants. J.W. had no way of knowing that he had not notified any of those other jurisdictions that she was in custody.

“J.W. was in great fear,” the papers report. “Hayden said, ‘Follow me.’”

The papers allege that Hayden escorted J.W. down a number of hallways.

“Hayden took J.W. into a boiler room in the City of Ferguson jail,” the papers charge. “Hayden then unbuttoned his pants, removed his penis.”

The papers report that J.W. was too afraid to resist his command for her to perform oral sex on him. She nonetheless seems to have proved herself the wrong woman to assault.

“J.W. captured some of Hayden’s pubic hairs in her hand,” the papers report.

She held on to the hair as Hayden led her further back into the boiler room.

“Hayden then had J.W. bend over and he indicated that he was going to have intercourse with her,” the papers say. “Because she was afraid, J.W. did not resist.”

The papers suggest that Hayden was careful not to leave any DNA-laden material.

“Hayden ejaculated in his hand,” the papers allege. “Hayden then released J.W. from jail custody via a side door to the building… Hayden told J.W. words to the effect of, ‘Run and stay close to the building.’”

The papers suggest that this was to avoid security cameras. Hayden might well have imagined he had no further worries, that he was at the very worst in the realm of “he said, she said.” He does not seem to have anticipated that she could have maintained such remarkable presence of mind.

“Immediately after the rape, J.W. went to a Subway restaurant across the street and retained a bag to hold the captured pubic hair,” the papers go on to recount.

J.W’s sister came and took her to a hospital emergency room. Investigators from the St. Louis County Police responded. J.W. presented them with her evidence.

“DNA analysis has confirmed that the public hair is from Hayden,” the papers say.

One remaining question, a question the authorities have not yet answered, is why they took more than a year to arrest Hayden when such seemingly damning evidence was available almost immediately. And then he was charged not with forcible rape, but with having sex with a prisoner and then aiding her escape. His attorney says he will be pleading not guilty at his arraignment in December.

Another lawyer closely associated with the case has indicated that the FBI had become involved in the investigation. That suggests the feds may have come across the stalled case after the shooting of Michael Brown, when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a larger investigation into the way law enforcement is conducted in Ferguson.

Even though J.W. and Hayden are both black, she felt only right in filing a federal civil-rights suit on Friday against him and the City of Ferguson. The suit charges that she was denied due process by being raped by a correction officer while in custody.

“The conduct of City of Ferguson law enforcement in engaging in repeated acts of violence and constitutional violations against the citizenry constitutes a pattern,” the suit charges. “The city has taken inadequate steps or no steps at all to control the violent acts of its law-enforcement personnel.”

Another federal lawsuit, one in which a man was arrested in a case of mistaken identity and then charged with destroying property by bleeding on the uniforms of the Ferguson cops who allegedly beat him, was tossed out by a lower court judge who ruled the complainant’s injuries were not sufficiently serious. That case is due to be heard by an appeals court next month.

 

 

 

 

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