I swear that this is what the man has claimed, two middle of the night press conferences in a row. People behind the protesters threw stuff at the cops and no one saw it.

Now, Capt. Johnson has a problem with honesty. We’be seen that, we know it to be so. But this isn’t just an honesty issue, this is defying the laws of physics and reality.

Either that or Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are secretly lurking behind the protesters and throwing Molotov cocktails in amazing passes, and the explosions are happening when every single person, and every single camera are all focused elsewhere.

Every time a police officer causes the death of a citizen who is unarmed, there should be certain instant steps that follow:

  • immediate suspension of the officer, without pay (if exonerated, back pay will be immediately received)
  • An outside police agency, preferably from another county or the state bureau of investigation, takes control of the incident scene and runs the entire investigation
  • Investigative findings are submitted to a special prosecutor and/or a grand jury in another jurisdiction
  • All prosecution should involve a trial jury from another jurisdiction or a change of venue to another jurisdiction
  • If no criminal indictment or conviction occurs, the incident should still be reviewed by a local civilian review board to determine if the expectations that the local community holds for the conduct of their police officers have been met
If police want to be entrusted with authority, then they must also take accountability when a civilian dies due to their actions.

This is something that’s been churning around in my mind.

Our brains fill in “facts” that are not actually facts but inferences that we have drawn from the context of a given situation. It’s how we know, as an example, if someone is angry at the person that they’re with or if they are in danger from that person. It’s how we know if people in a room are whispering in order to be secretive or if they are just being respectful of the noise level.

I bring up this contextualizing because a lot of us did that when we saw that brief edited snippet of surveillance video from the Ferguson Market.

We were told that it was showing us a robbery.

But it doesn’t. That’s an inference we are drawing from being told so.

The video shows two people, with some items we are presuming to be store merchandise, one of whom, presumably Mike, is having a seemingly angry conversation with someone we presume to be the store clerk.

We see that person shove the presumed clerk, turn to leave, then turn around and say something in what appears to be an angry manner in response to whatever the presumed clerk said to him, make an angry seeming shrugging gesture, then turns and leave.

What we do not see in that snippet is whether or not the merchandise was paid for.

We also do not hear what the presumed store clerk says. We do not hear the reply that came before and during the shove.

We do not hear the response from the presumed clerk that prompted the return with the presumably angry shrug gesture.

We do not hear what is said as the person, presumably Mike, leaves the store. We do not hear what the clerk says when he exits the store right after and stands in the doorway gesturing.

We were told it was a strongarm robbery, and our brains filled in all the things we did not see or hear in order to match that story.

Presuming that was indeed the store clerk I can imagine a dozen things — not related to shoplifting or theft of any kind — that he could have said that would have been antagonizing enough to lead to that little confrontation.

Can you?

sourcedumal:

Yaaasss tell it Amber

She remains fierce and unbossed.

(Source: amberrileynews)

(Reblogged from angelsscream)

2damnfeisty:

"14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news.  Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.  

So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created a mobile app called Five-O.

Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer.  It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired.  These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured.

Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”

Read more here. [x]

Black Excellence

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gradientlair:

The Violence That Black Trans Women Face

[content warning: transmisogynoir] Tiffany Edwards, 28 years old, is a Black trans woman who was shot to death in Ohio. Cemia “Ci Ci” Dove, 20 years old, is Black trans woman who was stabbed to death and her body was further brutalized in Ohio. Mia Henderson, 26 years old, is a Black trans woman who was killed and her body experienced “severe trauma” in Maryland. Brittany-Nicole Kidd-Stergis, 22 years old, is a Black trans woman who was shot to death in Ohio.

They are just a (recent) sampling of the young Black trans women who face astronomical rates (such that most homicides among LGBTQ people are of trans women of colour, particularly Black trans women) of violence and homicide because of anti-Blackness, racism, sexism, misogyny, misogynoir, colourism, classism/economic violence, for some, misogynoir specific to sex work, and transmisogyny in general. There are so many intersecting oppressions and one that is regularly eclipsed when violence on Black trans women is discussed is anti-Blackness itself, which alludes to the ways in which the socially acceptable hatred and oppression of Black women in general amplifies for Black trans women. Even in death, as anti-Blackness never allows death to be the final act for Black people, these women are misgendered and immediately associated with crime, versus their gender and humanity honored and their lives respected. Blackness alone, let alone their other intersecting oppressions guarantees that the latter is unlikely.

Whenever street harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police harassment, police brutality, extrajudicial violence/execution and State violence are discussed, Black trans women’s experiences have to be included. Whether the violence is intraracial (re: what Laverne Cox explained about this, not as arbitrary Black pathology but inherently occurring because of the impact of anti-Blackness, White supremacy and more on gender for Black people), interracial (as some violence occurs to Black trans women just for existing, as with CeCe McDonald, while some is related to transmisogynoir and sex work), extrajudicial or State violence (such as the consistent willful violence from the police as in what Monica Jones experienced, healthcare and legal systems), Black trans women’s experiences have to be included. (And there’s much to be said about the impact of oppression on Black trans women and mental health since almost 50% Black trans people, in general, have attempted suicide.)

Information on violence against Black trans women and structural factors that contribute to this (some includes other LGBTQIA populations):

Devastating to regularly encounter these stories. This is also violence on Black people. Tiffany’s, Cemia’s, Mia’s and Brittany’s lives mattered. Black trans women matter.

(Reblogged from everyonelikedbubbahotep)

gladi8rs:

ctron164:

iwakeupblack:

thedivinemorningstar:

JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN NEW ORLEANS!!!!

That’s sign says it all did you get chills? I did.

That sign is  gut wrenching

The first signage is so on point.

(Reblogged from strugglingtobeheard)

brigidkeely:

liberalsarecool:

Umm, he’s just glad no police were hurt. Everyone else is not important.

Many people, both adults and kids, standing in their own yards were teargassed.

Mya Aaten-White, a peaceful protestor, was shot in the head. Police reported that she was attacked by “a drive by” of “Black guys” (on a closed-off street) and that she’d died. She’s very much alive.

A (female) Pastor was shot in the stomach with a rubber bullet and has a bruise larger than my handspan, around a bloody wound.

All these in addition, of course, to Michael Brown.

Do not believe a word that comes out of this man’s mouth.

(Reblogged from brigidkeely)

megaparsecs:

i just wanted to put this out there since im sure it’ll get written about differently tomorrow. 

(Reblogged from fuckyeahfeminists)

tries:

Spread this shit

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riseofthecommonwoodpile:

funny how a bunch of white people can violently harass people going into an abortion clinic and the cops never show up even when they’re physically touching the patients against their will but if black people organize a totally non-violent and non-confrontational protest after a member of their community has been murdered they bring out the police dogs and shotguns and claim it’s going to be a riot lol

(Reblogged from thebicker)

madamethursday:

[Image: Three gifs of a Black woman in a red top speaking very emotionally into a news microphone with lots of people listening in the background. The captions read: “You took my son away from me! You know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate? You know how many black men graduate? Not many! Because you bring them down to this type of level where they feel like I don’t got nothing to live for! They gonna try to take me out anyway!”

the-uncensored-she:

nelaguilvr:

iamchantaya:

rhomeporium:

A mother’s worst nightmare.

She was preaching

this gave me chills

RIP Michael Brown
Let’s don’t erase the identity of this grieving woman speaking truth to power. She’s Michael Brown’s mother and her name is Lesley McSpadden. From the earliest hours after her son’s murder she’s been demanding accountability and transparency from a public body that has refused both at every turn.
(Reblogged from madamethursday)