Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by The Wrong Guy, Aug 10, 2014.
Do you think before you post?
The article said nothing about harassment. Peacefully handing out flyers ian't harassment in itself (unless the flyers are). There's nothing in the report text that specify whether they were harassing or not.
Perhaps this is cultural. I come from a country where it is not unheard of to actually bump into national politicians on the street, so talking to politicians or top civil administrators here isn't necessarily being creepy. Heck, I'm a nobody, but I ran into H.M. the Queen here last year and had a pleasant conversation.
They didn't "accidentally bump" into the judge. They sought out her (likely unpublished) address and went to her personal residence with a list of demands. A bit different. She doesn't hold a position like your queen, either, who is protected by a palace, gate, guards, protocol, etc. I doubt the queen has neighbors to be disturbed, as well.
Again, my opinion, which no one asked for.
It's ironic that you can talk to a Queen while in the US it's impossible to talk to the president. No one runs into nationally elected officials in the US. It's not gonna happen. I guess our system is more 'regal' than Sweden.
Congress Just Passed a Bill Addressing Police Killings While No One Was Looking
After watching nationwide protests unfold against police brutality, members of Congress did what they have seemed incapable of doing for years: something.
A bill passed by both chambers of Congress and headed to President Barack Obama's desk will require local law enforcement agencies to report every police shooting and other death at their hands. That data will include each victim's age, gender and race as well as details about what happened.
"You can't begin to improve the situation unless you know what the situation is," bill sponsor Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) told the Washington Post. "We will now have the data."
It's not the first time Congress has tried: The same law was actually passed back in 2000, but was allowed to lapse in 2006 and was never reauthorized (despite repeated attempts by Scott). Because it takes years for enough local departments to start submitting all that data, the original law barely yielded anything before it expired.
While it will likely take a long time once more to get a usably large picture of police killings across the country, the federal government has an enforcement mechanism to make sure agencies submit: The Department of Justice can withhold federal funds from any states that don't comply.
There's other legislation in the pipeline aimed at combating police brutality following the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, including bills that would require police departments to comply with federal racial profiling standards and stop local agencies from receiving military weapons and equipment. "It's not a new issue ... it's not isolated incidents by rogue police," Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said during a Capitol Hill briefing featuring mothers of son who were killed by police. "We have a lot of work to do."
This should have been the norm all along.
It's sad that so many people lost their lives in order for something to be finally done about it.
2014 Was a Banner Year for Injustice in America | VICE
This was not a good year for the American criminal justice system. With violent crime rates lower than than they've been since the 1970s, we still saw a fresh deluge of attacks by police against unarmed people of color, from New York to Ferguson to a Walmart in Ohio. Making it all worse is that the cops involved avoided criminal prosecution, and militarized responses to the resulting unrest sent the message that the long arm of the law can do whatever it pleases. Meanwhile, white-collar criminals like Wall Street bankers continue to duck punishment for mercilessly fucking the global economy. The only question is if all of the protests and rage that have bubbled to the surface these past few months over two justice systems — one for the rich and white, another for the poor and brown — will amount to anything.
Given all the money and political capital invested in the prison-industrial complex, it's not very likely. But amid the bevy of depressing shit done in the name of public safety this year, there were some signs of hope.
How Sandy McElroy and Prosecutor Bob McCulloch colluded to destroy the case against Darren Wilson
By Shaun King
Sandy McElroy was never near Canfield Drive on August 9. She completely fabricated her entire story weeks after Darren Wilson killed Mike Brown. During their interrogation of her, Sandy McElroy was completely shredded by the FBI as a racist, a liar, unstable, and more. They proved in their own interview, with evidence, that McElroy lied about ever being there, about how she left the scene, about key details of the case that she claimed she witnessed, and more.
Furthermore, Sandy McElroy, beyond being a convicted felon, had a record in St. Louis of interfering with investigations and making preposterous claims about connections she had to cold cases. All of this was known to St. Louis officials. Her extreme racism was not private, but public, and was discussed at great length with the FBI before she was ever allowed to testify before the grand jury.
You must understand, then, that Sandy McElroy, whose testimony matches that of Darren Wilson's better than any witness who testified, was only called to the grand jury, not once, but twice, and allowed to present concocted physical evidence at that, because she was a neutron bomb for this case. Not ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE proving that she was there could be found and scores of evidence that she made the entire thing up was presented weeks before she was ever allowed to testify before the grand jury, but it was all deliberately ignored.
Prosecutor Says He Knew Some Witnesses Were Lying To The Ferguson Grand Jury
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he knew some of the witnesses who said they saw Michael Brown get shot were lying, but he let them testify to the grand jury anyway.
LIVE #BlackLivesMatter protest in defiance of private property arrest laws at Mall Of America in Minneapolis
Police Killings Of Unarmed Black Men Voted Top News Story Of 2014 | Associated Press
The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.
Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among 15 different stories. The Ferguson entry received 22 first-place votes, Ebola 11 and the Islamic State story 12.
Cross post thanks to the wrong guy
Here's a live stream from Berkeley, Missouri, near Ferguson, where Antonio Martin has just been shot and killed by a cop.
Another black man reportedly shot dead in St. Louis area, police blamed on social media | RT News
A black man has been shot by police officials in the St. Louis area, according to reports from numerous Twitter users. The victim was identified in tweets as 18-year-old teenager Antonio Martin.
Michael Brown -- LAPD Launches Investigation Over Parody Song | TMZ
The LAPD is conducting an investigation to determine if cops currently on the force attended a dinner at the Glendale Elks Lodge which featured a horrible parody of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," making fun of Michael Brown's death.
TMZ broke the story -- retired LAPD Officer Joe Myers threw a charity golf tournament a week ago Monday, and then threw a dinner afterward at the Elks Lodge. As 50-60 people watched, Gary Fishell -- P.I. and former federal law enforcement officer -- sang the parody, with lyrics that included, "Two men took to fightin' And Michael punched in through the door, And Michael looked like some old Swiss Cheese, His brain was splattered on the floor."
We're told LAPD's Internal Affairs will conduct an investigation to determine if current LAPD cops were at the event. We're told there were some active police officers at the dinner, but we do not know the specific agencies.
If active officers were at the event, I.A. will determine if they exhibited "conduct unbecoming of a police officer," which could subject them to discipline.
Source and video: http://www.tmz.com/2014/12/23/michael-brown-song-lapd-investigation-parody-elks/
LA police investigate song mocking dead black teen at ex-cop's party | Reuters
A song poking fun at the killing of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman, performed at a retired officer's party, has prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to launch an internal investigation, its chief said on Tuesday.
Commenting on the song, Chief Charlie Beck said on Twitter: "Like many of you, I find it offensive & absurd. It does not reflect the values of the #LAPD."
"I have directed our Professional Standards Bureau to look into this and determine if any active department employees were involved."
Black teenager 'shot dead by police' close to scene where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri
Berkeley Police Statement Drastically Different From Friend Of Shooting Victim Antonio Martin
Antonio Martin shooting: surveillance video shows victim raising a gun — live updates | The Guardian
In the 70s I had long hair when very few did. If I was walking down the street with a group of friends every cop car would come at me. It happened so often I would say to anyone near me “watch that cop car it will turn around and come right at me” it happened every time. Consequently I have been severely beat-up by cops twice. In the video it looks like the patrol car picks this kid out. This is where we should start the conversation, that kid should not have been confronted in the first place. Do we have the freedom to walk our streets or not.
If you point a gun at a cop the only way you won't get shot is if you shoot first and stop the cop or the cop freezes and doesn't shoot you like they are trained to.
Some people try way too hard for suicide by cop.
Forcing someone to kill you is a cowardly way to end your life and this creep didn't even succeed. I hope he receives proper suicide lessons before he is released.
Berkeley suspect's grandmother: 'I want to see the gun in his hand' | LA Times
Berkeley, Mo. shooting suspect's grandmother skeptical of grainy video: 'I want to see the gun in his hand'
Anon Cop Watch @AnonCopWatch · 8 hours ago
This GIF image appears to show #AntonioMartin holding a cell phone in his hand with a lit screen, not a gun.
He seems to be making an instinctive gesture with his lower arm while talking. That could be anything white, silver or light colored in his hand such as a napkin etc.
And if he was right handed it would make him less likely to be holding a gun in his left hand.
The gun he was said to have was a 9mm Hi-Point, I couldn't find any silver images of it.
This looks nothing like the video that the police say shows the man pointing a gun at the cop, we need dox that this has anything to do with the other video that shows a man raising his right arm in a gun aiming like manner:
This is the gas store video that shows the man raising his right arm in a gun aiming like manner in the upper left corner at the end of the video:
Close up zoomed in view of the surveillance video. Martin acts as if he is leaving then quickly turns around facing the officer and then raises his gun. See what you think.
- See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2014/12/...a-gun-at-police-officer/#sthash.vkrQlSN4.dpuf
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(Close View of CCTV......)
It's extremely hard to see what's really going on with the intended subject as the video is too blurry do to it being blown up.
This has turned into a mega thread about killings by the police and community response. Maybe divide into separate threads for Ferguson, Eric Garner, Cleaveland thread. Maybe response to police violence thread? It's getting hard to find info in this heap of postings.
Since the events mentioned in this thread and their results are all related, I think the thread is fine the way it is.
Almost all of the posts about Eric Garner are in the police brutality thread, starting with this post:
Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Michael Brown memorial 'a pile of trash'
It's a start
The guy was a police spokesman. It wasn't a frustrated over worked tired cop. It shows the depth of the problem in Ferguson.
America tweeted about Ferguson more than any other news story in 2014 | Vox
Grand Juror Sues McCulloch, Says He Mischaracterized The Wilson Case | St. Louis Public Radio
A grand juror is suing St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch in an effort to speak out on what happened in the Darren Wilson case. Under typical circumstances, grand jurors are prohibited by law from discussing cases they were involved in.
The grand juror, referred to only as "Grand Juror Doe" in the lawsuit, takes issue with how McCulloch characterized the case. McCulloch released evidence presented to the grand jury and publicly discussed the case after the grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, then a Ferguson police officer, in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American.
“In [the grand juror]’s view, the current information available about the grand jurors’ views is not entirely accurate — especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges,” the lawsuit says. “Moreover, the public characterization of the grand jurors’ view of witnesses and evidence does not accord with [Doe]’s own.”
“From [the grand juror]’s perspective, the investigation of Wilson had a stronger focus on the victim than in other cases presented to the grand jury,” the lawsuit states. Doe also believes the legal standards were conveyed in a “muddled” and “untimely” manner to the grand jury.
In the lawsuit filed Monday in federal court, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri argues that this case is unique and that the usual reasons for requiring the jurors to maintain secrecy should not apply.
In this specific case, “any interests furthered by maintaining grand jury secrecy are outweighed by the interests secured by the First Amendment,” the lawsuit says, adding that allowing the juror to speak would contribute to a discussion on race in America.
As the grand juror points out in the lawsuit, the Wilson case was handled in a very different manner than other grand juries. Instead of recommending a charge, McCulloch's office presented thousands of pages worth of evidence and testimony before the grand jury. At one point, McCulloch's spokesman characterized the grand jury as co-investigators.
“From [Doe]’s perspective, although the release of a large number of records provides an appearance of transparency, with heavy redactions and the absence of context, those records do not fully portray the proceedings before the grand jury,” the lawsuit says.
McCulloch has done several interviews since the grand jury decision was announced on Nov. 24, but the grand jurors have been prohibited from speaking about the case. The county prosecutor admits that some of the witnesses were lying, but said the grand jurors were aware.
The 12 people who could say for sure are currently sworn to secrecy.
Although the county released redacted transcripts of witness and expert testimony, the grand jurors deliberated without a court reporter or member of the prosecutor’s office present.
State law says that grand jurors shall not “disclose any evidence given” nor “the name of any witness who appeared before them,” adding that any juror who violates that is guilty of a misdemeanor. The ACLU is asking a judge to grant an injunction that prohibits enforcing those laws (or threatening to) in this case.
The laws “prevent [the grand juror] from discussing truthful information about a matter of public significance,” the lawsuit says. “As applied in the circumstances of this case, the challenged laws act as a prior restraint on [Doe’s] expressive activity.”
We have reached out to McCulloch’s office for comment and will update when we hear back.
That's a brilliant legal strategy. I'm sure the prosecutor depended on grand jury silence when he started lying ( again). Now they all will testify. Wtf is it in St. Louis county? Other places are not this bad, I wonder what financial shenanigans they get up to.
What I see is a prosecutor who didn't want an indictment, and didn't want to admit it, so he did a CYA, using the Grand Jury as his shield.
The Rockford Files did an episode about how DAs manipulate grand juries. That was in the mid
1970s. There's a saying even older: A DA can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. It's not a new issue, nor is the corruption limited to one jurisdiction.
Here's another issue:
On the bright side, the reverse side to the "all it takes for evil to triumph" thing is that evil quite often rely on good men doing nothing. Seems they forgot there might be someone in there with an actual backbone.
Ferguson prosecutor accused of racial bias over deaths at police hands by family of ANOTHER unarmed man shot by cops who were cleared by grand jury in case almost identical to Michael Brown
Ronald Beasley was shot and killed by police at a Jack in the Box restaurant parking lot in Berkeley, a St Louis, MO, suburb in June 2000
He was with Earl Murray, another unarmed black man, who was being investigated over drugs by police and who was giving him a lift
Murray backed his car into undercover officers' SUV and they sprayed his car with at least 21 bullets, FBI probe found
Cops claimed Murray was driving towards them but FBI found car was always in reverse as they shot round after round
Grand jury cleared officers - who are still serving - after case led by Robert McCulloch, who 14 years later led Michael Brown death case
June Beasley exclusively tells DailyMail.com that McCulloch cannot be trusted to tell truth and backs bid to overturn Grand Jury secrecy
Says Michael Brown's killing by Officer Darren Wilson was like losing her brother all over again
"Healing the Wounds in Ferguson and Staten Island"
From Soros Open Society Foundations website:
Read and enjoy. I did...
..."$2.9 million" may not be "$33 Million" for Ferguson, but still not too shabby.
Ps..Repubs like to embellish things.
If You Want To Understand The Ferguson Prosecution, You Should Know About The Jack In The Box Case
By Alan Pyke, ThinkProgress
Legal experts have accused Ferguson, MO prosecutor Robert McCulloch of mishandling the grand jury process that failed to yield charges in the August police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. One of the grand jurors in that case has flagged many of those errors in a new lawsuit against McCulloch. The anonymous juror’s suit also cites another case from nearly 15 years ago which suggests McCulloch has a history of demonizing the victims of police shooting, and skewing the evidence in favor of the police.
While the suit doesn’t delve into the details of the 2000 case, known locally as the Jack in the Box shooting, investigations by federal officials and St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporters reveal familiar-sounding details about McCulloch’s strange use of the grand jury process and inflammatory public statements following the ultimate exoneration of police.
In June of 2000, federal Drug Enforcement Agency officers and local law enforcement conducted a joint drug sting in the parking lot of a busy fast food restaurant in Berkeley, MO. The target was a small-time drug dealer. In a matter of seconds, two officers had fired 21 shots through the target’s windshield, killing both the alleged dealer and his passenger, a personal friend who was not involved in the investigation at all. The officers who killed the two men testified that they shot because the suspect’s car moved forward toward them, something that was later proven false by physical evidence and expert testimony. But in McCulloch’s hands, news reports from the time reveal, the facts of the case took on a particular slant. In both the private grand jury setting and later public statements, McCulloch seriously misrepresented the key facts of the day and the background of one of the two victims.
Here are the four key takeaways about McCulloch’s conduct from that 2000 case, known locally as the Jack in the Box shooting.
Judge rejects request for new Ferguson grand jury | Associated Press
A St. Louis County judge has rejected a request by the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund to convene a new grand jury to consider charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The civil rights group says a court administrator responded on behalf of St. Louis County Circuit Judge Maura McShane, whom it had asked in a Jan. 5 letter to also appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the case.
The group had cited concerns about the decision by Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch to allow a witness to provide false testimony, as well as erroneous legal instructions to grand jurors.
^ county judge. When does it get pushed upstairs so an adult can look at the problem?
Justice Dept. to Recommend No Civil Rights Charges in Ferguson Shooting | New York Times
The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said.
That would close the politically charged case in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, the officials said.
A broader civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open, however. That investigation could lead to significant changes at the department, which is overwhelmingly white despite serving a city that is mostly black.
at least thats something.
Isn't shooting to death an unarmed black child discrimination?
anonymous on this yet?
Four Ferguson Activists Are Asking a Judge for Help Kicking McCulloch Out of Office | Riverfront Times
Four Ferguson activists want to oust long-time St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from office after the grand-jury investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, and they're asking a St. Louis circuit court judge for help.
The activists filed a lawsuit earlier this month asking judge Barbara Wallace to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate McCulloch with hopes that the investigator will find enough wrongdoing to get McCulloch kicked out of the office he has held since 1991.
Skirmish Erupts Between Police Supporters, Protesters During Hearing | Riverfront Times
A St. Louis city meeting about police oversight devolved into a skirmish between police supporters and citizens seeking reform Wednesday in yet another sign of how overtly factious the St. Louis region has become since the police shooting of Ferguson teen Michael Brown.
The meeting stayed relatively calm for the first hour as attendees testified to the aldermanic public-safety committee about a proposal to create a civilian oversight board, which would review complaints against police. Both Kansas City and Columbia already have similar review boards.
Historians Sift the Ruins for Ferguson’s Legacy | New York Times
Live now, @romonaga_ discussing big money interest's effect on small grass roots organizations and the situation in Ferguson http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joeprichradio2/2015/02/01/episode-34
Can't listen, but ask them what they think about this:
Apparently, the racial divisiveness was manipulated with funding.
That really is quite a turn-off.
I won't waste my time
St Louis Police Threaten to Quit or Slowdown If Civilian Oversight Passes | The Free Thought Project
By Cassandra Rules
A bill to create a seven-member civilian oversight board for the St. Louis Police Department is looking like a sure bet to pass next month. The majority of the Board of Aldermen and even Mayor Francis are attaching their names to it.
As the bill was being discussed on Thursday, Jeff Roorda, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association, assaulted a woman while wearing an “I Am Darren Wilson” bracelet. His violent outburst may have stolen the headlines for the day, but there was also some glorious news to come from the union rep.
Roorda announced that St. Louis police officers will quit the department or do only the bare minimum on patrol if the city creates the proposed civilian oversight board.
“They’d answer their calls when they got them, but as far as interrupting criminal behavior on their own, why in the world would they do that when their employers aren’t even supporting them?” Roorda said, he continued on to say that “nobody wants to be the next Darren Wilson.”
Well, Jeff Roorda, nobody wants to be the next Mike Brown either.
Considering the fact that much of the brutality we see begins with officers stopping and harassing people for no reason, his “threat” would actually be a major win for the city.
Missouri attorney general urges changes to deadly force law | Associated Press
Missouri's attorney general proposed Friday that it be illegal for police to use deadly force unless a suspect committed a violent felony or poses a serious threat to others, as part of recommendations responding to the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson that sparked national protests.
Attorney General Chris Koster also recommended a new scholarship program to promote diversity in law enforcement, that police departments be required to report data on the race of their employees and the formation of a task for to review state traffic stop data. Most of his recommendations require legislative action.
Koster also proposed changing state laws governing the release of video collected by police cameras. His proposed legislation would make footage from police body cameras a closed record under the state's Sunshine Law, limiting public access. The change is needed to encourage police departments to use the cameras while protecting personal privacy, according to the report.
Missouri is one of at least a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing to mandate or expand the use of cameras attached to officers' uniforms in an attempt to avoid disputes about exactly what happened during police conflicts with citizens. Several states are also considering more training for officers, tighter limits on using deadly force and the appointment of special investigators when police kill people as a result of Ferguson and the police chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York.
More than 50 bills have been introduced in Missouri alone related to the shootings. Bills to limit public access to footage taken by police were filed last week by two Republican lawmakers. Other bills would require police to wear body cameras.
Current Missouri law provides justification for deadly force during an arrest or against a fleeing suspect when an officer believes they've committed or attempted a felony or when they may pose a serious threat of danger to others. Koster's proposal requires the felony in question be a violent one.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, participated in protests in Ferguson after Brown's death. Her bill, heard by a Senate committee this week, includes changes to the use of deadly force law similar to those suggested by Koster but is more limited. Her version would only allow for deadly force if the officer believes a person poses a clear danger to anyone.
Tightening the justification would bring Missouri in line with U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the use of deadly force, she said.
Koster's report also addresses the issue of traffic fines collected by Missouri cities. Some residents of Ferguson have said they felt harassed by police because of the way traffic laws are enforced. Current state law limits the portion of revenue cities can get from traffic fines, but that has not always been enforced. Koster has sued some municipalities over the issue, but the report says cities should not have to face lawsuits before complying with the limits.
Missouri cities sued over municipal court practices | The Washington Post
Civil rights lawyers filed federal lawsuits Sunday night accusing authorities in Ferguson and Jennings, Mo., of running the equivalent of debtors’ prisons by illegally jailing hundreds of mostly poor, black residents for unpaid debts, many of them from traffic tickets.
Local plaintiffs represented by lawyers with Washington-based Equal Justice Under Law, Arch City Defenders of St. Louis and Saint Louis University School of Law sought class-action status in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, charging that the two cities’ municipal court policies violate the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits jailing those too poor to pay and allows the punishment only for those with means who willfully refuse.
Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'
Ferguson and Jennings Sued for Throwing Poor People in Debtors' Prisons | Riverfront Times
Some call them America's debtors' prisons. Some call it the new Jim Crow. But for the poor of St. Louis' north county, the exploitative web of municipal courts and predatory police departments represent burdens of everyday life.
However, six months since a Ferguson cop shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, little has been done to fundamentally reform court systems that many see as emblematic of the divide between north county's black communities and police. On Sunday, civil-rights lawyers took the fight directly to court by filing two lawsuits against Ferguson and nearby Jennings. They accuse the cities of violating the U.S. Constitution by jailing defendants without checking to see if they lack the ability to pay.
"The City's modern debtors' prison scheme has been increasingly profitable to the City of Ferguson, earning it millions of dollars over the past several years," reads one of the lawsuits, echoing the criticism that these municipal courts merely serve as money generators for flagging city budgets. "It has also devastated the City's poor, trapping them for years in a cycle of increased fees, debts, extortion, and cruel jailings."
The two lawsuits include fifteen total plaintiffs, described as "impoverished individuals." Some endured multiple stints in jail as they were shuffled between municipal lockups and forced to come up with fees for each one. For the most part, these defendants were being jailed over traffic tickets, fees and bench warrants.
The lawsuits, which seek class-action status, were filed by attorneys from Washington-based Equal Justice Under Law, Saint Louis University Law School and the ArchCity Defenders, which provides legal help to St. Louis' poor. The suits seek a court order to halt the cities' practices of jailing those who cannot pay fines, as well as compensation for the plaintiffs.
Technically, defendants aren't jailed simply for being unable to pay court fines and fees. Municipal courts allow defendants to set up payment plans when they can't afford court costs. But in practice, poor defendants say they're unable to take off work, find child care or access transportation to get to court dates or they're sometimes afraid they'll be jailed for being unable to pay. That's when a judge issues a bench warrant for their arrest.
St. Louis Police & Mayor did everything they could for you to not see this video of police brutality
By Shaun King
On April 10, 2014, four months before Ferguson teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by St. Louis area police, another 18 year old, Cortez Bufford, was pulled over by police in St. Louis for "making an illegal u-turn." Within a few minutes, a full fledged scandal ensued and the the mayor of St. Louis has worked for months to keep it from the public.
The video is below, but let's break down the key facts.
Let's start with the strange reality that all charges were dropped against Cortez Bufford.
Before they were dropped though,
1. Police alleged that Bufford was a suspect in an area shooting.
2. Police alleged they saw marijuana in the car.
3. Police alleged they recovered an illegally owned gun from Bufford.
4. Police alleged that Bufford made an illegal u-turn.
5. Police alleged that Bufford kicked officers and resisted arrest.
Now, think for a moment, and ask yourself why in the world would all charges be dropped against a young black with all of those things stacked against him?
If it doesn't add up, the video will make sense of it for you.
Justice Department's Ferguson PD Probe To Conclude In Days, Black Lawmakers Say | Hands Up United
The Justice Department investigation into the Ferguson Police Department should conclude "within a few days," members of the Congressional Black Caucus said Tuesday after meeting with President Obama.
"The DOJ investigation is ongoing and should be completed within a few days, and we can see the report and draw our own conclusions from that report," CBC chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) said after the meeting.
The federal government has been examining the police department in the aftermath of the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, which sparked mass protests and accusations of racial profiling.
The Justice Department is weighing allegations of civil rights violations against both Darren Wilson, the officer involved in Brown's death, and the police department as a whole. Investigators are looking at if there exists evidence the Ferguson police engaged in systematic discriminatory traffic stops and excessive use of force.
Mods, several of these articles should probably be moved to the Police Brutality section/thread, as they have nothing to do with Ferguson/MB. Thanks. Probably doesn't matter since WWP will be going away after Saturday for who knows how long.
Can you list them so it's easier?
There is always IRC.
No, the thread polluter can. I'm too busy.
pretty much this
Justice Department: Ferguson police routinely discriminated against blacks | LA Times
The Justice Department has found that the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, at the center of national tension over perceived racial bias in policing, routinely discriminated against blacks, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the findings.
The department's Civil Rights Division found that the combination of using routine traffic stops to generate revenue and an ingrained bias against blacks resulted in a profound effect on the city's policing and a pattern of unconstitutional enforcement, the official said Tuesday.
Ferguson Official Stated President Obama Wouldn't Last Long "Because What Black Man Holds a Steady Job for Four Years”
By Jaeah Lee, Mother Jones
New details have emerged about the Justice Department's forthcoming report finding patterns of racial discrimination among officials and police officers in Ferguson, Missouri. Among the findings is an email saying that Barack Obama wouldn't last long as president because he's black and data showing that for years, traffic stops, use of force, petty crime charges, and affronts by police canines disproportionately targeted the city's black residents.
Here are more findings as reported by the Associated Press's Eric Tucker and PBS NewsHour:
Ferguson's black drivers were more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to be stopped and searched, according to records over two years. Black drivers were also 26 percent less likely to be found in possession of contraband.
According to the police department's internal records concerning force, 88 percent of those cases involved force against blacks. All 14 canine bite incidents involved blacks.
Blacks were 68 percent less likely than others to have their cases dismissed in municipal court. An arrest warrant was more likely to be issued for blacks.
The Justice Department found that the court uses petty crime charges to pad the city's budget. As of December 2014, 16,000 out of Ferguson's 21,000 residents have outstanding warrants for minor violations, including traffic tickets.
A 2008 message in a municipal email account stated that President Barack Obama would not be president for very long because "what black man holds a steady job for four years."
Over a six-month period in 2014, 95 percent of inmates who spent more than two days in the Ferguson jail were black.
Petty offenses disproportionately target black citizens. 95 percent of all "Manner of Walking in Roadway" charges were against blacks.
The DOJ's full report is expected as early as Wednesday.
Justice Department Announces Findings of Two Civil Rights Investigations in Ferguson, Missouri
Justice Department Finds a Pattern of Civil Rights Violations by the Ferguson Police Department
Read a full transcription of Eric Holder’s press conference on the DOJ Ferguson report
The Ferguson Report Shows Exactly What Living in a Police State Is Like | VICE
On Tuesday, several media outlets began leaking bits of information from the report from the federal probe on the Ferguson Police Department, which has been eagerly awaited since the probe was launched last September. Today, the report was officially released, and it details how city officials and police officers systematically and routinely violated the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights of citizens, motivated both by the desire to increase revenue and, of course, straight-up bigotry.
Why the Feds Can’t Charge Darren Wilson | Slate
They should, but the Supreme Court gutted the civil rights law he violated when he killed Michael Brown.
One could argue that if this weren't true...
...then Wilson would never have stopped Dorian and Michael in the first place to tell them to get out of the middle of the street, there would have been no altercation...etc.
Michael Brown's Parents Plan Lawsuit Against Darren Wilson, Ferguson | NBC News
Lawyers for the family of Michael Brown said Thursday they are gearing up for a wrongful-death lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, police and Officer Darren Wilson — a day after federal prosecutors cleared the ex-cop in the unarmed teenager's fatal shooting.
The suit will be filed "very shortly," lawyer Anthony Gray said at a news conference, and will include evidence that will present a "more clear, more accurate picture about what took place that day."
The Gangsters of Ferguson | The Atlantic
The residents of Ferguson do not have a police problem. They have a gang problem. That the gang operates under legal sanction makes no difference. It is a gang nonetheless, and there is no other word to describe an armed band of collection agents.
Pretty sure that article just ripped off a Leftover Crack song.
At least LOC had catchy ska hooks.
People have been ripping that phrase off of each other on Twitter for months now. Nice of you to notice, dear.
Yeah, stupidity tends to spread fast on the twitter. Sup rere.
Fired over racist emails
Ferguson Officials Suspended After DOJ Report Have Resigned, City Confirms | NBC News
Two city officials in Ferguson, Missouri, have resigned after a Justice Department report highlighted racist emails sent by police and court employees, a spokesman for the city said Friday.
The officials, whose names were not immediately made public, had been placed on administrative leave. Jeff Small, a spokesman for the city, confirmed their resignations to NBC News.
Ferguson officials and policed deleted tickets for friends and family.
Stunning Ferguson report revelations: Why a complete overhaul is needed, now
By Lisa Bloom
Just so we are all on the same page.
Jon Swaine @jonswaine · 3 minutes ago
Grudging ref to our story on Ferguson judge's taxes with no credit/wrong figures by @stltoday
Ferguson judge criticized as revenue generator who helped bring in millions
Yeah, they're probably gonna have to end up dissolving that department and starting over. Wonder how it got so messed up.
Hey Herro! Nice to see you around, Yes I agree they are going to have to dissolve the department and hire more black officers to better have the police force represent the people they are supposed to serve. It would also be good for them and all police departments to get rid of the military style weapons and tactics.
New judge to hear Ferguson court cases after federal probe | Reuters
A Missouri state appeals court judge will take over all current and future cases assigned to Ferguson's municipal courts following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found systemic abuses, the Missouri Supreme Court said on Monday.
The court said the transfer of Judge Roy Richter would take effect on March 16 and was aimed at helping restore public trust and confidence in the courts. Richter will also have the power to implement needed reforms to court policies and procedures.
"Extraordinary action is warranted in Ferguson, but the Court also is examining reforms that are needed on a statewide basis," Chief Justice Mary Russell said in a statement.
as long as cops have qualified immunity and prosecutors have absolute immunity, no reform is possible. Any attempt to hold them accountable will fail on that basis alone.
Keith Rose @KWRose 12 minutes ago
#FergusonCCM just said #Ferguson City Manager #JohnShaw was just removed from his job effective midnight tonight!
ShordeeDooWhop @Nettaaaaaaaa 38 seconds ago
John Shaw, the #Ferguson city manager JUST RESIGNED.
The Associated Press @AP 1 minute ago
BREAKING: John Shaw out as Ferguson city manager following Justice Department report.
Ferguson city manager out after Justice Department report
This is HUGE. He had much more power than the mayor, who is basically just a figurehead.
It was Shaw all along.
I knew it.
There's a related thread here:
Fair Justice Act would ban enforcing criminal or traffic laws to raise revenue
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson just resigned. He tried negotiating that if he left there would be a guarantee that the PD wouldn't be disbanded. I'm sure, at least behind closed doors, the DOJ facepalmed and laughed their asses off at his arrogance.
I know I did.
Ferguson police chief resigning | CNN
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said in a letter Wednesday that he is resigning, effective March 19 to "provide for an orderly transition of command."
"It is with profound sadness that I am announcing I am stepping down from my position as chief of police for the city of Ferguson, Missouri," Jackson said, adding that serving the city as police chief "has been an honor and a privilege."
At 6:30 pm Eastern time, the Ferguson Police Department is holding a news conference. It will carried live on CNN, and on several online sites that include the CBC and NBC.
bu the fucking bye
Thank you for playing TOM!
Just About Every White Person In Ferguson Resigning For Being A Racist Disgrace | Wonkette
The fallout continues in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, following the Justice Department’s report on how the city pretty much ran its police force as a revenue-collection operation aimed at transferring money from black citizens to the city’s general fund. On Wednesday, Chief of Police Thomas Jackson announced, “with profound sadness,” that he is resigning, effective March 19.
Jackson’s the one who entertained the nation with his whimsical versions of press briefings, which contained no information. He took nearly a week to release the name of the officer who shot Mike Brown, then claimed that reporters had been demanding that he also release video surveillance tapes of Michael Brown taking cigarillos from a convenience store.
It turned out nobody requested the tapes since no one knew they existed. Jackson also helped calm frayed nerves by telling Ferguson citizens to stay off the streets after dark if they knew what was good for them.
On the other hand, he apologized for letting Brown’s body lie in the street for hours, so surely that counts for something.
Oh, yes, and then there were also the years and years of shaking down black residents of Ferguson — and travelers passing through town — for traffic tickets and fines and stuff, too. The Justice Department didn’t like that either.
Ferguson Police Chief to Finally Resign. Bye. | Jezebel
Ding dong the racist asshole is dead (professionally)!
Goodbye, Tom Jackson and a hearty fuck you for good measure.
I'm glad to see some improvements made in Ferguson.
Reports of Police shooting today BBC
Police Accused of Confiscating Camera as "Evidence" After Two Cops Shot in Ferguson | PINAC
A wheelchair-bound live streamer said police confiscated her phone as “evidence” this morning after two cops were shot during a protest in Ferguson.
But the footage ended up online, capturing the sounds of gunshots and what appears to be the cries of a man in pain, apparently one of the cops who had just been shot.
The grainy footage also captures what appears to be the flash of a muzzle, but it does not capture the actual shooter nor does it capture the two cops who were shot, one who was shot in the face, the other who was shot in the shoulder.
The live streamer, whose name is Heather De Mian, posted the following on Twitter, where she goes by the username, @MissJupiter1957.
As of this time, she has not responded to interview requests from PINAC for further details. Here are clips from her live stream channel of the protest prior to the shooting.
Under the law, police can only confiscate cameras without a subpoena if it has been used in the commission of a crime or if there are perceived “exigent circumstances,” meaning there is probable cause to believe the footage will be destroyed, which is a habit that police mostly practice.
They are also supposed to ask the citizen for a copy of the footage if they believe it contains evidence, giving the citizen the opportunity to provide the footage without having it subpoenaed.
VIDEO: Two Officers Shot Near Ferguson Police Department | Riverfront Times
Two police officers were wounded early Thursday morning after being struck by gunfire near the Ferguson Police Department.
One of the officers, from the Webster Groves department, is a 32-year-old, 7-year veteran of law enforcement, according to a press release. The other officer is a 41-year-old,14-year veteran from the St. Louis County department.
The Webster Groves officer was shot in the face, while the St. Louis County officer was shot in the shoulder. Officials described the injuries as non life-threatening, although both officers are being treated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and are in serious condition.
The gunfire followed a night of renewed protests outside the Ferguson Police Department. Bradley Rayford, a freelance videographer who has reported extensively from Ferguson, said he saw three or four muzzle flashes coming from the top of a tree-shaded hill on Tiffin Avenue, which intersects with South Florissant Road, where the police department is located.
Two Officers Shot During Protest Near Ferguson Police Department | NBC News
Two police officers shot in Ferguson, Missouri, after chief quits | Reuters
Two Officers Shot Outside Ferguson Police Department | Wall Street Journal
Several Taken in for Questioning in Shooting of Two Officers in Ferguson | Riverfront Times
Raw Video and Tweets from Eye Witnesses of Ferguson Cop Shooting
Why Was an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Tracking a Black Lives Matter Protest? | The Intercept
Members of an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force tracked the time and location of a Black Lives Matter protest last December at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, email obtained by The Intercept shows.
It had to be a rifle, right? 500 feet away ain't close enough for a pistol. Yeah, I'm sure there's going to be a very thorough investigation....right....
After Suspension, St. Louis Cop Indicted for Delivering Shotgun to Drug Dealers | Riverfront Times
Amid a renewed national fixation on Ferguson, you may have missed the dramatic scandal now brewing inside the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
News outlets citing anonymous police sources report that the indictment of a recently-suspended SLMPD officer is just the tip of the iceberg of a criminal investigation into a local drug ring. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that as many as twenty civilians and several officers may be involved. So far, the investigation has focused on one former SLMPD patrolman: Don McGhee.
According to an indictment handed down Wednesday in federal court, McGhee maintained connections to individuals distributing crack and marijuana from of a house on the 3800 block of Cottage Avenue.
On March 2, 2014, McGhee transported a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip to the drug house, the indictment continues. Two days later, the shotgun, along with ammunition and several other firearms, were recovered during police raid on the property.
McGhee now faces one felony charge for delivering the shotgun while "knowing, believing, or having reason to believe that the drug dealer would use the shotgun in relation to and in furtherance of the drug trafficking." On Thursday, he turned himself in to authorities, pleaded not guilty and was released on $20,000 bail.
If that weren't enough to raise eyebrows, McGhee was reportedly the target of a December drive-by shooting that put him in the hospital for a week with wounds to his leg. During the shootout, McGhee returned fire and killed Terrell Beasley, and hours later Beasley's body was discovered in a burning car. Dominic Lamont Irons, a parolee, was later charged for driving the vehicle from which Beasley shot McGhee, but no motive has yet been established for why they targeted him.
What a bizarre story- drive by shooting of criminal cop by criminal, criminal cop kills criminal and someone drives the car away, sets the kid on fire. Brilliant. That must have been a coverup.
Arrest made in shooting of Ferguson, Missouri, police officers - police | Daily Mail
An arrest has been made in connection with last week's shooting of two police officers during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis County Police Department said on Sunday in a press release.
St. Louis County officials will hold a press briefing at 1:30 pm CT on the arrest, according to the statement.
Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 5 hours ago
As he's told everyone else, Bishop Derek Robinson tells me Jeffrey Williams told him he had never attended a protest prior to Wednesday.
Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 5 hours ago
Per Robinson, Williams claims he was robbed and "shot in the air" at robber. Regrets that shots hit police officers.
Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 5 hours ago
According to Robinson, Williams was beaten by police last night, and his chest and body covered in bruises that the minister says he saw.
Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 5 hours ago
Robinson - who is one of the most frequent protesters - says he's seen Williams once before, at a church event. Never at a Ferguson protest.
Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 5 hours ago
Disclaimer for bloggers who don't understand this: this is me reporting what a named source said in interview, not me weighing in personally.
Matt Pearce @mattdpearce · 5 hours ago
Jeffrey Williams' girlfriend talks to the Post-Dispatch. Consistent with what I'm seeing.
Chris King @chriskingstl · 4 hours ago
Fact: STL County Police chief and prosecutor are not authorities on who is or isn't a protestor, but protestors are.
Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 19 minutes ago
Our latest on Jeffrey Williams, the 20-year-old in custody for the shooting of 2 police officers in Ferguson:
Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 20 minutes ago
Was he a protest regular? Prob not. Did he target the officers? We don't know. Will this hurt the protests? We'll see.
Pictorial evidence on Williams and his girlfriend's failbook pages has since come out that he was, in fact, at Wednesday's protest and other protests, as well. In fact, he was standing next to one and/or more than one known/popular protest-supporter livestreamers in said pictures. He also allegedly claims to have participated in looting during the protests from as early as the riots immediately following Brown's death and along with pictorial evidence discusses it on more than those social media forums mentioned, above. As for the tweets not crossed out above, time will tell. Pearce actually interviewed the girlfriend and others who actually spoke with witnesses. Lowery just went by hearsay, and admits it.
As far as protestors who were "surveyed" as to whether Williams participated in protesting or asked if they knew him, they are part of the "core" group of well-known protestors. The majority of them are NOT residents of St. Louis/Ferguson, and most of them travel extensively, so do not protest in Ferguson on a regular basis, but rather travel frequently to destinations such as DC, NYC, Chicago, Selma, Minneapolis, Atlanta, etc. They seriously are unable to reliably determine who is protesting on each occasion since August, 2014. Even back then, most of them did not attend the protests daily, and weren't on the front lines.Protestors come and go. If one is not there for every single protest, and at every single venue, and speaks with every single individual, well then...Also, remember many mask up, wear bandannas, etc.
I wouldn't put much credence into their recollections (media whoring withstanding), or what their "friends" in media have to say at this point. After the evidence that Williams, indeed, HAD been protesting in Ferguson was blasted on Twitter, each of that core group's Twitter accounts went interestingly and immediately silent either completely or on the topic itself, unlike earlier this morning when conspiracy theories ran rampant <KKK, COINTELPRO, police shooting themselves, McCullouch is a liar, etc.>
There is a feeling of panic beginning to spread among the core protestor community, as one streamer had gone so far as to dox a white pro-LEO Twitter "troll" last night as the probably shooter, committing outright libel on one and possible two innocent individuals. Perhaps some of this fear is that some possible are relying on the gofundme gravy train of sorts, and between Josh Williams <confessed arsonist> and now Jeff Williams <confessed shooter> the protestors aren't looking to be as peaceful as they'd like the world to view them. Just some people's view...
So, let's just wait and see what comes out in the wash over the next few days/weeks before we copy/paste everyone's Twitter feeds PLEASE.
As an aside, this streamer fashions herself a wannabe anon, is communicating with anons who (according to respecting long-time anons have put them in some dangerous situations) and is a whack job of epic proportions. I have spoken with respected, long-term anons from high places who have expressed concerns about the rag tag newbie Anons who are "helping" some of the Ferguson protestors.
I know, I, personally, don't want to spread someone's assumptions/gossip/moonbattery. Pearce (LA Times) was trying to give Lowery (Wash Post) basically the same advice.
Gotta be careful what's spread/put in print because libel under the law can even be considered when spreading info from one printed site to another.
Maybe just put a link to the tweeter and let people go look for themselves? Just a thought.
Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 50 minutes ago
Darren Wilson spoke on Friday night at a fundraiser held for him by a STL-area law enforcement legal support group.
This is from the Hunt For Justice page on Facebook:
Thank you Darren Wilson for being our guest and speaking to the HFJ Trivia crowd. You inspired the crowd and we are truly grateful! It was an honor to stand with you and we look forward to the future!
And a good thought at that! I want to read people's own ideas about what is going on. If I want a run down of tweets I would go to Twitter. Fortunately after two locked account incidents I'm out anyway.
My thoughts on Ferguson and the wider issues? They'll keep until I have collected all the info I need to make an informed decision.
Dr. Cornel West Interview - David Letterman
In those early hours and early days, there was more unknown than known. But this month, the Justice Department released two must-read investigations connected to the killing of Brown that filled in blanks, corrected the record and brought sunlight to dark places by revealing ugly practices that institutionalized racism and hardship. They have also forced me to deal with two uncomfortable truths: Brown never surrendered with his hands up, and Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.
Mall of America Security Catfished Black Lives Matter Activists, Documents Show | The Intercept
Documents obtained by The Intercept indicate that security staff at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota used a fake Facebook account to monitor local Black Lives Matter organizers, befriend them, and obtain their personal information and photographs without their knowledge.
Here's a press release from today:
Following Ferguson DOJ Report, National Lawyers Guild's Anti-Racism Committee and The United People of Color Caucus Demand Immediate Overhaul of Racist Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.
Contact: Tasha Moro
NLG Communications Coordinator
212-679-5100, ext. 15
In light of the Department of Justice’s recentscathing report on law enforcement practices in Ferguson, MO, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) of the NLG, and the NLG Anti-Racism Committee (ARC), join communities impacted by police violence to condemn the actions of the Ferguson Police Department and call for increased oversight and accountability for law enforcement systems nationwide. Furthermore, the recent killings of 19-year-old Tony Robinson by a Madison, WI police officer, and 43-year-old Charly “Africa” Leundeu Keunang in Los Angeles, CA, are a reminder that the Ferguson PD is not exceptional. Rather, the violations highlighted by the DOJ are systemic and national in scope, resulting in a reality where one of every threeBlack men in the United States will spend time in prison and every28 hours, a Black person in the country is killed by a police officer or private security; .
The DOJ report highlights a number of egregious violations on the part of the Ferguson PD. First, review of correspondence between city officials and interviews with police officers show that “Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs.” As a result, policing assignments are geared toward “aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code,” and both stops without reasonable suspicion and arrests without probable cause are ubiquitous in violation of the First and Fourth Amendments. The municipal court aggravates the devastating impact of theseunconstitutional policing practices by using “its judicial authority as the means to compel the payment of fines and fees that advance the City’s financial interests.” In 2013, there were 1.5 times the number of offenses as Ferguson residents, a number even Ferguson PD admits is “staggering.”
Moreover, the racial bias is undeniably rampant. Data in the report shows that African Americans account for 85% of vehicle stops, 90% of citations, and 93% of arrests made by Ferguson PD officers, despite comprising less than 70% of Ferguson’s population. African Americans are more than twice as likely to be searched during vehicle stops than white people. Nearly 90% of documented force used by FPD officers was used against African Americans, including every documented incident of a canine bite. These statistics demonstrating racial bias are hardly shocking; rather they mirror statistics showing racially discriminatory stop and search practices in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, and elsewhere around the United States.
The NLG stands in solidarity with communities harmed by widespread racial bias and aggressive law enforcement tactics like those revealed in the DOJ’s Ferguson report. These practices are not only morally unacceptable—they are illegal and unconstitutional. In the context of increasingly betterfunded, militarized, and technologically advanced police departments, such practices perpetuate state violence against communities of color rather than protecting public safety. TUPOCC co-chair Oren Nimni states, “The NLG stands in full support of those actively resisting these policies and practices. We are encouraged by the work of Black Lives Matter activists in Ferguson and nationwide which has brought much needed public attention to the racially discriminatory policing practices that caused the deaths of Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tony Robinson, and countless others. While we can and should continue to push for legal reform, it is also abundantly clear that the legal system sanctions and incentivizes the repression of Black communities, and that resistance is required.” ARC co-chair Hannah Adams adds, “the NLG Anti-Racism Committee condemns any use of the legal system to perpetuate systemic racism and violence against communities of color. NLG members join the Black Lives Matter movement in calling for an immediate overhaul of law enforcement systems that enact racial violence."
The National Lawyers Guild was formed in 1937 as the nation's first racially integrated bar association to advocate for the protection of constitutional, human, and civil rights. To learn more about the work of NLG's ARC and TUPOCC, follow them on Facebook here and here.
Hannity is an asshole!
A Message From AnonIntelGroup (By @88blackhatss )
Posted on March 19, 2015
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They hide their sins behind a badge and call us terrorists when we protest. We march for peace and in return we get arrested , pepper sprayed and harassed. They clearly have no emotion towards us yet when one of them get murdered we sympathize. Sympathize with our very own murderers because we have heart.
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Ferguson Shootings - Which Ones Are Murder?
Russel Brand is a twat.
The only "twat" around here is you.
Play nice, people!
"All we seek is freedom and equality for all." - anonintelgroup - above.
There you have it!
That's what we strive for
That's what we encourage others to strive for
That's what we petition local and national government for
That's why we are!
Man who posted Facebook threat to shoot Darren Wilson is sentenced in Washington state
By Martha Bellisle, Associated Press
A Washington state man who posted Facebook comments threatening to shoot former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will avoid prison but has been ordered to stay off social media sites in a case that is part of a broader legal debate about when social media rants go beyond hyperbole and become a crime.
Before U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik handed down Jaleel Abdul-Jabbaar's sentence Thursday, he said it was one of the hardest he has had to decide. He noted that in a separate case — the recent killings of two New York police officers — the gunman posted Facebook threats before shooting the officers.
But Lasnik accepted the defense argument that Abdul-Jabbaar's comments were simply a strong reaction to the unfolding events in Ferguson, and he had no intention of following through on his threat to shoot Wilson.
Abdul-Jabbaar told the judge he made a mistake, "and it won't be repeated."
The judge agreed that the two months Abdul-Jabbaar already spent behind bars was enough and ordered three years of supervised release.
In arguing for government monitoring of Abdul-Jabbaar's computer, Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg said: "It's OK to be frustrated, it's OK to be angry about current events, and it's OK to express that frustration. But our society cannot tolerate the type of violent threats the defendant made."
Abdul-Jabbaar pleaded guilty Feb. 2 for posting a threat against Wilson on Facebook that included a call to "give back those bullets that Police Officer Darren Wilson fired into the body of Mike Brown."
Federal prosecutors said Abdul-Jabbaar posted inflammatory messages for months after the Aug. 9 killing of Brown sparked protests nationwide. Assistant Federal Public Defender Kyana Givens said each note was in response to the news of the day out of Ferguson.
The Daily Show - Mighty Morphin' Position Changers
Published by Comedy Central on March 20, 2015
Fox News fails to provide coverage of the DOJ report that revealed widespread, systemic racism in the Ferguson, MO police department.
Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson | Associated Press
A video journalist arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was fatally shot last summer plans to fight the charges at trial.
St. Louis-based videographer Mary Moore said she wants her reputation, and her criminal record, cleared. Moore was among 13 people taken into custody during a demonstration outside Ferguson police headquarters in early October, and was charged with municipal violations.
Protests have continued since Brown, who was black and unarmed, was shot and killed Aug. 9 by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Moore is one of an estimated two dozen journalists from around the world and among the hundreds of people who've been arrested in Ferguson.
Moore, whose videos have been used by The Associated Press, TV networks and other news organizations, is among the few journalists to actually go to court. She was charged with failure to comply, failure to disperse and resisting arrest. She said she was not part of the protest, but was simply documenting it on video.
Ferguson's city attorney said Tuesday that Moore was "was participating in the protest and attempted to interfere ... by locking arms with other protesters."
"There was no resisting," Moore said Monday in a phone interview. "I'm not an idiot."
Moore's case was set for trial in late June at a brief hearing Tuesday morning in Ferguson's municipal court - the same venue singled out in a withering U.S. Department of Justice report that found the St. Louis suburb operated a profit-driven system that heightened tensions among black residents for years before Brown's death.
The Missouri Supreme Court appointed a state appeals court judge to hear cases in Ferguson's courtroom following the ouster of the private-practice attorney who previously presided there. Moore said she is considering whether to seek a change of venue to St. Louis County Circuit Court.
The San Francisco-based Freedom of the Press Foundation tracked 19 journalist arrests in August - including two at a McDonald's just days after Brown's death - one in September, two in October and two in November. Trevor Timm, executive director of the foundation, said charges were not filed in most cases.
St. Louis Reserve Cop Blames DUI on Ferguson | NYMag
A part-time reserve officer in the St. Louis suburb of St. Ann was recently arrested for a DUI, but he has a reason for his bad behavior: Ferguson made him do it.
Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Klaus was arrested on Saturday for operating a motor vehicle while impaired after he drunkenly crashed his Dodge Dakota into a St. Louis house. Klaus was reportedly apologetic about the accident, and claimed he started drinking after the stress of volunteering with the Ferguson police department began to get to him.
“That’s what he said, and we had zero problem with him before,” St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez told the St Louis Dispatch. “He was not a drinker and had no substance abuse when he took the lie detector test."
Klaus hasn't been charged for the DUI, and authorities say he likely won't be.
Ferguson grand jury wanted to make public statement, documents reveal | Yahoo News
A week before the Ferguson grand jury chose not to charge police Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, it was denied a request to make a public statement about the controversial case, court documents filed Friday reveal.
It’s unknown what the 12 jurors wanted to say or what prompted them to seek an opportunity to be heard after the case was decided. The refusal came from St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Carolyn Whittington.
The surprising request surfaced in an ongoing federal lawsuit of a grand juror against St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. The juror, identified in court papers as Grand Juror Doe, seeks the court’s permission to speak publicly about his experience and wants immunity from prosecution.
On Friday, McCulloch filed arguments and exhibits to bolster his motion for U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel to dismiss the case.
Settlement reached: Police must warn before use of tear gas or other chemical agents | St. Louis American
The three agencies that made up the "unified command" during protests in Ferguson over the summer will have to provide warning before using tear gas or other chemical agents to disperse peaceful crowds.
The requirement settles a lawsuit Ferguson protesters brought against the St. Louis County police, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The agencies were sued for their use of tear gas and pepper spray during the protests that followed both the shooting death of Michael Brown in August, and the November announcement that former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not face criminal charges in Brown's death. The plaintiffs alleged that officers acting under the orders of the unified command violated their right to free speech and assembly by indiscriminately using chemical agents against peaceful protesters who were often given no way to escape.
"It was an extreme situation, but frankly it's something that we may see again in the future if there are continued protests," said Thomas Harvey, the executive director of the Arch City Defenders and one of three attorneys who represented the protesters.
The lawsuit cites several incidents in which police used tear gas, Mace or pepper spray indiscriminately, but the one that garnered the most attention was an incident the night of the grand jury decision at MoKaBe's, a coffee shop in Tower Grove South that had become a headquarters for protesters. The lawsuit alleges that without warning, police fired several tear gas canisters at the cafe, which filled with tear gas. Protesters who tried to leave through the back were caught in an alley that was also filled with gas. St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson denied all the charges, and said the gas was being used against individuals attempting to destroy property along South Grand Avenue.
Ferguson The Play? Documentary Filmmaker Staging Michael Brown Case Grand Jury Testimony
Audiences in Los Angeles will soon get to judge the merits of the Michael Brown case in dramatic readings of the grand jury witness testimony in the controversial police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, Deadline Hollywood reported Sunday. Theater Verite Collective will preview “Ferguson” for four nights next month at the Odyssey Theatre after which the audience will act as grand jurors and decide if former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should have been indicted in Brown’s death last year.
In the play, the audience will hear witness testimony exactly as the Ferguson grand jury heard it after the Aug. 9 shooting. Brown, an 18-year-old African-American who was unarmed when Wilson fatally shot him, became the lightning rod for violent protests and demonstrations around the nation. The Ferguson grand jury decided against charging Wilson in November. Findings of federal investigation, while also clearing Wilson of civil rights violations, disputed several witness accounts of Brown surrendering with his hands raised before he was shot.
“There are 5,000 separate documents in the grand jury testimony and there are 20 different perspectives from law enforcement and forensic experts, but a lot of it was from eyewitness testimony and even Brown’s friend,” said Phelim McAleer, who is the playwright and a regular New York Post columnist. “There were liars on both sides and everyone I’ve shown the script to were shocked by the details of it that they didn’t know.”
The theater group plans to tour the play and will eventually stage it in Ferguson, Deadline reported. The play is being crowdfunded through Indiegogo, much like McAleer’s previous projects. His most recent success was with last year's campaign for the documentary “Gosnell,” about the abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. The Indiegogo fundraiser for Gosnell became site’s most successful ever, raising more than $2.25 million in 45 days.
Journalists file US lawsuit against Ferguson police | AFP
Three German reporters and an American journalist are suing police in the Missouri town of Ferguson over their treatment during racially charged riots last year, a press watchdog confirmed Wednesday.
Reporters Without Borders said it "fully supports" the legal action against the Ferguson Police Department by the journalists who allege battery, false arrest and unreasonable search and seizure.
The four journalists are American reporter Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept and Germans Ansgar Graw (Die Welt), Frank Herrmann (Der Standard) and Lukas Hermsmeier (Bild).
The four filed suit on Monday, with two alleging police shot at them with rubber bullets before detaining them in jail for a night.
"It may sound naive, but I never assumed the possibility of police officers shooting at journalists in a manageable situation like this," Hermsmeier told The Intercept, which published the full complaint.
Intercept Reporter Files Suit Against Ferguson Police | The Intercept
I read comedian Chris Rock has been taking selfies of himself being pulled over by cops.
Three times in the last 7 weeks (I think that is what he said)
what constitutes a proper warning? "hey"?
And what is the wait time before they take "action"?
It is specified? How can it be when each incident is different?
I think this will be just another case of the cops saying "yes I did" and the victims saying "no you didn't" and the cops will use their spin as usual as to why they did what they did.
But at the VERY least, at least it's not another step backwards.
And they are not rolling this out completely until Aug 15th? WHY the wait?
in some incidents, how can there be enough time to get away from tear gas and or pepper spray?
Just because someone warns you that they are going to do something, doesn't mean you have ample time to get away from it. This is where the problems will be.
Chris Rock: "Driving While Black" Repeat Offender
Published by The Young Turks on April 2, 2015
"Stopped by the cops again wish me luck."
That's the message Chris Rock paired with a selfie on Monday, capturing what is apparently the third time in just seven weeks the comedian has been pulled over by police. It's not known why police stopped Rock during these three separate incidents, but the succinct caption alone sums up what's clearly a routine event for him as a black man in America driving what we can assume is a nice car.
Rock has long been a vocal critic of racial profiling. In a December interview with New York magazine, Rock talked candidly about the everyday racism he encounters with his family, despite being one of the most well-known and respected comedians in the country. "I mean, I almost cry every day," he told Frank Rich. "I drop my kids off and watch them in the school with all these mostly white kids, and I got to tell you, I drill them every day: Did anything happen today? Did anybody say anything? They look at me like I am crazy."
Read more here:
Ferguson Killings Empower Police Accountability Advocates Seeking Change
If you have a cell phone you too can be the media.
You don’t need a press pass or a degree, you just need a desire show the truth as it happened.
Get out there and be prepared to video what goes on around you, to video record not just for likes but for your ability to tell the truth.
Get out there and “Be the Media.”
Take it as it is...but I think this dude is really opening up!
This is not what I thought he was going to say, just looking at him.
"The police confused her with another woman who shared her name - sans the middle initial. She was jailed for two days."
How St. Louis Police Robbed My Family of $1,000 (and How I'm Trying To Get It Back) | The Intercept
Thanks for this story I hadn't seen.i hope he gets the $1000 back and clears his mothers name.
It's a very clear example of the stuff police and the courts get away with in that area
Fox News Says ‘Minority Communities’ Need To be ‘Trained’ To be ‘More Sensitive To The Police’
Unfucking believable. More moronic bullshit from the FOX NEWS fuckwits!
During an episode of Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, the show’s host Jeanine Pirro asked her viewers whether the problem is with police officers or with “minorities.” In an “Instapoll” conducted by the show, she asked whether cops need to be retrained to be more sensitive to the needs of so-called “minority” communities, or whether those communities need to be “trained” to be “more sensitive” to the police.
Can you guess the results of the “Instapoll”?
Continued - http://theantimedia.org/fox-news-minority-communities-need-to-be-more-sensitive-police/
Missouri Guard on Ferguson protesters: 'Enemy forces' | CNN
By Barbara Starr and Wesley Bruer
As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as "enemy forces" and "adversaries" to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN.
The guard came to Ferguson to support law enforcement officers, whom many community leaders and civil rights activists accused of using excessive force and inflaming an already tense situation in protests that flared sporadically from August through the end of the year.
The National Guard's language, contained in internal mission briefings obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, is intensifying the concerns of some who objected to the police officers' actions in putting down riots. They broke out after the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by city police officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the case.
"It's disturbing when you have what amounts to American soldiers viewing American citizens somehow as the enemy," said Antonio French, an alderman in St. Louis.
The documents obtained by CNN also detail that the Missouri National Guard was concerned about perceptions of its deployment, with superiors later telling troops to stop using heavily militarized language to describe protesters.
Michael Brown Memorial Tree One of Two Destroyed in Ferguson | Riverfront Times
On Saturday, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association dedicated a memorial in January-Wabash Park in Ferguson honoring Michael Brown.
By Sunday, the memorial had already been destroyed -- the tree planted in Brown's honor damaged, and the stone memorial missing, KMOV (CHannel 4) reports.
As it turns out, however, two trees at the January-Wabash Park were damaged this weekend, and now two plaques are missing, says activist Tony Rice, who visited the site this morning. The tree featured in the KMOV report that was completely destroyed was dedicated to someone else -- the Michael Brown tree was damaged but still has some leafy green leaves on top.
However, both trees are missing their plaques. Brown's had said simply, "In Memory of Michael Brown Jr. Dedicated tree 4/15."
Michael Brown family to file wrongful death suit against Ferguson, Mo. | LA Times
Michael Brown's parents will sue Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday for the wrongful death of their son, their attorneys confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.
The specifics of the suit will not be released until after a news conference, which the family will hold at 10:30 a.m. local time in front of the St. Louis County courthouse, said Adner Marcelin, a spokesman for the Brown family attorneys, late Wednesday.
The Ferguson police department still has 2 1/2 stars on Google reviews
Michael Brown's Parents File Civil Suit Against Ferguson And Former Officer | NPR
The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed man whom a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed last August, have filed a civil lawsuit against the city, along with former police chief Thomas Jackson and Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, 18.
The lawsuit was filed by Michael Brown, Sr., and Lesley McSpadden at the St. Louis County Courthouse this morning. It says Wilson "unjustifiably shot and killed" Brown, using "an unnecessary and unreasonable" amount of force.
You can read the lawsuit at the St. Louis Public Radio site. It says that Jackson was responsible for hiring, training, and supervising Wilson.
Parents of Michael Brown to file wrongful death suit | St. Louis Public Radio
The full court filing is below:
Michael Brown’s Family Files Civil Lawsuit Against Ferguson | Wall Street Journal
The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive damages, $75,000 in compensatory damages and the appointment of a monitor to oversee the city’s use-of-force practices for up to five years. The plaintiffs in the suit include the city, former police chief Thomas Jackson and former officer Darren Wilson.
A look into Ferguson's pricey pick to negotiate DOJ settlement
By Christine Byers and Stephen Deere, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 2, 2015
In the days following a Department of Justice report accusing Ferguson’s police and municipal court of widespread abuses, the city made a series of conciliatory moves. Three employees involved in racist emails were forced out. The city manager stepped down. So did the police chief and municipal judge.
Less than a month later, on March 27, a City Council that’s been grappling with declining revenues voted unanimously in a closed meeting to hire one of the nation’s most distinguished and highest-price trial lawyers to navigate what could be a prolonged and expensive reform process.
His name is Dan K. Webb. The city of Ferguson is paying him $1,335 an hour.
Webb’s hourly rate is nearly double the highest billing rate in Missouri in 2014, which, according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly, was $700 an hour.
The city fought to keep the engagement letter secret. For two weeks, it refused to release a copy of the letter to the Post-Dispatch, arguing that it was privileged communication that could reveal the city’s litigation strategy. After the Post-Dispatch argued that it was illegal to keep the document secret under the state’s open records law, the city council voted in a closed meeting Thursday night to release it. Still, the city did not turn over the letter until just before 5 p.m. Friday.
Webb will play a key role in working with the Justice Department, which spent seven months investigating Ferguson’s police department and municipal court after the death of Michael Brown. The department concluded that the police shooting of Brown was justified, but said the city had tolerated a culture of police brutality while pressuring the police chief and court officials to increase traffic enforcement and fees without regard to public safety.
Now it’s up to the two sides to negotiate an agreement for reforming the police department and municipal court. Then, if the process plays out as it has elsewhere, the city will pay for a federal monitor to ensure that Ferguson keeps its promises. In other places, the process has taken years and has cost police departments across the country millions.
Ferguson is already reeling from financial setbacks, and has already had to dip into its reserves.
None of the council members who voted to hire Webb returned phone calls from the Post-Dispatch.
The costs may become an issue in Ferguson, where city officials are already worrying about bankruptcy.
Brian Fletcher, a council member who was elected in April, after Webb was hired, said Ferguson has lost sales tax revenue from businesses destroyed in the riots last year, collected less in court fines and fees, paid officers more in overtime and had higher-than-normal legal bills.
He said that the city is facing a $2 million to $3 million deficit for the fiscal year that ends on June 30, and will likely face a similar deficit next year. That’s without the cost of implementing any reforms or paying Webb’s legal bill.
TC @tchopstl · 1 hour ago
Wow, I can't believe StL Metro Police shot the wife of a white sheriff's department lieutenant. This is going to get insane.
Woman disputes account of sister's shooting by St. Louis police
The sister of a 38-year-old woman shot by St. Louis police officers responding to a Friday night report of an intruder at a Chippewa Street home is disputing the law enforcement account of the incident.
Becky Morgan, of Cedar Hill, on Sunday accused police of firing 16 bullets into the back of her sister, Jennifer Morgan-Tyra.
Morgan said the wounds paralyzed Morgan-Tyra, the wife of a lieutenant with the St. Louis city sheriff's office. The couple had plans to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary later Friday night. Morgan-Tyler is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital.
Officials announced on Sunday that prosecutors filed warrants charging Morgan-Tyra with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action.
According to the St. Louis police account, officers observed an unidentified screaming male fleeing the residence when they responded to a disturbance call in the 4200 block of Chippewa at approximately 7 p.m. Friday. Inside the home, officers encountered a "female armed with a weapon," the report says. Police said the woman refused an order to drop the firearm and "began to raise the weapon toward the officers. Fearing for his safety, one of the officers fired his department-issued firearm at the suspect, striking her in the chest." Authorities say it "appears" the woman fired "at least one shot."
Morgan said her sister summoned police after encountering an intruder in the residence, which is occupied by a disabled brother. Morgan claims the gun was not loaded. Morgan-Tyra and other family members assist in caring for the brother on a rotating basis, Morgan said. The injured woman has a room in the residence, which was owned by her late mother, but does not reside there.
Morgan-Tyra, according to her sister, was holding an intruder at bay with a 9-millimeter handgun when the police entered the home. Morgan said she has been told her sister responded to the demand that she drop the weapon by pointing the barrel toward the floor. Morgan accused police of firing the shots as as Morgan-Tyra turned away. Morgan-Tyra, the daughter of a former Manchester police officer, is an accountant.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. The police Force Investigation Unit is examining the circumstances.
Hi Wrong Guy. The stolen babies story and Tamir Rice story are in separate threads now.
Wisconsin police violence thread
SIXTEEN bullets into her back?
Administrative leave? no fire those fuckers and press charges!
Dozens of Ferguson-related reforms were proposed in Missouri. Just one passed
By Niraj Chokshi, The Washington Post, May 16, 2015
The Missouri legislature ended its session Friday night having passed virtually none of the reforms activists sought in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.
Activists had been tracking more than 60 bills related to criminal justice and policing, but just one of substance had made its way out of the legislature.
“This was such an opportunity for the Missouri legislature to step up and do the right thing. The people of the state called on our lawmakers to fix this broken system,” said Denise Lieberman a senior attorney for the Advancement Project, a civil rights group, and co-chair of the Don’t Shoot Coalition, a group formed to address policy reform after Brown’s shooting.
When the session began in early January, advocates had high hopes for, at the very least, a fruitful discussion. They were encouraged, they said, by word from the legislative black caucus that legislative leadership and the governor were supportive of their efforts. But, in the end, several expressed frustration with the course the legislature took.
“To now, at this point, see every piece of legislation that they put forward get stifled, get choked out, it’s disheartening,” said Montague Simmons, chairman and executive director of the Organization for Black Struggle, a black political empowerment organization.
The scores of bills — introduced mostly by the legislature’s few Democrats — offered a menu of reforms. They would have developed standards for eyewitness identification, required body cameras, restricted police from racial profiling, required diversity and sensitivity training, and modified state rules governing the use of lethal force, something Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon threw his support behind in his State of the State address.
The legislature did pass one bill advocates had been calling for, which was aimed at limiting municipal reliance on fines for revenue, a practice highlighted in a scathing Justice Department report on Ferguson released earlier this year. The bill lowers the cap on how much revenue a municipality can generate from traffic tickets from 30 percent to 20 percent statewide and to 12.5 percent in St. Louis County, which is plagued by excessive traffic violations and is home to Ferguson. The bill also bans courts from throwing individuals in jail over minor traffic offenses.
Missouri lawmakers quit early, failing to pass Ferguson-inspired changes to deadly force law
By David A. Lieb, Associated Press, May 15, 2015
Missouri lawmakers concluded a tumultuous annual session Friday, ending their work ahead of a deadline while failing to pass a bill rewriting the state's deadly force standards for police in response to last summer's fatal shooting in Ferguson.
The House quit about 10 minutes early, and the Senate nearly three hours ahead of the mandatory 6 p.m. adjournment — conceding that there was nothing further they could pass because of partisan divisions.
Democrats stalled virtually all Senate action as a show of displeasure after the Republican majority used a rare procedural motion to shut off debate and force a vote earlier this week on a right-to-work bill barring the mandatory collection of union fees.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday that he will veto the bill and gave no indication that he would call a special session for any of the unfinished business.
Democrats briefly relented from their blockade Friday to allow approval of a bill reauthorizing $3.6 billion of annual health care provider taxes for the state's Medicaid program. That was the only bill they let come to a vote.
The House spent its final day voting to send 31 measures to Nixon, often stripping off their own amendments to avoid sending the bills back to the clogged-up Senate.
But the House had its own drama. House Speaker John Diehl resigned Friday morning, two days after a news report that he had exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with a Capitol intern. House Majority Leader Todd Richardson then was elected by colleagues to take over for Diehl and pledged to get the chamber back to its businesses of passing bills.
"Obviously, over the past weeks and months, it has been a rather difficult session at times for a variety of reasons," Richardson, of Poplar Bluff, said, "but as we've had a chance to take stock of it, we are excited about what we were able to accomplish this session."
Before their troubled final week, legislators had passed a $26 billion budget, approved a bonding plan for state building improvements and overridden Nixon's veto of a bill cutting the length of time low-income families can receive welfare benefits.
They also passed a bill limiting the powers and revenues of municipal courts — prompted in part by concerns raised by protesters and a U.S. Justice Department report that said the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has used its law enforcement system as a revenue-generating machine.
One bill that died Friday would have redefined when police can use deadly force — a response to the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The bill needed one final vote from senators, which did not occur.
Let’s have fun contrasting John Diehl’s public opinions on sex and gender with his sexts with a college freshman
By Amanda Marcotte, Raw Story, May 14, 2015
Anti-choice, anti-gay, generally all-around gross guy claiming his hatefulness is “Christian” John Diehl has been, to absolutely no one’s surprise, caught sexting with a teenager. And probably fucking her, though there’s always a very slim chance that she and he were just engaged in an elaborate erotic role-play by phone. (Kidding. He says in the texts that he’s fucking her, so I think it’s safe to say there’s an upwards of 90% chance he did.)
Obligatory response to the inevitable conservatives claiming hypocrisy because of how they assume I must feel about Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky: Sorry, you’re wrong. The direct quote you’re looking for: “icky, borderline predatory behavior”.
Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, let’s get into the good stuff. Because John Diehl is the speak of the Missouri House of Representatives, one of the state legislatures that is most swept up in the nationwide right wing panic over the fact that straight women and gay people are having sex and must be stopped. Unless they are nubile 18-year-olds sucking the cocks of important homophobic Republicans, of course. And so, I give to you some fun compare-and-contrast how John Diehl thinks sex is terrible for you — and you must face consequences — but good for him, and certainly nothing that requires consequences.
Hey, I'm just going to throw this out here. I made fun of all you asshats several months ago for a reason. If you want to keep going with a bullshit narrative and keep saying bullshit that isn't backed up by any facts (zero, zip, nada) well then be my guest...
Christ, I didn't even know I was posting in the Occupy Wall Street (I'm a cry baby, thank you daddy) forum. Sorry....
I'll refrain from having any common sense. Please continue to protest against capitalism with your iPhones.
No charges against St. Louis officer who killed VonDerrit Myers
"Given all the available facts, witness statements, physical and forensic evidence" prosecutors "have determined a criminal violation could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, charges will not be filed in this case."
someone just told me that Obama just signed a bill to demilitarize police forces.
Any police force who wants crazy weaponry and gear will have to go through a lot of red tape to get them?
Don't know if this is what was signed, too tired to look it up.
Yes, there are a couple of posts about it, starting here:
excellent. Hopefully taking away some of their "big toys" will help.
Police forces need a mandatory retrain and should be warned about the consequences of excessive and deadly force and that it will not be tolerated.
hey I can dream can't i?
As a matter of fact, the recommendations about the restricted items are noteworthy for what isn’t included: firm and thorough rules for law enforcement agencies which would mandate when and how to use military equipment which has previously been distributed.
Michael Brown Is Getting A Permanent Memorial In Ferguson
The announcement came on what would have been Brown's 19th birthday, and followed a press conference announcing that Canfield Drive, the street where Brown was shot, would be repaved within the week.
The street's being repaved now.
The dove was placed into the concrete this morning
and the memorial plaque was dedicated yesterday yesterday.
Seriously; why? And why does anyone here think he should have a pavement memorial. Everything that was pointed at the office doing "wrong" has been proven to be bullshit. Micheal Brown was a thug who robbed a local business 15 minutes before he got shot for assaulting a police officer.
Why the fuck do you think we should honor this shitbag?
Not trolling. Asking a serious question. Do you people not know the facts?
I can throw out some racist gifs too. Doesn't change the facts of the matter or what I'm asking about.
Why are we honoring someone who literally robbed a store 15 minutes before he got shot for assaulting a police officer?
deray mckesson @deray · 5 hours ago
So, I woke up to this. Hate is organized in America. And yes, I take this as a serious threat.
Operation Ferguson @OpFerguson · 47 minutes ago
Some self-styled "journalists" are about to discover that when you threaten the lives of protesters you lose the Anonymous media protection.
Operation Ferguson @OpFerguson · 12 minutes ago
Chucky boy may be suspended, but that doesn't mean Anonymous can't reach out and touch his life. We're coming Chuck, we're coming. | #vengence
Operation Ferguson @OpFerguson · 6 minutes ago
Chuck, Chuck, Chuck....man, dude you done fucked up so bad. Anons live to destroy dumb fucks like you. Good luck with what comes next, dick.
Operation Ferguson @OpFerguson · 1 minute ago
No one threatens our Ferguson Family. Not even journalists. Not even the motherfucking President. No one. | #Anonymous #Vendetta
Operation Ferguson @OpFerguson · 14 seconds ago
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I, also, would like to hear why this young man should get a dove embedded in a sidewalk. What, exactly, did he do to deserve this. Show your work.
I don't. I agree with you. Those plaques are supposed to be for heroes. It's disgusting. It's also been proven by DOJ's report that the "hands up/don't shoot" was a lie. Also, the Ferguson protestors have been funded by $33 Million dollars of Soros' money, and many of the paid agitators have since gone on to create riots and race-baiting in Baltimore and other places.
Serious answer: I know the facts. I posted the pics real time because I thought the wrong precedent had been started in Ferguson and that it was ridiculous.
Now, at page 55 of this thread you finally say this?
If it was all based on a lie, it means that black people are really racist and bigoted towards white people.
Judge Defers Ruling on Probe Into Handling of Ferguson Case | Associated Press
A judge on Friday deferred ruling on a request by activists for an independent probe of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, but he again gave strong indications he might toss the lawsuit.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Joseph Walsh III heard an hour of arguments over the lawsuit by four activists pressing for a special prosecutor to review St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch's handling of the process. Walsh said he would take the matter under advisement and start working on a ruling after his vacation planned for next week.
The hearing Friday continued one the judge began a month earlier, when he told the activists' attorneys an outside investigation might be unnecessary since the U.S. Justice Department declined to charge the white officer who shot and killed the unarmed, black 18-year-old. The county grand jury already had chosen not to prosecute officer Darren Wilson, who later resigned.
Lawyers for the activists argued that the grand jury decision in November was inappropriately influenced by McCulloch's conduct.
"Mr. McCulloch put his thumb on the scale," attorney Maggie Ellinger-Locke told the judge Friday. "I'm arguing the process was skewed from the beginning."
Walsh countered that McCulloch had assistant prosecutors run the grand jury proceedings and "wasn't the one asking the questions." The judge also pointed to the Justice Department probe that cleared Wilson. The federal agency did, however, release a scathing report that cited racial bias and racial profiling in Ferguson policing and in a profit-driven municipal court system that frequently targeted blacks.
"The Department of Justice doesn't take issue with anything that was done (during the grand jury process), and they came to the very same conclusion" as the grand jury, Walsh said.
He then told Ellinger-Locke: "You're just nitpicking at certain things that were done or not done."
Ellinger-Locke said the federal findings are irrelevant to the push for a special prosecutor. She insisted the scope of the U.S. government's investigation was merely to determine whether Wilson violated Brown's civil rights.
"These proceedings are about whether the grand jury process was conducted appropriately," she said.
Walsh retorted that the Justice Department did an independent probe that included FBI interviews of the same witnesses who offered grand jury testimony, and roughly a dozen of them corroborated Wilson's account.
Ellinger-Locke disagreed, saying, "I think he would have been indicted had this process been aboveboard."
The grand jury decision touched off angry, sometimes violent, protests in Ferguson similar to the unrest that occurred in the St. Louis suburb immediately after Brown's death in August. His shooting also led to demonstrations in other cities and spawned a national "Black Lives Matter" movement seeking changes in how police deal with minorities.
Black Drivers Were 75 Percent More Likely to Be Stopped Than White Ones, AG Says | Riverfront Times
Black drivers were significantly more likely to be stopped by police in Missouri in 2014 than white drivers, a new report from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has found.
In fact, the state's disparity index between black and white drivers -- which describes the difference between the rate at which members of each racial group are stopped, as measured against its share of the driving-age population -- is the highest it's been since Missouri began tracking that number in 2000, the AG says.
Protesters Were Tased on Sidewalk Before Arrest for "Impeding Traffic," Video Shows | Riverfront Times
On Friday night, police said, a peaceful protest ended in eight arrests after activists blocked traffic on a busy downtown street, refused officers' orders to return to the sidewalk and almost caused multiple car accidents. Two of the protesters resisted arrest, the department claimed, and had to be subdued with a taser.
But the story may not be quite that simple.
A disturbing video of some of those Friday night arrests is raising familiar questions about how the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responds to civil disobedience, the department's protocols for using tasers and the trustworthiness of its incident reports.
According to a protester arrested that night, the police-issued narrative ignores the full sequence of events that ended with two people -- including a University City school board member -- writhing in pain on the ground and charged for resisting arrest.
"I've seen it happen a few times, I've seen aggression from them," says LaShell Eikerenkoetter, a veteran protester who experienced her first arrest four days after the August 9 death of Michael Brown. "But to experience someone being tased next to me? Hearing her scream, and the police showing no concern? That was just something so heartless."
Here's the video, which shows SLMPD officers arresting protesters on a downtown sidewalk.
Who are "we" ? AFAIK, you are not involved in it.
Do you think you know all the facts ?
I posted it on page 55 of this thread because the pics I posted that I was referring to are on page 55, loser coward.
Kinda relevant and on time.
IT WAS ALL BASED ON A FALSE NARRATIVE,
YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY, RACE BAITER.
narrative ubers alles, that's the progressive way.
This seems to be a case of "When the legend becomes facts, print the legend."
LAPD finds officers were justified in fatal shooting of mentally ill man, sources say | LA Times
Your absence of answer speeaks volume, IMHO.
New Ferguson police chief tells blatant and disturbing lies throughout recent interview
By Shaun King
In Ferguson, Missouri, the much-maligned police department is under new management ... kind of. The interim chief is Al Eickhoff, a seasoned veteran of St. Louis area law enforcement. Brought in to replace the former chief, Tom Jackson, after a scathing DOJ report detailed rampant racism and discrimination within the department, the new chief, in so many disturbing ways, is more of the same old crap.
Giving his first in-depth interview with Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times, Eickhoff almost immediately slipped off into his own peculiar world of half-truths, strangeness, and outright lies. Either the new chief actually believes the mess he said in this interview, which is disturbing, or he is lying and knows it, which is also disturbing. Below, line by line, we'll address the quotes and thoughts that stand out the most.
Lie #1. "We got a lot of negative notoriety and it all stemmed from Michael Brown's body having to [lie] on the parking lot for 4.5 hours. The reason he was there for so long was because of hostile fire against our officers. We could not get to Michael Brown's body."
Yes, he really said that. The article continues here:
L.A. Police Commission faults officers in Ezell Ford shooting | LA Times
The Los Angeles Police Commission issued a mixed ruling Tuesday in last year’s killing of a mentally ill black man, finding that one officer was wrong to use deadly force but clearing another in the fatal shooting.
The board also faulted both officers for their decisions to draw their weapons at different points during the confrontation with Ezell Ford and disapproved of the tactics used by one of the officers.
The unanimous ruling brought to a close a 10-month investigation into a case that fanned anger and ignited protests over the use of deadly force by police.
Ford's death became a local touchstone in a year when a string of controversial killings of black men by police around the country spurred a national debate about race and policing. Ford, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, died two days after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which set off the outcry.
With their vote, the commission rejected a recommendation by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who believed both officers were right to open fire and had urged commissioners to clear both of any wrongdoing.
L.A.'s process for reviewing police shootings stinks
By Steve Lopez, LA Times
The questions dragged on and on. Why did police stop 25-year-old Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles on Aug. 11, 2014, and why did they end up shooting the unarmed man to death?
Few answers were forthcoming. No full explanation from police or anyone else about the death of a young man diagnosed, according to his mother, with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Try to put yourself in this situation. The police shoot and kill a member of your family and you can't get answers about why it happened, other than a vague explanation: Your son was stopped and then struggled with police.
In the name of protecting the investigative process and the privacy of the officers — legitimate concerns, to a point, but grossly overplayed here — you are told almost nothing. You hold a funeral not knowing why your son is going to his grave.
Witness accounts differ, nothing is conclusive, and the autopsy report is withheld for more than four months.
That's the way the police review system works in Los Angeles and much of California, and the public sits in the dark, waiting on findings it has no good way to judge.
Last week, the Times broke a story saying that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had determined that two officers involved in the shooting of Ford had acted within department policy, having stopped the young man because he had been walking away from a group of people toward an alley known for drug use.
Beck found the shooting justified because of evidence that Ford — who had no narcotics on him according to a source — got his hand on the holster holding one officer's gun.
The Police Commission's inspector general, however, raised concerns about whether there had been legal justification to stop Ford in the first place and determined the officers had acted inappropriately.
And even with that, details of what happened remained murky, the public grew restless and Mayor Eric Garcetti was following his usual M.O. — high controversy, low visibility.
The Police Commission, meanwhile, reviewed matters in private, and the public was left to wonder what was going on behind the scenes, and whether political pressure might influence an ultimate finding one way or another. And this process, as maddeningly long and secretive as it is, happens to be par for the course.
"I'd say currently, things here in Los Angeles are as transparent as mud," said Merrick Bobb of the Police Assessment Resource Center.
"There's too little information about officer-involved shootings and other uses of deadly force. It's hard enough just to get the name of the officer involved, and that's [because of] a combination of state law and other union-driven protections that have been enacted into law."
On Tuesday, Ford's mother, Tritobia Ford, appeared before the Police Commission and made a plea for justice. "He wanted to live," she said of her son. "He walked. He walked the streets. I didn't want him to walk the streets around there because I know it was unsafe. That was his right. And he didn't deserve to die for it."
A few hours later, in a dramatic turn of events, the civilian commissioners stepped up and unanimously delivered a stiff rebuke to Beck. The commission decided, in essence, that it was a bad shooting.
The board found fault with the decisions by Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas to draw their weapons. And it faulted Wampler for unacceptable tactics and for opening fire on Ford. Some details of the case finally came out in the inspector general's report.
I was in the room when the commissioners announced their findings and had the impression that Beck, who was also there, looked like he'd just been backhanded.
Now, in a strange twist to a bizarre process, Beck will be required to decide how to discipline the officers whose actions he cleared.
Does he fire a cop whose actions he had decreed to be within policy?
Does he leave him on the force when the Police Commission said the use of deadly force was not called for?
Typical of the secretive way the city handles these matters, we don't know when Beck will make those decisions, nor will we necessarily get an explanation as to his deliberations.
"It's a completely corrupt system," said Melina Abdullah, a Cal State L.A. professor who attended the hearing Tuesday.
Abdullah was one of the protesters who briefly blocked Garcetti's departure from his Windsor Square home Monday. She watched him roll up the tinted window of a tank-sized SUV that drove away after the encounter with demonstrators.
"It's not just the family, it's also the community that has been stalled and scarred in effect," ACLU attorney Peter Bibring said of the Ford shooting and official response to it. "The community needs to understand why an unarmed man is killed. Is it justified? Is it not? The law puts a lot of that out of view of the public."
scary and very sad
Off-duty St. Louis officer dragged blind woman and dog out of bar, suit says | St. Louis Today
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday claims that an off-duty police officer handcuffed a blind woman without cause and dragged her and her dog out of a St. Louis bar.
The suit says that Marvelena Quesada had left Caleco’s Bar & Grill, at 1010 North Broadway, as the bar was closing on Oct. 28, 2013, but returned to help her friend settle her bill. Off-duty officer William Clinton was working a security job at the business, according to the suit.
As she was paying the bill at the bar, Clinton “told her to ‘get out and get out now,’” the suit says, and refused to wait while she stowed her debit card and wallet in her purse. Clinton told her “I said now,” used an expletive, and said, “You’re going to jail,” according to the suit.
Clinton handcuffed her and pulled her off her chair, causing her to hit her head on the floor, the suit says. He then dragged her out of bar and down the sidewalk on her back, the suit says. The leash for Quesada’s guide dog was on her arm, the suit says, and the dog was dragged into chairs and tables.
Outside Caleco’s, as Quesada screamed for help, her friend and other patrons successfully urged Clinton to release her, the suit says.
Quesada suffered cuts and bruises, a back injury, depression and loss of sleep due to nightmares, according to the suit. She was confined to her bed for weeks afterward, the suit says. The two-count lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation for unreasonable seizure and assault and battery.
St. Louis officer charged after police raid finds guns, heroin | St. Louis Today
A seven-year veteran of the St. Louis police department was charged Tuesday with gun and heroin crimes. Officer Natalie Williams, 34, was charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of felony distribution/manufacture of drugs.
Police said the FBI and city police department seized guns, heroin and cash about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday from a single-family home in the 4500 block of Page Boulevard. Court records say Williams was the target of the investigation and was at the home when police and federal agents came to search the house. They found a .40-caliber handgun and a .45-caliber handgun in Williams' bedroom, according to court documents.
Authorities seized what police believe was heroin in her closet, according to a probable cause statement. They also found more than $10,000 in cash and a bag holding a digital scale, a coffee grinder with suspected heroin residue, several empty capsules, a cutting agent and a box of plastic sandwich bags, according to the records. Those items are used to package heroin for distribution, according to authorities.
Williams was arrested. She had previously been suspended without pay from the department for "conduct unbecoming of a police officer." Police did not give the reason for that suspension, in February, but said it triggered an Internal Affairs investigation of Williams.
Ferguson mayoral recall effort falls short on signatures | KPLR St. Louis
Supporters trying to force a recall election of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles have fallen 27 votes short of the number needed to call that election. The St. Louis County Election Board made it official Friday.
Earlier this month, the supporters were about eight hundred signatures short and were giving ten more days to gather additional signatures. Petitioners turned in signatures for a second time on Friday, June 19, 2015. The St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners began verifying all signatures on Monday, June 22.
Supporters say the Ferguson city clerk failed to validate signatures in time. The election board says that’s a legal matter between the supporters and the city.
Justice Dept. report criticizes police response to Ferguson protests
By Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery, The Washington Post, June 30, 2015
Law enforcement agencies responding to last summer’s heated protests in Ferguson, Mo., reacted too aggressively to the demonstrations, used improper policing techniques and failed to properly plan for long-term situation, according to a draft summary of an upcoming federal report.
This summary, which was obtained by The Washington Post, details problems that the Justice Department found in how law enforcement in the St. Louis area responded to protests that erupted last August after Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.
Federal officials write in the summary that they found multiple problems with the way police deployed equipment and tactics, saying that the presence of everything from armored vehicles to police snipers “served to only exacerbate tensions between the protesters and the police.”
It also noted that “tactical officers with military-style uniforms, equipment, weapons and armored vehicles” did not go over well with the public, adding that law enforcement agencies should be more strict about when they use such gear.
Intimidating, Unconstitutional Police Tactics In Ferguson Incited More Unrest, Says DOJ Expert Report
Art exhibit inspired by Ferguson opens at Chicago gallery
Life-size depiction of Michael Brown after shooting is at center of Chicago art exhibit
L.A. files few charges in Ferguson police shooting protests despite mass arrests
By Kate Mather and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2015
When protesters flooded streets across the country last fall, furious over the police killing of an 18-year-old black man in Missouri, the demonstrations in Los Angeles stood out among the rest.
There was no widespread violence, no burning stores or looting, but L.A. made national headlines for another reason: LAPD officers swept up hundreds of protesters in mass arrests. The numbers surpassed those in other cities such as Oakland, St. Louis and Ferguson, Mo., that experienced rioting and other violence.
Eight months later, Los Angeles city prosecutors told The Times they had rejected filing criminal charges against the majority of the people detained by the LAPD during those demonstrations. The city attorney's office has filed charges against only 27 of the 323 protesters arrested — fewer than 9% — and has formally rejected charges against 181.
Most of the remaining cases were referred to informal hearings, where officials "make sure that everyone understands the law and consequences if this happens again," a spokesman for the city attorney's office said.
Los Angeles Police Department officials said they stood by the arrests, despite the small number of charges filed. They noted police have a lower legal threshold — probable cause — for making an arrest than prosecutors do for proving a case.
Capt. Jeff Bert, who oversaw the on-the-ground response to the demonstrations, said the LAPD's primary objective was to allow protesters to exercise their 1st Amendment rights. But he said that when concerns arose about public safety — such as when protesters ran onto the freeway or blocked traffic — the department needed to take action.
Who Is Andre Anderson? Ferguson Hires Black Interim Police Chief From Arizona, Weeks Ahead Of Michael Brown Death Anniversary
Ferguson Names Andre Anderson as Interim Police Chief | Wall Street Journal
Exclusive: Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson
By George Joseph, The Intercept
The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.
They also show the department watching over gatherings that seem benign and even mundane. For example, DHS circulated information on a nationwide series of silent vigils and a DHS-funded agency planned to monitor a funk music parade and a walk to end breast cancer in the nation’s capital.
The tracking of domestic protest groups and peaceful gatherings raises questions over whether DHS is chilling the exercise of First Amendment rights, and over whether the department, created in large part to combat terrorism, has allowed its mission to creep beyond the bounds of useful security activities as its annual budget has grown beyond $60 billion.
The surveillance cataloged in the DHS documents goes back to August of last year, when protests and riots broke out in Ferguson the day after the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. According to two August 11, 2014 reports, a DHS FEMA “WatchOps officer” used information from Twitter and Vine to monitor the riots and reproduced a map, originally created by a Reddit user, of conflict zones.
The Man Who Shot Michael Brown
Darren Wilson was not indicted for shooting Michael Brown. Many people in Ferguson question whether justice was done.
By Jake Halpern, The New Yorker
Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old African-American, in Ferguson, Missouri, has been living for several months on a nondescript dead-end street on the outskirts of St. Louis. Most of the nearby houses are clad in vinyl siding; there are no sidewalks, and few cars around. Wilson, who is twenty-nine, started receiving death threats not long after the incident, in which Brown was killed in the street shortly after robbing a convenience store. Although Wilson recently bought the house, his name is not on the deed, and only a few friends know where he lives. He and his wife, Barb, who is thirty-seven, and also a former Ferguson cop, rarely linger in the front yard. Because of such precautions, Wilson has been leading a very quiet life. During the past year, a series of police killings of African-Americans across the country has inspired grief, outrage, protest, and acrimonious debate. For many Americans, this discussion, though painful, has been essential. Wilson has tried, with some success, to block it out.
This March, I spent several days at his home. The first time I pulled up to the curb, Wilson, who is six feet four and weighs two hundred and fifteen pounds, immediately stepped outside, wearing a hat and sunglasses. He had seen me arriving on security cameras that are synched to his phone.
Wilson has twice been exonerated of criminal wrongdoing. In November, after a grand jury chose not to indict him, the prosecutor, Robert P. McCulloch, was widely accused of having been soft on him, in part because McCulloch’s father was a police officer who had been killed in a shootout with a black suspect. In March, the U.S. Department of Justice issued two official reports on Ferguson. One was a painstaking analysis of the shooting that weighed physical, ballistic, forensic, and crime-scene evidence, and statements from purported eyewitnesses. The report cleared Wilson of willfully violating Brown’s civil rights, and concluded that his use of force was defensible. It also contradicted many details that the media had reported about the incident, including that Brown had raised his hands in surrender and had been shot in the back. The evidence supported Wilson’s contention that Brown had been advancing toward him.
The Justice Department also released a broader assessment of the police and the courts in Ferguson, and it was scathing. The town, it concluded, was characterized by deep-seated racism. Local authorities targeted black residents, arresting them disproportionately and fining them excessively. Together, the two reports frustrated attempts to arrive at a clean moral conclusion. Wilson had violated no protocol in his deadly interaction with Brown, yet he was part of a corrupt and racist system.
The federal government’s findings did little to soothe the raw emotions stirred by Brown’s death. Many Americans believe that Wilson need not have killed Brown in order to protect himself, and might not have resorted to lethal force had Brown been white. Ta-Nehisi Coates, in his new book, “Between the World and Me,” writing of the psychological impact of incidents like the Brown shooting, says, “It does not matter if the destruction is the result of an unfortunate overreaction. It does not matter if it originates in a misunderstanding.” Coates also notes, “There is nothing uniquely evil in these destroyers or even in this moment. The destroyers are merely men enforcing the whims of our country.”
Many police officers have defended Wilson, pointing out that cops patrolling violent neighborhoods risk their lives. Some right-wing publications have lionized him. In The American Thinker, David Whitley wrote that Wilson “should be thanked and treated as a hero!” Supporters raised nearly half a million dollars on behalf of the Wilsons, allowing them to move, buy the new house, and pay their legal expenses. But, as Wilson knows, such support has only deepened the resentment of people who feel that he deserves punishment or, at the very least, reprimand.
During our conversations, Wilson typically sat in a recliner, holding his baby daughter, who was born in March. He said that, after Brown’s death, people “had made threats about doing something to my unborn child.” Wilson, a former Boy Scout with round cheeks and blue eyes, speaks with a muted drawl. When Barb went to the hospital to give birth, he said, “I made her check in anonymously.”
Wilson said that he had interviewed for a few police positions but had been told that he would be a liability. “It’s too hot an issue, so it makes me unemployable,” he said. He tried not to brood about it: “I bottle everything up.”
The baby has helped Wilson, who also has two stepsons, accept the constrictions of his current situation. It has also allowed him to maintain a pointed distance from the furor that the shooting helped to unleash. He told me that he had not read the Justice Department’s report on the systemic racism in Ferguson. “I don’t have any desire,” he said. “I’m not going to keep living in the past about what Ferguson did. It’s out of my control.”
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At one point, I asked Wilson if he missed walking outside and going to restaurants. He told me that he still ate out, but only at certain places. “We try to go somewhere — how do I say this correctly? — with like-minded individuals,” he said. “You know. Where it’s not a mixing pot.”
Wilson has received several thousand letters from supporters, and he has written thank-you notes to almost all of his correspondents. Many of the letters are from police officers. Some are from kids. One card reads, “Thanks for protecting us!” Wilson proudly showed me a drawer, in his living room, which contained dozens of police-department patches from cops expressing their support. None of those cops, however, had offered him a job.
"Darren Wilson" is currently trending on Twitter.
deray mckesson @deray 2 hours ago
'Watch whiteness work' is the only thing that came to mind after finishing the @NewYorker piece re: the humanized Darren Wilson.
ShordeeDooWhop @Nettaaaaaaaa 1 hour ago
There is nothing new to say. Ferguson is still a racist city inside a racist city. Darren Wilson is still a protected murderer.
t.c. @tchopStL 1 hour ago
Takeaway from Darren Wilson piece: we have no filtering process not to hire dumb, nonintrospective racists to police black communities.
Akilah Hughes @AkilahObviously 51 minutes ago
Things I'm not reading today: Literally anything with quotes from Darren Wilson.
Saladin Ahmed @saladinahmed 44 minutes ago
Of the millions of stories of struggle surrounding the issue of police violence, the New Yorker chose to tell Darren Wilson's. Contemptible.
JRehling @JRehling 10 minutes ago
If you want to remember one thing about Darren Wilson, remember the words he used to describe Mike Brown: "It looks like a demon."
Excerpt appreciated WG.
I usually appreciate the New Yorker.
So with the upcoming anniversary of Mike Browns death, they decide to do this story?
This makes me sick.
Nice framing, not.
EXCLUSIVE PIC: One year after he shot Michael Brown, cop Darren Wilson is writing his memoirs and studying criminal justice following a series of dead-end jobs and living like 'a prisoner'
Wilson has spent the last year in fear for his life and bouncing from one dead end job to another including working in warehouse of boot store
29-year-old shot Michael Brown, 18, on August 9 last year in Ferguson, MO, leading to a nationwide crisis over police-black relations
Former cop is 'scared for his life' and knows 'somebody could be coming after him' sources tell Daily Mail Online
Received $400,000 in donations but has been largely unable to access it for technical reasons, sources say
Bought his current home through a trust, leading to suspicions he was trying to shield assets from legal action
Wilson says his stepson asked him:'Why did you shoot him? Was he a bad guy?' The ex-cop replied: 'Yeah, he was a bad guy.'
Trey Yingst @TreyYingst 6 hours ago
The @stlcountypd has dropped all charges related to my arrest in #Ferguson and is paying $8.5k as part of the settlement.
Two Journalists Arrested in Ferguson Receive Settlements While "Officer Go Fuck Yourself" Fights to Keep his Certification
Two photojournalists arrested covering the protests in Ferguson last year, including one who photographed the infamous “Officer Go Fuck Yourself,” agreed to settlements in which their cases will be dropped and their records expunged. But only one will receive financial remedies.
Trey Yingst, who was arrested on November 22 – a day after a judge issued an order forbidding cops from arresting journalists – will receive an $8,500 settlement from St. Louis County.
And Bilgin Şaşmaz, who was arrested after photographing St. Ann police officer Ray Albers, the cop who became a viral sensation after pointing his assault rifle at a group of journalists, telling them, “I will fucking kill you,” did not receive any financial compensation despite spending the night in jail and having his camera broken.
“These cases were negotiated separately and the settlements reflect the deals that the respective client agreed to,” said Diane K. Balogh, communications director of the ACLU of Missouri, who represented both journalists.
Read the ACLU press release here, which includes links to the settlements.
Meanwhile, Albers, who was forced to resign after the incident, is still a certified law enforcement officer in Missouri. For all we know, he can be employed by any of the many police agencies in the state. But that might change in October when he is scheduled to attend a hearing in which the state is trying to revoke his certification.
According to state documents, Albers broke several laws that night, including assault, harassment, unlawful use of a weapon and disturbing the peace, charges that would have many of us facing jail time. But the lieutenant also refused to identify himself when asked, telling protesters and journalists his name was Officer Go Fuck Yourself, a name that instantly stuck, even though it cost him his job. But the worst the 20-year veteran appears to be facing is losing his law enforcement license, which means he can still find work as a cop in other states.
Trey Yingst @TreyYingst 6 hours ago
After paying my attorneys and travel costs, I plan to start a scholarship for Ferguson-area students who want to study journalism in college.
Trey Yingst @TreyYingst 6 hours ago
See my statement on the settlement:
Ryan J. Reilly @ryanjreilly 4 minutes ago
Officer in St. Louis County, previously accused of drugging and raping women, arrested by FBI:
Ryan J. Reilly @ryanjreilly 3 minutes ago
‘’Blakeney should never be allowed to become a police officer because of his sociopathic behavior.’’
— his trainer
The Ferguson Protests Worked
Were the riots costly and destructive? Yes. But reform never would have happened without the unrest.
Ferguson Class of 2014
The students who graduated with Michael Brown had only hope and promise ahead of them. And a year after Brown's tragic death, somehow they still do. Here are their stories.
EXCLUSIVE: Pelted with bottles, called Uncle Tom, forced to wear flak jackets off duty and mocked by criminals who say 'you gonna shoot me like Mike Brown' - Ferguson cops reveal their year of 'hell'
For the first time serving Ferguson officers speak of their experience in wake of Darren Wilson shooting Michael Brown
They tell Daily Mail Online 'we went through hell' and broke under pressure of being branded racist after teenager's death
One says there has still been no training on race relations despite Department of Justice's scathing report
Several have quit the small force - one black officer left after he was pelted with bottles and called Uncle Tom by a mob in St Louis suburb
A serving officer says DOJ report was 'stab in the back' but one who has quit says: 'There are some people there who are extremely prejudiced'
Cops from the most infamous police force in America have revealed that they lost count of how many times they nearly broke under the pressure in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. Serving and former officers in Ferguson, Missouri, wept after being branded racist and unconstitutional by a scathing Department of Justice report into their force.
They have been taunted by criminals who say to them: 'Are you gonna shoot me like Mike Brown?' They have begun second guessing their decisions and fear that they will be shot dead because they cannot make split-second calls. But incredibly they claim they have yet to receive any training at all on race relations despite the Department of Justice report recommending root and branch reform.
Fear, mistrust linger in Ferguson despite reform efforts by police | Reuters
'Movements take generations': What has changed in Ferguson? | MSNBC
“This is the moment where a year later we analyze where we’re at... from a realistic lens, and not this trendy pop-culture lens about creating a movement.”
- Tef Poe, protest organizer
Sean Jordan @seanjjordan 53 minutes ago
I've seen discussion tonight that police are putting on a big show for the cameras to appear kinder, gentler in #Ferguson. I don't doubt it.
Sean Jordan @seanjjordan 52 minutes ago
They normally get nasty after putting on a show, which is why I'm always wary of their pattern. But at least protesters aren't getting hurt.
Sean Jordan @seanjjordan 51 minutes ago
They would be FOOLS to respond like they did last summer. It cost them a fortune in bad PR and community trust (and probably lawsuits).
Sean Jordan @seanjjordan 49 minutes ago
Thing is, the #Ferguson PD and STL County PD are both rotten to the core. They'll fall back sooner or later to their old ways.
Peace disrupted in Ferguson as man shot, vehicle window shattered, at Family Dollar store
An evening of peaceful protests in Ferguson abruptly shifted to violence just before midnight when a man was shot near the Family Dollar store on West Florissant Avenue. The rear window of an unmarked police vehicle also was shattered, apparently by a bullet.
The Saturday night gunfire sent chaos through a large group that had gathered to commemorate Michael Brown, who was killed a year ago this weekend. Witnesses said the altercation began outside a McDonald's restaurant and the victim was pursued and shot in a nearby Family Dollar parking lot. The man was shot in the left arm. Police shut down West Florissant Avenue at Ferguson Road to respond to the gunfire and to allow emergency crews to take the man with the bullet wound to a hospital.
Keith Rose @KWRose 1 hour ago
Never seen such a huge police response to any shooting in my life. It looks like a fake show of concern.
Keith Rose @KWRose 28 minutes ago
Cops keeps pushing back protesters saying they are looking for bullet casings. Are CLEARLY using this as an excuse.
Keith Rose @KWRose 16 minutes ago
At least 75 cops, 25 cars, and a helicopter are here because they believe a cop car was hit with a bullet 90 minutes ago.
Keith Rose @KWRose 1 minute ago
As I am taking photos, @stlcountypd cop turns on bright light to prevent anyone from seeing his name and badge number.
Raw: The actual moment of Ferguson shooting
Published by RT on August 9, 2015
Hundreds of officers in riot gear have been deployed to the streets of Ferguson after dozens of people stayed on the streets Sunday evening, following a day of peaceful commemoration events on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s tragic shooting.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 56 minutes ago
Lots of gunshots on W Florrisant. Just got here. Everyone running. Cars driving like crazy.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 50 minutes ago
Lots of young people. Everyone upset. Not sure what happened. Lots of cops next to Northland chop suey. Guns pointed at protesters.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 48 minutes ago
There are about 50 cop cars. SWAT has moved in. Guns are drawn. Serious situation.
Jon Swaine @jonswaine 45 minutes ago
Jon Swaine retweeted Search4Swag
Protester Tony Rice arrested while filming shooting victim in Ferguson
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 42 minutes ago
With about 25 young people showing them video of what appears to be a young man who has been shot. all trying to figure out who it is. Horrible.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 37 minutes ago
Behind building is where a body is. Lots of police. Behind me a young girl is screaming, "Why did they kill my boyfriend?"
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 36 minutes ago
Police moved in and pepper sprayed a young man who approached them. They have now moved the girlfriend across the street. Very tense scene.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 33 minutes ago
Girlfriend was in excruciating pain. uncontrollable. They moved her across the street. This is unbelievable.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 25 minutes ago
Grieving girlfriend gets in car to leave. Cops know about it. Johnson is right there. Car pulls out. Cops across street pull guns on car.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 24 minutes ago
Terrible communication between cops. Johnson then takes control and walks car out of scene. But was not good at all.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 21 minutes ago
Michael Skolnik retweeted St. Louis County PD
Lots of people here saying a cop shot the young man. STL PD have just confirmed officer involved.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 13 minutes ago
One of young leaders of Lost Voices talks to the cops as tensions begin to calm. But still lots and lots of anger.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 10 minutes ago
On the one-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death, another young black man is shot by the cops in Ferguson. Status unknown.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 3 minutes ago
New chief of the Ferguson Police trying to talk to some men who are doing an amazing job at keeping the young people calm.
Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik 2 minutes ago
Tons of cop cars, ambulance and fire trucks just went down Canfield. Not sure why.
BrownBlaze @brownblaze 11 minutes ago
BrownBlaze retweeted Rebelutionary Z
Three live streamers arrested tonight in #Ferguson for filming after an officer shot someone.
stevegiegerich @stevegiegerich 14 minutes ago
Shooting victim identified as Tyrone Harris, 18, a 2015 Normandy High graduate.
Dad says son was "real close" with #Michael Brown.
Ferguson Chaos Roundup: Officer-Involved Shooting, Other Crimes Mar Anniversary | Riverfront Times
Ferguson anniversary rally: man critically injured in police shooting | The Guardian
The Latest on Ferguson: Arrests as protesters block court | The Associated Press
About 50 protesters have been arrested after blocking the entrance to a St. Louis federal courthouse while calling for more aggressive U.S. government response to what they call racist law enforcement practices.
The arrests of scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West and the few dozen others were part of what's been billed as a national day of civil disobedience. They come a day after the one-year observance of the Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown, and police shooting there Sunday night that wounded another black 18-year-old, who police say fired on officers during nighttime protests.
Monday's arrests came after a roughly mile-long march from a St. Louis church to the Eagleton courthouse. That's where marchers demanded federal action to stop what policing they say targets minorities. The protesters then scaled a waist-high barricade, staging a sit-in before advancing past police to the entrances.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has issued a state of emergency, a move that authorizes county Police Chief Jon Belmar to take control of police emergency management in and around Ferguson.
Continued with updates here:
57 People Arrested During Protest At St. Louis Courthouse | BuzzFeed News
Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef 4 hours ago
They arrested Netta, Deray, and Kayla for no reason.
Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef 3 hours ago
Being around the police behind closed doors is dangerous no matter what the situation is.
Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef 2 hours ago
I don’t trust the police at all. My default is to believe the opposite of whatever the police say anytime they say it.
Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef 1 hour ago
Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef 1 hour ago
That’s fishy as hell. Why would they take DNA?
Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef 50 minutes ago
They’re releasing people now.
Sputnik US @SputnikNewsUS 19 minutes ago
Protesters have shut down an 8-lane highway.
Charges against reporters for Ferguson coverage called 'outrageous'
St. Louis County is pressing charges against two reporters who were arrested inside a McDonald's in Ferguson, Missouri last August.
By Brian Stelter, CNN, August 10, 2015
Wesley Lowery, a reporter for The Washington Post, confirmed to CNNMoney that he received a court summons on Monday. The summons charges Lowery with trespassing on private property -- the McDonald's -- and interfering with a police officer.
And Ryan Reilly, a reporter for The Huffington Post, is being charged with the same offenses, according to his employer. "A crime was committed at the McDonald's, not by journalists, but by local police who assaulted" both reporters "during violent arrests," The Huffington Post's D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim said in a statement Monday night.
Both men were arrested on August 13 . At the time, protests about the death of Michael Brown were growing in and around Ferguson and the reporters had been using the fast food restaurant as a place to organize their coverage.
The court summons arrived as the city of Ferguson was roiled by fresh protests and a large number of arrests.
Marty Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post, called the charges against Lowery "outrageous."
The National Association of Black Journalists also took issue with the charges, saying they "believe it to be a direct assault on the free exercise of the First Amendment, which ensures journalists can practice their craft."
Lowery said in a telephone interview, "With the lessons seemingly learned on optics and rhetoric and handling this type of unrest, I couldn't imagine that, a year later, St. Louis County would decide that charging a Washington Post reporter for doing his job would seem like a wise thing to do." He said the newspaper's legal team is "currently discussing what we're going to do and how we're going to proceed." He has an August 24 court date. Lowery emphasized that "we were not in the wrong" on the day of the arrest.
Reilly called the charges "unfortunate, and a distraction from a lot of the key issues" affecting the Ferguson area. "It reveals a lot about the problems that they have," he said. "If they're charging us in this nonsense case, what are they getting away with charging other people with?"
Cassandra Fairbanks @CassandraRules 1 minute ago
Armed oathkeepers just showed up as things were dwindling.
Cassandra Fairbanks @CassandraRules 1 minute ago
LIVE on #Periscope: Oathkeepers are here.
Nigel Duara @nigelduara 3 minutes ago Ferguson, MO
These gents are apparently protecting the equipment of [Alex Jones'] InfoWars.
144 Ferguson protesters arrested in second day of clashes | NY Daily News
Pentagon to reclaim Humvees from Ferguson amid militarisation concerns | The Guardian
“Sometimes the kid dies, sometimes the cop dies”: The insane rationalizations of America’s militarized police
One year after Ferguson, and with cops cracking down yet again, it is shocking how little has changed.
By Heather Digby Parton, Salon, August 11, 2015
One year ago last night, the American public watched a spectacle unfold on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., which shocked even the most jaded among us. As cameras recorded street protests and vigils over the killing of 18 year old Michael Brown, they saw police rolling through the streets of this small American suburb outfitted in what appeared to be military style uniforms, armed with battlefield weapons, hardware and armored vehicles that they’d last seen in news reports from the streets of Fallujah back at the height of the Iraq war. They watched as police aimed loaded weapons at unarmed protesters while snipers rode on top of what looked like tanks. They saw reporters being swarmed by police and teargassed. This didn’t come as huge surprise to writers like Radley Balko of the Washington Post, who had been documenting the ongoing militarization of American police agencies for years. But for the rest of the country, this was something they had never seen before. Why would a small-town police force be decked out in obviously expensive battle equipment?
That question was answered over the next several months as the media dug into the story of the militarization of police and how the federal government and military contractors had been making all this equipment available to America’s police agencies. And we began to take a good look at how policing had changed from a “protect and serve” model to a battlefield model in which the cops performed more like soldiers fighting the enemy (also known as American citizens.) And once more a story as old as America was found at the heart of all this: the systemic official abuse of African Americans at the hands of police.
Street protests and candlelight vigils over a police officer killing an unarmed black man had been sadly commonplace in America’s cities and towns for as long as anyone could remember. But the advent of video phones had already made the public more aware of the mortal dangers that black people face from vigilantes and police alike. The killing of unarmed 17 year old Trayvon Martin and subsequent trial of his killer had riveted the nation throughout the previous year and half. Videotape of Staten Island’s Eric Garner being choked to death by police for selling loose cigarettes had circulated the month before. John Crawford had been shot down by police without warning as he handled a toy gun in a Dayton, Ohio, Walmart just four days earlier.
Over the course of the next year, a Dayton Grand Jury declined to prosecute the police in the death of John Crawford. A Staten Island Grand Jury declined to prosecute the police officer who choked Eric Garner. And the Ferguson Grand Jury declined to prosecute Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown. And then came Tamir Rice. And Walter Scott. And Freddie Gray. And Sandra Bland. And those are just the ones that got national attention.
The Justice Department validated the grand jury decision in the matter of Michael Brown’s death. But they also did a thorough review of Ferguson’s police department and issued a scathing report revealing systematic racism at every level. Protests took place all over the country and a new civil rights and civil liberties movement called Black Lives Matter became a national force to be reckoned with.
But as usual, a backlash formed as well. There was, as usual, the right-wing media’s reflexive rejection of anything that resembles racial justice. And in the wake of the massive Eric Garner protests in New York, the police themselves reacted with petulant immaturity by turning their backs on the mayor because he warned his bi-racial son to be wary of police power.
The New Yorker profiled former officer Darren Wilson recently and he explained it in very simple terms:
“There are people who feel that police have too much power, and they don’t like it. There are people who feel police don’t have enough power, and they don’t like it.”
Needless to say, the police are among the latter group. Wilson is in the latter group as well, although it’s hard to see how a person could be given more than the power to kill and unarmed teen-ager with impunity, but perhaps he thinks he was denied the approbation he deserves. Luckily for him, the St Louis Police Association decided to mark the 1st Anniversary of Michael Brown’s death by calling it Darren Wilson Day:
A post on the Columbia Police Officers Association’s Facebook page, which appeared on the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by white Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, called Wilson “an innocent, but persecuted, officer.” The post included a message saying that support for Wilson has nothing to do with race. The author of the post said the police union supports Wilson because of “the fact that he was thoroughly investigated … and found he did NOTHING wrong.”
Last night on CNN, Don Lemon hosted one of the more notorious of the police apologists, a former cop and spokesman for the St Louis Police Association a man by the name of Jeff Roorda. Asked about the anniversary of the Brown shooting, he said:
"We’ve blown 365 days of missed opportunities talking about faux police reforms when we ought to be talking about how to make life better for these kids who live in this inner city setting, so hopeless and in such despair that they turn to violence and turn it more and more frequently against cops. Sometimes the kid dies and sometimes the cop dies but either way it’s an unhappy outcome…We ought to be talking about the root issues and not distracting everybody in the country with this big lie. It started with the “hand up, don’t shoot” myth."
Roorda has written a book called “Ferghanistan, The War on Police.” He didn’t seem concerned that comparing Ferguson to Afghanistan or framing the police as being at war with the citizens might not be the best idea under the circumstances. But if it is a war, the police are winning it.
Roorda has been mentioned here before, in 19 other posts, starting with this one from August 31, 2014:
Interim Ferguson Police Chief Suspended Three Times From Previous Job
Andre Anderson, who is currently heading Ferguson's police department, was also served with an order of protection after he allegedly hit a woman.
St. Louis cops use tear gas against protesters after killing another black suspect
Fires set off, police confront crowds hours after St. Louis police fatally shoot teen
Riot Police Confront Protesters After St. Louis Cops Kill Young Black Man
St. Louis County Issues Year-Old Charges Against Ferguson Protesters
Last August, police arrested scores of protesters under the so-called "five-second rule," which forced demonstrators to walk continuously if they wanted to avoid spending the night in jail.
Now, a year afterward, some of those protesters have received a criminal court summons in the mail.
Calling the decision to issue the charges "a blatant violation of constitutional rights and an appalling misuse of our already overburdened court system," the American Civil Liberties Union condemned the county's actions in a joint statement with fifteen other organizations, including the Arch City Defenders and the Saint Louis University legal clinic.
"The State Prosecuting Attorney has refused to pursue these charges. The City of Ferguson, where most incidents occurred, has not pursued charges," the statement continued. "It is unclear why the St. Louis County Counselor has reached a different conclusion from other local prosecutors who have rightly decided not to pursue charges. But, it is clear that many individuals will not receive notice of these delayed charges and will ultimately be issued arrest warrants."
Some of the protestors had been swept up in mass arrests or dragged off sidewalks for standing still. Many never received charging documents or a court date.
"It appears, as far as we can tell, that everyone is being charged who had been arrested," ACLU-Missouri legal director Tony Rothert told The Huffington Post. "We've been led to believe by the St. Louis County Counselor's Office that that's what they're doing, so that's one big reason, but also we've started to get calls and complaints from a wide variety of people who were arrested on different days, but mostly in August, who are receiving summons. It's people who were arrested in a big group and released without any charges and haven't heard anything — haven't heard anything — for a year and now are receiving a summons."
The "five-second rule" was widely criticized last year as a violation of protesters' civil rights, and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar later admitted that the rule was badly implemented and had even confused officers.
ChuckModi @POPSspotSports 5 hours ago
We need medics. Seriously. Gonna try and find a canister. Btw, a young Black kid was killed by cops today
PHOTOS: Protests, Tear Gas and Fires Follow Death of Mansur Ball-Bey, 18 | Riverfront Times
Yesterday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed eighteen-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey in the Fountain Park neighborhood. What followed was a familiar sequence of anger and protest, police tear gas, and several fires lighting up the night sky.
Police say Ball-Bey was killed late Wednesday morning after he ran from officers executing a search warrant on a house near Page Boulevard and Walton Avenue. During a press conference, St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson said the teen pointed a gun at two officers, who responded by opening fire.
According to the incident report, officers fired at the teenager while “fearing for their safety" — an expression heard often from police this past year. And the protesters who converged on the intersection of Page and Walton made no secret of their suspicion of that official narrative.
VIDEO: Water Bottles Being Thrown at City Cops During Protest | Riverfront Times
Last night, Black Lives Matter activists and protestors lit up Twitter with anger and incredulity as the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department tried to quell protests over the fatal police shooting of eighteen-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey in the city's Fountain Park Neighborhood.
Now we have the police's version of what happened.
Response to Reports of Excessive Force by St. Louis Police Department Against Protesters
By Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA
“We are deeply concerned about reports of mass protest dispersal tactics, including tear gas, in residential areas of St. Louis last night,” said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA. The St. Louis Police Department must immediately take all measures to prevent the unnecessary or excessive use of force.
“We have seen this time and again in St. Louis and Ferguson, and again we call on the Department of Justice to conduct a full, impartial investigation of both the police-involved shooting of Mansur Ball-Bey and the response of the St. Louis Police to the ensuing protests.
“As ever, we stand with the communities of North St. Louis, the community of Ferguson, and communities around the country who are demanding rights-respecting, accountable policing, and who are at risk from the very people sworn to protect them.
“The St. Louis Police should be facilitating and not restricting the right to peaceful protest.
“Nobody should have to fear for their safety when they attend a protest. No one should have to fear being tear gassed in their own homes.
“Police officers have a right to defend themselves and a duty to protect the public, but in doing so, they must act with restraint and in accordance with international standards. Force should only be used when nonviolent means have been exhausted or proven ineffective, and lethal force should only be used in situations where it is necessary to protect life.
“We call for an end to the unnecessary or excessive use of force by police in all jurisdictions throughout the country. We call on U.S. authorities to bring local, state, and federal laws in line with international standards.”
“The world is watching, and so are we. Enough is enough.”
Shaun King @ShaunKing 20 minutes ago
This is it.
My whole story.
Race, love, hate, and me: A distinctly American story.
Thanks for the love.
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Man killed by St. Louis police died from gunshot in the back
An autopsy on Mansur Ball-Bey, whose death from police gunfire this week stirred protests, showed that he died from a single wound in the back, police officials said.
Chief Sam Dotson said the wound's location neither proves nor disproves the contention of officers at the scene that Ball-Bey refused to drop a gun and pointed it at them before being shot Wednesday.
The plot to destroy Shaun King: How Breitbart turned a ludicrous conspiracy theory into national news
The right's campaign to take down a Black Lives Matter leader is transparently bogus. So why did CNN take the bait?
By Jack Mirkinson, Salon
Shaun King, a columnist for Daily Kos, an active and widely-followed Twitter user and a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement, was forced yesterday to share some of his most painful family secrets with the world. This is thanks to a monumentally squalid series of articles by conservative site Breitbart that questioned whether or not King was actually a black man—an assertion that was thoroughly discredited by King. Normally, I’d advise you to avoid reading any further, but the King saga is a perfect symbol of some of the worst tendencies currently found in both the dankest corners of the conservative media and the shamelessly trigger-happy world of the mainstream media.
Breitbart’s “scoop” about King came from Vicki Pate, a blogger who runs a truly startling website called “Re-NewsIt!” The site is the kind of typo-ridden bile factory that would normally be dismissed without a second glance. Its sole aim appears to be to “expose the truth” about the nefarious charlatans at the heart of the Black Lives Matter Movement, as well as to smear any black victims of crime.
Pate has had multiple Twitter accounts suspended. When she still had access to Twitter, she used the platform to do things like harass the mother of Kendrick Johnson, a black teenager whose dead body was found rolled up in a gym mat at his high school. For good measure, Pate also posted leaked autopsy photos of Johnson on her website and accused his father of “trying to win the race-hoax lottery.”
Pate has also been obsessively trying to take Shaun King down for some time, and suddenly it seemed that she’d struck gold in the form of a birth certificate that listed both of King’s parents as white.
Most outlets would probably stay away from such a clearly fetid swamp, but Breitbart happily dove in, highlighting her efforts on its much larger platform and driving the King story to the top of the news agenda. That’s perhaps to be expected when Milo Yiannopoulos, the reporter who wrote the King story, is a man whose past gems include “16 Movements Less Ridiculous Than Black Lives Matter” and “Donald Trump Would Be the Real First Black President.” Racial provocation, not rigor, is the goal here.
Let’s be very clear about why Breitbart decided this was a worthy story to pursue. It’s the same reason that Fox News was so reluctant to call Charleston shooter Dylann Roof a racist. Some people in America find the idea that there is such a thing as white supremacy–or that white people are in any way to blame for the racism in our society–so terrifying that they would rather concoct a huge racial conspiracy theory wherein ghoulish black activists run roughshod over a cowed white populace. To Breitbart, the Shaun Kings of the world are the ones with all the power, exploiting a weak and politically correct society for their own personal gain.
It is all self-evidently insane, of course, but white people have been deluding themselves about the racial state of play in America for centuries, so why stop now?
Some will jump to compare King’s story to that of Rachel Dolezal, and ask what the difference is. Here’s the difference: Dolezal only became a story because her own parents told reporters their daughter was faking her identity, because it became clear that Dolezal had completely altered her appearance over the years, because she’d sued Howard University for anti-white discrimination, and so on and so on and so on. It didn’t come from a patently wacko racist blogger hell-bent on trying to destroy a civil rights movement, and there’s been absolutely no evidence presented that Shaun King has ever changed the story he’s told about his racial background, unlike Dolezal. The only conceivable reason to target him is because he’s an easily identifiable figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, and Breitbart would like him to be rendered somehow illegitimate.
That explains why Breitbart was so eager to “expose” King. What defies all comprehension is why reputable news outlets ran with this sorry excuse of a story. CNN’s Don Lemon–who always seems to be at the center of the network’s most journalistically dubious decisions–breathlessly told his viewers that family members had sworn exclusively to him that King was white. (Never mind King’s own statement that his family was a complex, tangled ball–making it entirely possible that some family members didn’t know what the hell they were talking about when it came to his racial background.) The Daily News ran multiple stories with headlines like “Rachel Dolezal 2.0? Shaun King, activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, outed as a white man.”
It’s bad enough that sites like Breitbart are peddling this nonsense. But for CNN to use its still-considerable authority to drive such a clearly malicious smear campaign forward is something else entirely. CNN should have taken one look at both the Breitbart story and its source and known to stay away. That it chose not to do so is basic journalistic malpractice.
To the surprise of virtually nobody, Breitbart’s crack reporting fell apart almost instantly—but not before King was compelled to disclose that his father is not the man listed on his birth certificate, but is in fact a black man who he has never met. Thus, faced with the near-total refutation of its wildest claims, Breitbart… declared victory.
Anybody looking for a scintilla of contrition for the way the site sliced open some of the deepest wounds in a man’s life for no reason would be disappointed.
Truth be told, it would be too much to hope that Breitbart or its ilk would learn any lesson from this shabby affair. My real hope is that the rest of the media thinks twice before it validates such appalling behavior again. I’m not holding my breath.
Anonymous @YourAnonNews 34 minutes ago
[Referencing the press release quoted below]
Police unions cry like babies and smear feces on themselves whenever it looks like cops might not get away with murder.
Saint Louis Police Officers Association
August 22, 2015
The St. Louis Police Officers Association, the Union that represents over 1,100 police officers employed by the City of St. Louis, responded to a statement released yesterday by St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Jennifer Joyce. Joyce, flanked by St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt, announced Friday that she planned to launch an unprecedented, separate investigation of the shooting of armed gunman Mansur Ball-Bey by two St. Louis Police Officers because of growing “public concerns”. She did not elaborate on what those concerns were or what segment of the population was voicing those concerns. SLPOA President Joe Steiger had this to say:
“Jennifer Joyce’s announcement is a discredit to the members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and specifically the professional investigators assigned to the Force Investigative Unit (FIU). These men and women are experienced, uncompromising investigators who have been trained by experts all over the country to investigate critical incidents involving police officers. It is one of the most progressive units of its kind. Joyce’s investigation, announced only two days after the incident, indicates a rush to judgment without any knowledge of the facts and evidence and needlessly erodes the public trust in FIU and all of the officers of the SLMPD.
“The involved officers welcome an impartial investigation in which the sole purpose is to determine and report the facts of the incident. These officers courageously performed their duties in accordance with their training and the law, they have nothing to hide.Joyce’s announcement, while flanked by members of the NAACP, suggests this investigation is motivated by political appeasement and not the pursuit of truth and justice. We have seen political prosecutions of police officers involved in critical incidents in other parts of the country and fear that this is a step in that direction.
“Politicians like Jennifer Joyce have been expressing concern over the gun violence that plague’s our city. She has postured herself as being tough on criminals who illegally carry and use guns and has campaigned for the creation of a gun docket in the Circuit Court to prosecute people like Mansur Ball-Bey. Taking criminals and guns off the street requires self initiated police work. It requires motivated officers like the officers in this incident who executed a search warrant at a residence known to house guns, drugs and violent felons. This is highly dangerous work, the kind of work that you would think a prosecutor who touts herself as being tough on gun crime would appreciate. Apparently, that is not the case.”
California Becomes First State to Ban Grand Juries in Police Shooting Cases
By Allie Gross, Mother Jones, August 15, 2015
"The use of the criminal grand jury process, and the refusal to indict as occurred in Ferguson and other communities of color, has fostered an atmosphere of suspicion that threatens to compromise our justice system," state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), who authored the bill, said in a statement.
St. Louis Police Union Thug Jeff Roorda Doesn't Like Video Being Used To Prosecute Bad Cops
Published by MikeHansonArchives on July 3, 2013
Police unions are an impediment to a free society. They must be reigned in, or better yet, eliminated completely.
Judge overhauls troubled Ferguson, Missouri, court | Reuters
A new municipal judge in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday ordered sweeping changes to court practices in response to a scathing Justice Department report following the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown a year ago.
Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, appointed in June, ordered that all arrest warrants issued in the city before Dec. 31, 2014 be withdrawn. Defendants will receive new court dates along with options for disposing of their cases, such as payment plans or community service. Fines may be commuted for indigent people.
The changes come five months after the U.S. Department of Justice strongly criticized city leaders in its report, saying the police force and court worked together to exploit people in order to raise revenue. The Justice Department specifically said Ferguson's municipal court practices caused significant harm to many people with cases pending as minor municipal code violations turned into multiple arrests, jail time, and payments that exceeded the cost of the original ticket many times over.
McCullin, who is black, ordered instead that if an arrest warrant is issued for a minor traffic violation, the defendant will not be incarcerated, but will be released on their own recognizance and given another court date, the city said. "These changes should continue the process of restoring confidence in the Court... and giving many residents a fresh start," said McCullin in a statement. He added that many people who have had drivers licenses suspended will be able to obtain them and start driving again. In the past, the city's director of revenue would suspend a defendant's driver's license solely for failing to appear in court or failing to pay a fine.
McCullin replaced Judge Ronald Brockmeyer who resigned after being criticized in the Justice Department report.
"It is meaningful and will have a real impact on the lives of many," said St. Louis-area lawyer Brendan Roediger, who has helped represent some protesters complaining of mistreatment by police and courts in Ferguson. "That being said, payment plans and community service do not solve racial profiling or excessive fines," Roediger said.
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Heather ♿ @MissJupiter1957 7 hours ago Missouri, USA
.@drewmellow About my stolen video; it has now been deleted from @KDNLABC30's FB page. @Rebelutionary_Z
Heather ♿ @MissJupiter1957 2 hours ago Missouri, USA
Heather ♿ retweeted BlackScorpion
Did you not know I'm facing "assault 3rd on an officer"?
Heather ♿ @MissJupiter1957 2 hours ago Missouri, USA
I allegedly hit him with phone holder while in my wheelchair. They could get fiction writing jobs.
Sam Holloway @SamHolloway1 2 hours ago
@MissJupiter1957 @MY0NELIFE @BlackScorpie1
Have you ever heard of a police officer being charged with perjury, much less convicted?
Heather ♿ @MissJupiter1957 1 hour ago
FTR: I was never Mirandized and I was not informed of "assault" charge until at least two hours later, during processing.
Heather ♿ @MissJupiter1957 1 hour ago Missouri, USA
Pic of #Ferguson Officer Hammond's allegedly injured hand is missing from report.
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Ferguson protester who threw back tear gas cannister in iconic photo is charged
The St. Louis County counselor has filed charges against Edward Crawford, who was featured in an iconic Post-Dispatch photo hurling a tear gas container back toward police during Ferguson protests last year.
Crawford, 26, was cited under two county ordinances: interfering with a police officer and assault. His court date is set for Sept. 9.
The assault charge, filed Aug. 3, alleges that he threw “a burning gas canister at police officers,” knocking one to the ground. The other charge claims he repeatedly failed to comply with police commands to show his hands.
The incident was part of protests on Aug. 12-13, 2014, near Chambers Road. Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen took the photo that was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning collection and reproduced around the world.
“I didn’t throw a burning can back at police,” Crawford said Wednesday. “I threw it out of the way of children.” He said he didn’t see where it landed or if it hit anyone. He estimated the closest police were 30 to 40 yards away and said, “I can’t even throw a baseball that far, let alone a burning can of tear gas.”
Crawford complained that the charges took so long, and said, “I just feel like they’re trying to make something out of nothing.”
County Counselor Peter Krane’s office has one year to file such charges. He said recently that his office reviewed approximately 100 reports and expects to file fewer than 100 warrants. Among those already cited are reporters for the The Washington Post, Huffington Post and CTV News, a Canadian broadcast network.
Krane said his staff reviewed police reports, videos and social media before making the decisions. He defended the delay, saying the review did not start until after County Executive Steve Stenger appointed him in January.
Some civil rights attorneys have been critical of the delay. The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups claim the county counselor is pursuing charges in cases previously rejected by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and municipal prosecutors in Ferguson and Dellwood.
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Robert Cohen: https://twitter.com/kodacohen
The 'Ferguson Effect' Spreads
An Alabama cop put in the hospital by a black felon admits he choked because he didn't want to be called racist.
August 26, 2015
A white police officer in the South who was recently beaten bloody and unconscious by a black suspect now admits he failed to defend himself properly because he was afraid if he used force he would have been accused of racism.
This is poignant testimony to the tremendous damage that the racist Black Lives Matter movement has inflicted on the American psyche. Nowadays police all over the country are increasingly reluctant, or in some cases outright unwilling, to perform their duties as law enforcement personnel. They know that government officials, eager to pander to loud, angry lynch mobs in the street, don't have their back. The mainstream media has been playing a supporting role, turning every police shooting of a person of color into a cause célèbre, regardless of the circumstances leading to the shooting. So cops are taking unnecessary chances, ignoring police safety protocols and giving suspects the benefit of the doubt when it is not warranted.
This is the war on police that President Obama, Al Sharpton, and other racial agitators have carefully brought to a crescendo since the Trayvon Martin saga and the case of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black thug, who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, last year as he tried to murder white cop Darren Wilson. There has never been any credible evidence that race was a factor in the shooting yet the Black Lives Matter crowd and the rest of the activist Left continue to lie every single day about Brown's death. Brown tried to seize Wilson's handgun and the officer shot him in self-defense. The popular "hands up, don't shoot" meme was based on a lie a witness told in which it was claimed Brown tried to surrender to Wilson and was mercilessly shot in cold blood. Brown's body was autopsied three separate times to satisfy the angry mob and legions of left-wing conspiracy theorists. Wilson has been been vindicated in every official investigation. The local grand jury refused to indict him. Even Obama's race-obsessed, highly politicized Department of Justice cleared him.
Yet left-wingers continue to portray Brown as an angel, and Wilson as a villain. Not surprisingly, many Americans of all colors are swallowing this leftist propaganda. Manipulated by the Community-Organizer-in-Chief, many black Americans falsely view themselves as victims of systemic discrimination. They no longer respect police and are willing to beat them senseless on a whim. The Black Lives Matter movement is there on the sidelines demanding "war" against police everywhere.
The drama in this specific case began August 7 when a plainclothes officer in Birmingham, Alabama, who has since decided to remain anonymous to protect his family, pulled 34-year-old Jenard Shamar Cunningham over for erratic driving. The detective reportedly ordered Cunningham, a felon with robbery and assault convictions, to remain inside his vehicle. Instead, the man got out of his car and became belligerent. He grabbed the officer's handgun and pistol-whipped him with it. Cunningham fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with attempted murder. The officer was hospitalized for head and neck injuries and then sent home to recover with his family.
The officer explained to CNN his irresolute actions when dealing with the suspect.
“A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what’s going on in the media,” he said. “I hesitated because I didn’t want to be in the media like I am right now.”
Heath Boackle, a sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department, sympathizes with his colleague. Cops are “walking on eggshells because of how they’re scrutinized in the media.”
Boackle, who is also president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1, told Fox News Channel that the situation is getting worse:
Across the country local law enforcement – state, county, municipalities – the boots-on-the-ground officers are the ones dealing with these people in day-to-day operations,' and they're hesitant because they're always portrayed in the media here lately as the criminals, and the criminals are like the victims and the media is just taking it and running with it.But the attack itself was not the only indignity the policeman suffered. As the Manhattan Institute's Heather Mac Donald writes at National Review Online:
Several witnesses to the beating posted photos of the bloodied, inert, and prostrate detective on social media, accompanied by celebratory gloating similar to the social-media triumphalism after two New York City police officers were assassinated last December. A typical post read: “Pistol whipped his ass to sleep,” under the hashtag #FckDaPolice.Boackle said the cop's wife and children saw the unofficial crime scene photos on the Internet "before the department was ever able to notify the family that [the attack] had taken place."
The police officer's reluctance to use reasonable force or even to make efforts to defend himself in this case is an example of what St. Louis, Missouri, police chief Sam Dotson quite properly calls the "Ferguson effect." Police officers, particularly Caucasians, are becoming increasingly reluctant to do their jobs and follow proper police procedure when dealing with blacks because they fear their actions will be characterized as examples of race-driven police brutality. This bestows on some black Americans a kind of immunity from legal accountability, a condition David Horowitz calls "black skin privilege." (See my recent FrontPage article, Black Skin Privilege: To Be Above the Law.)
Police officers are laying off of discretionary enforcement activity and the “criminal element is feeling empowered,” Dotson said.
Virtually everything police do is now characterized as racist as police are routinely vilified and violent attacks on them are cheered on by the Left. Police are responding by doing less policing and avoiding neighborhoods perceived as hostile to law enforcement.
As Mac Donald observes:
In Baltimore, following anti-cop riots and the indictment of six officers for the death of drug dealer Freddie Gray, arrests dropped 60 percent in May compared with arrests the previous year. In New York City, criminal summonses, a powerful gauge of proactive enforcement, were down 24 percent through July, compared with the same period the previous year; total arrests were down 16.5 percent. Arrests in Los Angeles are down 8 percent city-wide, and even further in some of the highest-crime areas. In the LAPD’s Central Division, home to the chaotic, squalid Skid Row, arrests are down 13 percent, while violent crime is up 57 percent. In some cities, government officials have essentially ordered police to let black criminals run wild.
During the rioting that followed the suspicious April 19 death of career criminal Freddie Gray in police custody, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) ordered police not to enforce the law against black looters. The mayor infamously admitted after riots began that she gave space "to those who wished to destroy."
Of course, this police