The grand jury decision was released in Ferguson, Missouri and as expected, the killer cop Darren Wilson was not indicted and will face no punishment for the murder of an eighteen year old Afrikan/Black youth named Michael Brown. This came as no surprise as the value of an Afrikan/Black life, whether it be in Ferguson or Boston is not respected by the white cops who apparently have declared war on Afrikan/Black men/youth all across the country. We support the call for non-violent protest, but also understand the frustration due to the verdict and the feeling that Afrikan/Black people cannot get any “just us/justice” in the United States judicial system. There is an epidemic of police atrocities against Afrikan/Black men all across the country and something must be done to stop this genocidal campaign and that includes the City of Boston. An attempt was made to reach out to Boston Mayor Walsh, but he was a no show for a scheduled meeting. This was a clear indicator that there is a lack of sensitivity and indifference to the fact that many of the racist issues that exist in Ferguson in fact are a problem right here in the City of Boston. A prime example would be the illegal “stop and frisk” policy employed by the Boston Police Department. Although Afrikan/Black men/youth, represent only 24% of the population, we represent 70% of the “stops.” Those are Ferguson like numbers. Mayor Walsh has declared that “Boston is not Ferguson.” The names are spelled differently, but... Continue reading →
CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by a police officer responding to a call about someone with a gun says police acted too quickly and his death could've been avoided.
A statement released Wednesday evening by attorneys for Tamir Rice's family says the family has viewed a surveillance video of the shooting and thanks the city for releasing it publicly.
The video shows Tamir carrying an airsoft gun that shoots non-lethal plastic pellets. Police say the officer who shot him fired within 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser.
The family says it hopes police and prosecutors thoroughly examine the shooting. It asks for the community to remain calm and protest peacefully....read more
The parents of Michael Brown Jr. hit the morning shows on Wednesday to talk about the grand jury's decision this week to not indict officer Darren Wilson, and the subsequent unrest in Ferguson.
“Our son is gone and we're dealing with it, but there are other families that went through the same situation, and we all just want change. … We've just been disrespected all around,” Michael Brown Sr. told CBS This Morning. To the grand jury, he'd say, “Why did you choose to wake up with a chip on your shoulder and do what you did? Not just to our son, but to any human being?”
In response to Wilson's account of the events, Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden said, “He would never provoke anyone to do anything to him and he wouldn't do anything to anybody — I don't believe a word of it.”
Their attorney Benjamin Crump also highlighted how Wilson was never cross-examined, and Brown mentioned how Wilson is known for falsifying reports.
“If something did happen in that store — and that's a big if — that could've been dealt with, but you didn't have to do what you did. He didn't do what he had to do, he did ...read more
Not too long ago, the town of Sanford, Florida was a hotbed of riotous activity. It became known the world over as the place where unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman, a White neighborhood watch leader.
Justice was not served when the gunman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter. Now, in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson and the family of Michael Brown, Jr., the people of Sanford once again took to the streets in peaceful protest, this time in response to the grand jury ‘s decision to not indict White police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Brown, according to My Fox Orlando.
Reportedly some of Sanford's residents opted to pray instead of angrily venting their frustrations upon learning of the Wilson decision. Some twenty-five people gathered in front of the town courthouse to reflect and pray about the climate of the country with regards to the impact of the Wilson decision.
Pastor Tyler Anderson, of Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church stood with the crowd and encouraged prayer as a means to self-soothe. One of the town's prominent figures, Sylvester Franklin of the ...read more
As protesters vented their rage and frustration over Darren Wilson not being indicted, DeAndre Joshua, 20, was found dead inside of a parked car early Tuesday morning, having been shot to death and set on fire close to the site where unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain.
USA Today reports that Joshua's body was discovered in a white Pontiac Grand Prix, near Canfield Green Apartments, blood-soaked shattered glass on the ground beside the vehicle.
“I'm still stunned because he never had any problems. He was a good kid,” said Brian Joshua, 45. “It's like somebody just hit us with a brick.”
St. Louis Police Department released the following statement:
“The St. Louis County Police Department is on the 9400 block of Glenn Owen in Ferguson, MO, near the intersection of Windwood and Glenn Owen.
At approximately 9 a.m. today, a citizen reported that an unresponsive man was inside a parked vehicle at that location. Responding officers discovered a deceased male inside the vehicle.
No information on the identity of the man or additional information about the man, ownership of the car or circumstances leading up to the discovery. … Detectives from the St. Louis County Crimes Against Persons are enroute to conduct the ...read more
CLEVELAND (AP) — City police plan to release the names of the two officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy, along with dispatch calls and a surveillance video that authorities say clearly shows what happened.
The evidence and names will be made public at a briefing early Wednesday afternoon.
Tamir Rice died at a hospital after being shot Saturday by an officer who had responded to a call about someone with a gun at a Cleveland playground. Police say Tamir was told to raise his hands but instead reached into his waistband for what appeared to be a firearm. Police later determined it was an airsoft gun, which shoots small plastic pellets, that did not have an orange safety indicator at the end of the barrel.
Police Chief Calvin Williams told Cleveland City Council members at a safety committee hearing Wednesday morning that police will be making the evidence public “so that people can come to their own conclusions.”
The family's attorneys saw the video Monday. They later called for the full footage to be released publicly. City officials had withheld the video, saying that it was evidence and that they wanted to be sensitive to the family, the community and ...read more
People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions even hundreds of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.
Peaceful demonstrators marched in Seattle and disrupted traffic in St. Louis and Cleveland. Rallies also formed in New Jersey, Maine, Maryland and elsewhere.
For many, the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson recalled other troubling encounters with law enforcement. The refrain “hands up, don't shoot” became a rallying cry over police killings nationwide.
A look at some of Tuesday's demonstrations:
Protesters disrupted downtown traffic for several hours by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois.
Riot police arrested several demonstrators who sat in the middle of Interstate 44 near the Edward Jones Dome. They used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
Demonstrators also swarmed the steps of the federal courthouse, overturning barricades while chanting, “You didn't indict. We shall fight.”
Hundreds of Seattle high school students walked out of classes and rallied at the University of Washington or marched to the downtown federal courthouse.
The protest came a day after demonstrators threw canned ...read more
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.
Meanwhile, officer Darren Wilson broke his long public silence, insisting on national television that he could not have done anything differently in the confrontation with Brown.
In the aftermath of Monday's violence, Missouri governor Jay Nixon more than tripled the number of Guard soldiers sent to the St. Louis suburb, ordering the initial force of 700 to be increased to 2,200 in hopes that their presence would help local law enforcement keep order in the St. Louis suburb.
“Lives and property must be protected,” Nixon said. “This community deserves to have peace.”
About 50 protesters converged on a barricade guarded by 30 Guard members. The group chanted “Whose streets, our streets,” ”This is what democracy looks like” and “Hands up don't shoot,” a slogan that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings.
Outside police headquarters in Ferguson, one woman was taken into custody after protesters threw what appeared to be smoke bombs, flares and frozen ...read more
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson on Tuesday night in the event of more violence.
He said Tuesday that hundreds more will be deployed to Ferguson, where fires and looting erupted Monday night after word that a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The rest will be in a position to respond rapidly, if needed.
Nixon says 700 guardsmen were in the area on Monday night, when more than a dozen buildings were set on fire and otherwise vandalized.
Ferguson's mayor said earlier in the day that the National Guard wasn't deployed quickly enough as violent protests broke out.
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The hours following the somber verdict of Darren Wilson not being indicted for killing Michael Brown, an online poster quickly circulated through social media urging everyone, and specifically Black Americans, to boycott this upcoming Black Friday. As the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter becomes a national call to action, calls for a protest of Black Friday would be another effective way to send a message to the government about the extreme level of injustice towards Black people. Since Black lives apparently don't matter, it may be time to show how the market could look once “Black” wallets don't matter either.
In 2013, a general study was done in that by 2015, African-Americans will collectively have a buying power of $1.1 trillion dollars to spend. That's a lot of moolah to go around towards companies that have sometimes, even regularly, do not appreciate the service of Black shoppers. The Nielsen Company originally reported that the power of the Black consumer is actually “underrepresented”.
Pro-Black reporters have suggested we spend our hard-earned money at independent stores than large-scale corporate retailers before (especially when last year, there were higher than usual instances of racial profiling, or “shopping while black” that occurred). ...read more
The Dallas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola is requesting refunds from the Ohio bridal shop she visited, but the store says the reimbursements aren't feasible because her condition forced it to temporarily close and lose significant business.
Amber Vinson's Dallas attorney asked that Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal refund $480 in dress payments by several of Vinson's bridesmaids, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Attorney Stephen Malouf said Vinson, who has been declared Ebola free, saw the publicity of her case harm the store and decided to get bridesmaids' dresses elsewhere to avoid further scrutiny for the business.
Owner Anna Younker said Vinson's change of heart and the refund request feel like a slap in the face after the shop lost tens of thousands of dollars because of its connection to her.
Malouf said that wasn't Vinson's intention.
“I'm sorry that the shop is upset,” he said. “This was an effort to help the shop and Amber. … This was a purely innocent request and I'm sorry it wasn't received in the spirit in which it was sent.”
Younker said she occasionally makes exceptions to her store's usual policy against refunds, but that it's not feasible in this case.
“It doesn't make sense,” Younker said. “I'm out ...read more