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soulbrotherv2:

On this date, August 9, in 1997, Abner Louima was beaten. Louima, a Black Haitian immigrant was arrested and brutally attacked by four New York City police officers.
The Abner Louima Case, 10 Years Later

By Sewell Chan 
Ten years ago today, a 30-year-old Haitian immigrant named Abner Louimawas arrested and sodomized with a broomstick inside a restroom in the 70th Precinct station house in Brooklyn. The case became a national symbol of police brutality and fed perceptions that New York City police officers were harassing or abusing young black men as part a citywide crackdown on crime.The case also marked the beginning of the unraveling of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s relationship with the black community in New York. That relationship would deteriorate even further, after the police shot two unarmed black men, Amadou Diallo in February 1999 and Patrick Dorismondin 2000.  [Continue reading article.]

soulbrotherv2:

On this date, August 9, in 1997, Abner Louima was beaten. Louima, a Black Haitian immigrant was arrested and brutally attacked by four New York City police officers.

The Abner Louima Case, 10 Years Later

By Sewell Chan 

Ten years ago today, a 30-year-old Haitian immigrant named Abner Louimawas arrested and sodomized with a broomstick inside a restroom in the 70th Precinct station house in Brooklyn. The case became a national symbol of police brutality and fed perceptions that New York City police officers were harassing or abusing young black men as part a citywide crackdown on crime.

The case also marked the beginning of the unraveling of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s relationship with the black community in New York. That relationship would deteriorate even further, after the police shot two unarmed black men, Amadou Diallo in February 1999 and Patrick Dorismondin 2000.  [Continue reading article.]

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How Many St. Louis-Area Cops Are Members of "Patriot" Groups?

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Late last week, reporters discovered a video of racist anti-government rantings by a St. Louis County police officer working the streets of Ferguson. Media scrutiny quickly focused on the officer’s incendiary language and policing methods, but few paused to scrutinize the group to whom he was addressing his comments.

The now-suspended cop in that hourlong video, Dan Page, was speaking to the St. Louis-area Oath Keepers, a national group of military and police veterans who claim to stand for Constitutional rights against tyranny. News reports understandablyzeroed in on his unhinged remarks about blacks, Muslims, women, and the new world order. More audio emerged over the weekend of Page explaining to a right-wing radio host his beliefs “that the US is in danger of being folded into a one-world government after a series of orchestrated events, and that ‘99.9 percent’ of sexual assault in the military is ‘bogus.’”

But not enough is being written about the inherent contradiction in Page’s affiliations. Here was a police officer, shutting down media and largely peaceful demonstrators, participating in a heavy-handed, “militarized” law enforcement response on the streets of Ferguson… at the same time that he claimed kinship with a “patriot” group whose very stated mission is to prevent and resist militarized tyranny in the United States.

How Many St. Louis-Area Cops Are Members of "Patriot" Groups?

The Oath Keepers are a slippery organization, often as difficult to get a handle on as the many-headed tea party hydra. Formed during the 2008 election cycle out of anti-Hillary fears that the federal government would use its counterterrorism powers to declare war on its citizens, set up concentration camps, and institute a military state, the Oath Keepers have been a central hub for “patriotic” paranoiacs and preppers, drawn from military and law enforcement ranks.

They turned out in droves to defend racist old rancher Cliven Bundy in his land dispute. They left Bundy’s side after taking seriously an unfounded rumor that Barack Obama and Eric Holder were going to hit their Nevada compound with drone strikes. They talk about disobeying tyrannical orders from socialist presidents and governors. They love Alex Jones’ Infowars and conspiracy theories du jour.

How Many St. Louis-Area Cops Are Members of "Patriot" Groups?

And yet. For all their delusions, the Oath Keepers seem tailor-made to counter the surreal overarmed police state that may have played a role in Michael Brown’s death by cop in Ferguson, and that has ebbed and flowed through the streets there ever since. The oath that Oath Keepers keep is to disobey a set of orders they believe may be given by government authorities. Hence they swear, in part:

  • We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
  • We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
  • We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

In other words—minus the incendiary and frankly dumb “concentration camp” rhetoric—the Oath Keepers should be as hopping mad about the police response in St. Louis County as anyone. If they have members and sympathizers on the police forces involved, you’d think those members would be marching off the job, joining the protests, organizing as many cross-country treks to Ferguson by their far-off counterparts as they did to protect a land-grabbing peckerwood in Bunkerville, Nevada.

It hasn’t worked out that way. Look at Dan Page.

In fairness to the St. Louis area Oath Keepers, some of them have gone out to the tamest demonstrations in Ferguson. They have sent an angry open letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon saying, “The militarized police response we saw in Ferguson did not work”—though they haven’t said how many of their members are part of that militarized police response. They have denounced Page’s acts and said he was merely one of many speakers at their group, not a member. “In my opinion, his actions in Ferguson show that he is an oath breaker,” one representative of the group wrote on Facebook, adding, “what he said in his presentation was cowardly and hateful.”

Apparently, some of that Oath Keeper’s colleagues disagree, because Page’s rant is still on the St. Louis Oath Keepers home page, alongside videos on “Prepping Basics,” “Drip Irrigation for Your Home Garden,” shooting instructions, climate change lies, and “Colloidal or Ionic Silver: It’s [sic] medical uses and how to make it at home.”

Why is it that the liberty-loving, government-loathing patriots who have for so long warned of a tank-driving, brutal police state were so willing to put their lives on the line for a Cliven Bundy, but not a Ferguson, Missouri? What is the critical difference between the Ferguson protesters, and these resisters of government power:

And what of the Oath Keepers, and other “patriots” on the police forces in St. Louis County? Who, if anybody, keeps count of them? Judging from how few cops have walked off the job, it seems that either there aren’t as many Oath Keeper types in the ranks as these groups would have you believe… or else, like Dan Page, they really have no problem with aggressive policing when they’re the police.

Source: Adam Weinstein for Gawker

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thoughtsofablackgirl:

Yesterday 50 Harris-Stowe State University (HBCU)  Black Male Scholars headed to Ferguson to welcome the elementary school students for their first day back to school.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.
There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:
Adaisha Miller, Detroit Woman, Hugged Cop From Behind
LAPD cop charged with assault in death of Alesia Thomas
7-year- old Aiyana Stanley-Jones – Detroit Free Press
17 Year Old Darnesha Harris Dead after Run-In with Breaux
Mackala Ross and Delores Epps
Eleanor Bumpurs
Erica Collins family files lawsuit against Cincy Police
Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | AL.com (Heather Parker)
Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)
Family of victim question police use of deadly force – KWCH (Karen Day)
Kendra James remembered at Portland rally | KOIN.com
Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)
After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)
Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression
Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)
Rekia Boyd Settlement: Family Of Unarmed Chicago Woman
Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)
Shantel Davis Killed By NYPD Cop In Car Chase | News One
Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)
Suspected Walmart Shoplifter Shot To Death In Front Of Kids (Shelly Frey)
The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)
Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)
$2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)
No Charges in Killing of Tyisha Miller – Los Angeles Times
Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)

thepoliticalfreakshow:

African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.

There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:

Adaisha Miller, Detroit Woman, Hugged Cop From Behind

LAPD cop charged with assault in death of Alesia Thomas

7-year- old Aiyana Stanley-JonesDetroit Free Press

17 Year Old Darnesha Harris Dead after Run-In with Breaux

Mackala Ross and Delores Epps

Eleanor Bumpurs

Erica Collins family files lawsuit against Cincy Police

Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | AL.com (Heather Parker)

Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)

Family of victim question police use of deadly force – KWCH (Karen Day)

Kendra James remembered at Portland rally | KOIN.com

Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)

After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)

Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression

Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)

Rekia Boyd Settlement: Family Of Unarmed Chicago Woman

Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)

Shantel Davis Killed By NYPD Cop In Car Chase | News One

Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)

Suspected Walmart Shoplifter Shot To Death In Front Of Kids (Shelly Frey)

The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)

Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)

$2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)

No Charges in Killing of Tyisha MillerLos Angeles Times

Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)

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Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Has A Not So Spotless Background

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justinspoliticalcorner:

h/t: Randa Morris at AddictingInfo.org

I grew up in St Louis after our family moved there from England. The racial segregation is really bad. Many white people in St Louis (especially in STL County) are truly racist and bigoted.

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lornahs:

Where to start reading Danica Williams?
Justice League Beyond #18-20
Justice League Beyond #25
Justice League Beyond 2.0

lornahs:

Where to start reading Danica Williams?

  • Justice League Beyond #18-20
  • Justice League Beyond #25
  • Justice League Beyond 2.0

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