police shootings

Addicting Info – White Cop Mistakes Black NYPD Officer For Criminal And Shoots Him Dead (VIDEO)

Many Blacks and Whites are targeting Al Sharpton for his activism in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, yet he has a long history of speaking out in cases such as this while those same complainers stayed silent. May of 2009 was a dark time for all Black police officers as they spoke to fear of being mistaken for a Black criminal by white officers. The terminology used here is “friendly-fire.”


That’s right. Apparently, even being a police officer isn’t enough to keep a young black man from getting killed by a white cop. Edwards was out of uniform on a plainclothes detail — an earlier Daily News report said he was “off-duty” — and chasing down an actual crime suspect whom he’d caught breaking into a car.

Officer Andrew Dunton saw the chase, and called out, “Police! Stop! Drop it!” When Edwards started to turn around but failed to drop his gun quickly enough, Dunton shot him three times.  It happened on Good Friday, May 9th, 2009, and more recent incidents of excessive lethal force by police against black men proves we’ve learned little or nothing since then. Edwards was only 27 years old, and left behind his wife Danielle and their two young sons.

via Addicting Info – White Cop Mistakes Black NYPD Officer For Criminal And Shoots Him Dead (VIDEO).

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Where race relations stand in America – Opinion – The Boston Globe | #OYRchallenge

White response to Police killing Blacks

Ward Sutton is a New York-based cartoonist and illustrator.

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Mike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own up | Isabel Wilkerson | Comment is free | theguardian.com | #OYRchallenge

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At left: Ferguson, Missouri, 2014, where a body was left in the street for four hours in the August sun. At right: Paris, Texas, 1893. Photographs: JB Forbes / St Louis Post-Dispatch via AP; Wikimedia Commons

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Not terribly long ago in a country that many people misremember, if they knew it at all, a black person was killed in public every four days for often the most mundane of infractions, or rather accusation of infractions – for taking a hog, making boastful remarks, for stealing 75 cents. For the most banal of missteps, the penalty could be an hours-long spectacle of torture and lynching. No trial, no jury, no judge, no appeal. Now, well into a new century, as a family in Ferguson, Missouri, buries yet another American teenager killed at the hands of authorities, the rate of police killings of black Americans is nearly the same as the rate of lynchings in the early decades of the 20th century.

 

via Mike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own up | Isabel Wilkerson | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Black lawyers to challenge police brutality in 25 cities | #OYRchallenge

Black Lawyers in conjunction with the National Bar Association taking steps to address wholesale massacre of young black youth. “[Pamela] Meanes called police brutality the new civil rights issue of this era, an issue that disproportionately impacts the Black community.” #OYRchallenge

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association (NBA) recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct.

Pamela Meanes, president of the Black lawyers and judges group, said that the NBA was already making plans for a nationwide campaign to fight police brutality when Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a White police officer following a controversial midday confrontation in a Ferguson, Mo.

Meanes called police brutality the new civil rights issue of this era, an issue that disproportionately impacts the Black community.

“If we don’t see this issue and if we don’t at the National Bar Association do the legal things that are necessary to bring this issue to the forefront, then we are not carrying out our mission, which…

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Latest Mike Brown Shooting Video – Hands Up| The Free Thought Project| #OYRchallenge

via ‘He had his f**king hands in the air!’ New footage shows Ferguson witnesses reacting to teen’s death | The Free Thought Project.


Their account aligns with what other witnesses have said: that Brown’s hands were raised in the air when he was killed.The contractors said they did not see how the incident began.The video was filmed on a cellphone by an unidentified witness, CNN reported.

Outrage and Calls for Change Follow Ferguson Officials Into Council Meeting – NYTimes.com | #OYRchallenge

Ferguson holds its first city council meeting since the murder of an 18-year-old African American youth, Mike Brown. The Ferguson murder is one of many attacks on African American men across the United States. Is this the tipping point for African American families? In the context of media, political, social, and judicial scrambles to maintain anti-African American rhetoric and stereotypes, there is the most salient issue. How will African Americans redress the age old virus spread across America?  After all of the protests, will African American leadership sink back into the muddy American political pool, as they did after the Civil Rights Era? Or, will our young develop new substantive strategies, educators, and alliances out of this new surge of African American awakening? #OYRchallenge

Ferguson, MO first city council meeting after Mike Brown murder

New York Times: Residents pelted the stone-faced officials with angry questions: Why had Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson officer who shot the unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9, not been arrested? Why were young African-American men so frequently arrested by the police? And why were so few black residents elected to city government?

“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us: That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation…shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”  Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

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Unforgettable: The 10 Last Words of Unarmed Black Men – Urban Cusp |#OYRchallenge

Urban Cusp has put together #lastwords of young black men shot by police. #OYRchallenge#lastwords

The following images reflect the last words of ten unarmed African American men curated by journalist Shirin Barghi. According to her tweets, Barghi says, “I created these images to raise awareness about racist police violence in America and as an expression of solidarity. I experienced police brutality in my native Iran, and the struggle here to confront that violence resonated with me.”The information that accompanies each was posted on Upworthy by Andrea Garcia-Vargas to serve as a fact check and source of information for each image.

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We know how to decrease police violence like what we’ve seen after the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson: civil oversight, body cameras, and redefining use of force. | #OYRchallenge

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Before they even don their uniforms, police officers receive hours and hours of training about the appropriate use of force. At the nation’s police academies, they learn how to evaluate situations where force could be an option and when it’s illegal. By the time officers are patrol-ready, they know how to use their firearms, batons, and stun guns. Yet, in response to the chokehold killing of Erin Garner, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton has called for the “retraining” of his officers. Training is, of course, essential to law enforcement. But it would be a serious and dangerous error to shrug off these deaths and beatings by cops and simply attribute them to inadequate training.

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Hands Up United #Handsup #OYRchallenge

There is now a name for the Ferguson, MO alliance against the murder of Black bodies, Hands Up, Inc. Hands up? Yes, because it may be the last position anyone sees you in before you die. 

Want to offer your professional services? Watch the video, then register at http://www.handsupunited.org/ #handsup #justiceformikebrown #OYRchallengeJustice for Mike Brown

Purpose: “We are striving for a world where we deal with harm in our communities through healing, love, and kinship.  This means an end to state sponsored violence, including the excessive use of force by law enforcement.  We are committed to an America that comes to terms with the trauma of its painful history and finds true reconciliation for it.  Mass incarceration and the criminalization of black and brown people must forever end, leaving in its place a culture that embraces our histories and stories.  This means an end to racial bias and white supremacy in all its forms.” #JusticeforMikeBrown #Handsup #OYRchallenge

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