What the fucks happening in Ferguson?
Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.
Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)
There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident), that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.
According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.
According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.
Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)
The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.
It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.
And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.
Reminder that we will not stop resisting white supremacism
au where police officers get held accountable for their actions
Why does it matter what race the people are? Shouldn't the only thing that matters is people are dying by the hands of the police and nothing is being done about it? Why does everything have to be about race?
Reread your own message. Who is dying by the hands of the police? Black people.. on purpose.. Black people are intentionally being killed by the police… Not “people”.. because this is happening at an institutional level in which specifically Black people are purposefully being killed, arrested and dehumanized by the police because they are Black. It’s really fucking simple, actually. There’s a pattern— that’s why race matters. We— Black people— are all as en entire race in fucking danger that’s why race matters. Because it ISN’T just happening to “people”… it’s happening to Black people BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK. It’s not a coincidence.
Why would it not matter that one group of people is intentionally being killed..? They’re being killed by the police BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK.. LITERALLY. Why would it not be about race if Black people are specifically being targeted to be killed like why wouldn’t that be important… Why do you not want to involve race? Tell me if you see a pattern that would help you understand why it’s about race
- A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned.
- Eric Garner is choked and killed by the police in public on camera because of racial profiling
- Black man blew a 0.00 on breathalyzer test and is arrested for DUI
If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested.Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.
- ACU students say hate crime highlights racism on campus By Jennifer Kendall
- 93-year-old activist: NC voting restrictions worse now than during the Jim Crow era
- Man Arrested After Drinking Iced Tea In Public Must Take Deal Or Go To Trial
- Javier Payne, a 14-year-old black boy from the Bronx who was attacked by the NYPD last weekend as he was walking home from a hookah shop in his neighborhood.
- Police Commissioner Calls Obama N-word and Refuses to Apologize
- Man dies defending daughter during alleged hate crime
- West Virginia man kills new black neighbors without warning
- More white people use drugs but Black people are sent to jail for drugs at 10 times the rate that white people are
- Black people who “sound Black” earn less money than those who don’t because of associations with stereotypes. Black people who “sound Black” are less likely to get called back for jobs
- Black children grow up literally associating being Black with being bad and ugly
- White people when tested shot more unarmed Black subjects than armed and unarmed white subjects
- Hate crimes increase after Boston tragedy
- Moroccan High School Student is linked to Boston tragedy for being Brown
- NYPD Commissioner wants Black and Latino men to fear him after the police targeted literally 90 percent Black and Latino men in New York and humiliating them by frisking them in public under the assumption that they had weapons. Studies found that white men were the ones who overwhelmingly had weapons while Black and Latino men didn’t
- White people blaming and convicting Black men for crimes they never committed and everyone believing them because of racism
- Stop and Frisk, ruled unconstitutional was practiced by New York police disproportionately and unfairly affecting 90% Black and Latino men because of racism
- Here are some of the numbers on hate crimes against People of Color and btw, Neo Naziism is increasing!
- Every 28 Hours an African American is Extrajudicially Murdered in the U.S.
- Black people 3 times more likely to be arrested for Marijuana
- Black people receive much harsher sentencing than white people for the same crimes do I need to go on?
- Deaf Black man is stabbed out of internalized racism when his sign language is mistaken for a GANG SIGN
- Oops! Chicago police raids the wrong house, holds an 11 month old at gunpoint to raise their hand, kills their dog all because of racism and assuming it was a crackhouse! Oopsies
- Let’s take it overseas! Black people in England and Wales are 7 times more likely to be stopped by police than white people. Asian people are twice as likely
- White kids think it’s totally okay and normal to photograph themselves lynching a Black baby doll like an effigy
- Here’s a graph of the statistic that approx every 28 hours an African American is extrajudicially executed in the US
- NYPD profiling and targeting LGBT*Q People of Color
- Black students (especially boys and children with disabilities) face more and harsher punishments in public schools and are being pushed out of schools into the criminal justice system.
- Black male incarceration has jumped 500% from 1986 to 2004
- Albany police: SWAT literally uses a poor Black neighborhood to train in because they say it’s ‘realistic’
- The audio recording from a young man of color of a NYPD stop and frisking him based solely how he looks calling him a “FUCKING MUTT”
- Incarceration rates by ethnicity
- African-American man says NYPD made him rap before freeing him
- Black Detroit woman shot to death while seeking help in white neighborhood after car crash
- Woman Says She Called 911 for an Ambulance for Her Fiancé, Cops Came and Shot Him Instead
- A Black man holding a wallet is more likely to be shot by the police than a White man holding a gun.
- Students of color At University of Texas Attacked By An Epidemic Of ‘Bleach Bombs’
- Racism Linked to Adult-Onset Asthma in Black Women
- Black firefighter waves to white police man and is handcuffed and on the ground
- Disparities in the workforce exist as Black women and Latino men work more than white women and white men but the racial wage gap still exists
- Oakland: Study finds racial bias in boys’ arrests targeting guess who? Black young men, of course!
- How is it that 58% of prisoners are Black and Latino if 70% of crime committed here is done by white people?
- Forty Percent of White Americans Are Lying About Their ‘Black Friend’
- When whites were presented with an argument against the death penalty or three strikes that emphasized the racial bias of the policy, they became more (not less) supportive of capital punishment and three strikes laws.
- African-Americans More Likely To Receive Lower-Quality Kidneys, Study Finds
- Famous actor Brandon T. Jackson is called racial slurs on his flight and told “I don’t care if you’re Obama’s son” then questioned by the police and restricted from flying and left alone to look for a hotel himself for being the victim of racism on US Airways
- Rob Brown, famous star of Treme is racially profiled and arrested at Macy’s for purchasing a watch with his own money and his own credit card and accused of fraud
- Kayla Philips tries to purchase a bag at Barney’s and is also accused of fraud at Barney’s because they didn’t believe she could afford it
- I mean have you heard about Mike Brown who is a teen that was gunned down for “walking in the street” and lied on by the police about “stealing” from a shop that says he didn’t steal from there and they didn’t call the police at all?
- Have you been keeping up with Ferguson and who’s being shot at for peacefully protesting?
- White people literally care so little about Black life that they think “if i was gunned down” hashtag is a joke… they think Black people being killed by the police is funny and a joke. Nothing is sacred.
- Unarmed black man, Ezell Ford, killed by LAPD hmm I wonder if racism played a part
- Ferguson police refer to protesting crowd as “animals” and enact violence with wooden bullets and tear gas against them
- A Black innocent bystander happens to be the one to be attacked and arrested by a mallcop during a protest
- Racist bus driver caught on tape using racist slurs to Black kids and family
- Renisha McBride is the victim of gun violence and yet is put on trial for her own death instead of the guilty killer as ‘drunk woman’
- Black man is shot dead by police in Walmart ‘after he picked up a toy gun’ — interesting that white people are toting real rifles around Target with no problem
- Police beat a Black teenage girl for “breaking curfew” on what planet would that deserve any physical consequence
- Family of Black man killed by officer at Red Arrow Park says he was shot 15 times
- How is it that a Black man blows 0.00 on the breathalyzer and is still arrested
- Keep in mind that white people are still painting their skin brown and black to commit crimes so that innocent Black men are blamed while their identity is protected
- Babysitter Robs 4 Year Old, Blames a Black Man, Black Neighbor Falsely Arrested
- Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked says “If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested” Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.
- There are hate crimes happening on ACU campus against Black people in which people are ticketing Black people’s cars with “Black people don’t own nice cars” etc.
- Black Man Arrested After Drinking Iced Tea In Public Must Take Deal Or Go To Trial
- Black Mother Of Special Needs Son Arrested After Entering His School To Console Him.. How does that make sense?
- Javier Payne is a 14-year-old black boy from the Bronx who was attacked by the NYPD last weekend as he was walking home from a hookah shop in his neighborhood.
- Police Commissioner Calls Obama N-word and Refuses to Apologize. Being the president or ivy league educated or raised by white people does not encourage racists to stop being racist
- Racist pub landlord tells TV chef Lorraine Pascale ‘n*****s aren’t welcome’ but she’s OK because his wife ‘likes her cakes’
- NYPD beat Muslim teens, rip off hijabs
- More social experiments where Black people seen breaking into cars are treated exactly how you’d expect and white people are offered help
- Black 8-Year-Old Shot by White Neighbor Struggles to Recover in Texas. Eight years old. Shot by white neighbor. Take it in.
- NIH study reveals black scientists are systematically underfunded wow not shocking to anyone though
- West Virginia white man kills new black neighbors without warning
- Debt Collectors Are More Likely To Go After Black People
- Unarmed Brooklyn Black Man Charged With Felonious Assault For Two Women Shot By NYPD. How does it make sense that the NYPD has bad aim and a man they were shooting at is blamed for it?
- Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students
- Three black students waiting for bus arrested after cops order them to ‘disperse’
- Selling While Black: Racism Revealed in Online Shopping Study
- African American Postman Shot and Killed, Apparently Mistaken For ‘Prowler’
- Hate crimes charges after students fasten bike lock around black roommate’s neck and call him ‘Three-fifths’
- Innocent Teenager, Never Convicted, Spends 3 Years in Jail Before Charges Dropped
- African-American man says NYPD made him rap before freeing him like this is a funny silly game for them
- Cervical cancer vaccine misses minority women, study finds
- The shutdown left Native american children in the cross hairs and who cared ….Where was the national outcry?
- Woman Says She Called 911 for an Ambulance for Her Fiancé, Cops Came and Shot Him Instead. Guess his race just guess
- Here’s a vine where you can see a Black person walking leisurely as a white police officer chases them and so they move off to the side and then seemingly confused, surrender by sitting down and they’re still pushed for literally no reason
- Let’s spot some patterns in the ‘police brutality’ tag over the last 2 years
It is about race, I’m not “making it about race”. Why don’t you want it to be about race when it already is…?