Accurate or Nah?
i’m just going to leave this here…
and say that if anybody else was responsible for his murder they would already be locked up facing charges. not in a safe place with PAID administrative leave.
i didn’t realize that it isn’t murder when you’re a police officer, it’s a few weeks paid vacation and you’re back on the job.
JUSTICE for michael brown, ezell ford, eric garner, tarika wilson, henry glover, amadou diallo, manuel loggins jr, todd blair, oscar grant, ronald madison, sean bell, james brissette, stephon watts, jose guerena, kenneth harding jr, patricia cook, remarley graham, byron carter jr, justin sipp, kenneth chamberlain, johnnie warren, dante price, trayvon martin, chris kissane, kendrec mcdade, rekia boyd, dixon rodriguez, john adams, keith vidal, michael nida, john crawford, darrin manning…
how long does the list have to go on? this isn’t even close to HALF of the people killed by police since 2012 alone.
police kill at least 500 people a year with those numbers rising every year.
law enforcement has killed over 6,500 people since 9/11 - more bodies than the entire iraq war!
you’re 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.
this shit’s been going on since before rodney king and it hasn’t gotten any better. what the fuck is going on here?
IF YOU’RE NOT ANGRY, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.
Who’s terrorizing who?
"A hundred years ago they used to put on a white sheet and use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they have taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms and traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they’re still doing the same thing.”
— Malcolm X
Lemme hear one more white person say that White people don’t start nor participate in Race riots.
1824: October 18 Providence, R.I. Hardscrabble Riots
1829: June- August: Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Riots of 1829
1831: Providence, R.I. Snow Town Riots
1834: July 7 New York City, N, Y Farren Riots
1834: August 12 Philadelphia, PA Flying Horse Riot
1836: April and July Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati riots of 1836
1841: September Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati riots of 1841
1855: Cincinnati, OH
1863: March 6 Detroit, MI Detroit Race Riot of 1863
1863: July 13-16. NYC City, NY New York City Draft Riots
1866: May 1-3 Memphis, Tennessee Memphis Riots of 1866
1866: June Charleston, SC
1866: July 30. New Orleans, LA New Orleans Riot of 1866
1867: Pulaski, Tennessee Pulaski Riot
1868: September 28 Opelousas, LA Opelousas Massacre
1868: September 19 Camilla, Georgia Camilla Riot of 1868
1870: Eutaw, Alabama Eutaw Riot of 1870
1870: June Alamance, N.C. Kirk-Holden War
1870: October 20 Laurens, SC Laurens County Riot
1871: March Meridian, MS Meridian Race Riot of 1871
1873: April 13 Colfax, LA Colfax Massacre
1874: July 29 Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg Riot of 1874
1874: September 14 New Orleans, LA Liberty Place Riot
1874: August Coushatta, Louisiana Coushatta Massacre
1874: November 3 Eufaula, Alabama Election Riot of 1874
1875: September 1 Yazoo City, MS Yazoo City Race Riot of 1875
1875: September 4 Clinton, Mississippi The Clinton Riot
1876: July 4 Hamburg, SC Hamburg Massacre
1884: Cincinnati, OH
1891: October 18 Omaha, NE Omaha riot of 1891.
1898: October 12 Virden, IL Virden Massacre
1898: November Wilmington, NC Wilmington Insurrection of 1898
1898: February 22 Lake City, South Carolina Lake City Mob
1898: November 9-14 Greenwood County, S.C. Phoenix Election Riot
1899: April 23 Coweta, GA Lynching of Sam Hose
1899: September 19 Carterville, IL
1919: July 19-23. Washington, D.C.
1919: September 25-28. Omaha, Nebraska
1919: May 10 Charleston, South Carolina
1919: May 25 Milan, Georgia
1919: July 10 Longview, Texas
1919: August 30 Knoxville, Tennessee
1919: August 21, September 16. New York City, New York
1919: August 27-28. Laurens County, Georgia
1919: October 1 Elaine, Arkansas
1919: June 13 New London, Connecticut
1919: July 3 Bisbee, Arizona
1919: April 13 Millen, Georgia
1919: July 7. July 31. Philadelphia, Penn
1919: July 15 Port Arthur, Texas
1919: July 21 Norfolk, Virginia
1919: Argo, Illinois
1919: July 31 Syracuse, New York
1919: Ocmulgee, Georgia
1919: Mid Aug/Sep. Baltimore, Maryland
1919: November 13-1. Wilmington, Delaware
1919: Waukegan, Illinois
1919: August 5 Lexington, Nebraska
1919: August 18 Mulberry, Florida
1919: July 27- August 3 Chicago, Illinois
1919: October 4-5 Gary Indiana.
1919: October 9 Donora, Pennsylvania
1919: October 10 Hubbard, Ohio
1919: October 30 Corbin, Kentucky
1919: November 22 Bogalusa, Louisiana.
1919: May 10 Sylvester, Georgia.
1919: May 29 Putnam, Georgia
1919: 31 May Monticello, Mississippi
1919: 13 June Memphis, Tennessee
1919: June 27 Macon, Mississippi.
1919: June 27 Annapolis, Maryland.
1919: July 5 Scranton, Pennsylvania
1919: July 6 Dublin, Georgia
1919: July 8 Coatesville, Pennsylvania
1919: July 9 Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1919: July 11 Baltimore, Maryland
1919: July 23 New Orleans, Louisiana
1919: July 23 Darby, Pennsylvania
1919: July 26 Hobson City, Alabama
1919: July 28 Newberry, South Carolina
1919: July 31 Bloomington, Illinois
1919: August 4 Hattiesburg, Mississippi
1919. August 6 Texarkana, Texas
1919: August 29 Ocgulmee, Georgia
1920: Chicago, Illinois
1921: May 30- June 1. Tulsa, OK Black Wall Street Massacre
1922. May 6, June 9 Kirven, Texas
1923: January 1. Rosewood, FL Rosewood Massacre
1930: October 12-15 Sainte Genevieve, MO
1931: March Scottsboro, AL
1935: March 19 Harlem, NY Harlem Riot of 1935
1943: May Mobile, AL
1943: June Los Angeles, CA Zoot Suit Riot
1943: June 15-16 Beaumont, TX Beaumont Race Riot of 1943
1943: June 20 Detroit, MI Detroit Race Riot
1943: August 1 Harlem, NY Harlem Riot of 1943
1949: August-September Peekskill, NY
1951: July 11-12 Cicero County, IL Cicero Race Riot
1958: Maxton, NC Battle of Hayes Pond
1959: February Pearl River County, MS
1960: April Biloxi Beach, MS
1962: October Oxford, MS Uni of Mississippi
1963: September 30. Oxford, MS Ole Miss Riot
1963: July 11 Cambridge, MD Cambridge riot of 1963 1963: May 13 Birmingham, AL Bombings
1964: July Brooklyn, NY
1964: July 18 Harlem, NY Harlem Riot of 1964
1964: July 24-26 Rochester, NY Rochester riot
1964: August Jersey City, NJ
1964: August Paterson, NJ
1964: August Elizabeth, NJ
1964: August Chicago, IL
1964: August 28 Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia race riot
1965: March 7 Selma, AL Bloody Sunday
1965: July Springfield, MA
1965: August 11-17 Los Angeles, CA Watts Riot
1966: July 18 Cleveland, Ohio Hough Riots
1966: July 4 Omaha, NE
1966: September Dayton, OH
1966: September San Francisco, CA Hunter’s Point
1967: June Atlanta, GA
1967: June 6 Boston, MA
1967: June 11 Tampa, FL Tampa Riot
1967: May 22 Houston, TX Texas Southern University Riot 1967: July 22 Detroit, MI Detroit riot
1967: June 26- July 1 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Riot
1967: July 30 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Riot
1967: July 21 Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis North Side Riots
1967: July 12-17 Newark, NJ Newark riots
1967: July 16 Plainfield, NJ Plainfield riots
1967: July 24 Cambridge, MD Second Cambridge Race Riot
1967: June 11-16 Cincinnati, OH Avondale Riot
1967: July Newark, NJ
1967: July Detroit, MI
1967: Birmingham, AL
1967: Chicago, IL
1967: New Britain, CT
1967 Rochester, NY
1968: February 8 Orangeburg, SC Orangeburg massacre
1968: April Nationwide riots Assassination of MLK
1969: June 24 Omaha, Nebraska
1969: Camden, NJ
1969: July 17 York, PA York Race Riot
1969: June 28 New York City, NY Stonewall Riots
1970: May 11 Augusta, GA
1970: May 5 Jackson, MS Jackson State killings
1970: July 4 Ashbury Park, NJ Ashbury Park Riots
1970: July New Bedford, MA
1971: Camden, NJ Camden Riots
1972-1977: Pensacola, FL Escambia High School Riots
1975-76: Boston, MA Anti-Busing Riots
1980: May 18 Miami, Florida Miami Riots
1980: July 24 Chattanooga, TN Chattanooga Riot
1984: August 8 Lawrence, MA Lawrence Race Riot
1986: December Howard Beach, NY
1987: February 20 Tampa, FL Tampa Riot
1989: February 1 Tampa, FL Tampa Riot
1989: August Bensonhurst, NY
1991: August 19 Brooklyn, NY Crown Heights riot
1992: April 29 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Riots
1996: October 24-26 Petersburg, FA St. Petersburg Riots
1998: June Jasper, TX Lynching
2001: Cincinnati, OH Police Riots
THERES MANY MORE RACE RIOTS
"Ferguson Police Just Executed My Unarmed Son!!!"
That was the heartbreaking message Louis Head wrote on a piece of cardboard and held up for the community to see after his stepson, Michael Brown, was shot down by a cop in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., on August 9.
The death of the 18 year old ignited the bitter outrage of a community that says police brutality directed at Black men is all-too-common in this majority-African American suburb outside St. Louis, leading to angry protests two nights in a row.
Mainstream media outlets focused on the damage done to property during the demonstrations, but for millions of people around the country, horror at the police execution of another unarmed Black youth—and the sense that it’s time something is done about police violence—were the dominant feelings.
According to the police version of events, a shop owner reported that someone allegedly matching Brown’s description shoplifted from their store. Later, an officer—who still had not been named when this report written—stopped Brown and a friend as they walked down a street, say the cops, and Brown attempted to push the officer into his car and tried grab for the officer’s gun.
Police say one shot was fired from the officer’s gun during the struggle. Then, after the unarmed Brown fled, the cop fired several shots at Brown, fatally wounding the teen.
Witnesses tell a completely different story. Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Michael Brown, and Piaget Crenshaw, a bystander who witnessed the shooting, told Fox 2 News that after confronting Brown and Johnson for walking in the street, the officer began assaulting Brown by choking him, and trying to pull Brown into his squad car. His weapon fired at least once at this point.
When both teens ran, the officer then fired a second shot. Johnson told reporters at the scene, “[The officer] shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air and started to get down, and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”
"We weren’t causing no harm to nobody," Johnson said. "We had no weapons on us at all."
Brown’s family and friends learned of his death because his lifeless body laid in the streetfor some four hours while police “investigated”—or tried to get their stories straight about a case of cold-blooded murder, to judge from the eyewitness accounts.
As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, Brown’s friends “saw photos of him lying in the street on Canfield Drive where his body remained for hours. Some joined the crowds of mourners and protesters who had gathered there since the shooting in protest of how Brown had died: Black, unarmed and from multiple gunshots.”
The death of yet another young Black man at the hands of police caused community outrage to boil over in the days following the killing—though this happened only after what many call a deliberate police provocation.
Black residents who gathered for a vigil on the evening of Brown’s death in front of the police station were met with a heavy-handed response. Dozens of police had been called in from the surrounding towns, and they were dressed in riot gear, many holding shotguns. The crowd chanted, “The people, united, will never be defeated,” and some residents held up their hands to show police that they were unarmed, shouting, “Don’t shoot me” at the cops.
Anger in the community built, not only in response to the official police story about Brown’s death, but to the media portrayals of Brown—who was to begin his first day of college on Monday.
As TheRoot.com noted, many media outlets chose to use a picture of an unsmiling Brown flashing a peace sign, which some labeled a “gang sign.” As Yesha Callahan put it:
You’d be hard-pressed to find mainstream media showing Brown at his high school graduation or with members of his family. Ironically, all of those photos exist courtesy of Brown’s Facebook page. Unfortunately, because of Ferguson police, we’ll never be able to see a photo of Brown attending his first day of college today.
The following night, August 10, hundreds of protesters gathered for another candlelight vigil. When some took to the streets, chanting “No justice, no peace,” they were confronted by hundreds of police in riot gear, armed with attack dogs.
It was widely reported that Black residents began chanting, “Kill the police!” before engaging in what the media generally termed a “riot,” including the looting of some local stores. But many people who said they participated in the demonstration took to social media to insist that protesters actually were chanting not “Kill the police,” but “No justice, no peace!” Many also stated that protesters were deliberately provoked by the heavy police presence.
At some point, some protesters reportedly began looting and spray-painting several stores, with one convenience store set on fire. Police eventually used tear gas to disperse them.
My favorite line of all time.