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The Ferguson protests aren’t over. Here’s why they picked up again this week
September 29, 2014

A desecrated memorial and comments from a police chief this week brought the simmering tensions between the black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, and local law enforcement to a boil once again, sparking an escalation in protests in the St. Louis suburb during the past several days.

These latest protests were the largest and most volatile since the initial demonstrations that took place for several weeks after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brownon August 9. The first few weeks of protests, which played out through much of August, captured national media attention as demonstrators took to the streets to speak out against what many saw as a history of discrimination by the local government and police against the black community.

Throughout most of September, the tensions appeared to die down. But a couple of events this week, starting with a burned memorial to Brown, were enough to reinvigorate the protests, indicating that the underlying issues and racial tensions in Ferguson are far from resolved.

A desecrated memorial and comments from a police chief this week brought the simmering tensions between the black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, and local law enforcement to a boil once again, sparking an escalation in protests in the St. Louis suburb during the past several days.

These latest protests were the largest and most volatile since the initial demonstrations that took place for several weeks after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brownon August 9. The first few weeks of protests, which played out through much of August, captured national media attention as demonstrators took to the streets to speak out against what many saw as a history of discrimination by the local government and police against the black community.

Throughout most of September, the tensions appeared to die down. But a couple of events this week, starting with a burned memorial to Brown, were enough to reinvigorate the protests, indicating that the underlying issues and racial tensions in Ferguson are far from resolved.

Some residents suggested to St. Louis TV station KSDK that the fire was intentional. “We know it wasn’t an accident,” one protester told KSDK. “You know how many people live over there that seen it from the beginning? I mean it’s just a big old flame. You could tell the way it was set.”

The ensuing protests at Canfield and West Florissant streets, where much of the initial demonstrations took place, at times got violent. CNN reported five arrests after people threatened police with gunshots, rocks, and bottles, and one person reportedly threw a Molotov cocktail at a parking structure. Two officers were injured, and one business was broken into, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told media.

Perhaps in response to the Tuesday protest, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, in a video posted Thursday, recognized several of his police department’s mistakes in the aftermath of the shooting. The apology was long sought by the Brown family and protesters.

Jackson apologized to the Brown family for keeping Brown’s body in the street for hours as officers investigated the scene. He also acknowledged the feelings of distrust toward the police within Ferguson’s black community, and he appeared to express some regret for how police, which at first responded with a militarized presence to largely peaceful demonstrators, handled the protests.

"The right of the people to peacefully assemble is what the police are here to protect," he said. "If anyone who was peacefully exercising that right is upset and angry, I feel responsible, and I’m sorry."

But the day before, on Wednesday, Jackson told CNN that police will continue using riot gear if the situation escalates. “We cannot have nights like last night,” he said “We can’t have actions like last night that can result in injury or death. Those will not be tolerated.”

In another interview with CNN, Jackson also said that, despite his mistakes, he will not step down. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who have initially called for [my resignation] and then have changed their mind after having meetings and discussions about moving forward,” Jackson said. “Realistically, I’m going to stay here and see this through. You know, this is mine, and I’m taking ownership of it.”

Demonstrators appeared to take Jackson’s video apology as too little, too late. They again took to the streets on Thursday night and the weekend, some reportedly demanding that the police chief resign. Despite Jackson’s attempt to march with protesters on Thursday night, the situation once again escalated into violent clashes and arrests.

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grandmasterbooty:

Distressing Video Captures EXACTLY How Cops Treat Black People

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pax-arabica:

Some interesting findings in the latest Palestinian opinion poll carried out by the PCPSR, here are just a few I found relevant:

  • If presidential elections were to take place, Hanniyeh (Hamas candidate) would receive 55% of the votes, whereas Abbas (Fateh candidate) would receive 38% of the votes. If the race was between Hanniyeh and Barghouti instead, Barghouti would win with 48% of the votes vs Hanniyeh’s 46%. Barghouti remains the most popular Palestinian leader, even though Hanniyeh has seen a boost in popularity after the latest Gaza massacres.
  • The vast majority (around 70%) called for Presidential and Parliamentary elections as soon as possible.
  • 78% believe there is an “epidemic” of corruption in PA institutions.
  • Amount of people saying they would immigrate if they could, reached 44% in the Gaza strip, and 22% in the West Bank.
  • 29% of Palestinians in the West Bank believe that it is safe to criticize their (respective) government in the West Bank, whereas 35% believed so in the Gaza strip.
  • Palestinians in the West Bank are more cynical that the reconciliation government will come to pass (48%). Palestinians in Gaza show more optimism that it will come to pass (64%).
  • 68% of all Palestinians believe that security should be under the control of the reconciliation government, whereas 29% wanted security in Gaza to remain exclusively in the hands of Hamas.
  • 46% of Palestinians reject the two state solution; 54% are in favor of it. 60% believe that annexation and settlement expansion have made the two state solution unrealistic and impractical.
  • On resistance: 83% support joining international organizations, 79% support joining the international court of justice, 63% support popular peaceful resistance. When it comes to armed resistance, the vote was evenly split. Despite this, 81% support Hamas’ methods in fighting the occupation.

Now here is something I found really interesting. Hamas is more popular in the West Bank than in Gaza, and vice versa. Abbas would barely lose to Hanniyeh if the votes were restricted to Gaza, whereas Hanniyeh would have a landslide victory against Abbas if the votes were restricted to the West Bank. Seems like the grass is greener on the other side for both sides.

This should also give the people who overly romanticize Hamas some perspective on their governance. Trust me, they are just as rotten as Fateh in their own way. They just have a different political platform.

My impressions: Some of the results are surprising, some of them contradict themselves as well. The impression I get is that people are genuinely confused as to where to go from here, especially with the failure of negotiations. But as suspected, the amount of people giving up hope on the two state solution rises with every month. It’s true that that doesn’t automatically mean support for the one state solution, but it will get there. It’s the logical next step.

If you’re interested in reading all the results, you can find the complete poll here (Arabic).

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering Injured/Killed African-American Victims of Police Brutality
Dymond Milburn, 20-Year-Old African-American Teenager Assaulted By Police Officers When She Was 12, Then Charged With Assault By The Cops That Assaulted Her, & Police Alleged She Was A Prostitute
Three police officers in Texas accused a 12-year-old black girl of being a prostitute, beat and kidnapped her, and none of them ever faced any consequences for their actions.
On August 22, 2006, 12-year-old Dymond Milburn was outside her home flipping a breaker switch to help her family after the electricity went out, when a blue van pulled up and three men exited the vehicle without identifying themselves. The men were cops in plain clothes with the Galveston police and they accused Dymond, who is black, of being a prostitute.
“You’re a prostitute,” an officer declared. “You’re coming with me.”
They then tried to drag Milburn into their van while she scratched and clawed in her struggle to stop them from taking her. She screamed for her father to come to her rescue while the angry officers began beating her in an effort to force her into the van. One of the officers, David Roark, muzzled the girl’s mouth with his hand to silence her.
Hearing her screams, Dymond’s parents arrived on the scene and told officers, “That’s our daughter. She’s twelve.” But Roark didn’t give a damn. “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six,” Roark responded.
Along with Roark, the other officers included Sean Stewart and their Sergeant, Gilbert Gomez. They believed they had the right to take Dymond Milburn away without consulting her parents. Horrified, Dymond’s parents were devastated and powerless as the officers literally kidnapped their daughter before their eyes.
The officers decided to bring Dymond to the hospital for medical attention, and the level of her injuries was devastating. As a result of the brutal beating by police, the little girl suffered a head injury, a throat injury, abrasions on her arms, a sprained wrist, two black eyes, and lacerations as well as spinal injuries. On top of all these physical wounds, Dymond also suffered nightmares and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In all, her injuries resulted in a hospital bill totaling $8,000.
But police still weren’t done putting Dymond through hell. When she finally returned to school following her release from the hospital, police embarrassed her further by showing up at her school. They arrested her in front of her classmates at Austin Middle School in revenge for putting up a fight. The charges? Assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
You read that right. Cops beat the hell out of this girl and they charge HER with assault. Plus she resisted the officers because that’s what we tell our children to do when strangers try to force them into a vehicle against their will.
Milburn and her family had to deal with two mistrials over a period of three years before the District Attorney agreed to stop pursuing the charges. By then, Dymond was 15-years-old and a huge chunk of her childhood was stolen from her. In retaliation, the Milburns filed a civil lawsuit against the officers who changed her life three year earlier. But none of them have been punished and a settlement hasn’t occurred. Basically, all three officers complicit in the kidnapping and beating of the then-12-year-old girl got away with it. Sean Stewart was actually named “Officer of the Year” sometime later and Gomez went on to be promoted prior to becoming a private detective.
Dymond Milburn is 20-years-old now and still hasn’t received justice for what these police officers did to her. She was just a black 12-year-old girl in front of her own home at night, and yet, police accused her of being a prostitute even though she didn’t do anything wrong and officers had no cause to accuse her of anything. In fact, the only reason the officers were around is because they were responding to a call about three white prostitutes allegedly soliciting in the area. However, they attacked a black child who obviously didn’t fit the description instead and accused her of being the prostitute. Remember, we’re talking about a 12-year-old girl who was at her house with her parents. She was an honors student helping around the house. She wasn’t out on the street hooking.
Police brutality against people of color is not just an epidemic today. It’s been around for a long time. And even children aren’t immune from illegal police behavior. If this can happen to one child, it can happen to any child in America. For too long, police have been able to do what they want to the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect with little or no consequences. That needs to change or police behavior never will. [PoliticusUSA]


K: I don’t usually like to make comments on reblogs, but this INFURIATING. FUCK. COPS.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering Injured/Killed African-American Victims of Police Brutality

Dymond Milburn, 20-Year-Old African-American Teenager Assaulted By Police Officers When She Was 12, Then Charged With Assault By The Cops That Assaulted Her, & Police Alleged She Was A Prostitute

Three police officers in Texas accused a 12-year-old black girl of being a prostitute, beat and kidnapped her, and none of them ever faced any consequences for their actions.

On August 22, 2006, 12-year-old Dymond Milburn was outside her home flipping a breaker switch to help her family after the electricity went out, when a blue van pulled up and three men exited the vehicle without identifying themselves. The men were cops in plain clothes with the Galveston police and they accused Dymond, who is black, of being a prostitute.

“You’re a prostitute,” an officer declared. “You’re coming with me.”

They then tried to drag Milburn into their van while she scratched and clawed in her struggle to stop them from taking her. She screamed for her father to come to her rescue while the angry officers began beating her in an effort to force her into the van. One of the officers, David Roark, muzzled the girl’s mouth with his hand to silence her.

Hearing her screams, Dymond’s parents arrived on the scene and told officers, “That’s our daughter. She’s twelve.” But Roark didn’t give a damn. “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six,” Roark responded.

Along with Roark, the other officers included Sean Stewart and their Sergeant, Gilbert Gomez. They believed they had the right to take Dymond Milburn away without consulting her parents. Horrified, Dymond’s parents were devastated and powerless as the officers literally kidnapped their daughter before their eyes.

The officers decided to bring Dymond to the hospital for medical attention, and the level of her injuries was devastating. As a result of the brutal beating by police, the little girl suffered a head injury, a throat injury, abrasions on her arms, a sprained wrist, two black eyes, and lacerations as well as spinal injuries. On top of all these physical wounds, Dymond also suffered nightmares and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In all, her injuries resulted in a hospital bill totaling $8,000.

But police still weren’t done putting Dymond through hell. When she finally returned to school following her release from the hospital, police embarrassed her further by showing up at her school. They arrested her in front of her classmates at Austin Middle School in revenge for putting up a fight. The charges? Assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

You read that right. Cops beat the hell out of this girl and they charge HER with assault. Plus she resisted the officers because that’s what we tell our children to do when strangers try to force them into a vehicle against their will.

Milburn and her family had to deal with two mistrials over a period of three years before the District Attorney agreed to stop pursuing the charges. By then, Dymond was 15-years-old and a huge chunk of her childhood was stolen from her. In retaliation, the Milburns filed a civil lawsuit against the officers who changed her life three year earlier. But none of them have been punished and a settlement hasn’t occurred. Basically, all three officers complicit in the kidnapping and beating of the then-12-year-old girl got away with it. Sean Stewart was actually named “Officer of the Year” sometime later and Gomez went on to be promoted prior to becoming a private detective.

Dymond Milburn is 20-years-old now and still hasn’t received justice for what these police officers did to her. She was just a black 12-year-old girl in front of her own home at night, and yet, police accused her of being a prostitute even though she didn’t do anything wrong and officers had no cause to accuse her of anything. In fact, the only reason the officers were around is because they were responding to a call about three white prostitutes allegedly soliciting in the area. However, they attacked a black child who obviously didn’t fit the description instead and accused her of being the prostitute. Remember, we’re talking about a 12-year-old girl who was at her house with her parents. She was an honors student helping around the house. She wasn’t out on the street hooking.

Police brutality against people of color is not just an epidemic today. It’s been around for a long time. And even children aren’t immune from illegal police behavior. If this can happen to one child, it can happen to any child in America. For too long, police have been able to do what they want to the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect with little or no consequences. That needs to change or police behavior never will. [PoliticusUSA]

K: I don’t usually like to make comments on reblogs, but this INFURIATING. FUCK. COPS.

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BREAKING: CNN confirms that a Ferguson PD officer has indeed been shot, but he was not killed. More updates shortly…

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Anonymous asked: I'm tired of white boys thinkin they can test me just because I'm not the typical "angry Black guy"..

K: They’re worthless scum and certainly don’t deserve your time.

hersheywrites:

confictus:

Good evening friends, just wanted to fill you in on the latest episode of White Cops Gone Crazy. Earlier this month, a black male by the name of Levar Jones was pulled over for a minor seat belt violation by above pictured highway patrol trooper Sean Groubert. Groubert instructed Jones to retrieve his license and registration, according to protocol. When Jones reached into car to retrieve his license, Groubert shot at him multiple times. Luckily it was all caught on his dash cam. Jones survived and Groubert is facing charges. That’s all for tonight. Oh and remember, white cops are not your friends. Unless you’re white. :)
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S/O to the fact that he survived from this fuckboy shooting him.

hersheywrites:

confictus:

Good evening friends, just wanted to fill you in on the latest episode of White Cops Gone Crazy. Earlier this month, a black male by the name of Levar Jones was pulled over for a minor seat belt violation by above pictured highway patrol trooper Sean Groubert. Groubert instructed Jones to retrieve his license and registration, according to protocol. When Jones reached into car to retrieve his license, Groubert shot at him multiple times. Luckily it was all caught on his dash cam. Jones survived and Groubert is facing charges. That’s all for tonight. Oh and remember, white cops are not your friends. Unless you’re white. :)

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S/O to the fact that he survived from this fuckboy shooting him.

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