Dr. Umar Johnson discusses the steps necessary to liberate a nation from oppression
Bar Sign – ‘Mike Brown Special: Six Shots of Something’
On Aug. 22, a very disturbing photo of a bar advertisement began floating around social media. It appeared that a St. Louis-area bar put out a chalkboard sign on the sidewalk advertising a drink special that referenced the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The ad read “Mike Brown Special: six shots of something.”
According to the social news website Buzzfeed, the original image was uploaded to Facebook by Erin Bergeon, who told the media outlet that she took the picture at 8:21 p.m. Aug. 21 at the back entrance of a bar on St. Charles’ Main Street.
A Buzzfeed investigation identified the bar as The Lounge on Main. When the site reached out to owner Justin Donahue, it was revealed that the sign had been on display for 40 minutes outside his bar, but it was the work of a customer who was kicked out of the bar and banned for life.
“I got hacked,” said Donahue. “The sign sits outside my business, someone hacked it, and now people are coming to burn my place down.”
Police Officer Accused of Letting Dog Urinate On Michael Brown’s Memorial
The memorial that was constructed near where Michael Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson has had a steady stream of visitors and mourners, many of whom leave mementos such as flowers, stuffed animals and signs.
Just blocks from West Florissant Avenue, where many of the large protests and clashes with police took place, the memorial site has been an area of calm and remembrance, until a Ferguson police officer allowed a dog to urinate on it.
According to a source quoted by The Huffington Post, the incident was related by “three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. ‘She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,’ that official told me. ‘She was very distraught about it.’ The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.”
Racist Police Facebook Posting
Officer Marc Catron, a Kansas City, Missouri, cop, found himself in hot water after posting a couple of thinly veiled racist images on Facebook deemed serious enough to cause him to be put under internal review, according to the city police department.
Catron first posted the picture above as if it was a photo of slain Ferguson teenager Brown, but it is actually a photo of accused Oregon sledgehammer killer Joda Cain. Some people felt the officer was insinuating all Black males look alike or are criminal.
Catron didn’t stop there, making clear how he felt about Black people in general with a racial meme: “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither!”
Catron appears to have conveniently forgotten how white people riot regularly over soccer games, and did so after head football coach Joe Paterno was fired after the 2011 Penn State child sex abuse scandal, when it was revealed that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been sexual assaulting underage boys on or near university property.
A Facebook group of more than 1,600 members titled, “Marc Catron Isn’t worthy of the shield,” calling for his firing has already been created.
White Police Officer Heard Screaming Disparaging Statement to Protesters
Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer isn’t an isolated incident in Ferguson, Missouri — where Black residents are disproportionately pulled over by police. Whites make up about a third of Ferguson’s population but accounted for just 12.7 percent of the stops by officers. Last year, African-Americans made up 93 percent of the arrests following car stops, even though whites were more likely to have contraband.
Following the shooting of Brown, in the midst of Black residents expressing frustration over systematic police oppression, a video captured by CNN showed a police officer yelling a derogatory phrase at protesters. His exact words were “Bring it, all you f***ing animals! Bring it!”
Ferguson-Area Cop Posts Racist Comments About Protesters on Facebook
Despite global attention, some Ferguson-area cops could not help but expose the racist views they arm themselves with while policing the area’s Black population
Officer Matthew Pappert of the Glendale Police Department, located in another St. Louis suburb, was suspended for expressing contempt for the Ferguson protesters on his Facebook account.
“I’m sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community,” wrote Pappert in one of at least five posts that since Aug. 10. “These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night,” he added.
In a reference to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Pappert also wrote: “Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them.”gamoivia
September 1, 2014 | Posted by Nick Chiles
While Ferguson, Missouri, still simmers, about 200 people rallied outside an Ohio Wal-Mart over the weekend to demand that police release a surveillance video showing how John Crawford was fatally shot by police after he had purchased a toy gun at the store.
The crowd rallied Saturday and Sunday, carrying signs and chanting, “Release the tape.” Organizers said they expect the Rev. Al Sharpton to travel to Ohio in the coming weeks to draw more attention to the case.
A special grand jury is scheduled to meet Sept. 22 to consider charges in the case, but Crawford’s parents want a federal investigation. They have reportedly met with U.S. attorney Carter Stewart, who assured them the Justice Department was monitoring the case, according to family attorney Michael Wright.
Ohio attorney general Mike DeWine has said he won’t release the surveillance video because it could potentially taint a jury pool if the case results in a trial.
“I think that it is playing with dynamite, frankly, to release that tape at this point,” DeWine told the Dayton Daily News. “And I think the dynamite simply is that it blows up and you can’t get a fair trial. That’s what we worry about.”
Last week, Crawford’s family and their attorney were shown the surveillance video. Wright said Crawford, a 22-year-old father of two, can be seen on surveillance video with his back to officers, leaning on a toy gun and talking on a cellphone when police shot him.
Police had been summoned Aug. 5 to the Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, by a former Marine who reported that a man was carrying what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle. What Crawford was actually carrying was an unpackaged MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/pellet rifle he had just bought in the store’s toy department.
Though police had claimed that Crawford ignored their commands to drop the weapon — and the former Marine who called in the report and witnessed the shooting said Crawford “looked like he was going to go violently”— Wright said after he viewed the footage with Crawford’s family it’s clear the police account wasn’t accurate.
“John was doing nothing wrong in Wal-Mart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,” Wright said, according to rawstory.com.
Wright said Crawford was, in fact, facing away from the officers and probably didn’t hear them because he was talking on the phone with his girlfriend, who was with his parents at the time.
The attorney said as Crawford leaned on the pellet gun like a cane, he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.
“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said his girlfriend LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two children. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said, ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”
She said she and his parents heard him die because she put the phone on speaker mode.
“I could hear him just crying and screaming,” Johnson said. “I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
About Nick Chiles
Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 12 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.
In 2013, New York City police killed:
1. Peter Jourdan, 37
date: January 3rd 2013
place: Fort Hamilton Parkway Station, Brooklyn
crime: moving between subway cars
risk factors: paranoid schizophrenia
Three plainclothes officers said they showed their badges and asked for ID before Jourdan started shooting.
2. Ryo Oyamada, 24
date: February 21st 2013
place: Queensbridge, Queens
risk factors: pedestrian
Hit by a police car. Police lied, saying they put on their flashing lights before they hit him.
3. Kimani Gray, 16
date: March 9th 2013
place: East Flatbush, Brooklyn
risk factors: stop and frisk
Police say he pulled a gun on them. Eyewitnesses say Gray had nothing in his hands. Protests and riots followed.
4. Jackson Alexandre, 28
date: March 23th 2013
place: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
crime: stabbed roommate
risk factors: madman
Came at police with a knife.
5. Thomas Robinson, 50
date: June 19th 2013
place: East New York, Brooklyn
crime: armed robbery
risk factors: shooting at police
6. Jose Muniz, 52
date: June 20th 2013
place: Norwood, Bronx
crime: drug deal
risk factors: police custody
Police saw him put a baggie of cocaine in his mouth. While trying to arrest him, wrestling and using pepper spray, he fell to the ground and started choking. They got him to a hospital but he died soon after.
7. Felix Coss, 61
date: July 6th 2013
place: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
risk factors: pedestrian
Hit by a police van.
8. Deion Fludd, 17
date: July 12th 2013
place: Ralph Avenue Station, Brooklyn
crime: fare jumping ($2.50)
risk factors: running from police
Police broke his skull and his spine in two places, paralyzing him. He died of his injuries months later.
9. Kyam Livingston, 37
date: July 21st 2013
place: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
crime: breaking an order of protection
risk factors: police custody, alcoholism
In jail she was in pain for up to seven hours before police took her to the hospital. She was dead on arrival of an alcoholic seizure.
10. Shaaliver Douse, 14
date: August 4th 2013
place: Melrose, Bronx
risk factors: pointing gun at police
11. Eric Zaman, 33
date: August 14th 2013
place: Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
risk factors: -
Died in an accident after the pursuing police car hit his motorcycle.
12. Carlos Alcis, 43
date: August 15th 2013
place: Brownsville, Brooklyn
risk factors: weak heart
Died of a heart attack after police raided his home by mistake looking for a mobile phone thief.
13. Barrington Williams, 25
date: September 17th 2013
place: East 161st Street Station, Bronx
crime: selling subway MetroCard swipes
risk factors: asthma, running from police
Died of asthma after being chased by police.
14. Unidentified man, 26
date: October 31st 2013
place: Castle Hill Houses, Bronx
risk factors: shooting at police
15. Rexford Dasrath, 22
date: November 18th 2013
place: Bushwick, Brooklyn
weapon: 7-inch steak knife
crime: threatened murder
risk factors: learning disability
Came at police with a knife.
16. James Torres, 44
date: December 26th 2013
place: Morris Heights, Bronx
crime: armed robbery ($80 + iPhone)
risk factors: -
Torres did not pull his gun on police. They shot him dead anyway.
Also: Four off-duty killings.
Source: October 22nd Coalition (2014), Google searches (2014).