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Police Kill Unarmed Former Football Player Who May Have Been Seeking Help After A Car Crash

Jonathan Ferrell, 24, walked half a mile to find help. Instead, the unarmed man was fatally shot by an officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Also:

The Charlotte Observer reports that the car crash was so severe that Ferrell likely had to “pull himself out” of the wreckage. He then walked to the nearest house, about a half mile away, to seek assistance. But the local resident whose home Ferrell arrived at was frightened that he was attempting to burglarize her after not recognizing him.

The resident then made a 911 call and three officers arrived at the scene.According to police accounts, Ferrell, who is African-American, acted “aggressively” and charged towards the officers.

Please, try to tell me race had nothing to do with this. Go ahead. A skinny white kid running towards the cops, grateful that someone was coming to help, would have fared far better. If I’d just been in a terrible accident, I might run towards police as well, thinking they were there to help. 

At least the officer who shot him has been charged with voluntary manslaughter after investigators determined the use of lethal force was “excessive”.

(Source: think-progress)

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Pepper Spray Attack at Wal-Mart Leaves 20 Injured

A woman at a California Wal-Mart sprayed fellow shoppers multiple times in multiple areas of the store in what police describe as "competitive shopping" yesterday.

Up to 20 people were injured when the woman pulled pepper spray in the electronics aisle in order to gain access to marked-down video game consoles. She was able to purchase a console before leaving. Authorities are still looking for her and released a description today.

Question: If she did it multiple times, why did no security or police stop her before she left? You’d think someone would notice the first time, y’know, someone not close by, or security monitoring the area…

I just don’t know what to make of this country when this, some “competitive shopping” by a Black Friday denizen, makes headlines and not the peaceful protesters brutalized all over the country by police. Or how about people of color all over the US who’ve been putting up with this shit for years? Hmm… how about that? 

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Deaf, Disabled Senior Citizen on Bicycle Deemed Threat by Police, Tased to Death

The call came on Monday night, and it made mention of a man who had fallen off his bicycle and injured himself in a parking lot. So Officer Turner pulled up to the scene, and found Roger Anthony — a local fixture who people call “Rabbit” because he had big ears — rolling down the street on his bicycle. Turner followed Anthony in his patrol vehicle, sirens blaring, and ordered him to pull over. Anthony didn’t respond.

Williams said Turner then saw Anthony take something out his pocket and put it into his mouth. At that time, Turner got out of the car and yelled for Anthony to stop. When Anthony didn’t stop, the officer used a stun gun on him, causing him to fall off of his bike.

I’ve seen folks defending the use of pepper spray, batons, and stun guns on protesters. How about a deaf, disabled, bicycling senior citizen who couldn’t hear the officer? What kind of threat did he pose?

And from late last night:

Grandpa Arrested After Black Friday Brawl: Witnesses - Officer shattered man’s face on floor

Of course, police say the grandpa in question was trying to steal a video game. Witnesses say that when people began rushing a box of video games, the man stuck a game in the front of his waistband and tried to get his three-year-old grandson out of the way, who was also trampled in the melee. His grandson is reportedly okay, but he was booked for shoplifting and resisting arrest. He also had roughly $600 worth of merchandise in his cart he was planning to purchase.

Instead of protecting the people, the police had to make sure this one man wasn’t stealing a game by face-planting him to the floor.

With these incidents of brutality, it’s fair to ask who the police really are protecting and serving, isn’t it?

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University to pay medical bills of pepper spray victims

University of California officials said Tuesday they will pay the medical expenses of students who were pepper sprayed during an Occupy Davis protest last week.

Authorities have also decided to drop charges against 10 people who were arrested during the Friday protest on the campus of UC Davis. The university system has also created an advisory panel to look into the incident, University of California President Mark Yudof said.

Bill Bratton, who has led police departments in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, will head the panel, Yudof said. “My intent,” Yudof said, “is to provide the chancellor and the entire University of California community with an independent, unvarnished report about what happened at Davis.”

Perhaps too little, too late? It’s a good move, but a better one would have been not dousing students in pepper-spray.

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Wherein Megyn Kelly calls pepper spray a “food product” and she and Bill-O wonder what the big deal is with students getting doused at UC Davis. 

I fucking knew someone was going to go there. I called it this week:

So I was a little wrong - Congress didn’t do it, Fox News did. Folks, I’m being sarcastic. I bet I’m not the only one to make that joke, but it was a joke. Kinda like when Michele Bachmann ran with a joke I tagged “new conspiracy theory” exactly one month prior.

If pepper spray is a food product, then so is ethanol fuel. It’s from corn, right? Would you guys drink that? How about little pepper spray on your scrambled eggs with an ethanol chaser? Hmmm?

It’s just a food product, wahhh

(Source: mediamatters.org)

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My friend Charles posted this not too long ago. True story, right here.
This is referencing the pepper-spraying of UC Davis students this week:


"There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." - Mario Savio

My friend Charles posted this not too long ago. True story, right here.

This is referencing the pepper-spraying of UC Davis students this week:

"There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." - Mario Savio

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In this photo from The New York Observer, Former Philadelphia police Captain Ray Lewis, sits in zip cuffs after being arrested today in conjunction with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Another photo of Lewis protesting can be found here.
Drew Grant of The Observer writes: “There is simply nothing more bizarre than looking at images of a man in police uniform arrested and handcuffed by people wearing lower-ranking NYPD garb.”
Lewis’ arrest was captured on video:

Lewis knew his arrest was a possibility. In a rousing speech last night, Lewis criticized the NYPD and its use of force, along with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. An excerpt:

"You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured. If you’re not protecting somebody’s life or protecting them from bodily injury, there’s no need to use force. And the number one thing that they always have in their favor that they seldom use is negotiation – continue to talk, and talk and talk to people. You have nothing to lose by that. This bullrush–what happened last night is totally uncalled for when they did not use negotiation long enough.

"They complained about the park being dirty. Here they are worrying about dirty parks when people are starving to death, where people are freezing, where people are sleeping in subways and they’re concerned about a dirty park. That’s obnoxious, it’s arrogant, it’s ignorant, it’s disgusting.  
[The NYPD], they’re trying to get me arrested and I may disappear OK? But as soon as I’m let out of jail, I’ll be right back here and they’ll have to arrest me again. All the cops are, they’re just workers for the one percent and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited.”
Capt. Lewis truly understands what it means to protect and serve the people, and for that sir, I thank you. 

In this photo from The New York Observer, Former Philadelphia police Captain Ray Lewis, sits in zip cuffs after being arrested today in conjunction with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Another photo of Lewis protesting can be found here.

Drew Grant of The Observer writes: “There is simply nothing more bizarre than looking at images of a man in police uniform arrested and handcuffed by people wearing lower-ranking NYPD garb.”

Lewis’ arrest was captured on video:

Lewis knew his arrest was a possibility. In a rousing speech last night, Lewis criticized the NYPD and its use of force, along with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. An excerpt:

"You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured. If you’re not protecting somebody’s life or protecting them from bodily injury, there’s no need to use force. And the number one thing that they always have in their favor that they seldom use is negotiation – continue to talk, and talk and talk to people. You have nothing to lose by that. This bullrush–what happened last night is totally uncalled for when they did not use negotiation long enough.

"They complained about the park being dirty. Here they are worrying about dirty parks when people are starving to death, where people are freezing, where people are sleeping in subways and they’re concerned about a dirty park. That’s obnoxious, it’s arrogant, it’s ignorant, it’s disgusting.  
[The NYPD], they’re trying to get me arrested and I may disappear OK? But as soon as I’m let out of jail, I’ll be right back here and they’ll have to arrest me again. All the cops are, they’re just workers for the one percent and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited.”

Capt. Lewis truly understands what it means to protect and serve the people, and for that sir, I thank you. 

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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement

Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. “I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation…”

So she’s basically implying what quite a few of us have been saying - these coordinated raids are not a coincidence.

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ALERT from Occupy Portland

rory5000:

a d r i o f t h e d e a d: ALERT from Occupy Portland

axelssonkatt:

cognitivedissonance:

ALERT! A man named Justin James Bridges, musician & ASL translator for Occupy Portland General Assembly, was assaulted by @PortlandPolice today during camp clean out.

He was beaten repeatedly in the back and has now lost use of his right arm. Though Justin was lying on the ground in compliance, Portland Police continuously beat him in the back with clubs until his eyes rolled back in his head. Fellow protesters thought he was dead. He is now in critical care.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE, DO NOT HESITATE TO COME FORWARD. National Lawyers’ Guild # 503-902-5340. Protect rights, protect the truth.

Please share. And if you have info or evidence, for the sake of justice, come forward.

This is bullshit. Police don’t carry clubs, they were outlawed.

But they carry batons, right?

Could those actions be called “clubbing” someone, as opposed to batoning?

Berkeley, just last week:

I’m not in the mood to argue semantics when my fellow human beings are brutalized by a police state.

(Source: twitlonger.com, via rori5000)

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ALERT from Occupy Portland

ALERT! A man named Justin James Bridges, musician & ASL translator for Occupy Portland General Assembly, was assaulted by @PortlandPolice today during camp clean out.

He was beaten repeatedly in the back and has now lost use of his right arm. Though Justin was lying on the ground in compliance, Portland Police continuously beat him in the back with clubs until his eyes rolled back in his head. Fellow protesters thought he was dead. He is now in critical care.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE, DO NOT HESITATE TO COME FORWARD. National Lawyers’ Guild # 503-902-5340. Protect rights, protect the truth.

Please share. And if you have info or evidence, for the sake of justice, come forward.

(Source: twitlonger.com)

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