*You’ve heard the saying “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” right? These past months may have given black communities more than enough reason to lose trust in the police; with the harassment, killing and strong-arm tactics used on mostly unarmed black and brown men, one Texas group of African Americans have taken it upon themselves to take a stand and do something about it. Invoking their right to ‘open carry’ more than 30 members of the newly-formed Huey P. Newton Gun Club gathered to march through South Dallas with rifles, shotguns, and AR-15s. Eventually, the group even entered a restaurant where Dallas police officers were inside eating lunch – still carrying their weapons.
A statement from the gun club’s website says, “The recent murders of unarmed black, brown, and whites across the United States of America has eradicated trust in the police.”
According to the site Dallas police have murdered over 70 unarmed individuals, most of them black and brown men, over the last ten years; not counting a recent incident where police testimony was contradicted by surveillance footage.
There have been no police indictments since 1973.
The people, who are gunned down and murdered by violent and militarized police forces, have formed the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, for the specific purpose of self defense and community policing. Continue reading →
*Doesn’t it seem like every day some crazy story involving a police officer is in the headlines?
As of late it seems to have been the authorities themselves giving somebody grief; but now, the “shoe is on the other foot” so to speak, as an Oklahoma City police officer found himself under arrest Thursday and charged in relation to a string of violent sex crimes that investigators say he committed while on duty, according to CBS affiliate News 9.
The officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, was apprehended at 3 p.m. outside a Gold’s Gym location.
And get this, his victims were all African American women between the ages of 34 and 58.Continue reading →
*While its hard to argue the fact that the emergence of online fundraising sites have changed the way we view the potential to pay for things we may never have been able to before, GoFundMe, the world’s #1 personal fundraising site, may have crossed a line with this one. Supporters of Darren Wilson, the officer who fired the fatal shots at 18-year-old unarmed teen, Michael Brown, have not only donated thousands of dollars on the fundraising site, but some have even posted racially-charged comments that support their generosity and much to the chagrin of colorofchange.org and others on social media – GoFundMe is making one hell of a profit!
This has people in one serious uproar – and there may be something that you can do about it.
colorofchange.org – an organization designed to “strengthen the political voice” of Black America, is asking you to add your name to a letter (see link below) that demands the fundraising site take the page down and stop “profiting off of racially-motivated donors” who, according to their shocking comments, actually appear to be celebrating the killing. Continue reading →
The absolute nerve of some people who were hired to ‘serve and protect,’ yet have shown their true colors over the past few weeks as protests and demonstrations inspired by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown continue. A police officer just 15 miles away from the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo. allegedly said he thinks the protesters should have been “put down like rabid dogs.”
And the officer who allegedly shared this sentiment, at one time received the 2009 City of Glendale Community Service Award and the 2013 Kirkwood American Legion Post and Kirkwood Optimist Club Public Safety Award.
*Why it took more than a week for this story to reveal itself may clearly be beyond a lot of us, but here it is.
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer that fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown – and inspired passionate demonstrations from protesters; and support from president Obama, and Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton, is said to have suffered severe facial injuries and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun.
*CNN Host Don Lemon may not be a black persons’ favorite when it comes to his viewpoints on anything black, but recently, still in the throws of anger and despair over the events taking place in Ferguson, a shocked audience watched and listened to him at a town hall meeting; where he described a run-in between his producer and a member of the National Guard. The producer, who the anchor refused to identify, had heard one of the officers call protesters “n–gers,” Raw Story reports.
While on a panel to discuss a proposal that suggests all law-enforcement officers wear body cameras, Kevin Jackson, from the Black Sphere website, noted that people often modify their behavior when they know a camera is present. “If there’s a camera, [the officer] knows he’s got to check himself,” Jackson explained. “And if you know an officer has a camera, you also have to check yourself.”
But Lemon wondered if it would deter a certain “type of person” from seeking work in law enforcement, and recounted the story about his producer to bring his point home. Continue reading →
*The shooting and killing of young black men by police officers seems to have now become a sport.
According to one report, a black man was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop in Algiers, and the New Orleans Police Department didn’t even report it.
Bossip reports via NOLA News the incident might have remained undercover still had it not been for an article published on their news site. It is in response to that article, that NOPD finally issued a written statement saying that Armand Bennett, 26, “was shot” during the traffic stop, and an officer, unnamed by the department, suffered a minor contusion on the right hand. Continue reading →
The U. S. Military has decided to chill out on the restrictions it once had on hairstyles worn generally by African American female soldiers. According to Chuck Hagel, the Secretary of Defense, styles such as the once-banned “two-strand twists” are now acceptable in the Army, Air Force and Navy.
The announcement follows months of fierce backlash.
A letter sent to Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, by Hagel said the military had spent the past three months reviewing the definition of acceptable styles. This led a charge against the military’s decision to ban natural hairstyles like dreadlocks and twists. Continue reading →