*Good news does still happen. And the Ferguson community can sure use some right about now. Remember that awful police officer caught on camera a few weeks back, raising his gun and cursing at protestors and threatening to kill them? Well, he apparently got a good talking to, and he has now resigned from the force.
A report by the St. Louis Dispatch says Lt. Ray Albers, 46, stepped down from the St. Ann police department on Thursday. The resignation comes just a little over a week after The Huffington Post and other outlets confirmed Albers’ identity in footage of the officer threatening civilians protesting the death of Michael Brown.
Without mincing words, the officer declared, “I will fucking kill you!” to protestors on video, with his weapon drawn and pointed at unarmed people. It was not until a fellow officer came and requested the officer withdraw his weapon, that Albers was escorted away from the people he was threatening. Continue reading →
*Although its nowhere near OK, we’re used to adults being horribly cruel to one another; but it’s hard to believe that children as young as 5-years-old can take on this ugly behavior too. Which makes the news that a child on the playground of Arlington Elementary School is alleged to have been kicked repeatedly and mercilessly by another student tough to swallow. Even harder, is the fact that the school does not believe this child, and claims her horrific facial bruises are the cause of a fall. To add insult to injury, the child’s mother will now have to prove that her child was assaulted, and that the bruises were no fault of her own.
Lacey Harris, the mother of kindergartener, AvaLynn, has requested a police investigation and has launched an online campaign called ‘Justice for AvaLynn’ on Facebook to show that her little girl was allegedly beaten severely in a vicious playground attack last week. Continue reading →
*OK, so here’s the scenario...A Georgia man is chased by two police officers. After a while he is caught, and falls to the ground weary from the chase. He tells the officers that he is “too tired” to walk. It appears that it is at this point the two officers attempt to “encourage him” to comply to their get up and walk orders by using taser guns, not once, not ten, but thirteen times.
The man dies while in police custody.
Now, in what appears to be an increasing and ongoing lack of accountability by police officers, a statement by the Police Benevolent Association lawyer says the actions of the officers did not cause the man’s death.
*One thing about a surveillance video, it’s hard to argue with it. Evidence documented on-camera has a way of abruptly halting the whole “he said, she said” yakedy-yak. And lately, it has served to identify many a cop who may have been – how should we say – less than truthful about why they fired a weapon that killed someone. A new video reviewed by the attorney of John Crawford III, the young African American man who was shot and killed in a Beaver Creek Wal-mart store by white officers - and the Crawford family, shows that the two cops involved clearly have some explaining to do. As it turns out, Crawford was unarmed. The BB gun he was accused of holding was not in his hands. In fact, he was on the phone; not even facing the officers who shot him.
*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.