Police shoot teenage special-needs girl within 20 seconds of arriving to ‘help’

On June 3rd, 2014, the Serrano family was having difficulty with a young female family member who suffers from a mental illness and depression. Yanira Serrano-Garcia, 18, had apparently gone off of her medication and became agitated and hard to control.

“[Yanira] wanted to be normal. She wanted to stop taking her medication, and I get it. Sometimes when my feet hurt I just want to be normal. I don’t want to take pills. I get her…all we want is justice,” said a friend of Yanira’s during a community march. 

“Sadly, they mistook her for something she didn’t do, and a cop decided to get his gun out when he could have gotten out his taser, his pepper spray,” she said.

“She has special needs and we just want answers,” said Yanira’s brother, Tiny Serrano. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”

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An officer of Manchester City Police escorts children across the cobbles of Cavendish Street in Manchester back in 1913.

LAPD Kills About One Person A Week, Most of Them Young Black and Latino Men

The report, titled “Don’t Shoot to Kill,”…found that between Jan. 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014, law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County used lethal force resulting in the deaths of at least 589 people. That’s almost one death a week, for nearly 14 years.

…since 2007, as overall homicide rates have trended downward — there were 941 total killings in 2007, but only 595 in 2013 — law enforcement use of deadly force resulting in homicide “doubled to between 4 and 8 percent” of the total, the report reads.The report found that of the 314 people killed between 2007 and 2014, 97 percent were male, a combined 82 percent were black or Latino and 52 percent were under age 30.

"We know personally that police violence isn’t only the bullets that pierce our dome, but the police baton that breaks our bones, and the battering ram that breaks our homes," the YJC report concludes, quoting from a statement authored by the group that was originally read at Ford’s burial in August.

"It’s the war on drugs and the war on gangs that gentrifies our communities and fills our prisons," the report continues. "It’s the separation of families through gang injunctions, incarceration and deportation that leaves us orphaned. It’s California’s addiction to police and prison spending that bankrupts our schools and shuts down positive resources in our communities –- jobs, youth centers, libraries, health and mental health clinics, parks and playgrounds. It’s these programs that Ezell needed and all of us need -– not the police lock-down of our neighborhoods."

"Demand a city, a state and a nation where Ezell Ford and Deandre Brunston, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, Suzie Peña, and Devin Brown would be in college and not in the ground."

the bolded. AND a black person is killed by U.S. law enforcement almost every day (every 28 hours) according to this 2012 report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

we need to organize against ALL issues of oppression, because it’s NOT only the police. we must attack and eliminate the 3-headed-beast ROOT cause, which is white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism.

Woman Shot In The Head With Assault Rifle Heroically Shields Her Baby From Also Being Killed

Woman Shot In The Head With Assault Rifle Heroically Shields Her Baby From Also Being Killed

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The life of a Georgia mother ended tragically last Saturday, but not before she completed one last act of heroism to save the life of her child.

33-year-old Jessica Arrendale locked herself and her 6-month-old daughter, Cobie, in their bathroom in an effort to get away from her 30-year-old Iraq veteran partner- the baby’s father. In an alcohol fueled rage, Antoine…

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On August 22nd [2014], over 50,000 people hit the streets of Brazil to protest the killings of Black Brazilians as a result of the drug war. Similar to protests happening in Ferguson, the Second National March Against the Genocide of Black Peoples called out an epidemic of police violence that makes the US’s pale in comparison.

Brazil’s population is a third smaller than that of the US, but it has almost five times as many killings by police. “Police violence is only replacing what the drug gangs carried out before.”

The violent policing of low-income communities of color speaks closely to what is happening in Ferguson, reminding us that though racism looks different throughout the Americas, the legacies of slavery and white supremacy continue to threaten Black and brown lives in similar ways.

Wondering why women victims of state violence do not get the same media attention as men, Verónica wrote last month:

“I want to mourn the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, and I want to question why the deaths of Renisha McBride and Islan Nettles and Kathryn Johnston haven’t gotten similar traction. Why the beating of Marlene Pinnock isn’t on all of our lips. Why the nation is not familiar with the names of Stephanie Maldonado, or of Ersula Ore. And how many women’s names do we not know because they don’t dare come forward?”

11 million houses are empty throughout Europe, while evictions are getting worse. In 2013, in Spain, an average of 184 people were evicted each day and rendered homeless; the worst hit by governments, employers, and banks in their mad rush for profits were poor workers, the unemployed and the sick, who are the most vulnerable in society.

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Last week a Pennsylvania State Trooper, Corporal Bryan Dickson, was shot outside of a barracks during a shift change. His shooter was Eric Frien, a known survivalist. As a child, Frien was taught marksmanship by his father. He shot Dickson  with a .308 rifle similar to an AK-47, Dickson died on scene.This Corporal not only was a father of two, but served as a Marine. He was murdered in cold blood. I really feel sorry for his kids who now have to grow up without their father around. Now, a strong force of blue is out to find him. More than 300 Law Enforcement officers are gathered and participating in an active manhunt for this suspect. There is hardly anywhere for him to hide, and when he is found, justice will be served.

Rest in Peace Trooper Dickson, EOW 2007 - 2014

Every day officers across the world put on their uniform, their belt, and their badge…not knowing if they are to return home at the end of the day. They lay their life on the line for others, no matter what the cost. They are fathers, brothers, sons, husbands, and men who will protect the innocent, and convict the guilty. They are the Thin Blue Line.

- If you have any information on this case, contact your local law enforcement agency.

The Road to Ferguson and the Necessity of Anti-Imperialist Spirit

Black Agenda Report

Journalist Gary Webb unearthed the CIA’s dual imperial role in the "War on Drugs." In his 1996 investigation, Webb found that cocaine was being smuggled into the US and sold in Los Angeles by Contra terrorists fighting a US proxy war against Nicaragua’s Sandinista movement. 

The smuggled cocaine was sold in its crack form and intentionally distributed in the Black community to provide justification for rampant policing and imprisonment, including the mandatory 100 to 1 difference between crack powder cocaine prison sentences.

Profits from the US sponsored drug trade were funneled back to the Contras to help pay for arms from US coffers.​ Both on the domestic and international front, Webb’s findings revealed that the US imperial “War on Drugs” was a dual war on the Black community and the oppressed peoples of the world. 

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