With Officers Charged In Freddie Gray Case, Family Of Tamir Rice Fed Up, Speaks Out For Justice

With Officers Charged In Freddie Gray Case, Family Of Tamir Rice Fed Up, Speaks Out For Justice

The family of Tamir Rice is fed up, frustrated, and fighting back for the lack of action against the officers involved in the murder of the 12-year-old Cleveland, Ohio boy. Monday, Rice’s family spoke truth to power at a press conference regarding the snaillike pace the case has been taking so far, citing that officers in Freddie Gray’smurder have been charged merely several weeks after Gray’s…

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Even relatively routine misconduct by Ferguson police officers can have significant
consequences for the people whose rights are violated. For example, in the summer of 2012, a
32-year-old African-American man sat in his car cooling off after playing basketball in a
Ferguson public park. An officer pulled up behind the man’s car, blocking him in, and
demanded the man’s Social Security number and identification. Without any cause, the officer
accused the man of being a pedophile, referring to the presence of children in the park, and
ordered the man out of his car for a pat-down, although the officer had no reason to believe the
man was armed. The officer also asked to search the man’s car. The man objected, citing his
constitutional rights. In response, the officer arrested the man, reportedly at gunpoint, charging
him with eight violations of Ferguson’s municipal code. One charge, Making a False
Declaration, was for initially providing the short form of his first name (e.g., “Mike” instead of
“Michael”), and an address which, although legitimate, was different from the one on his driver’s
license. Another charge was for not wearing a seat belt, even though he was seated in a parked
car. The officer also charged the man both with having an expired operator’s license, and with
having no operator’s license in his possession. The man told us that, because of these charges,
he lost his job as a contractor with the federal government that he had held for years.
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Department of Justice Report on Ferguson

And some of y’all still protect those policemen

Ben & Jerry’s Catches Flack For Support Of “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream have always been unconventional in their approach to business, but their support of people of color of has set off a firestorm of controversy. On Facebook, they made the proclamation:

Our scoop shop managers got to meet THE Ben and Jerry at the annual franchisee/manager retreat! Stay tune to see how our shop will implement Ben’s take on “hands up don’t shoot” campaign to address police brutality and empower children of color.

 

US Department of Justice found “Constitutional rights violations”, a history of “racial violence”, and “excessive force” in Ferguson, MO by the Ferguson police department. Either a settlement will be reached or the PD will be sued for the constitutional violations. 

I’m just here sipping my tea for everyone who said the cops aren’t racist and everything that happened in Ferguson is completely justified

Michael Brown’s killer will not face federal civil rights charges 

The Department of Justice has decided it will not pursue federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014.

Prosecutors had been investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal encounter for months, continuing their work well after a St. Louis County grand jury decided in late November that it would not return an indictment against Wilson, who resigned from the force days later.

This unfortunately comes as no surprise

Michael Brown’s family mulls lawsuit against Darren Wilson, Ferguson PD

The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri this summer, is considering suing the police officer who shot him, as well as the police department, for wrongful death.

With the Department of Justice all but admitting former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not face federal civil rights charges for Brown’s August death and the grand jury’s decision not to indict the shooter, Brown’s relatives could turn to a lawsuit for justice. It is likely the only avenue of recourse still open to them.