criminal justice

When Ameneh Bahrami rejected a man’s marriage proposal, he turned bitter and threw acid into her face leaving her with extreme disfigurements. She went through 19 agonising operations and is permanently blind, but this didn’t stop her wanting justice on the man who ruined her life. In court, the judge wanted the accused to serve a lengthy prison sentence and pay full compensation to Ameneh, but she had different ideas: She asked if she could have exact revenge, by injecting acid into the man’s eyes. The court allowed it as a capital punishment, and arrangements were made for Ameneh to inject 20 drops of acid into her attacker’s eyes to blind him.

However, in a last-minute act of peace and bravery, Ameneh decided to pardon her attacker. Strapped to a bed, he kicked and spat at her while he awaited the injection, but she could not ruin someone else’s life, no matter what he’d done to her. She told everyone: “I couldn’t do it, I knew I could not live with it until the end of my life. I knew I would have suffered and burned twice had I done that.”



Brendan Carter was on his way to see his sick uncle last week when he was detained by multiple security officers in the public RTS bus station in Rochester, subsequently assaulted by police and arrested — all over his dancing.

According to Carter, he was waiting for the bus to visit his uncle who is in the hospital. Apparently overcome by emotion, Carter said he put his headphones in and started dancing to avoid crying. This dancing got the attention of DHS employees and security officers at the station.

Carter had a bus pass and was breaking no law when the officers approached him. As he explained, when he was told to leave for no reason and the officers put hands on him, Carter became angry. However, as seen on the video, he never once became violent.

He was immediately accused of being drunk (which is not a crime, even if he was) and he was told to leave. A scene ensued after the initial confrontation as Carter refused to leave because all he wanted to do was get on the bus to visit his uncle.

Rochester police were quickly dispatched and the already tense situation would only explode from this point.

After he agreed to leave, Carter began walking out of the station. However, the officer was on an apparent mission to intensify the already-delicate situation.

When the officer arrives, instead of talking to the young man to get his side of the story, or letting him leave like he was doing, he immediately escalates to violence by grabbing Carter and then presenting his taser.

Within seconds, Carter is tasered, physically assaulted, slammed to the ground and arrested.

The entire scene was captured on video by NY Black Panther chapter member Daryl Appleberry. Had Appleberry not been there, this scene could have gotten far worse. Perhaps that is why we hear the RTS security officer’s radio go off, “Annie, get this guy out of there with the camera behind you. Get him out of there!”

Carter was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and trespassing. He was in a public space.


We can’t dance in a public places anymore. It’s like we live in the dystopia.


Such charges as resisting arrest and trespassing are the way to put ANY MAN into a jail. Our criminal justice system is a crime.

I’ll tell you the most believable thing about [Orange Is The New Black] is the idea that Piper only got 15 months for running dope money…I’m a white blonde girl who went out and willfully fucked up and committed armed robbery, and I got five years. There were tons of black girls in my prison who were holding onto a bag of dope for a couple of days, and they always seemed to get, like, 10 years. If you ever find yourself in prison and wonder why there’s tension between white and black, shit like that is probably one of the reasons.

According to Idaho police, the two intoxicated men walked into the Post Falls Walmart and proceeded to remove BB guns from boxes, before loading one and firing it four times while in the store.

Walmart store security contacted police, saying the two men “started shooting the gun in the store and made comments that they were going to shoot the store up.”


The two men exited the store before police arrived, but officers and sheriff’s deputies were able to set up a perimeter and take them into custody without incident.

It’s interesting to compare this incident of two guys carrying around BB guns in a Wal*Mart with another incident of a guy carrying around a BB gun in a Wal*Mart.

They’re totally different.

In the case in Ohio, the guy was just walking around with an unloaded airsoft rifle and someone called the police, who arrived and immediately shot him to death. In this case, the guys were drunk and actually shooting the guns in the store … and they were calmly, appropriately arrested by police.

So, what accounts for the difference?

I guess we’ll never know.

Report: The Justice Department is Ready to Sue the Ferguson Police

CNN says that the Justice Department will demand that the Ferguson police correct whatever tactics are leading to a pattern of racial discrimination. If they refuse, the Justice Department will move forward with a lawsuit to force changes. The Justice Department could also ask a judge to order court supervision of the police department’s dealings with minorities.

More here:

Marissa Alexander released from jail

Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother whose case became a rallying cry for anti-racism activists and survivors of domestic violence, was released today after three years of incarceration.

Alexander had faced up to 60 years behind bars for firing a single shot near her abusive husband, unable to convince a jury she had feared for her life. A hearing Tuesday confirmed the terms: Having pleaded guilty to assault in exchange for credit for time served, she will be subject to two years of electronic monitoring and house arrest, except for approved appointments and employment.

Circuit Court Judge James Daniel acknowledged that the case had drawn national attention but claimed his decision was “not based on any public opinion of any larger issue of public interest or social concern, but on the specific facts of the case.”  

Alexander’s case has long sparked outrage about the unequal application of the law for both black Americans and women. Alexander was prosecuted by Angela Corey, who was also the prosecutor in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the February 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin. Corey did not appear at Tuesday’s hearing.


Outrageous case. Finally Marissa was released! Her prison sentence was really terrible idea! Our criminal justice system is something special. Black woman in fear for her life shoots hurts no one and faces up to 60 years in prison. White police officers kill hundreds of people every year, tell that they feared for their lives and this excuse always helps them to be acquitted. That’s crazy.

HELL NO! The time for remorse would’ve been when my husband was yelling to breathe. That would’ve been the time for him to show some type of remorse or some type of care for another human being’s life, when he was screaming eleven times that he…can’t…breathe. So there is nothing that him, or his prayers or anything else that would make me feel any different. No, I don’t accept his apology. No I couldn’t care less about his condolences.

Esaw Garner

Eric Garner’s wife’s response to the lack of indictment for Daniel Pantaleo and NYPD for extrajudicially executing her husband Eric Garner. A reporter asked how she feels about Pantaleo’s “apology.” Because once again, centering White “feelings” is more important than a Black woman’s grief, a family’s grief, and the impact of State violence and anti-Blackness on Black people. 

College Majors as lines from Hamilton
  • Psychology:Some men say that I'm intense or I'm insane
  • Chemistry:SHA-BOOM
  • Accounting:We need to handle our financial situation
  • History:But Jesus between all the bleeding and fighting I've been reading and writing
  • Business:Shake hands with him, charm her
  • English:He started retreatin and readin every treatise on the shelf
  • Creative writing:You built me palaces out of paragraphs
  • Criminal justice:Stay out of trouble and you double your choices
  • Pre Med/Nursing:Stay alive
  • Education:Give us a verse, drop some knowledge
  • Theater:Yo yo yo what time is it? SHOW TIME!
  • Music:You changed the melody every time
  • Foreign language:I came from afar just to say "bonsoir!"
  • Political Science:Don't modulate the key then not debate with me
  • Current Affairs:How lucky we are to be alive right now, history is happening
  • Fashion:I think your pants look hot
  • Philosophy:You want a revolution, I want a revelation
  • Theology:I'm searching and scanning for answers in every line

The Special Hazards Of Jail For African-Americans

Five hundred dollars would have gotten Sandra Bland out of jail before she died. She and at least four other black women have died in jail since mid-July. They died before going to trial, before being convicted of any crime. Most could have left jail and gone home if they had enough money for bail.

You don’t have to be convicted of a crime to be victimized by a racist system 

Jesse Williams LET THEM KNOW! He has always kept it 100 and speaks in defense of Black life, celebrity career to “protect” or not. And I'm not saying that there is not a price for speaking out (as some Black celebs over time and definitely non-famous Black people are punished and abused for speaking out) or that the racism itself that a Black celeb has to speak against/not speak against is their fault. It is not.

But even so, taking the politics of respectability route or conflating intraracial violence with State violence/systemic abuse/Constitutional violations route, thereby denying the reality of extrajudicial execution and State violence on Black life is the route he did NOT take.

Thank you, sir. ❤