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usatoday.com
Protests to follow police killing of black man in Canada
Protesters say police violence against the black community is not solely a U.S. problem.

The death of a Somali Canadian at the hands of Ottawa police on Sunday has sparked nationwide anger and plans for protests by activists who say police violence against the black community is not solely an American problem.

Abdirahman Abdi, a 37-year-old immigrant from Somalia who neighbors said suffered an unspecified mental illness, died after a confrontation with police outside his apartment building. Witnesses said the police, responding to a harassment complaint, beat Abdi repeatedly with batons before handcuffing him.

A protest over Abdi’s death and police handling of the incident is planned for Thursday in Montreal.

Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Rodney Diverlus said police brutality against minorities often goes ignored in Canada. “The difference in Canada is that there’s a myth of inclusivity and there’s a myth that this thing doesn’t happen here because our police are less accountable to the public,” he said.

While BLM has had a presence in Canada since the protests in Ferguson, Mo., kick-started the movement in 2014, the recent killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge andPhilando Castile in Minnesota, as well as the shooting of Charles Kinsey in North Florida have inspired protests across Canada in solidarity with the American victims.

Abdi’s case is not the first time an unarmed minority has died at the hands of Canadian police. In Montreal, the 2008 killing of Fredy Villanueva, an 18-year-old native of Honduras, inspired protests and was one of several high-profile police shootings that led to the founding of an independent agency that investigates police violence.

In July 2015, a Toronto police officer fatally shot 45-year-old Andrew Loku, an immigrant from South Sudan with a history of mental illness, in his apartment building. The officer was not charged.

Perhaps most publicized was the 2013 death of Sammy Yatim, who was shot eight times and then Tasered after pulling a knife on a Toronto streetcar. The officer who shot him was found guilty of attempted murder in January.

“Strategic policing goes after problem places, the places that have higher levels of violence,” said Irvin Waller, a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for the Prevention of Crime. “In Canada, you have a disproportionate number of black people in those areas and a disproportionate number of Aboriginal people in those areas. Secondly, they have used some of the American policing techniques. Stop and frisk from New York has been used as a carding procedure in Canada. In Toronto, it’s very clear the carding procedure was used disproportionately against young blacks.”

Experts said that while Canada has far fewer acts of police violence than does the United States after adjusting for population differences, much of that can be attributed to a wider social safety net and far less access to hand guns.

Even so, the black and Aboriginal communities are targeted at a greater per capita rate than the rest of Canadian society.

The scope of the problem of police violence against those communities can be difficult to quantify. The Ontario Special Investigations Unit, a civilian oversight agency that looks into acts of violence involving police, compiles statistics by geography and the sex of the complainant, but keeps no statistics on race. Ian Scott, a lawyer and former head of the unit, said that’s because when the organization was founded, those statistics weren’t kept at the request of minority groups, fearing they would be misused.

“One reason they were not kept when the (unit) first started was that there was a big fuss in Toronto involving keeping race-based statistics,” said Scott. “The culture has really changed over time and now it’s the black groups that are interested in having race-based statistics. My feeling is now that if visible minority groups want to have race-based statistics, we should keep them.”

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Apparently, in an attempt to paint Michael Brown as anything less than innocent, people have been spreading an image of an armed 17-year-old Joda Cain around the web and claiming that it’s Michael Brown.

Joda Cain is accused of murder in my home state of Oregon, and has literally jack shit to do with the Michael Brown murder in Ferguson, Missouri. THESE ARE NOT THE SAME PEOPLE. Anyone using the above image as “proof” that Michael Brown “deserved” to be shot should be called out for defamation, and promptly thrown down a spiral staircase. 

The bottom photo is the real Michael Brown. He was called a “gentle giant” by friends and family. He was unarmed and innocent, and he was murdered by a police officer after being shot more than seven times at close range. Witnesses, including a friend who was with him at the time of the shooting, all agree that he was doing nothing deserving of such violent actions from the officer who gunned him down. 

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These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there   [x]).

I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.

Some journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.

Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.

A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.

TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!

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This Week In Revolution: 

Tensions flare again in Hong Kong as authorities obtain permission to remove democracy protestors from crowded protest sites

Ferguson, MO now in a ‘State of Emergency’ in anticipation of the grand jury decision regarding the indictment of Darren Wilson

Outrage in Mexico over missing students and government corruption peaks in the wake of protestors setting fire to the Mexican president’s palace 

Ferguson master post

Note: This includes many Tumblr posts, however, they are mostly resource pages with links to articles or are video/photo evidence. Feel free to add anything I may have missed. Copywrite owners and similar: Please inform me if you want something taken down before notifying staff, I am willing to remove any problematic elements.

Here is an inclusive chronological list of what has happened, mostly from neutral POV.

Every piece of evidence used in the case.

A post countering a popular Facebook repost.

Here are a few other master posts.

A blog dedicated to Mike Brown

“Brown robbed a store and Wilson was responding to it!”:

“Brown tried to take Wilsons gun!” “Brown Punched Wilson!” “Brown charged at Wilson!”:

“Brown was only 30 feet from Wilson when he charged him!”:

“Wilson was badly injured by Brown!”:

“The protesters are all thugs and thieves who are destroying Ferguson!”:

“Wilson is a good cop!”:

“The police said _____!”:


“They burned a flag, that’s illegal!”:

“The decision not to indict was fair”:

“This is not a race issue!”:

Now get out there and destroy some racist assholes!

Edit:

Footage and police report time don’t match up

Medical examiner breaks first rule of forensic science

Darren Wilson still has the “bruise” on his cheek

Ferguson had no homocides all year until Mike Brown

Highway Patrol officers — wearing no SWAT gear — arrived in Ferguson late Thursday afternoon. Cheers greeted the announcement by the head of the patrol, Capt. Ron Johnson, over a megaphone that he and his officers were “going to march with you.”

Johnson told reporters: “I understand the anger and fear the residents of Ferguson are feeling, and our police officers will respect both of them.”

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Missouri Governor puts highway patrol in charge of Ferguson (X)

It’s amazing how they were able to survive the “angry mob” and even walk among them without riot gear. Could it be possible that listening to and validating black people’s concerns over the anti-black police force could actually do some good? Could treating them like real live human beings instead of insulting, threatening, terrifying, and assaulting them can actually make a difference? 

Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free - Cole

If you’re like us, you’re asking what you can do for #Ferguson. PaKou Her, our Campaign Director, writes: 

The answer is this: As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Ferguson is a call to action and solidarity. While our experiences with racism are not the same as the trauma of racism lived by Black people, there are plenty of reasons to be enraged about the damage being wrought by systemic oppression. If we as AAPIs fail to act, if we remain silent and choose to fill the shoes of the “model minority,” we have chosen the side of oppression.

Today, you and I can choose to disrupt the status quo and demand justice for Michael Brown – and it doesn’t require living in Ferguson or even traveling there. Here are three things you can do right now:

  1. DONATE to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. The funds collected through the fund will be used by the Brown family to cover funeral and burial expenses, as well as travel and living expenses for Michael’s parents as they pursue justice for their son.
  2. SUPPORT grassroots groups and cultural media outlets that are reporting in real time from the ground in Ferguson. You can honor the leadership of young Black organizers by following the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice – follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.
  3. SIGN this petition by Color of Change calling on the Department of Justice to issue a thorough investigation of anti-Black police brutality and excessive use of force by the Ferguson Police Department. 

At this very moment, the situation in Ferguson is growing increasingly worse. Community organizers, journalists, and residents are facing brutal assaults on their safety and civil rights at the hands of a militarized police force; officers in tanks and clad in riot gear are firing rubber coated bullets and smoke grenades into crowds of peaceful protesters; and the police have turned to raiding churches and safe zones where protestors are storing the materials they need to treat those who are teargassed and otherwise injured.

AAPIs cannot stand on the sidelines. As Soya Jung, Senior Partner at ChangeLab says, “… Asian Americans often end up somewhere in the chasm between blackness and whiteness – whether pushed there, largely invisible and struggling to dodge the crossfire, or diving in to eagerly reap the rewards of non-blackness. Our options are invisibility, complicity, or resistance, and black rage is a clarion call for standing on the correct side of the color line, for reaping the collective rewards of justice … I choose resistance.”

Let’s channel our sorrow and immobility into power and action. Let’s step into solidarity to fight for the humanity and civil rights of Black people and communities. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world.

(The illustration is of a print created in response to the killing of Michael Brown by Mary Engelbreit, a renowned artist and St. Louis resident. You can purchase a copy of the print here. All proceeds from print sales will go directly to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.)

-JS

Another side effect of what’s going on in ‪#‎Ferguson‬ is the closing of schools. Here’s a handy infographic from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.

A crowdsourcing page has been set up to feed the students of Ferguson who would normally receive free or reduced lunch! All donations go to the St. Louis Foodbank. -JS

pleasuresponge40-deactivated201  asked:

Well here is some context dick head. Stop defending Mike Brown and attacking the police. The police don't need attacked because that "kid" already did that. He is a straight up thug who could have potentially killed a police officer because he was trying to steal his gun. Now before you go off on a social justice rant, please redirect your dumbass over to the video on my blog of Mike Brown stealing cigars and throwing the clerk into a wall. Have a great day

Uhm. Wow. Where do I even start?

Let’s begin by saying that you have a lot more research to do before you can even THINK about using that excuse to justify your thinly-veiled racist mindset. Your anger at me is proof enough that you have no idea what’s actually going on. So let me bring you up to speed:

Ferguson police chief publicly announces that Mike Brown shooting not related to supposed robbery. The officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, didn’t even know that Brown was a suspect in that case. He shot Brown when he and a friend refused to move out of the street, because apparently, their presence there was “blocking traffic.”

So the convenience store thing is a really absurd fucking argument. Even the Missouri Governor states Ferguson PD released video with intentions to besmirch Mike Brown.

This should go without saying, but vaguely intimidating photos of you do not give the police carte blanche to gun you down, and we no longer live in a country where it is OK to sentence black men to death for the crime of petty theft.

Many people don’t even believe that it was Mike Brown in the video footage released by the Ferguson PD, and, in an official statement released by the clerk of the store in question, none of their employees even dialed 911 on the suspect. They didn’t feel threatened enough by the person in the footage to even call the cops.

Furthermore, in a court of law, even if it were proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mike Brown was the suspect in the convenience story footage, the footage could not, under any circumstance, be used as any means of justification for killing him

“If this police officer were on trial, let’s say for homicide, he would not be able to bring in evidence of what happened in the store and try to assail Michael Brown’s character and suggest he acted a certain way during the encounter,” said Ezekiel Edwards, director of the criminal law reform project at the American Civil Liberties Union. “Whether it was shoplifting, whether he pushed the store clerk, whatever, they shouldn’t be able to bring that in to bolster their defense.”

I can go on and on and on. 

But the important part here is that you apparently think that petty theft and shoving someone justifies a cop pumping 7 rounds into them as they flee, unarmed. Imagine if that’s how law enforcement reacted every time someone committed a petty crime. Police would be slaughtering thousands of people in the street on any given day, and you, apparently, would feel perfectly okay with that. 

change.org
Petition: Require St. Louis and Ferguson police to wear cameras and record any interaction with the public at all times.

Attaching cameras to the police officers’ uniforms would come with many benefits. The cameras would cost a few hundreds dollars each and would:

-Provide greater transparency and a constant third party witness

-Enhance police and citizen motivation to act lawfully and truthfully

-Lessen the chance of deadly force being used by police

-Reduce the number of lawsuits and increase dismissed lawsuits with digital evidence

-Increase citizen’s trust of his/her police force thanks to recorded actions

The police are charged to serve and protect the public, and they must be held accountable to the public!

It only takes a minute to sign this petition, please take that minute to make your voice heard regarding Ferguson and set a precedent for police in all jurisdictions.

blogs.riverfronttimes.com
Mya Aaten-White, Ferguson Shooting Victim, Says Police Have Not Interviewed Her

Here’s what Mya Aaten-White remembers from the night of August 12: It was about 11 p.m. She was walking back to her car on Highmont Drive near the burned-out QuikTrip after attending a Mike Brown rally in Ferguson. There were a few people in front of her. Suddenly, shots rang out. Everyone dropped to the ground and covered their heads. When she sat up, Aaten-White knew something was wrong.

“Oh my God, you’re shot in the head,” she recalls a young man telling her.

Several young men carried her into a nearby house where the residents called 911. She says police officers – she believes they were St. Louis County police – interviewed her briefly before she was taken to the hospital. She was able to take the above photo in the ambulance and upload it to Instagram. It went viral.

Now, a little over a week later, Aaten-White wants to know why no one in law enforcement has followed up with her about her case. Stranger still, she says, she doesn’t know what happened to the bullet that doctors removed from her skull.

“Someone has the bullet. Someone has the bullet, and it was an officer,” says her attorney, Marwan Porter.

Aaten-White is a St. Louis native who lives in Florissant. She says she’s the great-granddaughter of local jazz legend Mae Wheeler and works at a law firm. She says she went out that Tuesday night in support of Michael Brown’s family.

The bullet lodged against her skull, near the middle of her forehead. Aaten-White says it took doctors about a day to decide that it was safe to remove it. She says when she woke up from the surgery on Wednesday evening, August 13, the doctors and nurses told her police officers came and confiscated the bullet as evidence. As she recovered, she says, she waited for those officers to return and do a full interview about the incident.

“I would ask every day while I was there,” she says, “‘Did anyone from the police department come? Have they called for me? Are they going to be here today?’ And nobody could give me an answer.”

Media reports have characterized Aaten-White’s shooting as a “drive-by.” From Post-Dispatch reporting:

It appeared to be a drive-by shooting. Police said they were looking for four or five men. The woman was shot once and is expected to survive. It was unknown if the shooting was related to the protests in the area.

Aaten-White says she didn’t see a car or a weapon, and the only “four or five” young black men she observed were the ones who brought her to safety.

“Those words never came out of my mouth. I didn’t know what people were talking about. I never said it was a drive-by,” she says. “Those young men carried me and saved my life.”

Aaten-White is home now, recuperating, though she did appear at a church rally with Michael Brown’s family. She also retained Marwan Porter, a Florida-based attorney who specializes in cases involving police misconduct and personal injury. He’s in town now, and Daily RFT spoke with him yesterday as he drove to the Ferguson Police Department to try to obtain Aaten-White’s case files.

“We want to find out who and what agency took possession of the bullet,” he said. “We want to identify who was responsible for firing the weapon that ended up with a bullet being lodged in the front of Mya’s head.”

When we spoke with him several hours later, the story just got weirder.

“I’ve talked to both the St. Louis County Police Department and Ferguson…they have no record…no file number, no report,” he said. “They don’t have anything.”….

seriously though everyone protesting in ferguson should just not leave their homes tomorrow night and do peaceful protesting from inside their homes. chant out their windows, post signs and flags and banners all over their homes but never leave. on one hand, the police will look so ridiculous when they’re left in the streets with nobody to terrorize, and if they dare try to attack those who are in the safety of their homes, they will not only be breaking several laws, but there is no way that the media can flip that to make the protestors look bad. i’m just so sick of hearing about all these innocent people being injured and terrorized when all they demand is justice and peace.