It’s Thanksgiving which means tables decorated with tiny porcelain figures of Native Americans sharing corn with pilgrims. It’s a holiday about being grateful, coming together, and being at peace but while we use caricatures of a great people, mainstream media ignores their cries for help. While we set tables with servings of food that are far too large, the original inhabitants of this great nation struggle to fight for clean drinking water and respect for their ancestors.
I’m not great at words but this issue is very dear to my heart so here’s some art.
2009 - A video showing a Paris, Texas teen being thrown on top of a police car by an arresting officer has sparked more questions about racial issues in the town. The video taken November 2009 shows 18 year old Cornelius Gill, who asserts he was picking pecans near his home when Officer Jeremy Massey approached him with accusations about a car theft, being forcibly thrown onto the vehicle.
Gill has stated that Massey was driving an unmarked pickup truck, was in plain clothes, and was not recognizable as a police officer. Massey subsequently accused Gill of assaulting him during the incident, and suggested in a written statement that the act was out of self-defense. [video]
VIDEO: Cop Pepper Sprays School Kids as they Express Outrage Over Officer Assaulting 8th-Grader
In a blatant abuse of authority, a Las Vegas cop was recently caught on cell phone video pepper-spraying a group of high school students. Instead of committing a crime or threatening the officer’s safety, the teens were simply asking why he was physically assaulting an 8th grader when he suddenly fired pepper spray into their eyes.
On Friday, a student recorded a cell phone video of a Las Vegas police officer slamming an eighth-grade student’s head against the hood of his patrol car while pulling the kid’s hair. The 8th grader had been taken into custody after he allegedly trespassed onto the campus of Eldorado High School and refused to leave. According to police, a crowd of students gathered around the officer when the boy’s sister asked the aggressive cop to leave her brother alone. “What the f**k are you doing to him?” a girl asks the cop a moment before he shoots her and nearly half the students in their faces with pepper spray.
Too many times peaceful protesters have been victims of police brutality in an attempt to silence them. This needs to stop before some even more serious damage can be done and by that I mean the loss of lives.
There’s a bike lock that’s designed to
make would-be thieves puke their
brains out. When someone cuts 30%
of the way into a SkunkLock, it releases
a pressurized gas that immediately
induces vomiting and causes difficulty
breathing, symptoms similar to the
effects of pepper spray.
In February 2012, Monique Hernandez was pulled over for a DUI by Beaumont Police officer, Enoch Clark. Clark attempted to subdue her and said that she resisted, although video from the police dash cam shows Monique with her hands cuffed behind her back. After asking her to stop resisting, Enoch Clark pulled out his JPX pepper gun & fired a blast directly into Monique Hernandez’ face, less than a foot away.
Enoch Clark’s blast of pepper spray gel sliced Monique’s right eye in half, fractured her right orbital bone, & severed the optic nerve in her left eye. Monique is now permanently blind in both eyes.
The defense attorney for Enoch Clark said the officer, “was inadequately trained to use the non-lethal weapon” and shifted the blame to the JPX manufacturer stating, “the manufacturer’s warnings were confusing”.
The trial for this case started two weeks ago & the jury ended deliberations the other day. Result = MISTRIAL. Smh