Police have repeatedly not worn proper identification, which is absolutely crucial for the accountability of individual officers, as well as the group as a whole.
Police are allowed to use intimidation tactics on anyone, anywhere.
Police are incredibly over-militarized, with full body armor, automatic weapons, tear gas, flashbang grenades, and military surplus vehicles which are often newer than those actually in use overseas. They rarely have any form of military training and as such they have no understanding of the restraint required when supplied with such power.
Police can surround innocents, tell them to leave (while knowing that they are making it impossible to do so), and then use force (including teargas, rubber bullets, and flashbangs) when they “don’t comply.”
Police are allowed to suspend citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble by claiming ‘fear of violence’ much in the same way they can shoot innocents by claiming they 'thought they were armed’
Police can and do lie to protect their own from the legal system.
Increased oversight, including cameras both on the persons and in the cruisers of police officers, is absolutely necessary if this insanity is to stop
Corruption in Ferguson and Missouri as a whole:
Prosecutor Bob McCulloch was born to a cop who was later killed in the line of duty (this is precedent for not wanting to pursue the indictment of a cop in a shooting, aka conflict of interest).
McCulloch’s brother, cousin, and nephew are all cops (more precedent).
McCulloch has had several cases where a cop was involved in a questionable shooting reach his desk, and yet NONE were indicted (pretty strong evidence of a conflict of interest).
Missouri State Sen. Jeff Roorda is a former cop who lost his job for making a false statement about a witness. He later became CHIEF at another station in the same county.
Roorda has since become the loudest cheerleader for reducing oversight of police officers in the Missouri Senate, fighting legislation which would require police to have cameras in their cruisers or on their bodies while introducing bills which would hide the names of officers involved in fatal shootings unless they were being formally charged.
Roorda helped fundraise for Darren Wilson, who has not lost his job and has gotten over $400,000 in donations over the past 3+ months and has even gotten married.
Gov. Jay Nixon helped campaign for Jeff Roorda in this year’s elections. The GOVERNOR of Missouri was actively working to ensure that a man who lives to make police legally untouchable would stay in power.
Black Citizens’ lives are legally worth less than Whites’
Fatal encounters where the perpetrator was one or more white police officers and where the victim was both black AND not carrying a deadly weapon are practically weekly events. Just a few examples SINCE THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST below.
Michael Brown: unarmed when shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug 9th in Ferguson, MO: NO CHARGES
John Crawford: holding a BB gun when shot without warning and killed by Officer Sean Williams on Aug 5th in a Walmart in Beavercreek, OH, after a call was made claiming he was threatening civilians with a rifle: NO CHARGES
Ezell Ford: mentally ill and unarmed when shot in the back and killed by Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas on August 11 in Los Angeles: NO CHARGES
Dante Parker: unarmed when tased repeatedly, causing his death 2 days later, by multiple officers on Aug 12th in Los Angeles: NO CHARGES
Vonderrit Myers: fired his sandwich before being shot and killed by off-duty Officer Jason Flannery on Oct 8 in St. Louis: NO CHARGES
Darrien Hunt: carrying a replica sword as part of a cosplay when shot and killed by Officers Matt Schauerhamer and Nicholas Judson on Sep 10 in Sarasota Springs, Utah: NO CHARGES
Akai Gurley: unarmed when shot and killed for being in the wrong stairwell by Officer Peter Liang on Nov 20 in New York City: too early to know if there will be charges
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy holding a TOY gun shot and killed by two as-yet unidentified officers on Nov 22 in Cleveland, OH: charges seem likely due to convincing surveillance footage
Police can currently act with impunity, effectively creating a police state.
The entire system is racist and corrupt and police exist to protect the system, not keep the peace
Prosecutor Bob McCulloch had major conflict of interest and should never have been the prosecutor in such an important case involving police violence
The Missouri Government is thoroughly corrupt in ways that give police even more excessive freedom from the law than other states.
No indictment of Darren Wilson is a public statement that the lives of black HUMAN BEINGS are worth less than others.
Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and the Police Department’s
independent watchdog have determined that two officers were justified in
fatally shooting Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man whose killing
last year sparked protests and debate over the use of deadly force by
police, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.
investigators found evidence indicating that Ford had fought for
control of one officer’s gun, bolstering claims the officers made after
the shooting, said two sources who spoke on the condition that they not
be identified because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the
Ford and one of the officers, Sharlton Wampler, had
scratches on their hands, and the holster for Wampler’s gun was
scratched as well, the sources said. Tests found Ford’s DNA on the
weapon, according to the sources.
The shooting occurred Aug. 11, after Wampler and his partner, Antonio
Villegas, members of an anti-gang unit in the department’s Newton
Division, saw Ford walking down a street near his South L.A. home.
Bustamante, the Los Angeles Police Department’s inspector general,
found the shooting justified, but he faulted the officers for how they
approached Ford in the moments leading up to the shooting, according to
LAPD officials have never offered an explanation for
why the officers stopped the 25-year-old Ford, but the sources said that
the officers told investigators they decided to detain him because they
believed Ford was trying to discard narcotics as he walked. The
department has never publicly said whether narcotics were found.
concluded in his report to the commission that it was unclear whether
the officers’ observations were sufficient justification to approach
Ford and then try to detain him, the sources said.
And as the officers reached Ford, Wampler put his hands on him — a
move that Bustamante found unacceptable. Department protocols instruct
officers in such situations to address a suspect from a position of
safety, such as behind an open car door.
Ford’s death became a
local rallying cry against killings by police, particularly those of
black men. Ford, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and
schizophrenia, died two days after the fatal police shooting of Michael
Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which prompted nationwide demonstrations and a
heated conversation about race and policing.
Ford was one of 18
people killed and nine others wounded in LAPD shootings last year, the
department said. As of Monday, police officers had shot and killed eight
people and wounded another eight so far this year, the department said.
The Police Commission, a civilian panel that oversees the LAPD and
makes the final ruling on all serious uses of force by officers, is
scheduled to discuss the shooting in private on Tuesday after its weekly
As with all shootings, the commissioners will
determine whether the officers’ decisions to draw their weapons and then
use deadly force fell within department policies. The board also will
rule on whether the tactics the officers used throughout the encounter
Beck, according to the sources, will recommend to
the commission that the officers be cleared in all three categories,
while Bustamante, whose office conducted its own investigation of the
shooting, will recommend the board fault the officers for their tactics.
the commission follows Bustamante’s recommendation, it would then be up
to Beck to decide what discipline, if any, to impose. Often when an
officer’s decision to use deadly force is found to be justified but the
tactics flawed, Beck opts to order the officer to undergo retraining
instead of handing down a punishment.
Bustamante and Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, declined to
comment, saying it would be inappropriate to discuss the shooting before
the commission issues a ruling . The two officers involved in the
shooting are assigned to administrative duties, Smith said.
year, Beck offered a brief account of the shooting. The officers, he
said, told department investigators that they shot Ford during a violent
struggle in which Ford forced one officer to the ground and grabbed his
gun. The officer reportedly yelled for help, Beck said, prompting his
partner to fire at Ford. The officer on the ground used a backup weapon
to reach around Ford’s body and shoot him in the back.
showed Ford was shot three times, including once so closely in the back
that the muzzle of the officer’s gun left an imprint.
mother was emotional when she learned of the department’s and inspector
general’s recommendations Friday from a Times reporter.
“Wow,” Tritobia Ford said softly. “Oh, wow.”
She said that she shared the same concerns as the inspector general
over the officers’ decision to stop her son, and that she wanted the
U.S. Justice Department to investigate her son’s death.
didn’t they just allow him to keep walking? He wasn’t doing anything. He
wasn’t committing any crime. He wasn’t bothering anybody,” she said,
her voice breaking as it rose. “He was minding his own business.”
officers’ attorney, Larry Hanna, said his clients had little choice but
to make contact with Ford when they saw him turn away and appear to
“I’m hoping the commissioners will see it was within policy,” he said.
Lally, president of the union that represents rank-and-file officers,
declined to comment on the officers’ tactics prior to the shooting,
saying he did not know all of the facts.
But he defended their use of deadly force, saying the situation escalated when Ford grabbed Wampler’s gun.
only reason you try to take a gun away from an officer is to use it
against the officer or use it against somebody else,” Lally said. “Had
that person not escalated to try and get the gun away from the officer,
this would be a non-event in everybody’s life. The suspect dictated what
happened in this.
"The officer has a right to defend themselves,” he said. “They have no other alternative.”