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July 5, 2016: Sterling was fatally shot

While selling CDs in front of a Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, Sterling was fatally shot by police. Numerous onlookers managed to capture the entire scene on video, some of which were picked up by both local and national news sources.

July 6, 2016: Officials released the names of the officers

Baton Rouge police officials released the names of officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, who held down and shot Sterling. During this press briefing, the Department of Justice announced it would investigate the shooting.

July 7, 2016: Protests erupted across the nation; celebrities and more reacted

After the video of Sterling’s death went viral, protests erupted across the country and several black celebrities and influencers weighed in on the epidemic of police brutality. Drake wrote an open letter, comedian Larry Wilmore covered it in a segment on The Nightly Show, and Issa Rae started a GoFundMe for Sterling’s children, raising over $200,000 in nine hours.

July 10-11, 2016: Protests gained nationwide attention

This photo made by Jonathan Bachman of Reuters from the protests in Baton Rouge is incredible.

In the week following Sterling’s death, protests across Baton Rouge led to dozens of arrests. The above image of Leshia Evans, a mother to a 5-year-old son, became an iconic image of protest that summer.

July 13, 2016: Sterling’s son, Cameron, spoke out

Cameron Sterling, who was 15 at the time, spoke out during a press conference organized by the family’s attorney. “I feel that everyone, yes, you can protest,” he said. “But I want everyone to protest the right way. Protest in peace — not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence. Everyone needs to protest the right way. With peace, no violence. None whatsoever.”

Aug. 23, 2016: Obama met with the family

Over a month after Sterling’s death, then-President Barack Obama met privately with members of the Sterling family. After seven years in office, this was the first time he met and consoled a black family whose loved one was fatally shot by police.

May 2, 2017: The DOJ decided not to charge the officers

Ten months after the DOJ announced it would investigate Sterling’s death, it decided not to charge either of the officers involved in the shooting. Baton Rouge residents protested the decision outside of the police department headquarters, the Advocate reported.

June 27, 2017: Sterling’s children sued Baton Rouge

Sterling’s children are suing the city of Baton Rouge, the police department and the officer who fired the shot. The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the fatal shooting was indicative of racist conduct and excessive force by Baton Rouge police. Read more (7/5/17)

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  • Archer: In case you haven't noticed, this place is crawling with rebels.
  • Pam: And not the good kind you get drunk with at Myrtle Beach and cruise the strip in the bed of their monster truck with a bug rebel flag on it, flingin' empty longnecks at people!
  • Lana: Yeeeeeah, those aren't actually the good kind either.
  • Pam: Now who's racist?
  • Archer: Those guys, Pam. Those exact same guys you just described.
  • Pam: Oh. Well, now I feel like an asshole.
  • Malory: When do you not?
  • Pam: Almost always. I really like me.
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The Pacific books masterpost

 The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose

Books written by/about  the veterans:

Books written by those who served with them/ Compilations of stories:

Some books on the different battles featured if you want more information on them:

  • Cyril: And so, if I could direct your attention to these visual aids, you will see that from our initial supply of 1,000 kilos of cocaine, we -
  • Archer: Hang on, dummy, we had a ton of cocaine.
  • Cyril: No, we - Well, we had a tonne, T-O-N-N-E, also known as a metric ton, but -
  • Malory: Pfft, metric. Who uses metric?
  • Lana: Every single country on the planet except for us, Liberia and Burma.
  • Archer: Wow, really?
  • Lana: Yup.
  • Archer: Cause you never think of those other two as having their shit together.
Reblog If You Listen to Any of The Following:

• Green Day
• Twenty-one Pilots
• Ramones
• My Chemical Romance
• Paramore
• American Authors
• Queen
• Simple Plan
• Nirvana
• One Republic
• Coldplay
• The Beatles
• Fall out Boy
• Blink 182
• Sum 41
• 5sos
• Ed Sheeran
• Bring Me the Horizon
• Mayday Parade
• All American Rejects
• Of Monsters and Men
• Pharrel Williams
• Bea Miller
• Lindsey Sterling
• Maroon 5
• We the Kings

Let’s have a moment of silence for these amazing bands/artists.
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It has happened again. And it makes me feel sick. Two police officers sat on top of Alton Sterling and shot him 5 times in the back.

I don’t care what his criminal record is. I don’t care what grades he got in highschool. I don’t care what he was doing. I don’t care that he had a gun in his pocket.

This isn’t right. This wasn’t self-defense. He couldn’t move. They should’ve pulled the gun out of his hands or pocket and arrested him. These officers were incompetent. There is no excuse.

This is murder.