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Demonstrators Aaron Little (R), Gianni Cook (C) and Troy Jones hold signs while protesting against the death of black teenager Michael Brown, outside St Louis County Circuit Clerk building in Clayton, Missouri August 12, 2014. Police said Brown, 18, was s
A good long piece by Mother Jones on patterns of police violence against unarmed black Americans:
In 2007, ColorLines and the Chicago Reporter investigated fatal police shootings in 10 major cities, and found that there were a disproportionately high number of African Americans among police shooting victims in every one, particularly in New York, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

"We need not look for individual racists to say that we have a culture of policing that is really rubbing salt into longstanding racial wounds," NAACP president Cornell Williams Brooks told Mother Jones. It's a culture in which people suspected of minor crimes are met with "overwhelmingly major, often lethal, use of force," he says.

In Oakland, California, the NAACP reported that out of 45 officer-involved shootings in the city between 2004 and 2008, 37 of those shot were black. None were white. One-third of the shootings resulted in fatalities.

Pairing the militarization of the police force—not just in spare military weaponry, but in military-inspired tactics—with the historic aggression of many American law enforcement offices against minority suspects has had predictable effects over and over. We built this.

Originally posted to Hunter on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 09:40 AM PDT.

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  •  Thanks Hunter nt (8+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 09:43:18 AM PDT

    •  Michael Brown in convenience store.... (3+ / 0-)
      >>The witness said that the store employee then told Brown he had to pay first, and then Brown reached over the counter to grab more packs of cigars and turned to leave the store.

      According to the witness account, the employee called 911 and attempted to block Brown from leaving by standing in front of the door.

      “That is when Brown grabbed [redacted employee name] by the shirt and forcefully pushed him back in to a display rack,” the report said.

      The police report goes on to state that surveillance video from the store shows Brown and Johnson entering the store before Brown hands  the pack of Swisher Sweets to Johnson.

      “An apparent struggle of confrontation seems to take place with Brown, however it is obscured by a display case on the counter,” the report stated. “Meanwhile, Johnson sets the box he was handed back on the counter.

      "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

      by MartyM on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:43:13 AM PDT

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      •  I (4+ / 0-)
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        think it's counter productive to dwell or deny on the events in the store. Just accept it. For a lot of reasons, not the least of which it plays into the idea that only "good" people deserve not to be murdered. There seems to be little doubt he was gunned down with his hands up and we saw the crazed, inflammatory way in which over militarized police initially responded to the community. My advice is to stick with that.

        It doesn't matter how great a guy he was, it doesn't matter if he occasionally made a rash decision as kids that age do. The usual suspects will smear anyone anyway they can, Sandra Fluk, gay marine, disabled vets, refugee toddlers, facts be damned. Getting down into that latrine and fighting it out with those clowns is utterly pointless.

  •  ten rounds, no waiting (6+ / 0-)
    "We need not look for individual racists to say that we have a culture of policing that is really rubbing salt into longstanding racial wounds," NAACP president Cornell Williams Brooks told Mother Jones. It's a culture in which people suspected of minor crimes are met with "overwhelmingly major, often lethal, use of force," he says.
    What about non-lethal force do cops not understand

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 09:46:01 AM PDT

  •  I went from a feeling of (3+ / 0-)
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    maybe justice can now be done last night, back to 'da fuck (?!) again this morning.

    Same as it ever was. When will it be different?

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:41:25 AM PDT

  •  Like this: (1+ / 0-)
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    Lead with Love. Forgive as a reflex.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:43:26 AM PDT

  •  There's something happening in the coverage of (4+ / 0-)
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    this case that is bothering me and we need to do what we can to reframe this portion of the Police Dept's argument.

    All this talk of the theft of "cigars". My husband is a cigar smoker, I regularly buy them for him and his guests.

    Swisher Sweets are like a pack of Winston's...they aren't "cigars".

    We are talking of someone being shot and the excuse is he took a pack of flavored cigarettes.

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:47:16 AM PDT

  •  This country is long past due to come to terms (1+ / 0-)
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    with the issues of race and culture.  I don't have the answers, but all of us must try.  So many of the wrongs in our country stem from the abuse of minorities, either of color, or culture, or religion.  Most of all each of needs to speak up when confronted by racism - even if your family wants you to shut up and make nice with Uncle Bob when he spouts his ignorant crap.  Speak up in private and speak up in public, if you see abuse happening take out your phone and film it - that has revealed much abuse in recent years.  

    It is especially important that you speak up if you belong to one of the privileged groups (white, or male, or socially connected to powerful people, etc.)  This continues as long as we condone it with our silence.

  •  a short story from my legal past (7+ / 0-)

    I once was involved in a case involving a NYC police shooting.  Well, I once was involved in a number, but this one is relevant here:
    A young former Navy vet was on the subway on the 4th of July.  Backstory:  a woman complained to a transit officer that he was "making her uncomfortable".  the officer told the man to move to another car. woman got off train. End of story? No, the cop came back and then ordered the man off the train altogether at another stop.  That led to some pushing, etc. and then the man started to move away from the cop who proceeded to shoot him several times in the back.  The man died.
    The cop's story:  the act of disobeying him and the "pushing" was a crime and so he was going to arrest him, but the guy started to flee.  Since the guy was younger, taller, stronger, the officer felt that he would have been injured had he "pursued" and tried to handcuff him.  So he felt justified to protect himself by using his gun.  Even despite the fact that there was no weapon displayed and the guy was moving away.  
    One of the few cases in which an NYPD officer actually was convicted in relation to a shooting.  

  •  It is not just Blacks; (2+ / 0-)
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    but, Indians, Latinos and other people of color that suffer from police profiling disproportionately. Tim Wise did a few lectures where he discussed police searching a nice car driven while black being searched while the white folks with drugs drive blithely by. As a person of color that perspective is real to me. As the sister of a police officer other items about the systemic militarization jump out too.

    Here in LA, during that infamous bank robbery shootout, the dye was cast for militarization becasuse Darryl Gates swore LAPD would not be outgunned again. At that time a virtually all white SWAT Team existed and was one of maybe 3 in the nation. Now almost every department with more than 40 officers has a SWAT team. The compilation of those teams remains mostly white. The lack of diversity in thinking, tactics and people really undermines a community policing efcort when the heaviest weaponry manned by white guys targets people of color.

    Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up...East Wing Rules

    by Pithy Cherub on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:52:26 AM PDT

  •  tie in (3+ / 0-)
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    Blacks are disproportionately jailed, makes sense they'd be disproportionately shot.  We won't stop the latter until we stop the former.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:54:17 AM PDT

  •  Ferguson PD says Ofc... (4+ / 0-)
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    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 11:01:56 AM PDT

  •  Paul Mooney is right. (0+ / 0-)

    "the complexion for protection" does exist. And is an obscenity that will likely never go away.

    “...I'm glad I'm not afraid to be lazy!” ― Augustus Mc Crea, "Lonesome Dove"

    by nutherhumanbeing on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 11:03:28 AM PDT

  •  you have to bring down that whole (2+ / 0-)
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    superstructure of American apartheid, not just one part of it. The ghettos, the war on drugs, the gentrification, the relentless privatization of public education, the voter suppression, all of that.

    The problem is not just police shootings, but the system those police are defending.

    I think the greatest obstacle is the illusion that we have made a great deal of progress since the 60s. What has happened is simply that the system of American apartheid has become far subtler and more refined in response to the unrest of the 60s.

    Equality on paper, but in reality, it's still horribly unequal.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 11:25:10 AM PDT

  •  It's not "cowardice". It IS power/control. (2+ / 0-)
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    The Cop has a license - his Badge - and a tool - his gun - by which he becomes a CONTROLER.

    YOU, I, anyone and everyone else in the area are, simply, objects to be CONTROLED.

    Laws, rules, regulation, Statutes, Ordinances,, are the "cafeteria" from which the CONTROLER picks and choses his particular "reason/excuse" for using the utmost in terms of power/force to exercise CONTROL.  And, any time the CONTROL is seen to be "excessive use of power/force," the "cafeteria" of laws, rules, regulations, Statutes, Ordinances,, will ALWAYS provide an ex post facto "reason/excuse" that sufficiently "justifies" the CONTROLER - as well as "putting-down/trashing/smearing/demeaning/" the mere "person/object" forcibly CONTROLED.

    ABSOLUTELY NO COP IN THE WORLD cares for, or about, YOU - or what might happen to YOU should YOU be deemed, for ANY "reason/excuse" whatsoever - to be in need of being CONTROLED - including the "reason/excuse" of being of the "wrong" skin-color/ethnic-origin/

    It's just that simple, folks.

  •  The Ferguson P.D. looks more and more like (0+ / 0-)

    clowns at best and terrorists in the worse case.  This campaign to cover the shooter's ass is a travesty.  And, coming to Daily Kos for solidarity is disappointing when there are a few posters who want to justify an execution because an 18 year old lifted some cigarettes (left behind in the store) and shoved a store clerk.  Sick to death.  I don't dare go to facebook, but sure wish there was a safe space here for dialoge about the real issues instead of these distractions about some scuffle in a store as a smoke screen for murder.  Damn.

  •  "This breaks my heart" (0+ / 0-)
    (I can't post the photo, but do check it out)

  •  I look the part of an average white guy (0+ / 0-)

    and yet in recent years a simple, amiable question to local cops is frequently met with immediate suspicion—“What’s going on officer?” at a police traffic action, or a large police street presence locally—cops have repeatedly answered with hard silent looks and a deliberate hand sliding to their holster.

    It is creepy. Thus I sometimes wonder, too:

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