A thread about police brutality continued

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Oct 29, 2011.

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    Woman who broadcast boyfriend's death: 'I need justice' | KARE 11 Minneapolis

    A woman from Indianapolis live-streamed video of her boyfriend who was shot by police in Falcon Heights Wednesday.

    Diamond Reynolds, aka: Lavish Reynolds, posted the video from inside of a car right after a police officer shot her boyfriend, who has been identified by family as 32-year-old Philando Castile. The Facebook Live video is graphic in nature and has explicit language.

    Reynolds spoke Thursday morning outside the Governor's Mansion, after being released from police custody.
    She said she was held until 5 a.m. and was "treated like a prisoner."

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    Passionate officerette is passionate. Great message.
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    Minnesota police shooting victim died from multiple gunshot wounds: medical examiner | Reuters

    Minnesota police shooting victim Philando Castile died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was a homicide, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said on Thursday.

    Minnesota police officers identified in fatal shooting of black man | Reuters

    Minneapolis area police officer Jeronimo Yanez was identified as the patrolman who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop this week, state investigators said on Thursday.

    Yanez and fellow officer Joseph Kauser, both with the St. Anthony Police Department for four years, were involved in the shooting on Wednesday evening, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement.
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    Minnesota Cop Pulled Philando Castile Over for his "Wide-Set Nose"

    The Minnesota cop who pulled Philando Castile over before shooting and killing him Wednesday did not actually pull him over for a broken tail light as was first reported. No, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled him over because the 32-year-old man had a “wide-set nose.” And that led Yanez to believe he was a possible armed robbery suspect. That explains why the Yanez shot him four times as Castile was reaching for his drivers license to comply.

    It is not clear how Yanez was able to determine the width of Castile’s nose before even pulling him over, but that is what he told a dispatcher before pulling the car over, according to an audio recording that was first published on KARE 11, a Minneapolis news station that obtained the recording from a viewer.

    The news station said it try to confirm the authenticity of the recording with St. Anthony police, but their calls went ignored. However, the recording did include Castile’s license plate number and the exact location where the shooting took place, so there is little doubt it is legit.

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    Philando Castille was a Ticking Time Bomb -- This Innocent Man was Pulled Over 52 Times Before
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    The burning question in Dallas: Why here? | The Washington Post


    The department’s journey has been a long one. Humiliated by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on their watch in 1963 — and the subsequent murder of his accused assassin in the belly of police headquarters — Dallas police also had a notorious record of brutality against blacks and Hispanics.

    In 1973, Santos Rodriguez, a 12-year-old Hispanic boy, was pulled from his home by officers who accused him and his 13-year-old brother of stealing $8 from a vending machine at a nearby gas station. When they refused to confess, white officer Darrell Cain played a game of Russian roulette with the handcuffed boys, loading a bullet in the chamber of his .357 Magnum.

    The bullet fired, and Rodriguez was killed.

    The shooting sparked days of protests. Although Cain was convicted of murder, he served just 21/2 years in prison.


    The Chicago Tribune in 1988 declared the city “a racial time bomb.” Violent confrontations with police devolved into targeted killings: Five Dallas officers were killed that year alone.

    “The police were angry at the community, and the community was mad at the police,” said John Creuzot, a former prosecutor who secured the death penalty for one of the officers’ killers.


    In 2009, several Dallas officers were captured on a dashboard camera beating and kicking Ronald Jones, a black man who had been walking down the street. Jones spent 15 months in jail on charges of assaulting a police officer before the video was released. The city later paid Jones $1.1 million to settle a civil lawsuit.
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    Black Lives Matter leader DeRay McKesson arrested in Baton Rouge on a night of tension and protests | The Washington Post


    Police in Baton Rouge late Saturday arrested DeRay McKesson, one of the most visible faces of the Black Lives Matter movement, during one of several protests over the recent fatal shootings of black men. Police arrested more than 200 people on a night of tension and unrest.

    Throughout the nation, demonstrators on Saturday demanded accountability from police. The protests stretched into early Sunday in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, Minn., where tensions are most raw after the deaths of Alton Sterling in the Louisiana city and of Philando Castile in a St. Paul suburb.


    McKesson was charged with obstructing a highway of commerce, said the prison official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to talk to reporters. She said bond had not been set for the arrested protesters as of late Sunday morning. Another official said bonds for demonstrators arrested the previous night were set between $250 and $400.


    McKesson, who lives in Baltimore, documented protests in Baton Rouge on Saturday, the same day as his 31st birthday. He narrated the events surrounding him on Periscope, criticizing Baton Rouge police for what he saw as a heavy-handed response to peaceful protests. And did the same in frequent postings on Twitter and Vine.

    As he and other activists marched through one of Baton Rouge’s busiest highways, which passes the police headquarters, McKesson assailed police for provoking people after an officer threatened to arrest anyone walking on the road, according to video obtained by The Post. Another high-profile activist fired back that they were on the shoulder because there was no sidewalk.

    Later, officers approached McKesson. The smartphone he was using to broadcast the march and his ongoing commentary fell from his hands as he was arrested.

    According to other activists, two police officers slammed McKesson to the ground and took him into custody along with 33 other activists.

    In a text message to The Post from within police custody, McKesson said he and the nearly three dozen others were in custody together, wrists tied, and being taken to a police precinct. A police spokesman confirmed his arrest to the Advocate newspaper but did not elaborate on potential charges and did not respond to a request for comment from The Post.

    As Saturday night became Sunday morning, there was no word on what charges McKesson might be facing. But a website for a local jail showed that McKesson was an inmate there as of Sunday. He called a close friend in Baltimore around 5:30 a.m. and told her he was in okay physical condition but did not know when he would be released, the friend told The Post.

    News of McKesson’s arrest quickly spread on Twitter, fueling outrage over the possibility that he may have been deliberately targeted. The hashtag #FreeDeray began to trend almost immediately on Twitter after McKesson’s arrest and was trending with more than 100,000 tweets hours later as of 5 a.m., with many tweets urging people to call Baton Rouge police and demand his release. McKesson was arrested nearly a year ago in August during a sit-in outside a federal courthouse in St. Louis to commemorate the first anniversary of Brown’s death.

    McKesson rose to national prominence when he left Minneapolis after the death of Brown in Ferguson to become an activist and to document the growing movement seeking reforms in how law enforcement across the country treats communities of color. He has amassed roughly 450,000 Twitter followers and has been a forceful advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement on cable and in late-night television appearances.
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  12. Confirmed – Philando Castile Was an Armed Robbery Suspect – False Media Narrative Now Driving Cop Killings…

    Posted on July 8, 2016 by sundance
    The Falcon Heights, Minnesota police shooting of Philando Castile is based around an entirely false narrative. Castile and Ms. Diamond Reynolds (Facebook video uploader) were pulled over by police because Castile matched a BOLO Alert for an armed robbery suspect from four days prior.
    Unfortunately, the false statements in the video – which have gone viral, and are being pushed by the mainstream media – have created a backlash against police officers.
    Police officers in: Dallas (link), Tennessee (link), Missouri (link) and Georgia (link) have been Shot or killed in the past 24 hours as a result of a false narrative driven by the Black Lives Matter movement. It is important to get the truth out quickly.

    Saint Anthony, MN, Police Officers Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser pulled over Mr. Castile and Ms. Reynolds because the driver, Philando Castile, matched the suspect profile in an armed robbery which occurred on July 2nd, at a convenience store, only a few blocks from where their car was pulled over.

    The armed robbery occurred on July 2nd 7:30pm (Sat). The CCTV images were given to media and LEO by detectives on July 5th (Tuesday). A BOLO (Be On Look Out) alert was issued the same day, Tuesday July 5th. Philando Castile was pulled over on July 6th.
    From the radio dispatch of Officer Jeronimo Yanez:
    I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”
    The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.”
    A minute and a half later, the recording captures the first report that there was a shooting. (link)
    [IMG]Ms. Diamond Reynolds narrates the now viral Facebook video with several false statements.
    Reynolds claimed they were pulled over for a broken tail light, false.
    Ms. Reynolds also claims her boyfriend, Castile, was holding a concealed carry permit for a firearm that was resting on his left thigh. This also appears to be false.
    According to a question presented to the local county sheriff who oversees the Concealed Carry Permit process, Mr. Castile had never requested a concealed carry permit from their office:
    It is possible a CCP was obtained in another county, however the media are conflating “permit to purchase” with “concealed carry permit”. For some reason the CCP ownership is being amplified; it really has no bearing and is largely irrelevant for the context of the situation. That said, there is no factual evidence Mr. Philando Castile had a CCP.
    Due to the rear facing camera option on the phone Ms. Reynolds was using, the uploaded video everyone has seen is a reversed mirror image – making it appear she was in the drivers side, and Castile was on the passenger side. However, that impression is incorrect, Castile was driving the vehicle. The uploaded image is reversed by Facebook Livestream Video.
    However, correcting the mirror image, in part of the video it is possible to see a hand gun located on the thigh of Philando Castile. This also appears to be why Officer Yanez repeats to Ms. Reynolds not to reach toward her boyfriend:
    This hand gun also appears to be the same type of hand gun used in the Convenience Store Armed robbery four days earlier (7/2/16):
    In addition, Mr. Castile also matched the physical description of the suspect as given by eye witnesses:
    […] The other suspect was described as a black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks, who wore tan pants, tan shoes with white soles, a green jacket, a green baseball cap and glasses, the release says. He also had some of his hair pulled into a bun through the strap on the back of his hat and had a small mustache and facial hair on his chin. (link)
    Similar clothes as noted on the robbery suspect are also noted in the Facebook images of Mr. Castile. However, whether Mr. Castile is actually the person who committed the armed robbery is -again- essentially a moot point. Officer Jeronimo Yanez gave the reason for the stop over the radio to his dispatcher as a possible ID on an “armed robbery suspect”:
    “I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.”
    “The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.”
    (link) SIDE NOTE from the BOLO article: “According to a press release from the St. Anthony Police Department, which contracts for police service in Lauderdale, the two robbed the Super USA store in the 2400 block of Larpenteur Avenue around 7:30 p.m., taking cash from the register and cartons of Newport cigarettes.”
    (Above is a screen grab still frame image of Diamond “Aka Lavish” Reynolds during a press conference early morning 07/07/16 – link at 09:45)
    It is with that “armed robbery suspect perspective” the approach toward the vehicle was made by officers Yanez and Kauser.
    Mr. Castile, fitting the physical description, being in the same geography, generally matching the BOLO CCTV image, and then having a handgun on his thigh only made the suspicions gain exponential weight.
    Any behaviors or sudden movements by Mr. Castile would only increase the anxiety and increase the officer’s perception of Castile as a threat.
    St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez (pictured) was identified as the patrolman who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop.

    Given that police around the country are being targeted based on an entirely false premise, it is critical the truth behind the entire incident be revealed with the same veracity as the MSM narrative. Unfortunately, lies travel around the world twice – before the truth even has time to put its boots on.

    [IMG]Update: Having outlined the factual reason/intent for the St. Anthony officers Yanez and Kauser to initially pull over Mr. Castile and Ms. Reynolds, it should also be pointed out the timing of Diamond Reynold beginning her Live Stream Video.
    As you can tell from the video she uploaded, her four year old daughter was NOT in the vehicle when Ms. Reynolds began broadcasting. Whether her daughter was factually inside the vehicle when the shooting took place is unknown, Ms. Reynolds has never claimed that to be the case.
    What is known is there was no activity to remove the child from when the video began uploading (Facebook), to when you see her daughter in the arms of an officer when Ms. Reynolds exits the vehicle (continuously live streaming).
    In essence, there is a lot of time not captured between the stop, the shooting, and when Ms. Reynolds begins using her phone to broadcast the post shooting events. [ There is footage from Yanez and Kauser’s dash-cam which should clarify this missing timeline ] Ms. Reynolds begins broadcasting AFTER her daughter was removed from the vehicle (video below for reference):
    Lastly, it appears the family circle around Philando Castile is moving quickly to raise funds from the event. There are currently at least THREE Go-Fund-Me Donation, accounts set up by entities within the familial circle, currently running to raise money:
    ♦ Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds has raised $16,564 so far with a goal of $50,000
    ♦ The “Family” has raised $149,720 so far, exceeding their goal of $100,000.
    ♦ Big Sister “Allysza” has raised $55,866 so far, with a goal of $80,000.
    GRAND TOTAL $222,150 raised under various Philando Castile Go-Fund-Me Accounts.

    Another Self-Promoted Video Uploaded by Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds Two Days Prior To the shooting, July 4th 2016
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    Thanks. Once again, there are three GoFundMe pages where donations can be made:
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    Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is released | The Washington Post


    In a phone interview with The Post after his release, Mckesson said the charges against him have not been dropped.

    “The protesters were peaceful last night, the police were not,” he said. “I came to stand in solidarity with the people who stood in solidarity with us. I was with local activists when I was arrested yesterday,” he said. “I was in compliance with the law, and I am confident that this was an unlawful arrest.”

    Roy J. Rodney Jr., a lawyer who practices in Louisiana and Texas, said of Mckesson: “He was held an inordinate amount of time. And normally people who peacefully protest are not arrested in this fashion.”

    Rodney said he was contacted by William “Billy” Murphy Jr., one of the Baltimore attorneys who represents the family of Freddie Gray, who asked him to intervene on Mckesson’s behalf.

    “It’s our sincere hope that the charges will be refused by the state of Louisiana,” Rodney said.
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    Abraham Lincoln stated, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power."

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 15 minutes ago
    As I was in the cell over the past 17 hours, I thought of the quote that simply says if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 13 minutes ago
    5 days ago, we saw the character of a few #BatonRouge officers as they used their power to act as the judge and jury then kill #AltonSterling.

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 12 minutes ago
    4 days ago, we saw the character of a police officer in MN, like those in #BatonRouge, as he used his power to execute #PhilandoCastillo.

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 10 minutes ago
    3 days ago, we saw activists and organizers continue to challenge the abuse of power of police officers in the name of the newly fallen.

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 7 minutes ago
    2 days ago, the protests continued to grow in #BatonRouge and shifted from Foster to Airline, as folks steadfastly challenged police power.

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 6 minutes ago
    1 day ago, just last night, we saw the police abuse their power and intentionally provoke protestors in order to create and exploit conflict.

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 4 minutes ago
    There is no group of citizens that should be able to exercise their power without accountability or transparency, like the police currently can.

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 2 minutes ago
    In the Parrish prison cells, we continued to talk about the work of social justice and to build community. We all continue to grow.

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 2 minutes ago
    At times, all 50 of us were in one cell, unable to all sit, sleeping on the floor or under the benches. But our spirits remained strong.
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    Zack Kopplin ‏@ZackKopplin 3 minutes ago
    About an hour ago I got threatened with arrest and told I wasn't a reporter, because I don't carry paper [credentials].

    Baton Rouge Cops Throw Protesters Into Street, Arrest Them for Being There

    By Zack Kopplin, The Daily Beast


    Hundreds of people peacefully protesting on private property Sunday evening were thrown into the street by police, and then several were then arrested for being on the street.

    Approximately 500 people had gathered at France and East in downtown Baton Rouge after first coming together at a nearby Methodist church to protest the police killing of Alton Sterling. Meeting the protesters were about 100 officers in riot gear. A homeowner gave the protesters safe refuge on her front lawn so they would not be arrested for being in the street.

    “No justice, no peace!” they yelled.

    After 90 minutes of peaceful assembly, police charged the crowd for no clear reason. Protesters scattered, many running down a side street. Those protesters were then arrested for obstruction of a highway.

    A wall of riot police then pushed the scattered protesters further away, block by block, and arrested some at the front of the crowd. “Clear the streets and leave the area!” one officer shouted through a bullhorn. “This is an unlawful assembly!”

    Several protesters threw water bottles and rocks at cops as they retreated.

    Throughout the confrontation, police threatened to arrest all journalists without credentials.

    “We’re giving you an official direction,” one officer told The Daily Beast.

    The Daily Beast and several other media outlets were forced into a 10-foot wide zone by police. Then they ordered all reporters without credentials out of the zone and threatened to arrest any who put a foot in the street. Arianna Triggs, a production assistant for NBC 33, told The Daily Beast she was also threatened with arrest and forced to move.

    On Saturday, at least three journalists were arrested, including a radio reporter with WWNO and a credentialed news director with WAFB. Both were booked on one count of obstructing a highway, which was the same charge leveled against DeRay Mckesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist. More than 100 people in total were arrested.


    deray mckesson ‏@deray 29 minutes ago
    Apparently, the Parrish jail is now only taking money orders today, and all of the banks are closed.
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    From a Breitbart reporter in Baton Rouge:

    Lee Stranahan ‏@stranahan 1 hour ago Baton Rouge, LA
    I'm out of prison.

    Lee Stranahan ‏@stranahan 58 minutes ago
    This is the clip I was arrested for filming. Saturday night #AltonSterlingProtest

    Lee Stranahan ‏@stranahan 56 minutes ago Circle K
    The last thing I saw before the cuffs went on.

    Lee Stranahan ‏@stranahan 52 minutes ago Baton Rouge, LA
    I can't stress this enough: not only do I believe my imprisonment was unconstitutional, but I believe the other protesters' was as well.

    Lee Stranahan ‏@stranahan 51 minutes ago Baton Rouge, LA
    I was standing in the exact same area as a number of other photographers. It was blocked by the police.
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    #PhilandoCastile & GF Lavish Reynolds smoked BLUNT in car with 4yo in backseat but #BlackLivesMatter

    Published on Jul 9, 2016
    Video obtained shows #PhilandoCastile and girlfriend Lavish aka Diamond Reynolds smoking a blunt in a parked car on July 4th, 2016....with their 4 year old daughter in the backseat. I don't care what you do on your own time, but do NOT hotbox your CHILD!! Lavish seems more into filming herself thinking she's all that and a bag of chips while she's high than her 4 year old daughter inhaling 2nd hand smoke of weed. So, #BlackLivesMatter, right?? What about that sweet baby girl in the back of the car that has NO choice but to inhale weed smoke?? Does her life matter?!?! Do her little lungs matter?!?!

    Will be releasing more videos of Lavish aka Diamond Reynolds smoking blunts and drinking in her home around her 4 year old daughter. Lavish live streamed and PUBLICLY posted this video and others, so she is fair game here. NO child should have to see or be around this!! While Lavish's family currently has 3 (yes 3) GoFundMe campaigns going on right now totaling over $220k so far, just remember THIS video!! Imagine all the weed and liquor she's gonna be able buy along with a nice brand new car with over $220k thus far!! But hey #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter
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  22. Oh wow.
  23. Ya know smoking a blunt with your kid in the car isn't punishable by death. Suspected of armed robbery isn't a death sentence crime neither.
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    Lee Stranahan ‏@stranahan 9 minutes ago Baton Rouge, LA
    Talking about the #BatonRouge protests and being thrown in prison for journalism.
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  26. Soros Funding , ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest Groups – WHY ARE SOROS AND OBAMA TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICA?
    Saturday, July 9, 2016 12:02


    (Before It's News)
    Soros Funding Ferguson, ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest Groups
    by Tad Cronn
    In case you’ve wondered why exactly the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, became a national news story, it’s not because it reveals any inherent racism in the system.
    Billionaire investor Soros speaks at a forum during the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington
    Rather, it’s because dedicated, interconnected groups of outside agitators roused their rabble and exploited the gullible media to turn a straightforward shooting of a criminal suspect who attacked a police officer into a national scandal.
    Some of the groups that made that happen — such as the Gamaliel Foundation, the Drug Policy Alliance, Make the Road New York and Equal Justice USA, among others — have long been funded by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations, according to the Washington Times.
    By looking at OSF tax records, the Times discovered that in the most recent year for which records are available alone, Soros gave $33 million to radical groups that worked to keep Ferguson whipped up and on the front pages across the country.
    U.S. director of OSF programs Kenneth Zimmerman admitted to the Times that Soros money had funded groups in Ferguson, but he washed his hands of the ensuing damage, saying OSF had not ordered the groups to act as they did.
    According to Zimmerman, OSF has been “helping groups combine policy, research, data collection with community organizing” since the 1990s.
    Representatives of the Soros-funded groups were bused into Ferguson in August, the Times reported, and were still agitating there as late as last month.
    Although many different groups were involved, the ones funded by Soros organized themselves into cooperative networks, often linking to each others’ websites, sharing research and churning out editorials sent to the media to keep Ferguson in the national eye.
    According to the Times report, the groups were especially keen to capitalize on any development that could reflect badly on conservatives, and among their accomplishments was the popularization of the “Black Lives Matter” hashtag on Twitter and manipulation of opinions through Facebook campaigns.
    Zimmerman denies any direct involvement in the violence and destruction of Ferguson and other cities where protests have been inspired. “The incidents, whether in Staten Island, Cleveland or Ferguson, were spontaneous protests — we don’t have the ability to control or dictate what others say or choose to say,” Zimmerman said.
    There may not have been a direct order, but the smart money would bet there was a wink and a nod, followed by copious attaboys when the groups’ seditious plans came to fruition.
    Without a doubt, these groups were funded by Soros precisely for their ability to serve the purpose they achieved, raising a mob and wreaking havoc. They didn’t need a direct order to do the job; they had $33 million worth of motivation and encouragement.
    People were injured and lost their livelihoods in the violence spawned in Ferguson. In the national movement Ferguson inspired, police officers lost their lives.
    As the nation seeks justice for these outrages, it should be taking a good, hard look at the man who is most responsible for feeding the beast.

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    In Baton Rouge, Your Front Yard Is no Sanctuary From Police

    African-American resident Lisa Batiste opened her private property to be used as a gathering space for protesters. The SWAT team that arrived was uninvited.

    Baton Rouge police tactics in Alton Sterling shooting protests questioned

    Baton Rouge police face mounting criticism over handling of protesters

    Alton Sterling's funeral set for Friday at Southern University in Baton Rouge
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    Baton Rouge Bail Fund - Louisiana National Lawyers Guild's Fundraiser

    Since Friday, July 8, more than 60 people have been arrested in protests against the killing of Alton Sterling. This is a bail fund to get those protestors out of jail. Surplus funds will be used to cover their legal expenses.

    This page is managed by the Louisiana National Lawyers Guild with the support of #NorthBatonRougeMatters and BYP100.

    Call our legal hotline at (225) 341-2287 with any questions about this page or legal support for protesters.
  31. sign the petition:

    Online petition calls for government to declare Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization

    A petition asking the federal government to declare Black Lives Matter a terrorist group exceeded 100,000 signatures within 30 days, which means the request should get a response from the Obama administration according to petition rules.
    Petition creator "Y.S." posted the request on July 6, the same day Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., and a day after Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, La.
    Five Dallas police officers were killed, and other officers and civilians injured, by a sniper during a Black Lives Matter march later that same week.
    "Terrorism is defined as 'the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims," the petition reads. "Black Lives Matter has earned this title due to its actions in Ferguson, Baltimore and even at a Bernie Sanders rally."
    The petition added that national security agencies should name the group of activists a terrorist group "on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, safety."
    Anyone can create a petition on the White House site. Once the initiative has reached the 100,000-signature threshold, it is put on a list with other pending petitions. The administration has 60 days to email supporters with a response concerning their request.
    Reynaldo Anderson, an associate professor of communications at Harris-Stowe State University and chair of the school's Humanities Department, described the petition as nothing more than "the last vestiges of white supremacy." He specializes in black studies, Afro-futurism and rhetoric.
    The creators of the petition, Anderson said, "want one set of rules for one group, to protect their white privilege, and another set of rules for people of color."

    Reactions on social media varied, including some who said the white supremacist organization the Klu Klux Klan isn't termed a terrorist group by the government.
    Can we make one of the these for the KKK because the United States swear they aren't one.
    — Professional✨ (@erieleisrandom) July 11, 2016
    Anderson said comparing Black Lives Matter, a decentralized movement, to a terrorist group is, "not only unwarranted. It's not logical." He said the movement advocates reform, not revolution, and any efforts to label them as such is a mischaracterization.
    Instead, Anderson compares the movement to a modern version of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or the Congress of Racial Equality.
    In a meeting with Madrid's interim President Mariano Rajoy, President Barack Obama defended freedom of speech, admitting that what some say can be controversial.
    "In a movement like Black Lives Matter, there's always gonna be some folks who say things that are stupid or imprudent or overgeneralized or harsh. And I don't think you can hold well-meaning activists who are doing the right thing and peacefully protesting, responsible for everything that is uttered at a protest site," Obama said. "I would just say to everybody who is concerned about the issue of police shootings or racial bias in the criminal justice system, that maintaining a truthful and serious and respectful tone is going to help mobilize American society to bring about real change. And that is our ultimate objective."
    Obama returned early from a trip to Europe to address the families of victims killed in the shooting in Dallas on Tuesday.
  32. Petition to Designate Black Lives Matter as Terrorist Group Approaches 100k Signatures

    Jim Young/Reuters
    by John Hayward11 Jul 201617

    A petition to officially designate Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization has gathered over 90,000 signatures on the White House website. It seems certain to exceed the 100,000-signature threshold by August 5 to compel a formal response.

    “Terrorism is defined as ‘the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims.’ This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations,” writes the petition’s author, identified as “Y.S.” The petition continues:
    Black Lives Matter has earned this title due to its actions in Ferguson, Baltimore, and even at a Bernie Sanders rally, as well as all over the United States and Canada. It is time for the Pentagon to be consistent in its actions — and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare Black Lives Matter a terror group — on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.
    International Business Times reports the petition, filed on July 6, was up to 4,000 signatures on the day of the Dallas shootings, after which tens of thousands of new signatures were swiftly added.
    IBT also quotes “controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh echoing the petition’s sentiments,” saying Black Lives Matter is “quickly becoming a terrorist group committing hate crimes.”
    The International Business Times article quotes some backlash against the petition from BLM supporters and also uncritically repeats their propaganda that black men are “killed in disproportionate numbers” by the police.
    In reality, as John Hinderaker of PowerLine observes, “the percentage of blacks fatally shot by police officers (26%) is almost exactly equal to the percentage of blacks committing violent crimes (24%).”
    Hinderaker concludes:
    In short, the data on police shootings show that blacks are involved in such incidents just about exactly as often as one would expect, given their violent crime rate. Slicing and dicing the numbers is interesting, but doesn’t generate any obviously relevant correlations that would change that finding. Which means that, unless someone can make a compelling argument based on the data, which we have not yet seen, the Black Lives Matter movement is founded on a lie.
    This is the kind of statistical analysis media organizations are usually very excited about when it supports narratives they favor.
    Of course, hitting the 100,000-signature mark will only oblige the White House to respond to the petition, not comply with it. The response will almost certainly include the assertion that Black Lives Matter is firewalled from all violence perpetrated in its name, in a circular logic chain similar to the left’s ideological firewall between Islam and terrorism: No true BLM believer would commit violence, therefore anyone who commits violence is not a true BLM believer.
    Black Lives Matter laid the foundation for this firewall with a statement that Inquisitr describes as an effort to “distance the movement itself away from [Dallas shooter Micah Xavier] Johnson’s actions”:
    In the last few days, this country witnessed the recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country’s failed policing system. As we have done for decades, we marched and protested to highlight the urgent need to transform policing in America, to call for justice, transparency and accountability, and to demand that Black Lives Matter.
    In Dallas, many gathered to do the same, joining in a day of action with friends, family, and co-workers. Their efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy—both for those who have been impacted by yesterday’s attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.
    Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.
    The White House will expect Americans to forget that this administration has portrayed conservative groups as incipient terrorists for its entire existence, as with the infamous Department of Homeland Security threat assessment predicting a wave of violence from “right-wing extremists” and military veterans.
    Obama supporters will be instructed to erase all memories of the “Climate of Hate” hysteria that gripped the left and dominated media coverage after the Tucson shootings. There are no climates of hate anymore, not while left-wing protest groups are holding demonstrations where police officers are injured or killed.
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    Politicians Respond to Police Shootings: A Closer Look

    Published by Late Night with Seth Meyers on July 11, 2016

    Seth takes a closer look at the political response to the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and the shooting of police officers in Dallas.

    Seth Meyers: People Blaming Black Lives Matter for Dallas Need to ‘Shut the F*ck Up’

    Seth Meyers was the only late-night host to delve deep into the Dallas police shootings Monday night.
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    Slain Dallas Cop Might've Been A White Supremacist: Still A Hero?

    By Jesse Benn, The Huffington Post, July 12, 2016


    Last week five Dallas cops were killed by Micah Xavier Johnson, a Black man who was allegedly motivated to take such drastic action after continually watching the US legal system refuse to hold killer cops to account. Naturally, bootlickers across the globe are unquestioningly celebrating the slain officers as heroes, innocents, and protectors. But what if one of those dead cops was a white supremacist—is he still a hero? And I don’t mean a white supremacist in the sense that all cops are enforcers of a classist white supremacist order, which they are. No, I mean the more common use of the term. The one we associate with Klansmen, neo-Nazis, Skinheads, and your average Brownshirt wannabe.

    Meet Lorne Ahrens.

    Ahrens was one of the five Dallas cops killed last week. While mainstream media presented him as a family man, gushed over his imposing size, his sense of humor, and otherwise went to great lengths to humanize and memorialize him as a hero, a band of international Internet sleuths came together to research something the press failed to notice: Ahrens’ affinity for imagery associated with white supremacists. Right in one of the main pictures journalists and editors were sharing with stories about Ahrens, is an Iron Cross tattooed on his finger. With this tipping them off, the Internet sleuths jumped into action and quickly turned up more evidence of Ahrens’ white supremacist leanings.

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    There are countless examples of the white supremacist nature of US police departments throughout recent history. Here’s an extremely brief rundown:
    • Last year, Louisiana detective Raymond Mott was fired after photos surfaced featuring Mott in a KKK uniform giving a Nazi salute. He had the most arrests of any officer in his department.
    • In the 90s, an entire white supremacist gang, operating out of the Lynwood police department in Los Angeles, was composed wholly of Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies. The Lynwood Vikings “probably” no longer exist within the LASD.
    • Two lieutenants from Anniston, AL, spoke onstage at the 2013 National Conference of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate organization steeped in racism, anti-Semitism, and pro-secession rhetoric.
    • Three Florida corrections officers were charged with conspiracy in 2015 and revealed to be members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK.
    • Seven San Francisco police officers lost their jobs last year for a string of racist texts, including such phrases as “White Power” and references to lynchings and burning crosses.
    • Up to a dozen officers in the Dothan, Alabama police department were implicated as members of a neo-Confederate extremist organization, and regularly planted drugs and guns on racial minorities.
    • In 1992, a Boynton Beach officer was suspended from the force after getting a highly visible leg tattoo of a swastika, along with the initials of Charles Manson.
    • In Pocomoke City, Maryland, the police turned on their own, when white officers racially harassed and used slurs against three black officers (including the chief!) for more than three years. Formal charges were brought earlier this year.
    • In 2014, a Florida deputy chief resigned (and one of his officers was fired) after their KKK memberships were revealed—the second time in five years that such revelations had been made within the department.
    • Robert White, a former Grand Dragon of the Maryland KKK, allegedly worked as a Baltimore police officer during daylight hours.
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    EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Dallas cop breaks ranks to slam 'public face of togetherness' and claim black community mistrusts police because they are WRONGLY arrested to help fill arrest 'quotas'
    • Dallas police officer Nick Novello, 62, accused his police chief David Brown of failing the public
    • The 34-year veteran with the force claims Brown is at the helm of a police team low on morale and over worked with insufficient pay
    • He said the police chief was guilty of 'grandstanding' in his public appeal to hire more young black men to his force
    • He claimed that the Dallas Police Department had been plunged into an all time low with many disillusioned officers serving the public
    • He said much of the black community in Dallas distrusts the police force
    • Novello said many had been wrongly arrested for small amounts of marijuana or public intoxication to help fulfill arrest 'quotas'
    • He added that police chief Brown had defied calls from four police associations in Dallas to resign last spring
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    Sandra Bland Died One Year Ago Today

    And since then, at least 810 people have lost their lives in jail.

    By Dana Liebelson and Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post, July 13, 2016
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    FBI Greenlights Crackdown on Black Lives Matter Protesters

    The FBI is using the actions of a lone gunman as a pretext to attack the Black Lives Matter movement.

    FBI Incites Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protests Before They Even Happen

    It has been revealed that the federal agency is sending out alerts to local police departments labeling protests as violent before they even occur.

    Police Gone Overboard: Militarized Cops Arrest 200 Non-Violent Protesters in Baton Rouge

    It's time to retrain the cops and take away their military goodies.
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