Response to Michael Brown Grand Jury Decision: Blackout Black Friday Boycott

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Response to Michael Brown Grand Jury Decision: Blackout Black Friday Boycott

BLACKOUT BLACK FRIDAY BOYCOTT — that’s one response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting. The drum-roll beats louder on social media to hit Corporate America “where it hurts” over Brown’s shooting death.

The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is organising the ‘No Justice, No Profit’ boycott campaign on Thanksgiving Day (27 November), through to Sunday. Black Friday is traditionally the day that kicks off the Christmas buying period with retailers across America offering big discounts to jump-start the busiest shopping days of the year.
Dacia Polk, of the New Black Panther Party, said the coalition wants the whole of St Louis to participate in the boycott this weekend.

“We are asking you to withdraw your participation the entire weekend,” she said. “There will not be business as usual in America while our people are being killed.”

“The death of Michael Brown was groundless, was senseless, it was a miscarriage of Mr Darren Wilson’s legal duty to serve and protect,” said the Rev Spencer Lamar Booker, pastor of St Paul AME Church. “No matter how convoluting his and others’ attempt to make a legal argument, an illegal act was committed called murder.” Source: IBT Times

The grand jury decision has led to rioting, looting and arson. Several businesses have gone up on flames. This is no way to protest against a perceived wrong.

It’s interesting to note that prosecutor Robert McColluch pulled off something very interesting in Ferguson. Check out what FiveThirtyEight had to say.

Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” The data suggests he was barely exaggerating: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.

Wilson’s case was heard in state court, not federal, so the numbers aren’t directly comparable. Unlike in federal court, most states, including Missouri, allow prosecutors to bring charges via a preliminary hearing in front of a judge instead of through a grand jury indictment. That means many routine cases never go before a grand jury. Still, legal experts agree that, at any level, it is extremely rare for prosecutors to fail to win an indictment.

“If the prosecutor wants an indictment and doesn’t get one, something has gone horribly wrong,” said Andrew D. Leipold, a University of Illinois law professor who has written critically about grand juries. “It just doesn’t happen.”

Grand Jury Reaches Decision in Michael Brown Shooting Case

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Grand Jury Reaches Decision in Michael Brown Shooting Case

The grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting case.

The Washington Post reports press conferences are being prepared by the county prosecutors’ office and Gov. Nixon.

The announcement gave no indication on whether Darren Wilson will be indicted for the teen’s shooting death.

Ferguson Activist Bassem Masri Clashes with CNN Host on Media Coverage

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Ferguson Activist Bassem Masri Clashes with CNN Host on Media Coverage (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Ferguson activist Bassem Masri (@bassem_masri) got into a heated discussion during his appearance on CNN during Michael Smerconish’s show Saturday morning. Smerconish challenged him whether he thought his heated rhetoric is helping the tense situation in Ferguson in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death by Officer Darren Wilson.

Bassem Masri responded, “I don’t think we should be looking at citizens about how they react towards their public servants [police]. It should be the other way around.”

Smerconish asked Masri how he could reconcile his stance towards the police when Michael Brown’s father, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have called for peace in Ferguson. Masri was part of a group that attempted to shout down a live CNN reporter, Sarah Sidner, last month. He was also accused of spitting on a police officer. Masri said he has been “very calm.”

Masri told Smerconish that he knows what transpired during the fatal encounter between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown, saying the teen was shot multiple times despite having his hands up. He said Wilson should have shot to apprehend and not to kill.

Bassem Masri challenged Smerconish over the media’s priorities saying, “There’s blood on the streeet and you’re worried about words. Come on man! That’s what journalists are missing right now. Why don’t you investigate something real. Why don’t you worry about us getting killed?”

Bassem Masri also had a very confrontational interview with Reliable Sources’ host Brian Stelter last Sunday. He is among a group of local activists rejecting the mainstream media for “distorting” the news. He told Stetler, “We’re not going to be just laying back and letting anybody paint whatever narrative they want when it comes to our community.”

Watch the heated interview between Bassem Masri and Mike Smerconish:

Here’s the reaction on Twitter about Bassem Masri’s CNN interview:

NY Post Publishes Mugshot of Unarmed Man, Akai Gurley, Killed by NYPD Officer

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Akai Gurley Gunned Down by NYPD Rookie Cop Peter Liang (Photo Credit: Facebook)

The New York Post sinks to a new low by publishing the mugshot of Akai Gurley, the 28-year-old unarmed man gunned down in the stairwell of the Pink Houses in Brooklyn by rookie cop Peter Liang.  This is meant to drag the name of the victim through the mud and somehow blame him for the officer’s actions.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the shooting was “accidental” and that Akai Gurley was a “total innocent.” Despite that fact, “innocent,” the New York Post chose to publish his mugshot.

Peter Liang, who joined the NYPD in January 2013, has been placed on modified duty after turning in his gun and badge, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told the NY Times, “We don’t know enough yet, but it does appear to be an accident.” “This is a tragedy.” Meanwhile, the New York Post is content to dig up dirt on Akai Gurley as if to somehow suggest his murder by Officer Liang was justified.

District Attorney Ken Thompson issued a press release on the Akai Gurley shooting: “As we continue to gather the facts, the fatal shooting of this unarmed man is deeply troubling and warrants an immediate, fair and thorough investigation.”

Here’s a screengrab from the New York Post article on Akai Gurley’s shooting:

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NY Post Publishes Mugshot of Unarmed Man, Akai Gurley, Killed by NYPD Officer

Michael Brown Shooter, Officer Darren Wilson, Negotiating Resignation

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Michael Brown Shooter, Officer Darren Wilson, Negotiating Resignation

Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown, is reportedly in talks with the Ferguson Police Department to resign. The police union believes he will not be charged for the teen’s shooting. Here’s a brief summary from CNN:

Wilson maintains he hasn’t done anything wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether a grand jury returns an indictment against him in the death of Brown, people close to the talks said.

Wilson has told associates he would resign as a way to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers. Wilson has expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.

Wilson could announce as soon as Friday his plans to resign, the same day a St. Louis County grand jury meets to deliberate and possibly decide on an indictment.

The talks could still collapse, these people said. Wilson doesn’t know what the grand jury will do and if they return charges he could change his mind.

CBS News reported that the police union does not expect Darren Wilson to be indicted, only to deny making the comments:

The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown does not appear to expect criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting that sparked tense and occasionally violent protests and drew national attention.

Wilson has been under a lot of pressure and stress but appeared confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said.

“It’s fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment,” Roorda said, offering his impression of the situation based on the meeting with Wilson

Local law enforcement has asked that they be given 48 hours notice before the grand jury decision is released. The decision is expected on Friday but may not be public until Sunday to accommodate for the 48-hour request. Either way, if Darren Wilson isn’t indicted there will be hell in Ferguson. I’m just saying….

Philip Sailors Gets Probation For Fatally Shooting Man Turning into Wrong Driveway

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Philip Sailors Gets Probation For Fatally Shooting Man Turning into Wrong Driveway (WSB-TV Video Screengrab)

STAND YOUR GROUND:  If you weren’t concerned about Stand Your Ground laws, then you may change your mind after reading about a white Georgia homeowner, Philip Sailors, fatally shooting a Hispanic man, Rodrigo Diaz, who was simply turning in his driveway.  Philip Sailors got no jail time, just probation and he didn’t even apologize to the family of the slain man.

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA– A Gwinnett County man accepted a plea deal Monday for the fatal shooting of a man, who mistakenly pulled into the wrong driveway.

Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh was in the courtroom as Philip Sailors plead to the misdemeanor charge for the January 2013 shooting in Lilburn.

Channel 2 Action News broke the news Friday about the plea deal which reduced a murder charge to the misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter and spared the homeowner any jail time.

People Kavanaugh spoke with were surprised that Sailors made no statement and offered no apology to the victim’s family during the hearing.

Rodrigo Diaz, the victim’s father, told Kavanaugh in Spanish he wasn’t expecting anything today.

Investigators say GPS misguided Rodrigo Diaz to the wrong house that night. Diaz was trying to get to the home across the street so he could pick up a friend to go roller-skating. When Sailors saw the strange car, he came out shooting. He fired once into the air.

Investigators say the second shot went through the window and struck Diaz in the head.
With his guilty plea Sailors will serve 12-months’ probation and pay a $500 fine.

[…] After the hearing, Diaz’s father, Rodrigo Diaz Senior. told Kavanaugh that Sailors could have received a stronger punishment, but he believed that would only end up destroying two families.

Here’s more on Philip Sailors’ slap on the wrist:

Report: Michael Brown Shooting Occurred in Less Than 90 Seconds

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Report: Michael Brown Shooting Occurred in Less Than 90 Seconds

The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that Ferguson officer Darren Wilson’s encounter with teen Michael Brown lasted less that 90 seconds. There was also video footage of Darren Wilson leaving the police station en route to a local hospital two hours after he gunned down the teen, who was a suspect in a strong arm robbery at a convenience store.

Here’s more from St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

At 11:53 a.m., a dispatcher reported a “stealing in progress” at the Ferguson Market. The 911 operator was still talking to the caller in the background. In a second broadcast, 19 seconds later, the dispatcher says the suspect is a black male in a white T-shirt running toward QuikTrip,and had stolen a box of Swisher cigars.

About four minutes later, there’s more detail: the suspect is wearing a red Cardinals hat, a white T-shirt, yellow socks and khaki shorts, and is accompanied by another man.

At noon, Wilson reports that he’s back in service from the sick-baby call. He then asks the officers searching for the thieves – units 25 and 22 – if they need him. Seven seconds later, an unidentified officer broadcasts that the suspects had disappeared.

At 12:02 p.m., Wilson says, “21. Put me on Canfield with two. And send me another car.” His call triggered at least two officers to head his way, including one who said he was close to Wilson.

Ferguson, Mo., police chief says if Darren Wilson is not indicted for Michael Brown’s shooting death, he will immediately return to active duty.

Gov. Nixon: Grand Jury Decision Expected Mid-to-Late November in Michael Brown Shooting

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Gov. Nixon: Grand Jury Decision Expected Mid-to-Late November in Michael Brown Shooting

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case by white officer Darren Wilson is expected in mid-to-late November. He said the National Guard is a part of the contingency plan to deal with any violence should the grand jury decide not to recommend charges against Wilson.

Nixon said 1,000 officers who will respond in Ferguson have undergone 5,000 hours of additional training.

Gun Sales Spike As Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Ruling in Michael Brown Shooting

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Gun Sales Spike As Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Ruling in Michael Brown Shooting (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Gun sales spike in Ferguson as residents brace for the grand jury decision in Michael Brown shooting by Officer Darren Wilson.  It isn’t just whites who are arming themselves more, but black residents are too.

On Monday, Steven King, who owns Metro Shooting Supplies told CNN that customers bought 100 guns this weekend. A typical weekend brings in about 30 buyers.

“People are afraid they are gonna throw Molotov cocktails,” says King, referring to the mostly nonviolent protests that have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting.

The increase in gun sales reaches across racial and ethnic lines, he says.

“A lot of black people coming in saying they are afraid of the hooliganism,” he says.

“But not all of Ferguson is hooliganish. The media portrays us that way. If the world can just see this is one little street in Ferguson going crazy, they’d understand that we’re not just one big burning city.”

At Metro Shooting Range in nearby Bridgeton, Missouri, manager John Stephenson says gun sales are up 40 to 50% as of last week.

And lots of folks are coming in to the gun range for training, which he says is important for new gun owners.

 

Utah Officers Cleared Of Criminal Wrongdoing for Darrien Hunt Shooting Death

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Utah Officers Cleared Of Criminal Wrongdoing for Darrien Hunt Shooting Death (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Two Utah police officers were cleared of criminal charges for shooting Darrien Hunt, who is biracial, six times as he fled. He was reportedly wielding a samurai sword.

More from The Los Angeles Times [H/T Crooks & Liars]:

A prosecutor cleared two Utah police officers of criminal charges in the killing of a young black man wielding a samurai sword, saying Monday the shooting was justified because the man had swung the sword at the officers.

Two Saratoga Springs police officers fired a total of seven shots, Utah County Attorney Jeff R. Buhman told reporters, hitting Darrien Hunt, 22, six times — at least once in the back as he ran away. Buhman’s office investigated the Sept. 10 incident for nearly two months.

Buhman told reporters in a televised news conference that the officers had stopped to talk to Hunt, who was carrying the sword in public — which is not a crime in Utah — and that Hunt lunged “abruptly and without apparent provocation.”

Really? How many eyewitnesses can corroborate that?

The officers opened fire and may have wounded Hunt, who fled with the officers in pursuit. One of them, Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer, shot Hunt from behind because he feared that Hunt would attack other people, Buhman said.

But he didn’t attack anyone else. Here’s what Darrien Hunt’s family had to say:

“All along, we were praying the [prosecutor’s] office would show some integrity and honesty in the case, and apparently they chose not to,” Hunt’s aunt, Cindy Moss, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. “It’s disgusting. It’s disgusting, the corruption that’s in that county and city. I guess it’ll all come out in court.”