Hundreds March in Ferguson to Remember Michael Brown 3 Weeks After Shooting

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Hundreds March in Ferguson to Remember Michael Brown 3 Weeks After Shooting (Photo Credit: Twitter via @ryanjreilly)

Hundreds march in Ferguson to remember slain teen Michael Brown, three weeks after he was gunned down by white officer Darren Wilson. Marchers include his mother, Lesley McSpadden. Signs called for an end to racial profiling.

The march, a protest “against police killings, brutality, profiling and legal cover-ups,” was made up of a diverse crowd including children and adults. Some people shouted “Justice for Michael Brown,” while many carried signs.

The protesters gathered at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Red’s B-B-Q on West Florissant Avenue, and then marched down Canfield toward the spot where Michael Brown was fatally shot by Darren Wilson.

 

Officers Involved in Ezell Ford Shooting ID’d as Sharlton Wampler, Antonio Villegas

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Officers Involved in Ezell Ford Shooting ID’d as Sharlton Wampler, Antonio Villegas

The officers involved in the Ezell Ford shooting have been identified as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, both assigned to the Newton Area Gang Enforcement Detail, the police said in a statement on Thursday.

Ezell Ford, who was mentally ill, was killed in South Los Angeles on Aug. 11. The shooting came two days after unarmed teen, Michael Brown, was gunned down in Ferguson by police officer Darren Wilson.

Ezell Ford will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Ezell Ford shooting:

Black Film Producer Charles Belk Detained for 6 Hours After Being Mistakened for a Bank Robber

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Black Film Producer Charles Belk Detained for 6 Hours After Being Mistaken for a Bank Robber (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Just another day in the life of a black man in America:  A black film producer, Charles Belk, was handcuffed and detained for six hours before LA cops realized they had the wrong man.

Belk posted the picture on Facebook saying that he left a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard and was walking alone to his car, which was parked on La Cienega Boulevard at about 5:20 p.m. to check the parking meter, when some cops surrounded him and told him to sit on the curb.

Charles Belk said in a statement, “Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, fingerprinted and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.”

“What I don’t get … is why, during the 45 minutes that they had me on the curb, handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil rights, that they could not simply review the ATM and bank’s HD video footage to clearly see that the ‘tall, bald-headed, black male’ … did not fit MY description,” according to Belk’s statement.

People wonder why black males are so uneasy walking the streets of America — this is a prime example of racial profiling. Shameful.

Here’s Charles Belk’s Facebook post:

NY Times Under Fire for Michael Brown Obit Saying He Grappled with Problems, Promise

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NY Times Under Fire for Michael Brown Obit Saying He Grappled with Problems, Promise

The New York Times is under fire for “spitting on Michael Brown’s grave” in an obituary talking about his life. The article spawned a #NoAngel hashtag and the outrage went viral on Twitter as the teen was being laid to rest.

I guess Mike Brown wasn’t as respectable as the Unabomber in their eyes.  I think it’s safe to say that a white kid from the suburbs who was shot dead by a police officer wouldn’t be labelled this way. 

Here’s the passage from the NY Times article, “Michael Brown Spent the Last Weeks Grappling with Problems and Promise,” which has caused the uproar:

Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life.  Shortly before his encounter with Officer Wilson, the police say he was caught on a security camera stealing a box of cigars, pushing the clerk of a convenience store into a display case. He lived in a community that had rough patches, and he dabbled in drugs and alcohol. He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar. He got into at least one scuffle with a neighbor.

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In the ninth grade at McCluer High School in Florissant, Mr. Brown was accused of stealing an iPod. His mother said she went to the school, eventually showing a receipt to prove the iPod was his. He left McCluer and went to two other high schools before going to Normandy for most of his final two years.

When his mother moved out of the Normandy District, he moved in with his paternal grandmother so he could remain at that school. But he continued to alternate between his parents and maternal grandmother.

He did not have a criminal record as an adult, and his family said he never got in trouble with the law as a juvenile, either.

This article begs the question, if Michael Brown was “living in a community that had rough patches” and that made him “no angel,” then how do we explain Officer Darren Wilson growing up with a serial con artist (his Mom, Tonya Durso) in his home located in a mostly white neighborhood? Then, add the fact that Darren Wilson learned how to police at the racist Jennings Police Department that has since been disbanded? 

 

 

 

Michael Brown Shooter, Darren Wilson, Began Career at Racist Jennings PD

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Michael Brown Shooter, Darren Wilson, Began Career at Racist Jennings PD

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown six times, began his career at the racist Jennings Police Department. I guess this should make for good fundraising for his supporters, since he managed to keep his record clean. But that doesn’t mean that he had no issues.

The Jennings Police Department was disbanded over racial tensions between law enforcement and the mostly black community. Kinda like Ferguson PD and the black community.

Racial tension was endemic in Jennings, said Rodney Epps, an African American city council member.

“You’re dealing with white cops, and they don’t know how to address black people,” Epps said. “The straw that broke the camel’s back, an officer shot at a female. She was stopped for a traffic violation. She had a child in the back [of the] car and was probably worried about getting locked up. And this officer chased her down Highway 70, past city limits, and took a shot at her. Just ridiculous.”

Police faced a series of lawsuits for using unnecessary force, Stichnote said. One black resident, Cassandra Fuller, sued the department claiming a white Jennings police officer beat her in June 2009 on her own porch after she made a joke. A car had smashed into her van, which was parked in front of her home, and she called police. The responding officer asked her to move the van. “It don’t run. You can take it home with you if you want,” she answered. She said the officer became enraged, threw her off the porch, knocked her to the ground and kicked her in the stomach.

The department paid Fuller a confidential sum to settle the case, she said.

“It’s like a horror story in my mind. I never thought a police officer would pull me off my porch and beat me to the ground, for just laughing,” Fuller said in an interview.

The Jennings department also had a corruption problem. A joint federal and local investigation discovered that a lieutenant had been accepting federal funds for drunken-driving checks that never happened. Source: Washington Post

This comes as President Obama will send three White House staffers to Michael Brown’s funeral on Monday — Broderick Johnson, assistant to the president and chairman of My Brother’s Keeper task force; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Heather Foster, adviser for the White House Office of Public Engagement.

A group of pro-Darren Wilson supporters protested on his behalf yesterday, with one of the organizers, who refused to dislcose her name, saying “we are Darren Wilson.” So, I am guessing they collectively shot an unarmed teen six times. Let me me clear, we need to get to the bottom of what happened but Officer Wilson isn’t speaking publicly or through an attorney, for whatever reason. Read more about the Darren Wilson GoFundMe page.

Thousands March to Protest Eric Garner Chokehold Death by White NYPD Officer

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Thousands March to Protest Eric Garner Chokehold Death by White NYPD Officer

Thousands marched on Saturday to protest Eric Garner’s chokehold death by a white NYPD officer, Daniel Pantaleo, as tensions eased in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.

No charges have been filed against the officer, though the medical examiner ruled Eric Garner’s death was a homicide. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan announced that a grand jury will meet to consider bringing criminal charges against the officer next month.

Eric Garner died on July 17 after police tried to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes near a Staten Island park. A video posted online showed the officers had him in an illegal chokehold, even though he complained repeatedly of being unable to breath.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

St. Louis County Cop Dan Page Suspended Over Video, Glendale Officer Suspended Over Facebook Rant

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St. Louis County Cop Dan Page Suspended Over Video, Glendale Cop Suspended Over Facebook Rant

St. Louis County police officer Dan Page was suspended after a Youtube video of him making incendiary comments was brought to the Police Chief Jon Belmar’s attention by CNN’s Don Lemon.

Lemon has previously complained about Dan Page shoving him during his coverage of the Ferguson protests that erupted after unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, was gunned down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The video was made in 2012 before the Oath Keepers of St. Louis and St. Charles. There were comments on the video disparaging President Barack Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court, Muslims and sexual orientation.

Dan Page also described himself on the video as “an indiscriminate killer, that it didn’t matter what your race or background was.” That’s what unnerved Jon Belmar.

Chief Belmar said, “with the comments on killing, that was obviously something that deeply disturbed me immediately.” Dan Page is now facing an internal review and has been suspended pending a final decision from the internal affairs department.

Here are some of the comments Dan Page was heard uttering on the video:

— “Muslims are passive until they gain parity with you or exceed you in numbers and they will kill you.”

— “I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord savior, but I’m also a killer. I’ve killed a lot. And if I need to, I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me, it’s that simple. I have no problem with it. God did not raise me to be a coward,” he said before warning the audience that he believes the government will put kids in indoctrination camps.

— “I’m into diversity. I kill everybody, I don’t care.”

Separately, Glendale Police Officer Matthew Pappert was also suspended on Friday after posting a Facebook rant calling Ferguson protesters “a burden on society and a blight on the community,” the “The Daily Caller reports. He also said in another post that the “protestors should have been put down like rabid dogs the first night.” Yeah, we have some real winners serving in the police force.

Here’s video of Officer Dan Page making incendiary comments:

“Hercules” Actor Kevin Sorbo Apologizes for Calling Ferguson Protesters “Animals”

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“Hercules” Actor Kevin Sorbo Apologizes for Calling Ferguson Protesters “Animals” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hercules” actor Kevin Sorbo apologized for vomiting all over his Facebook page saying black protesters in Ferguson had portrayed themselves as the “losers these animals truly are,” following the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. He has since deleted the racist Facebook post.

Sorbo wrote, “Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man. It is an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are.”

He wrote, “It is a tipping point to frustration built up over years of not trying, but blaming everyone else, The Man, for their failures. It’s always someone else’s fault when you give up.”

Kevin Sorbo went after the media:  “The media promotes chaos to boost their pathetic ratings. We should shut them all off and watch clips on the internet only when republished under fair use by a conservative media watchdog group.”

Of course, his rant wouldn’t be complete without going after President Obama. He wrote that Michael Brown’s death should be a “reminder to the African Americans that their President they voted in has only made things worse for them, not better.”

Sorbo’s racist rant comes as a recent poll finds divide on President Obama’s and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s handling of the shooting and the Ferguson protests/riots.

On Obama:  Forty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with how the president is responding to the situation in Ferguson, while 34 percent are dissatisfied. Twenty-five percent don’t have an opinion.

On Jay NixonOnly a quarter of blacks nationally are satisfied with Mr. Nixon’s actions, while nearly half said Mr. Nixon’s performance in the aftermath of the shooting was not satisfactory. In contrast, whites were divided: A third were satisfied and a third dissatisfied.

Don Lemon: National Guard Heard Using N-Word to Describe Ferguson Protesters

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Don Lemon: National Guard Heard Using N-Word to Describe Ferguson Protesters (Video Screengrab)

CNN’s Don Lemon said one of his producers overheard a member of the National Guard using the N-word during the Ferguson protests over the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson.

While hosting a town hall called “Black and White in America,” Lemon was prompted to share an anecdote from his time in Ferguson, where the Missouri National Guard was deployed earlier this week to quell the violent protests that have erupted since the fatal police shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“I’m just going to be honest with you,” said Lemon, who is black. “Last night, one of my producers said that they — I won’t say if it’s a he or she because I don’t want to give anyone away — said they came in contact with one of the members of the National Guard and that they said, ‘You want to get out of here because you’re white because these n-words, you never know what they’re going to do.’ True story. I kid you not. 2014, a member of the National Guard. And my producer doesn’t lie. It is a true story.” Source: Talking Points Memo

Here’s the video of Don Lemon talking about N-word:

Racist Kansas City Cop Marc Catron Facing Review Over Michael Brown Facebook Posts

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Racist Kansas City Cop Marc Catron Facing Review Over Michael Brown Facebook Posts

Kansas City police officer Marc Catron is facing an internal review after he vomitted all over Facebook about Michael Brown’s shooting death by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. He shared a photograph holding a gun with money in his mouth, only that wasn’t Michael Brown, but an accused killer from Oregon. Dumbass.

A spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department said this is a personnel issue that will be addressed with the officer. The department also provided a copy of the department’s eight-page social media policy.

“Because members of this department are held to a higher standard than general members of the public, the online activities of members of this department shall reflect such professional expectations and standards,” the department policy states.

Two cousins were accused in Oregon of using a sledge hammer to kill their great-grandmother last year. In one of the photos, Joda Cain has a wad of money stuffed in his mouth while pointing a gun at the camera.

People have posted this photo of Cain to Facebook, including KCTV5’s Facebook page, claiming that it’s Brown, when it’s not. Catron posted the photo of Cain to his Facebook page and wrote, “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”

Catron also spoke about the violence that has rocked Ferguson over the past week since a police officer shot the unarmed teen. “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither,” according to a Facebook post that Catron shared on his own Facebook page.  Source:  KCTV5

Marc Catron also shared a meme with the caption “Remember how white people rioted after OJs acquittal? Me neither.” Um, I guess one rich black man beating the system via expensive lawyers is akin to an unarmed teenager being shot six times by a police officer, who is charged with protecting the community. SMH.