Remembering Michael Brown

Four years ago today, 18-year old Michael Brown was killed after engaging in a struggle with then 28-year old Officer Darren Wilson.

Brown’s death sent shockwaves through Ferguson, Missouri, where riots and protests lasted for days following the incident.

Today, voters in St. Louis have shown that Brown’s death was not meaningless by ousting Robert McCulloch, the man who declined to file charges against Officer Wilson.

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It’s Been Four Years

And Eric Garner’s family is still seeking accountability for his death at the hands of New York City police officers in 2014.

This past Tuesday marked the four-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s murder, after which his dying words, “I can’t breathe,” went viral and became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter and anti-police terror movements.

Garner was killed by a white New York City police officer who put him in a fatal chokehold and refused to release him even though he can be heard repeatedly telling the officer he could not breathe in cell phone video footage of the incident.

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Officer Who Killed Antwon Rose Charged with Criminal Homicide

As protesters continue to organize around 17-year-old Antwon Rose’s murder, Officer Michael Rosfeld has been charged with criminal homicide for shooting the teen multiple times as he ran away from police.

Steve Zappala, Allegheny County’s district attorney, has said that he believes his office has a strong case to argue for first degree murder.

“I find that Rosfeld’s actions were intentional. He was not acting to prevent death or serious bodily injury.”  — Zappala

Rose, like so many other black men murdered by the police, was unarmed and had his back to police when he was shot three times.

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“Who Do You Call When the Murderer Wears a Badge?”

That’s what one of the protest signs read in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where people have been protesting the police killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose for two days.

UPDATE 06/28/2018 09:40 A.M. PST: The officer who shot and killed Rose has been charged with criminal homicide. Read more →

Released video footage of the shooting shows that the unarmed teenager was shot in the back Tuesday while running from officers following a traffic stop.

Rose would have graduated high school this year.

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Similarities Grow Between U.S. ICE and WWII Gestapo

In a decision that should be terrifying to the entire world, the current administration has announced that it will transfer approximately 1,600 immigrants currently held in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) custody to federal prisons.

UPDATED 06/11/18 09:50 A.M. PST: A Manhattan federal judge has temporarily halted the deportation of Pablo Villavicencio until July 20.

ICE is already in the spotlight today after a story went viral of a pizza delivery worker who was arrested by the agency after he delivered a pizza to the Fort Hamilton Army base in New York City.

And in equally depressing and disturbing news, an Iowa Dreamer who was forced out of the country under threat of deportation was found murdered in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco’s throat was slit in what his family suspects was a gang-related attack.

He was only 19 years old and was brought to the U.S. when he was just a toddler.

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Black Lives in Florida Worth Nothing

A jury in Florida “awarded” the family of Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr. an insulting $4 after he was shot through his garage door and killed by Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Newman who was responding to a complaint about loud music.

The incident occurred in 2014. Newman was accompanied by Deputy Edward Lopez, and the two knocked on both the garage and front door upon arriving at the property.

The garage door opened, revealing Hill, who Lopez claimed had a gun. The garage door then closed, and despite the door being shut, Newman proceeded to fire his handgun through the door, hitting Hill three times — twice in the abdomen and once in the head.

Authorities did not realize Hill had been killed until after a SWAT team arrived and released chemicals into the home.

His body was found with an unloaded handgun in his back pocket.

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When a Victim is Charged with the Crime

In yet another incident of police violence, discrimination, and racial injustice, 18-year-old Lakeith Smith has been convicted of a felony murder that the court knows he did not commit.

Smith stands to serve 65 years in prison for three consecutive sentences, including the felony murder conviction of his then 16-year-old friend A’Donte Washington, who was fatally shot four times by Alabama police after engaging in a shoot-out.

Smith was offered a plea deal that would have given him 25 years in prison, but he instead opted to go to trial.

But because of Alabama’s Accomplice Law, Smith was — in the eyes of the court — legally responsible for the criminal activities that subsequently led to Washington’s death, and therefore legally responsible for that death, despite never having possessed or fired a weapon during the entirety of the incident.

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Shutting It Down

On March 18, just six days before the worldwide #MarchForOurLives, 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot 20 times while holding a cell phone.

Authorities claim that it appeared as though Clark was holding a gun. He leaves behind two children.

On the evening of March 18, authorities in Sacramento, California were hunting down a car-robbery suspect and were directed via helicopter patrol to the backyard of Sequita Thompson, Clark’s grandmother.

There, they encountered Clark, and shouted, “Put your hands up – gun!” before releasing a hailstorm of bullets.

The officers then waited approximately five minutes before approaching Clark to administer medical attention, and proceeded to handcuff his dead body.

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