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Tuesday
Jan282014

'Oh My God a Black Man Knocked on My Door!' (The Perils of Depending on White People for Justice): 2nd Grand jury Indicts White Charlotte Cop for Shooting Unarmed Black Man while on his Knees

Expect Racism. Not Justice. From [HERE] A Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, Randall Kerrick, 28  on voluntary manslaughter charges in the deadly shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jonathan Ferrell.

It was the second time a grand jury had heard the case. The first panel, which convened a week ago, did not indict the officer, but suggested instead that prosecutors come back with a lesser charge. Community outrage was strong. Roy Cooper (in photo- suit), the attorney general and a likely Democratic candidate for governor, decided to present the case again, this time with four witnesses instead of two, and to a full panel of 18 jurors instead of 14.

Kerrick shot the unarmed Black man 10 times in a brief and violent confrontation on Reedy Creek Road. Ferrell had wrecked his car and apparently was seeking help; Kerrick was responding to a 911 call from a nearby white resident frightened by a late-night stranger (black man) at her door, who was seeking help.

Although the proceedings are secret, lawyers for the family said there was a good probability that the jurors saw footage of the shooting taken from a patrol car that night — something the family has not been allowed to view.

What they saw, according to people who have seen the video, was a 24-year-old man who was approaching officers with his hands outstretched. In the confusion, it is difficult to discern whether the bullets or commands from the officers came first. Either way, according to one lawyer who has seen the video, there was little time for Mr. Ferrell to respond.

Just after 2 a.m. on Sept. 14, Mr. Ferrell was dropping off a work colleague in Bradfield Farm, a subdivision with tennis courts and a swimming pool 17 miles east of downtown Charlotte.

On a particularly dark stretch of road, Mr. Ferrell drove down an embankment. The car was so damaged he had to kick out the rear window to free himself.

Unable to find his cellphone, he stumbled to the first house he found and knocked, according to the lawsuit and police reports. Inside, a white woman (Sarah McCartney, 32 - in photo) panicked and called 911. A black man, she said, was trying to break in. (The large house is part of the Bradfield Farm estate, 17 miles east of Charlotte. It is a rich, white community of well-manicured two-story homes, it also has four tennis courts, two swimming pools and a clubhouse. New and resale houses are available in the $110,000 - $230,000 range.)

'A Black Male is at My Door. Boo Hoo!'

Three officers arrived 11 minutes later. Mr. Ferrell had left the house and was on a street that led to the community pool. Rodney Monroe, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, said Mr. Ferrell charged toward the officers and refused orders to stop. One officer fired a Taser, which missed its target.

Officer Kerrick then fired 12 shots, 10 of which hit Mr. Ferrell. Most of the shots came when the two men were only a few feet apart, police said. The other two officers apparently never even drew their guns (b/c it was not reasonable to do so). Autopsy results included in the lawsuit show the bullets entered his body and traveled downward, which the family claims to show Mr. Ferrell was already on his knees or lying on the ground when he was shot. Officers then handcuffed him.

Toxicology reports showed Mr. Ferrell had caffeine, nicotine and an alcohol level that was well below the legal limit in his system. ( a significant mix to this white Ny Times reporter).

The family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, naming the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Officer Kerrick and Chief Monroe. Chris Chestnut, a family lawyer based in Atlanta, hopes the suit will force the department to provide more information about the shooting, including the police video, and prompt improvements in a department that has a long history of citizen complaints about the use of excessive force.

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Tuesday
Jan282014

White Pittsburgh Cops Seek Another White Jury to Believe whatever they say in Jordan Miles Retrial - Unarmed Black Student Chased & Assaulted in Brain Damaged Police Beating

From [HERE] A handful of bullets and an ammunition magazine that were found in the Homewood yard into which police tackled Jordan Miles would become evidence in a March civil trial if the 3 white police defendants have their way.

Jordan has claimed undercover white officers approached him for no valid reason. Officers chased him when he ran and when they caught up with him they beat him into submission by delivering violent blows that left his face swollen and distorted. Police also used a stun gun and pulled out a chunk of his hair. The officers put him in handcuffs, and repeatedly shoved his face into the snow, causing a piece of wood to impale his gums. He is 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds and was unarmed. No weapons were found. As a result, he suffers from permanent brain damage. [MORE]

In August 2012 a nearly all white jury (7 whites, one black) ruled in favor of the white cops on Mles' claim for malicius prosecution and a mistrial on two other counts. Seting up the present retrial on whether the officers falsely arrested the young Black man and used excessive force. [MORE]

In 2012, U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster didn't allow any reference to the bullets or magazine at the first trial resulting from Mr. Miles' lawsuit against officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing. After Judge Lancaster's death, the case was transferred to Judge David S. Cercone, and the officers' attorneys asked him Monday to reconsider the decision.

"Right where this took place, they found the magazine. They did not find the firearm, though," said Bryan Campbell, attorney for Officer Saldutte, who signed the motion along with James Wymard, representing Officer Sisak, and Robert Leight, attorney for Officer Ewing. "People normally wouldn't carry a magazine without a firearm."

Attorney Joel Sansone, representing Mr. Miles, called the motion "another attempt to smear a fine young man who has no criminal history of any kind."

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Tuesday
Jan282014

Protecting & Serving White Supremacy: White Board Allows Village (NY) Cop to Keep Job: Posted - "Obama is an Un-american Nigger Asshole"  

A nigger is a non-white person who is is subject to white supremacy. In the absence of white supremacy niggers would not exist. [MORE]

From [HERE] A white village police officer who was suspended after he apparently posted a vulgar, racist post about President Barack Obama on his Facebook page last month will keep his job after he accepted a litany of disciplinary measures Monday night.

The Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that allows Police Chief Richard Love to impose on Officer Peter Burns a 60-day suspension without pay or benefits; forfeiture of 25 vacation days; a psychological evaluation; a training program focused on diversity and sensitivity; and a two-year “last chance” agreement, in effect a probationary period. “Officer Burns has provided an apology to the community at large and to Pleasantville residents, as well as to the chief and his colleagues in the police department,” Mayor Peter Scherer said.

Officer Peter Burns published the post on Wednesday, Dec. 11 on a Facebook profile page he operated under the name “Coon Trapper.”  See racist post above. 

The Facebook profile page, which was deleted last month, contained photos of Burns in hunting gear and camouflage, and included links to hunting and animal trapping websites. The page's settings were private, meaning that only those who "friended" Burns had access to the Obama post and others on his Facebook page. White supremacy/racism is designed to remain hidden from you.

He was hired in 2004 and receives an annual salary of $98,959. [MORE]

Tuesday
Jan282014

Supreme Court Reverses a 20-Year Mandatory Sentencing Enhancement for Sale of One Gram of Heroin

From [HERE] and [HERE] Yesterday a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court issued an important criminal law ruling in the case of Burrage v. United States by applying the rule of lenity – a rule of statutory construction that resolves ambiguities in the language of a law in favor of the defendant. Reversing the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court held that to apply the 20-year minimum sentencing enhancement in §841(b)(1)(C) to someone convicted of selling certain substances to a user who then dies, "at least where use of the drug distributed by the defendant is not an independently sufficient cause of the victim’s death or serious bodily injury[,]" the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that "but for" the use of that particular substance, the user of the drug would be alive.

In this case, Mr. Burrage had sold one gram of heroin to someone who, according to toxicology reports introduced at trial, had a cocktail of multiple drugs in his system. The government had secured the now-reversed sentencing enhancement in the lower court through argument and a jury instruction that it is enough under the statute – the plain language of which requires that the "death … result[ed] from the use of such substance" -- to prove that the substance sold by the defendant was a "contributing cause" of the user’s death. The Supreme Court unanimously disagreed. Today’s decision in Burrage v. United States is available here.

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Tuesday
Jan282014

"Just a case of unfortunate timing": Photo of White Woman sitting on a chair made from the mannequin of a tied-up, half-naked black woman - published on MLK Day  

White Over Black System From [HERE] Last week, Russian fashion designer and editor-in-chief of Garage magazine Dasha Zhukova apologised after a photo of her sitting on a chair made from the mannequin of a tied-up, half-naked black woman was published by the Russian fashion website, Buro 24/7. The picture attracted condemnation and accusations of racism, particularly as the photograph was uploaded on America’s Martin Luther King Day.

The white writer of this article assures us that "as Vanessa Murray points out on the Vine given the publication and the subject are Russian, this is more likely to be of a case of unfortunate timing rather than deliberate insensitivity."

Commenting on the outcry, Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones rejected claims that the artwork is racist: “Offensiveness in art is often a way to satirise injustice. But this provocative sculpture has been naively injected into a popular culture whose default mode, in the Twitter age, is to catch out celebrities and call them names – racist!”

I agree that art plays a vital and important role in conversations about oppression. Indeed, as pointed out by Leigh Silver at Complex, “The problem may not be the chair itself, but the fact that Zhukova, a privileged white woman, is sitting on a completely powerless black woman.” While Melgaard’s art satirically turned the black woman into an object, Zhukova – subject of the photo and owner of the artwork in question – is literally using the black woman as an object. [MORE]

In their relations with non-whites, white people function as psychopaths. [MORE]

The third Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1980), published by the American Psychiatric Association, contains a description of the narcissistic personality disorder, with the following stated criteria:

A. Grandiose sense of self importance or uniqueness

B. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

C.  Exhibitionistic: Requires constant attention and admiration

D.  Responds to criticism, indifference of others, or defeat with either cool indifference or with marked feelings of rage, inferiority, shame, humiliation, or emptiness

E. Two of the following:

1.  Lack of empathy: Inability to recognize how others feel

2.  Entitlement: Expectation of special favors with reactions or surprise and anger when others don't comply

3. Interpersonal exploitiveness: Takes advantage of others to indulge his own desires or for self-aggrandizement, with disregard for the personal integrity and rights of others

4. Relationships characteristically vacillate between the extremes of over-idealization and devaluation.

According to Frances Cress Welsing [HERE"any non-white person who has had extensive experience with whites, collectively or as individuals, will find in the above a description of those relationships. At a superficial level, it seems ironic that those responsible for including this disorder in theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual have failed to recognize this as a statement that characterizes the global relationship of whites to non-whites, a description of the dynamic (racism)." [MORE]

Tuesday
Jan282014

Iowa White Party (Republicans) Advances GOP Platform with Facebook Post - Practicing Racism to Survive  

From [HERE] On Friday evening, a flowchart titled "Is Someone a Racist?" appeared on the Iowa Republican Party's Facebook page along with this message: "Because it's Friday night and we don't need serious political posts on Friday night we are sharing this. Happy Friday and LIKE and SHARE! Unless you think the chart is racist, then don't." Unsurprisingly, the flowchart did, in fact, suggest that racism is acceptable. [MORE] The white people who created the post did not define what they meant by racism. White people practice racism to survive in this overwhelmingly non-white world. 

According to Neely Fuller, "most white people hate Black people. The reason that most white people hate Black people is because whites are not Black people. If you know this about white people, you need know little else. If you do not know this about white people, virtually all else that you know about them will only confuse you."In a white supremacy system all white people should be suspected of being racist. Anon explains that there are different kinds of white people. What kind of white people are in the Republican Party? 

There are whites who:

  • are practicing racism against non-whites at a particular moment
  • are not practicing racism at that moment but have practiced it at a previous time, or will practice it at a later time
  • are not practicing racism at that moment, but say and do nothing to stop those who are
  • are not practicing racism at that moment, but have no problem with other whites practicing racism (don’t care)
  • are benefiting from the crime of racism even if they are not practicing racism at that moment
  • refuse to tell WHO is practicing racism; HOW racism is being practiced; and refuse to help the victims with the information they have
  • oppose racism by exposing and opposing whites who practice it [MORE]"
Thursday
Jan232014

Texas Invokes Rules of White Supremacy to Ignore World Court: Mexican [non-white] Man Executed for Murdering [White] Police Officer [victim]

Since 1977, the overwhelming majority of death row defendants (81%) have been executed for killing white victims, although whites make up only 50% percent of all homicide victims. [MORE] and [MORE]. Texas is one of the states in the "Death Belt" - the southern states that together account for over 90% of all executions carried out since 1976. These states overlap considerably with the southern states that had the highest incidence of extra-legal violence and killings during the Jim Crow era. [MORE

From [HERE] Despite opposition from the State Department, Mexican officials and Latino advocates, Texas executed Edgar Arias Tamayo on Wednesday night, putting to death a Mexican citizen whose case raised questions about the state’s duty to abide by international law.

Mr. Tamayo, 46, was strapped to a T-shaped gurney in the state’s death chamber at a prison in Huntsville, injected with a lethal dose of the sedative known as pentobarbital and pronounced dead at 9:32 p.m. Mr. Tamayo was the 509th inmate executed by Texas in the past three decades and had been one of 21 foreign citizens on its death row.

The case became an international issue that Mexican officials and Secretary of State John Kerry said threatened to strain relations between the two countries. Mr. Tamayo’s arrest in Houston in 1994 on charges of murdering a police officer violated the international treaty known as the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The authorities neglected to tell him of his right under the Vienna Convention to notify Mexican diplomats.

In executing Mr. Tamayo, Texas officials disregarded an international court’s order that his case be reviewed to determine what impact the violation of his consular rights had on his conviction. That decision, made in 2004 by the World Court, the top judicial body of the United Nations, was binding on the United States under international law, Mr. Kerry had told Texas officials. No United States court had given Mr. Tamayo such a review.

Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, had argued that the state was not directly bound by the World Court’s decision, a position backed up by rulings by the United States Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Mr. Tamayo was the third Mexican citizen that Texas had executed whose case was part of the World Court’s order.

“The international outcry about this, Texas’ third illegal execution of a Mexican national and the first without any review whatsoever of the consular assistance claim, is unprecedented,” Mr. Tamayo’s lawyers, Sandra L. Babcock and Maurie Levin, said in a statement.

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Wednesday
Jan222014

'So small the guards had trouble strapping him into the chair': Black Prosecutor Recruited to Defend Legal Lynching of 14 Yr. Old Black Boy  

The Refinement of White Supremacy requires the use of racial shadowboxing. Like black on black crime in service of white domination [MORE], racial shadowboxing  occurs when victims of racism (non-white people) are directly or indirectly, "assigned", bribed, coerced, and/or otherwise influenced, by the racists, to speak or act to do harm to other victims of racism. White Supremacists oftentimes hide behind others whom they use as shadows of themselves. [MORE] In courtrooms across the nation for instance, non-white prosecutors are recruited to do the bidding of the white establishment- which must maintain non-white subordination while not appearing to do so. 

Here, black prosector, Chip Finney III (above) has been assigned to defend the racist conviction and state sanctioned execution of George Stinney which was carried out by a white judge, an all white jury, white prosecutors, a white sheriff and his white officers and the white media for the murder of an 11 yr old white girl. There was no appeal filed by his white defense counsel. At 14 years old, Stinney was the youngest person ever executed in the United States. He was so small that the guards had trouble strapping him into the chair and fitting the electrodes on. When the first jolt of electricity hit him, the mask fell off his face, revealing an expression of horror. [MORE]

From [HERE] The state prosecutor fighting a bid to overturn a 70-year-old jury verdict and death sentence given a 14-year-old African-American boy in 1944 ripped into the defense case Tuesday, sending a clear signal the defense has an uphill struggle to get a new trial. “The evidence here is too speculative, and the record too unclear, for this motion to succeed,” 3rd Circuit Solicitor Chip Finney told Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen in opening remarks to an overflow crowd at the Sumter County courthouse.

It was the first day of one of the most unusual criminal hearings in state history – the judge is hearing a motion to rule that the trial of young George Stinney Jr. in Clarendon County was so unfair, on so many grounds, that the jury verdict should be overturned. (in photo the "Ballad of George Stinney by Travis Somerville, who is white). 

The case of George Stinney Jr. stinks of circumstantial, unproven and unsubstantiated prosecutorial testimony combined with a host of other injustices. The list of questionable characters is heavy, they include; a judge with double standards, a prosecutor who mislead jurors and a Defense Tax lawyer who was not trained for Defense of Capital Cases preparing for an election that dropped the ball and totally misrepresented Stinney. Also don’t exclude the Racist Sheriff who may have been responsible fabricating the case from start to finish. The confession of George Stinney, Jr. was never recorded in police files Detectives offered the boy ice cream once they were done.

On day of the Murders on March 23, 1944-The defendant, a young George Stinney Jr. was walking his cow and happened to pass two white young white girls who were collecting “maypop” flowers. The two girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and seven-year-old Mary Emma Thames, had crossed paths with George and his sister Katherine Stinney the day the two girls would eventually go missing. Binnicker and Thames’ bodies were later found in a ditch the following morning. Their skulls shattered into pieces and their bodies were so brutally beaten with a railroad tie rod that many medical experts felt a 95 pound boy could not impose that amount of damage and not leave physical scars to him. Stinney even participated in the manhunt for the murder of the girls, mistakenly telling the posse members that he saw the two girls “down by the railroad”

The Confession of Stinney was a historic miscarriage of justice and according to witnesses and court records the confession of George Stinney, Jr. was never recorded in police files and Three Sheriff’s offered the boy ice cream once they were done.

To this day, no physical evidence that he committed the crime exists. His trial — if you call it that —He was convicted and sentenced in one day of court which lasted less than two hours. Prosecution Testimony included three sheriff officers who claimed that Stinney had confessed, although that was the only evidence the prosecution presented. No outside witnesses were called. No defense evidence was presented. The boy faced his sentence without family who were forced to move away from the city for fear of lynching from the angry mobs. Stinney Jr. would be left to face trial alone 1,000 people-whites only crammed the South Carolina courthouse. Blacks weren’t allowed inside. Jury selection began at 10:00 am and a guilty verdict just after 5:00 p.m the all-White jury deliberated for all of 10 minutes in between lunch before sentencing him to death by electrocution. [MORE]

[Last night on the Lawrence O'Donnell show Joy Reid decontexualized the Stinney trial - that is, she discussed it without mention of the racist/white supremacist context that it occured in. The word "racial" was mentioned once. It was "racial" that O'Donnell recruited her for the 5 minute spot in the first place. We are so attached to what we have that we risk & do little to resist white supremacy or pursue justice.] 

The hearing resumes Wednesday for its second and final day. Mullen may issue a ruling at day’s end. [MORE]

Wednesday
Jan222014

Black Man Sues White Prosecutor for Intentionally Using Perjured Testimony to Convict him of Murders of White Victims - Served 16 years in Prison

Why Is This Disgraced White Prosecutor Still Allowed to Practice Law in Texas? [MORE]

From [HERE] A recently passed law in Texas that extends the period of time in which complaints of prosecutorial misconduct can be filed will enable a man exonerated from death row to file a new grievance against the district attorney who helped convict him based on perjured testimony.

In 1994, Anthony Graves was convicted of murdering a Somerville, Texas, woman along with her daughter and her four young grandchildren. His conviction was based on the false testimony of Robert Carter, who confessed to the 1992 murders and implicated Graves as his accomplice. Carter later recanted, stating that Graves had no involvement in the grisly crime, but former Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta pressured Carter into falsely testifying on the stand at Graves’ trial, leading the jury to believe that Graves was guilty. Graves was sentenced to death for the crime that he did not commit.
 
Graves was released from prison in 2010, more than 16 years after having been wrongfully convicted and four years after a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas ruled that Sebesta had engaged in misconduct in Graves’ case. Upon his exoneration, Graves filed a complaint against Sebesta, but it was denied because of a four-year statute of limitations for prosecutorial misconduct grievances.

The Austin Chronicle reports, however, that a new law passed in Texas last year will enable Graves to file a formal complaint with the State Bar until October of this year. According to the law, complaints can now be filed four years from the time of release from prison. The new law was passed in response to the case of Michael Morton, who, based on the misconduct of former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson, was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison before he was exonerated in 2011 after serving 25 years in prison.

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Wednesday
Jan222014

Prosecutorial Discretion is a major cause of Racial Inequality in the criminal justice system

From [HERE] At every step of the criminal process, there is evidence that African Americans are not treated as well as whites - both as victims of crime and as criminal defendants. n10 And because prosecutors play such a dominant and commanding role in the criminal justice system through [*17] the exercise of broad, unchecked discretion, their role in the complexities of racial inequality in the criminal process is inextricable and profound. n11

In this article, I examine prosecutorial discretion - a major cause of racial inequality in the criminal justice system. I argue that prosecutorial discretion may instead be used to construct effective solutions to racial injustice. n12 Prosecutors, more than any other officials [*18] in the system, have the power, discretion, and responsibility to remedy the discriminatory treatment of African Americans in the criminal justice process. Through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, prosecutors make decisions that not only often predetermine the outcome of criminal cases, but also contribute to the discriminatory treatment of African Americans as both criminal defendants and victims of crime. I suggest that this discretion, which is almost always exercised in private, gives prosecutors more power than any other criminal justice officials, n13 with practically no corresponding accountability to the public they serve. n14 Thus, I maintain that prosecutors, through their overall duty to pursue justice, have the responsibility to use their discretion to help eradicate the discriminatory treatment of African Americans in the criminal justice system. [MORE]

Wednesday
Jan222014

If you are on a Street Named after MLK - you're probably in the Hood


From [HERE] A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

The urban decay along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in St. Louis can be found in other major American cities, from Houston and Milwaukee to the nation’s capital.

“It’s a national problem,” said Melvin White, a 46-year-old postal worker in St. Louis and founder of a 3-year-old nonprofit group that is trying to restore King’s legacy on asphalt. “Dr. King would be turning over in his grave.” 

The system of white supremacy never closes. It operates 24/7, worldwide. [MORE]  

Derek Alderman, a University of Tennessee geography professor who began researching streets named for King in the 1990s says that there are many streets named after King that are not deep in the hood. [MORE] How many? 

Nearly three decades into the observance of Monday’s federal holiday, the continuing decline of the most visible symbols of King’s work has White and others calling for a renewed commitment to the more than 900 streets nationwide named in the Atlanta native’s honor. (here is a list). The effort centers in St. Louis, where the small nonprofit is working to reclaim MLK roadways as a source of pride and inspiration, not disappointment over a dream derailed. [MORE]

Wednesday
Jan222014

“Why did they kill my brother?” [Racism]. Durham Still Doing Nothing in Police Killing of Surrendering Honduran Man  

Black on Black Violence in Service of White Domination. Above, Father Bill McIntyre of Immaculate Conception Church leads victims of white supremacy in a prayer to Jesus at a vigil for Jose Ocampo in August 2013. [MORE]

From [HERE] It has been nearly six months since Durham police shot and killed a Honduran man suspected in a non-fatal stabbing. A state medical examiner’s report confirmed Tuesday what a death certificate said last summer: Jose Adan Cruz Ocampo was shot four times and died from a gunshot wound to the top of his head.

But other questions remain. The officer who fired the fatal shot July 27, R.S. Mbuthia, who apparently is also non-white, remains on administrative leave with pay, a police spokeswoman said last week. A State Bureau of Investigation report has yet to be released. 

Four shots

According to the autopsy report, the fatal bullet entered Ocampo's head in the top rear area, traveled “sharply downwards” and exited through his neck. The report confirms earlier statements that Ocampo, 33, was also struck in the chest, abdomen and left wrist.

Police have said little since Chief Jose Lopez told The Herald-Sun soon afterward that Ocampo was shot in the chest when he failed to heed instructions to put his hands in the air and drop a knife.

The description didn’t jibe with witnesses who told the NCCU clinic’s investigator that Ocampo was trying to hand the knife, hilt or handle side out, to officers when he was shot.

Manny Ocampo said his brother would not have understood the officers’ instructions. “No entiende nada deingles (He didn’t understand any English),” Ocampo said.

The family wants an explanation, he continued. “Why did they kill my brother?”

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Tuesday
Jan212014

The Sound of the Harvey Police: "Come Here!" “You touch the phone, I will shoot the shit out of you!” “Yeah, I shot the dog (and the Black man) What the f**k you gonna do about it?”

From [HERE] and [HERE] The city of Harvey is currently facing two lawsuits from a December incident in which officers shot a Black man in the leg without cause, shot and killed a Black witness’s puppy, and threatened a witness. Harvey, a far south suburb of Chicago, has a median income and home value of about half the statewide median. 

Paul Manning claims officers in a squad car followed him as he walked down a street on December 30. As described in the lawsuit, the officers stopped their car and told Manning to “come here”; Manning, however, who was unarmed and had done nothing wrong, kept walking.

(Apparently, there was no legal basis for the stop - no reasonable articulable suspicion that criminal activity was going on and that Manning was involved in it. And Manning obviously did not voluntarily consent to the police stop.) 

As he kept walking away from the squad car, Manning slipped and fell. When he tried to get up, one of the officers shot Manning in the back of the leg. After Manning fell yet again, the officers fired still more shots at him. While Manning was lying on the ground, one of the officers stood on the man’s back and handcuffed him.

(Police also had no legal basis to forcibly prevent him from leaving after he fell down. It seems then that the violent stop was unconstitutional (as the 4th Amendment is applied to white people that is) and a use of excessive force. To the extent that you might be dealing with a racist police officer, attempt to comply with orders. In face to face confrontations with police, white supremacy is your reality. Nevertheless, avoid incriminating yourself and resist participating in your own oppression bw.) 

A nearby witness tried to record the incident on his cell phone. The officer, however, grabbed the witness’s cell phone and threw it while, as Manning describes in the lawsuit, saying, “You touch the phone, I will shoot the shit out of you.”

Meanwhile, Karnischa Miller heard gunshots and opened the back door to witness, as she claims, “a young man, Paul Manning, lying on the ground after having been shot. He was screaming and asking for an ambulance.”

Powerless Class. What's the remedy? 

Her 14-week puppy Nemo ran out through the open door. An officer yelled to Miller’s boyfriend to come get the dog, but as LeShon Wright advanced to follow the order, an officer raised his gun towards Wright and the dog.

Wright stopped in his tracks, but the dog kept walking towards the officer. Although Nemo “did not growl, bark, or act aggressively in any way”, the officer shot the puppy.

The city of Harvey has admitted that the officers shot Miller’s dog. Miller claims that the officer’s response was, “Yeah, I shot the dog. What the fuck you gonna do about it?”

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Tuesday
Jan212014

Grand Jury to Decide whether it was Reasonable for a White Charlotte Cop to Gun Down an Unarmed Black Man Seeking Assistance after Car Accident

The Perils of Asking White People for Help in a White Supremacy System [MORE]. Expect Racism. From [HERE] A grand jury will decide Tuesday whether the criminal case against a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer for an on-duty shooting of an unarmed Black man will go to trial.

Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the Sept. 14 shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell. If indicted Tuesday, Kerrick could go before a judge and jury as soon as this year. If convicted of the felony, he faces between three and 11 years behind bars.

Kerrick was arrested about 14 hours after he shot the unarmed Black man 10 times in a brief and violent confrontation on Reedy Creek Road. Ferrell had wrecked his car and apparently was seeking help; Kerrick was responding to a 911 call from a nearby resident frightened by a late-night stranger at her door.

The odds are against Kerrick on Tuesday. Grand juries work behind closed doors and typically consider hundreds of cases. Most lead to indictments. (ha! this white writer is thinking about Black on Black crime or Black on white crime and definitely not white on black crime- certainly not involving alleged criminality of white police officers and black male victims. But we know better - expect racism -bw). 

A 15 second video, shot from a camera inside one of the police cars at the scene, is in the hands of the Attorney General’s Office, which is prosecuting the case. Despite calls from Ferrell’s family and various media outlets, the video has not been shown to the public, and the opposing sides in the Kerrick case debate what it reveals.

After watching the video on the day of Ferrell’s death, Police Chief Rodney Monroe and his top commanders decided to file charges against one of their own. CMPD investigations into police shootings normally take weeks. This one took hours, and the speed of Kerrick’s arrest caught many of his fellow officers as well as police groups around the country off guard.

An attorney for the Ferrell family, which filed a civil lawsuit against Kerrick and police last week, described the shooting as “cold-blooded murder” by a “rogue cop.”

While the video remains sealed under a judge’s order, many of the other details of the case have become familiar. Kerrick is a former animal-control officer who had three years of CMPD experience. Ferrell was a former Florida A&M football player who had moved to Charlotte a year earlier to be with his fiancee and raise money to enroll at Johnson C. Smith University. 

On the night of the incident Ferrell had gathered at a Hickory Tavern restaurant with a group of friends. Afterward, he offered a co-worker from Dillard’s department store a ride home to the Bradfield Farm community northeast of Charlotte. (Tests show that Ferrell was not drunk.)

But as he left the neighborhood, he ran off the road and wrecked his 1999 Toyota Camry. Unable to open the doors, Ferrell kicked his way free through the rear window, then walked a quarter of a mile to the nearest home. Investigators later found his cellphone in the car.

When he reached the nearby house, police said, he knocked on the door. The white woman inside called 911. Kerrick and fellow officers Thornell Little and Adam Neal drove to the neighborhood. Police say that as the three patrolmen got out of their cars, Ferrell ran toward them.

Ferrell’s mother and brother say that since Ferrell comes from a family of law officers, it would have been natural for him to run up to the police for help.

Monroe said the officers ordered  Ferrell to stop and get on the ground. Seconds later, when he didn’t, Little fired his taser but missed. Ferrell continued to run, police said. Officer Kerrick fired 12 times with his Smith&Wesson .40-caliber, semi-automatic pistol. Most of the shots came when the two men were only a few feet apart, police said. The other officers apparently never even drew their guns. 

Monroe says the video shows that his officer used excessive force. Ferrell was clearly unarmed, the chief told the Observer a few days after the shooting. He said it didn’t matter whether Ferrell ignored the officers’ commands. “It can’t automatically result in use of deadly force,” Monroe said.

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Monday
Jan202014

In Honor of MLK Day, Sarah Palin Demeans Black People: Obama is 'the Real Racist'

From [HERE] and [HERE] Today, racist suspect, Sarah Palin used the occasion of Martin Luther King Day to demand that President Obama — at long last — stop being so racist.

Believing racism/white supremacy to be a [survival] game she told the first Black President to stop playing a "race card." Palin posted from her Facebook bunker of doom,

Happy MLK, Jr. Day!

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.

Racism is one of the most powerful motivating forces in the universe. No doubt, "both" political parties will use Palin's comments to motivate their votaries.  

Anon explains that in a White over Black systemblacks cannot be racist toward whites.

"Of course, all people can be hateful or prejudiced. Those terms describe individual behaviors, not systematic power. Racism is the COLLECTIVE behaviors of a group. A white individual within a system of racism/white supremacy has the implicit or explicit support of that system IF they choose to practice racism.

above angry white man Glenn Beck says he is "tired" of this and that. Who gives a fuck? 

If a poor man robs a rich man at gunpoint that doesn’t mean the poor man is more powerful (economically and politically) than the rich man. The poor man is an individual who committed a crime of opportunity. There are no powerful institutions or systems that support his right to rob the rich man, but there are institutions and systems that allow the rich man to rob the poor man - which is why he doesn’t need a gun to do it.

A black person who mistreats a white person doesn’t mean black people are more powerful (economically and politically) than white people. Never confuse the actions of a black individual (or a group of black individuals) that mistreats someone white as proof that black racism exists. Their “power” is limited ONLY to what they can do as individuals. There are NO black institutions or systems that support, defend, or finance the right of blacks to mistreat whites.

There are NO black individuals or black organizations that have the power to strip whites of their collective right to live where they want, work where they want, get an education wherever they want, or control what white people do collectively in ANY area of human activity. There are NO black institutions that are more powerful than white institutions. Therefore, blacks do not have the COLLECTIVE POWER to diminish the quality of life for the white collective. [MORE]