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wickedsin-kitty:

thank you so much you are missed by us all

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A police officer shot and killed an unarmed, mentally challenged black man in Los Angeles on Monday, his family said.

Family members identified Ezell Ford, 25, as the man the cop killed on the 200 block of West 65th St. about 8:20 p.m. And one eyewitness says the officer yelled “shoot him” before killing the man in the street.

His mother, Tritobia Ford, said the shooting was unjustified and that her son was complying with the officer’s orders, according to local media.

"My heart is so heavy," she told KTLA. ”My son was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.”

Ford, she said, was lying on the ground when the officer shot him in the back three times.

A man claiming to be Ford’s cousin told the station he witnessed the incident and that there was no justification for excessive force.

"They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing, mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems," he told KTLA.

And another eyewitness told the Huffington Post that an officer screamed out “shoot him” before the unarmed Ford was filled with three slugs.

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I literally can’t fucking take this anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

A sample of tweets on #Ferguson tonight, 8/13/14

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Andy’s Seven Wonders of the World

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makingofamelody:

makingofamelody:

1. Eric Garner executed on July 17th, 2014. Put in illegal choke hold and strangled by the NYPD

2. Pregnant lady gets put in an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer for “illegally grilling” while her seven year old daughter watches July 27th, 2014

3. NYPD enters wrong house and drags a naked woman across the floor, then pepper sprays her four year old grandson August 2nd, 2014.

4. Man shot and killed by police for holding a toy gun in a Walmart, Dayton, Ohio - August 6th, 2014

5. Unarmed Black teen shot ten times by the Ferguson Police while walking home with his friend from the convenience store - August 9th, 2014

Since July 17th there has been five reported occurrences exemplifying the police and American justice system’s lack of reverence for Black life. These are the five stories that were able to attract at least minimal attention. Who knows what is going on out there covered up (like the Ferguson police is trying to do with Mike Brown’s murder), unrecorded, and unknown. In the past 23 days the police have perpetrated the humiliation, degradation, and murdering of Black dignity,souls, and people. Knowledge is power. Do not rely on mainstream media to give you the full/accurate story. They will always be complicit in the devaluing of Black life because Blackness has been criminalized in America. Please spread these stories and add any more that you know of under the hashtag #badges are the new hoods. We need to start documenting, and spreading information. They will try to silence us as they did to Ramsey Orta, and Alba Lekaj, the people who filmed the NYPD harasing and murdering Eric Garner. But united we can make a difference.  Knowledge is power. Stay woke Black America, Stay woke.

this happened in the past 23 days

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micdotcom:

Days after Michael Brown’s death, Ferguson looks like a war zone

A vigil held for Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by Ferguson, Mo., police on Saturday in disputed circumstances, turned into what the media described as a riot on Monday evening.

But while national coverage has focused on the indisputably counterproductive violence and destruction committed by Ferguson residents during a moment of anguish, videos and photos taken from the scene show local police aggravating the situation as well.

Years of tension have reached a boiling point

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truthandmovies:

HYPER CHARISMA: REMEMBERING ROBIN WILLIAMS
It’s never a nice thing to have to switch from present to past tense when discussing the work of a cherished movie actor, but so it goes for Robin Williams who, according to initial police reports, was found dead in his home in California during the early hours of Monday 11 August, 2014.
It’s testament to his enduring talent as a performer that Williams was a man who seldom — if ever — went out of favour in the public eye — he always managed to celestially hover above the films he starred in, regardless of their quality. He embodied a rare case of an actor whose characters were always imbued with a generous quotient of his own persona or, perhaps, the persona of a cackling, motormouthed clown he was to intricately manufacture to act as his exterior face.
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truthandmovies:

HYPER CHARISMA: REMEMBERING ROBIN WILLIAMS

It’s never a nice thing to have to switch from present to past tense when discussing the work of a cherished movie actor, but so it goes for Robin Williams who, according to initial police reports, was found dead in his home in California during the early hours of Monday 11 August, 2014.

It’s testament to his enduring talent as a performer that Williams was a man who seldom — if ever — went out of favour in the public eye — he always managed to celestially hover above the films he starred in, regardless of their quality. He embodied a rare case of an actor whose characters were always imbued with a generous quotient of his own persona or, perhaps, the persona of a cackling, motormouthed clown he was to intricately manufacture to act as his exterior face.

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descentintotyranny:

St Louis protesters demand murder charges for officer who shot teen dead
Largely peaceful protests in suburb of Ferguson took place after riots that followed death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown
Aug. 11 2014
Hundreds of protesters gathered at a suburban St Louis police station on Monday demanding murder charges against an officer who shot to death an unarmed black teenager over the weekend.
The largely peaceful protests, monitored by about 50 police officers in riot gear, took place after a night of rioting when demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown, 18, turned violent.
About two dozen businesses were damaged in the rioting overnight, 32 people were arrested, and two officers were injured, police said.
“It breaks my heart,” Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson told reporters on Monday.
“Last night was the worst night of my life.” 
The FBI is looking into any civil rights violations in the case, a spokeswoman for the agency said. St. Louis County police is leading the investigation into the shooting itself. Jackson said there was plenty of physical evidence and eyewitness testimony in the case. “I really believe we can get to the truth of what happened here,” he said.
Brown’s family has asked for an end to the street violence, according to a statement obtained by KTVI television station. They have also hired lawyer Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager who was also unarmed when he was shot in 2012, Crump’s office said.
Monday’s gathering appeared nonviolent, with protesters shouting “Stop the killer cops” and “No justice, no peace.” Four people were arrested, according to KSDK-TV.
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descentintotyranny:

St Louis protesters demand murder charges for officer who shot teen dead

Largely peaceful protests in suburb of Ferguson took place after riots that followed death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown

Aug. 11 2014

Hundreds of protesters gathered at a suburban St Louis police station on Monday demanding murder charges against an officer who shot to death an unarmed black teenager over the weekend.

The largely peaceful protests, monitored by about 50 police officers in riot gear, took place after a night of rioting when demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown, 18, turned violent.

About two dozen businesses were damaged in the rioting overnight, 32 people were arrested, and two officers were injured, police said.

“It breaks my heart,” Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson told reporters on Monday.

“Last night was the worst night of my life.” 

The FBI is looking into any civil rights violations in the case, a spokeswoman for the agency said. St. Louis County police is leading the investigation into the shooting itself.
Jackson said there was plenty of physical evidence and eyewitness testimony in the case. “I really believe we can get to the truth of what happened here,” he said.

Brown’s family has asked for an end to the street violence, according to a statement obtained by KTVI television station. They have also hired lawyer Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager who was also unarmed when he was shot in 2012, Crump’s office said.

Monday’s gathering appeared nonviolent, with protesters shouting “Stop the killer cops” and “No justice, no peace.” Four people were arrested, according to KSDK-TV.

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