A father of three died 12 hours after LAPD sergeants beat him in front of his house in South L.A.
The LAPD beat a Omar Abrego for 10 minute, he dies 12 hours later of his injuries.
but don’t forget that the cops were also “injured”:
"One police suffers of a knee injury while the other has a fractured hand" that he used to punch Abrego.
This has got to stop.
If you care more about some stolen cigars than you do about the stolen lives of Black people lynched by racist police, then you deserve to rot in hell.
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, once charged a man with destruction of property for bleeding on their uniforms while four of them allegedly beat him.
“On and/or about the 20th day of Sept. 20, 2009 at or near 222 S. Florissant within the corporate limits of Ferguson, Missouri, the above named defendant did then and there unlawfully commit the offense of ‘property damage’ to wit did transfer blood to the uniform,” reads the charge sheet.
(as released to the press by the attorneys of the Brown family)
Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piecemeal information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.
There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.
The prolonged release of the officer’s name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.
It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.
The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, form being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.
The tragic killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department has shocked his family, community, and the nation.
The public and the ACLU of Missouri have called for release of the police incident report on the shooting to resolve the dispute about whether the incident involved the excessive use of lethal force and illegal racial profiling, and to shed light on how many times and where on his body Mr. Brown was shot.
Instead of disclosing that information, the Ferguson Police Department today released approximately 30 seconds of surveillance footage and an offense/incident report concerning a reported shoplifting at a convenience store that police now alleged involved Brown about ten minutes before he was killed. Yet the Ferguson police chief’s own statement undermines the relevance of those disclosures. The officer who shot Mr. Brown, according to the chief, was unaware that he may have been a suspect in the shoplifting and stopped him because he was walking down the middle of a street.
The Ferguson Police Department’s actions appear misleading and remarkably cynical. They call into question the department’s commitment to ensuring an independent and impartial investigation into the killing of Michael Brown. The video and incident report released are of dubious relevance. The decision to disclose them suggests an attempt to assassinate Mr. Brown’s character by showing that he had roughly pushed a convenience store clerk on the day that he was killed. The one-sided and piecemeal disclosure of potentially irrelevant and prejudicial information, while continuing to withhold the critical police incident report that the public has demanded, suggests a desire to confuse rather than to shine a light on what happened.
Mr. Brown’s family and the public deserve better. The Ferguson police’s disclosures seem more like spin control than objective investigation. The department’s apparent attempts to impugn the character of a shooting victim while withholding potentially revealing information about the conduct of it’s own police officer makes a mockery of the concepts of fairness and impartiality.
Therefore, the ACLU calls for an independent and comprehensive federal investigation by the Department of Justice of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Without this, there can be no justice for the Brown family or honest conversation about excessive force, racialized policing, law enforcement accountability and transparency, and the kinds of systemic reforms that are critically needed to ensure fair and effective policing in Ferguson and throughout our country.
The #Ferguson Chief of Police told reporters that they released the footage from the convenience store allegedly depicting #MikeBrown — even though the Chief also admitted that the footage had nothing to with the actual police murder of Brown later that day — because “the media asked for it”! That’s right, because if the Ferguson police have proven anything these past few days, it is that they are willing to bend over backwards to make sure the media have complete and total access to all the facts on the ground.
"Not all police are bad," they say. Until these so-called "good" police start publicly coming out and speaking out and forcefully condemning the epidemic of terrorism that their cohorts are inflicting on this nation’s oppressed communities, nobody can be faulted for stating that all police are brutish thugs. "If you see something, say something," the police tell us. I say, why don’t you fuckers practice what you preach and stop covering up each others’ crimes?
The case around Mike Brown’s killing by a Ferguson police officer is only getting murkier.
After releasing images from a gas station robbery to the press Friday morning with the suggestion Mike Brown was pictured in them, the Ferguson police department is now backtracking. In a second press conference hours later, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson admitted that Brown’s shooting was unrelated to the incident.
Jackson told reporters that Brown and a friend were in fact stopped, “because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”
He also admitted that Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Brown, didn’t suspect Brown at the time that he stopped him.
When Chief Jackson was asked by reporters why his department chose to release the robbery tape if it was unrelated to the shooting, he replied that he had to because “the media asked for it.”
Let’s talk about who the real looters and thieves are in this society …
Fully 64 percent of low-wage workers have some amount of pay stolen out of their paychecks by their employers every week, including 26 percent who are effectively paid less than minimum wage. Fully three-quarters of workers who are due overtime have part or all of their earned overtime wages stolen by their employer. In total, the average low-wage worker loses a stunning $2,634 per year in unpaid wages, representing 15 percent of their earned income.And enforcement? Forget about it. At the federal level, there’s just one agent enforcing wage laws for every 141,000 workers. More than half of the states have cut wage enforcement staff in recent years, and some states have tried to eliminate those positions entirely. For instance,
In 2010, Missouri’s labor department collected $200,000 in restitution for minimum-wage violations and $500,000 for prevailing-wage violations, and issued 1,714 citations for child-labor violations. Yet [Republican state House Speaker Steven] Tilley charged that investigators were being “overzealous,” particularly in prosecuting complaints of employers cheating on prevailing wages.
In the U.S. in 2014, if you are an unarmed Black youth who allegedly stole some cigars from a convenience store, you can be summarily executed in the streets by police and left to rot, while your community is put under martial law.
But if you are a racist white guy who owns a cattle ranch in Nevada and you steal approximately $1 million from the government and then take up arms to defend your spoils, you will be lauded as a hero by the media and the police won’t lift a finger against you.
And this is not even to mention those who steal billions of dollars every year in the form of “white collar” crimes such as corporate wage theft, tax evasion, financial corruption, price gouging, etc. Nobody saw a single employee of Enron, Goldman Sachs or Lehman dragged out into the street and shot by the cops after their mass thievery was exposed a few years ago.
Even those who steal billions of dollars directly from millions of Americans, such as the owners of WalMart who exploit the shit out of their impoverished workers, get off scot-free because the government confers the aureola of legality upon their industrial robbery.
In the U.S., if you have money and power it is nearly impossible to commit a crime because all of your banditry is made legal by the laws which you yourself write. But if you are poor and Black, it is nearly impossible to stay out of prison because everything you do is criminalized by the former.
In sum, over the course of 200 years we find that the value of the life of a Black person in the U.S. has gone up from zero to the price of a few Swisher Sweets.
White America will justify the lynching of an impoverished Black youth who may or may not commit a petty theft amounting to a mere misdemeanor; yet they don’t even want to TALK ABOUT the giant theft that is Black slavery, poverty wages, and mass incarceration, which amounts to an actual crime against humanity.
"There can never be justice in a nation based on stolen land, genocide, and human bondage"
Another dubious first for America: We now employ as many private security guards as high school teachers — over one million of them, or nearly double their number in 1980.
And that’s just a small fraction of what we call “guard labor.” In addition to private security guards, that means police officers, members of the armed forces, prison and court officials, civilian employees of the military, and those producing weapons: a total of 5.2 million workers in 2011. That is a far larger number than we have of teachers at all levels.
What is happening in America today is both unprecedented in our history, and virtually unique among Western democratic nations. The share of our labor force devoted to guard labor has risen fivefold since 1890 — a year when, in case you were wondering, the homicide rate was much higher than today.