Anti-racist activists were sitting in at the Beavercreek, Ohio, police station as this article was published October 8, in a dramatic protest against the police murder of John Crawford III and the failure of a grand jury to indict the officer responsible.
The story of Crawford’s murder in a Walmart in a suburb of Dayton has gained national and international attention—but apparently not enough to convince authorities to press for an indictment against the cop who killed an innocent, unarmed man in cold blood. So activists are stepping up their struggle with their indefinite occupation in Beavercreek.
On August 5, the 22-year-old Crawford was walking through the aisles of the store and chatting on a cell phone with his girlfriend while holding a pellet gun sold by the store. Another customer called 911—officer Sean Williams arrived on the scene with his gun drawn, and proceeded to open fire only a few seconds after confronting Crawford. According to his girlfriend Lee Cee Jackson, Crawford’s last words were: “It’s not real!”
A recently released surveillance video and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s own investigation show that Crawford was completely innocent.
What you can do
Organizers of the sit-are asking supporters to call the Beavercreek police station at 937-426-1225, ask to speak with Police Chief Dennis Evers, and tell him you support the demands of the occupiers. You can also e-mail local officials at email@example.com. For more details, visit the “Solidarity Actions” page of the OSA website.
For breaking news and to find out how to support the campaign, visit the Ohio Student Association website and Facebook page—you can also follow @OHIOstudents on Twitter.
A “Justice for John Crawford” rally has been planned for October 18 at the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, in Columbus.
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.
The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie
The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.
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.
Statement by the family of #MichaelBrown on the spurious attempts by the #Ferguson police today to assassinate the character of their son following his physical assassination by said police a mere days ago.
(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 #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.
"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.”
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
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.