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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 06:25 AM   #1
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Unarmed Teen Shot Multiple Times by Cop [Officer Darren Wilson has been named]

Unarmed Teen Shot Multiple Times by Cop

Saturday, August 9, 2014



Another day, another unarmed teenager fatally shot by a cop.

The Internet erupted with rage as news broke of the cop involved shooting of 17-year-old Michael “Mike Mike” Brown in a neighborhood near St. Louis, MO., today.



St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said the fatal shooting occurred in Ferguson, just north of downtown St. Louis.

Outraged Twitter users retweeted graphic photos of Mike Mike’s body laying in a pool of blood in the middle of the street.



Schellman said hundreds of angry protestors came out of nearby buildings. The angry crowd yelled profanities at the police.
He said the crowd was under control by 5 p.m.

Mike Mike’s mother, Lesley Mcspadden, expressed her anger and grief in a video shot by Instagram user Brittany Noble. “You don’t do a dog like that,” she said. “You didn’t have to shoot him eight times… You just shot all through my baby body!”

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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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Nah, I don't buy it. Why does he have the pants pulled down?
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I'm totally furious, right now. Why would police shoot him eight times when he had nothing to defend?
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Nah, I don't buy it. Why does he have the pants pulled down?
It's a fashion trend that young people are using these days.
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That is so messed up How does one justify shooting an unarmed person...and 8 times none the less.

Is there more to this story regarding the circumstances of his shooting ?
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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 01:33 PM   #6
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Sigh...sometimes I feel like staying in my house and never having contact with humanity again
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He was also starting college tomorrow if I heard correctly. I just hope over everything his mother gets the truth of the situation.
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<sigh> Well-intentioned people need to demand that this crap cease.

Like I've stated many times before, the way cops are trained and psychologically tested needs to be changed. Sure it's a risk to make sure someone really is armed before shooting to kill but IMO people who don't want to take that risk should not be allowed to be cops. A cop whose only concern is his/her own well-being is IMO a lit fuse.
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I am really worried. Police seems to be out of hand in US. They kill people easily, threat or not threat, that's not good.
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I just did a search and was puzzled by the results. Nothing came up for unarmed men killed overall but this article about unarmed black men has only one for 2014 and only twenty since 1999. I don't see how that can be correct but if it is things aren't nearly as bad as many claim. Of course any possibly race-driven murder of an unarmed person by the police is unacceptable but twenty in fifteen years is a lot less than I thought.

http://www.theroot.com/photos/2014/0...forcement.html
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I just did a search and was puzzled by the results. Nothing came up for unarmed men killed overall but this article about unarmed black men has only one for 2014 and only twenty since 1999. I don't see how that can be correct but if it is things aren't nearly as bad as many claim. Of course any possibly race-driven murder of an unarmed person by the police is unacceptable but twenty in fifteen years is a lot less than I thought.

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For example, Miami-Dade police slammed a 14-year-old boy to the ground, putting him in a chokehold and handcuffing him after he allegedly gave them “dehumanizing stares” and walked away from them, which the officers found unacceptable. According to Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, “His body language was that he was stiffening up and pulling away… When you have somebody resistant to them and pulling away and somebody clenching their fists and flailing their arms, that’s a threat. Of course we have to neutralize the threat.”

In 2010, in California, police shot and killed a young man who had allegedly committed some sort of traffic violation while riding his bicycle. After an altercation in which the young man resisted police and fled to his mother’s house, police officers pursued him, kicked down his mother’s door and opened fire.

That same year, in Long Beach, California, police responded with heavy firepower to a perceived threat by a man holding a water hose. The 35-year-old man had reportedly been watering his neighbor’s lawn when police, interpreting his “grip” on the water hose to be consistent with that of someone discharging a firearm, opened fire. The father of two was pronounced dead at the scene.

Skip ahead to 2013 and you have the 16-year-old teenager who skipped school only to be shot by police after they mistook him for a fleeing burglar. Not to mention the July 26 shooting of an unarmed black man in Austin “who was pursued and shot in the back of the neck by Austin Police… after failing to properly identify himself and leaving the scene of an unrelated incident.” And don’t forget the 19-year-old Seattle woman who was shot in the leg by police after she refused to show her hands.

Make no mistake, whereas these shootings of unarmed individuals by what Slate terms “trigger happy” cops used to take place primarily in big cities, that militarized, urban warfare mindset among police has spread to small-town America. No longer is this just a problem for immigrants, or people of color, or lower income communities, or young people who look like hooligans, out for trouble.

Whether you’re talking about police shootings of unarmed individuals, total NSA surveillance, drones taking to the skies domestically, SWAT team raids, LRADs and tanks in American cities, indefinite "preventative detention," new laws banning public protest, or roadside strip searches, they’re all part of a totalitarian continuum, mile markers on this common road we’re traveling towards the police state.
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April 2012 article: 29 Black People Have Been Killed by Police/Security Since Jan 2012: 16 Since Trayvon

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Of the 28 killed people, 18 were definitely unarmed. 2 probably had firearms, 8 were alleged to have non-lethal weapons.

11 were innocent of any illegal behavior or behavior that involved a threat to anyone (although the shooters claimed they looked “suspicious”);

7 were emotionally disturbed and/or displaying strange behavior.

The remaining 10 were either engaged in illegal or potentially illegal activity, or there was too little info to determine circumstances of their killing. It appears that in all but two of these cases, illegal and/or harmful behavior could have been stopped without the use of lethal force.
Police, Guards, Vigilantes Killed 136 Unarmed African-Americans in 2012

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According to a recent study, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer is not unique. In "Operation Ghetto Storm," the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) found at least 136 unarmed African Americans were killed by police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes in 2012. Overall, one black person was killed in an extrajudicial shooting every 28 hours.

AMY GOODMAN: For more, we’re joined by Kali Akuno, a longtime organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, author of Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities. His organization’s report is called "Operation Ghetto Storm," documenting the extrajudicial killing of 313 black people in 2012. Michelle Alexander is still with us, author of The New Jim Crow.

It’s great to have you both with us. Kali Akuno, very quickly, just go through what you found.

KALI AKUNO: What we found is that this practice of extrajudicial killings is very systematic throughout the country. We found that police officers rarely—or the security guards or those who are deputized, such as George Zimmerman—are rarely, if ever, persecuted for the crimes that they commit, for the killings that they commit. And we found that overwhelmingly—as you mentioned some of the figures, overwhelmingly, most of the folks who were killed do not have any weapons. And the main reason—even 47 percent of those who were killed, the reasoning that was offered by the police is that they felt threatened—and so, a very similar argument that you hear in the Zimmerman case. And this was very systematic.

And we also found that—313 is what we could definitely verify, but we believe that this is an undercount. And this is primarily because the police, how they document these killings, oftentimes in many states there is no race designated. But what you can do is look at the geographic area and kind of make some summaries. But the federal government really is not compiling this information, and not many people are trying to compile this information, so there is a pretty significant gap in terms of, you know, the cold reality, if we want to look at and desegregate it by race, of what’s actually taking place in our communities.
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Missouri Town Erupts In Protest After Police Shoot Unarmed Black Teenager


by Kiley Kroh Posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm Updated: August 10, 2014 at 1:39 pm


"Missouri Town Erupts In Protest After Police Shoot Unarmed Black Teenager"


Anger and disbelief filled the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed following a confrontation with a police officer while he was walking down the street on Saturday afternoon.

Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the shooting, told Fox2 St. Louis that Brown and a friend, Dorin Johnson, were walking in the street when a police officer drove up and told them to get on the sidewalk. After a verbal confrontation, Crenshaw said the officer got out of his car and fired a shot and when the teens started running, fired another. “Crenshaw and Johnson say the teen [Brown] held up his hands to show he did not have a weapon, however the officer fired at him two more times and he collapsed and died in the street,” the news channel reported.

Another witness told local news station KMOV that the officer “was in the car shooting this boy.” The woman said, “he threw his hands up and he shot him and the boy fell, then he shot him some more.”

During a Sunday news conference, however, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters that the “genesis was a physical confrontation,” as the officer allegedly attempted to get out of his car and was pushed back in by Brown, after which a struggle over the officer’s weapon ensued. One shot was fired in the car and, as the officer exited his vehicle, several more. Belmar confirmed that Brown was unarmed and while he could not say how many times the teen was shot, it was “more than just a couple.”

Residents of the predominantly African-American suburb took to the streets to protest the killing on Saturday, with members of the crowd reportedly yelling “Kill the police” and firing warning shots, which prompted the police to call in more than 60 additional officers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Whether residents were indeed chanting “Kill the police,” however, has been called into question; video from a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department shows residents chanting “Killer cops have got to go.” Video from a Saturday night demonstration shows residents with their arms raised, chanting “Don’t shoot me!” and “We are Michael Brown” in front of officers holding back barking dogs. Outlets like the Post-Dispatch tempered headlines describing a “mob reaction” after backlash on social media.

The protests continued into Sunday in advance of the St. Louis County Police department press conference.

The officer involved in the incident, who was not named, has been placed on paid administrative leave and will be interviewed more extensively on Sunday, according to Belmar. The Bureau of Crimes Against Persons has been asked to investigate and the St. Louis County Police Chief said he would turn over the results of their investigation to the county prosecuting attorney to determine whether any charges should be filed.

As for criticism over the length of time Brown’s body was left in the street, reportedly several hours, Belmar said it took a “very long time to process the scene” and the police department was careful to practice “due diligence.”

The local chapter of the NAACP has also called for the FBI to investigate the shooting. “With the recent events of a young man killed by the police in New York City and with Trayvon Martin and with all the other African-American young men that have been killed by police officers … this is a dire concern to the NAACP, especially our local organization,” John Gaskin, a member of the St. Louis County NAACP said.

Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said her son “doesn’t kill, steal or rob. He doesn’t do any of that.” Brown was scheduled to begin classes at Vatterott College on Monday.
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