In case you haven’t noticed over the past few weeks, Black male life is a lot less important than the pet cat, dog or cockatoo, which is to say Black men are being systematically hunted and slaughtered like wild deer.
Eric Garner was choked to death by New York City Policemen in broad daylight on a NYC street, as citizens looked on and recorded the murder on video camera. The man & wife responsible for that video have since been arrested by the same New York City Police force….on trumped up charges….don’t fuck with the POLICEEEE.
As if killing innocent Eric Gardner was not accomplishment enough, and arresting those responsible for recording the murder on their video was still lacking….the proud NYC thugs then stalked and harassed mourners at Mr. Garners funeral service……
“Calvin Bryant, a 53-year-old anti-police-violence activist who says he knew Garner growing up. Bryant was angry, and let the press know it as he stood with his cousin, Richard Kirkpatrick, and his two young children, holding a sign that read “# I Can’t Breath” and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the face of Ramarley Graham, the Bronx teenager killed in his own home by police in 2012. “When is this going to stop?” Bryant asked reporters, clutching his shirt. “Ramarley Graham, this case ain’t been solved yet, and already you’ve got the nerve to kill this man Eric Garner.”
Mr. Bryant was arrested in front of his children.
Then there is Mr. John Crawford, LeeCee Johnson, who said she is the mother of Crawford’s children, said she was on a cell phone call with Crawford when he was shot by officers. She said Crawford went to the area to visit family members. “I could hear him just crying and screaming,” Johnson said. “I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
“We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him,” she said, adding: “And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
(rawstory.com) – Police fatally shot a man carrying an air rifle at an Ohio Walmart earlier this week. Another customer called 911 to report 22-year-old John Crawford waving what appeared to be an AR-15 at children and others at the Beavercreek retailer. The mother of Crawford’s children said she was speaking to him by cell phone when he was confronted by police in the store. “He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”
Finally we have 17 or 18 year old Mark Brown, shot dead by Ferguson, Missouri police for shoplifting candy from a gas station. Shot ten times, body left lying in the street for 4 hours….allegedly.
The details are sketchy, but not the results.
Witnesses tell News 4 that Mike Brown, 18, was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times by the a Ferguson police officer. Police have not confirmed those claims and they have not released any details of the incident other than an officer was involved and that he has been placed on administrative leave.
Dorian Johnson tells News 4 he was walking with Brown when the officer confronted them and drew his weapon.
“He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said Dorian Johnson, a friend Brown’s. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”
St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood told News 4 that Brown was shot once by the officer and then an additional nine times as he lie in the street. Police have not confirmed that account.
“He was a good kid. He didn’t live around here,” said Desuirea Harris, grandmother of the victim. “He came to visit me and they did that to him for no reason.”
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson will hold a news conference today at 10AM.
Ferguson residents react after unarmed teen shot 10 times
If you have noticed, the one constant in these 3 recent murders is that all 3 were UNARMED Black Americans, murdered because they were not viewed as human beings but things to be killed and treated like that deer I mentioned above. Since when did shoplifting candy, holding a toy BB gun in the TOY section of Wal-Mart or standing on a NYC street, become a sentence of death?
From The Huffington Post:
These Mothers Lost Their Sons To The NYPD, And They Vow ‘This Has To Stop’
They all know each other, having met at this rally or that funeral. For years, these women — all black or Latino — have stood in front of cameras, holding photographs of their sons. The NYPD, they say, murdered their children, and the officers involved have never been held accountable.
Many of these mothers gathered in Lower Manhattan Wednesday evening to meet with Philip Eure, the new NYPD inspector general, a watchdog position created last year amid outrage over the department’s controversial stop-and-frisk crime-fighting tactic.
“This is a very important day for the families,” Loyda Colon of the Justice Committee, a police reform group that helped organized the meeting, told reporters. “Families of those killed by the NYPD don’t usually get the opportunity to meet with officials, so this is a huge opportunity.”
Eure agreed to the meeting before Eric Garner’s death three weeks ago pushed police brutality back into the national spotlight. Garner was put into a chokehold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo during an arrest on Staten Island for selling untaxed cigarettes. The city medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.
Before Wednesday’s meeting, the mothers told reporters outside Eure’s office that they wanted the new inspector general to investigate the NYPD’s use of force, especially in cases involving death.
Constance Malcolm is the mother of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed Bronx 18-year-old shot to death by Officer Richard Haste in 2012 after cops entered Graham’s home without a warrant.
Haste was indicted on a manslaughter charge, but a judge threw out the indictment on a technicality. Another grand jury declined to indict Haste. One year ago today, the U.S. Department of Justice said it would investigate Graham’s death.
“My son didn’t have a weapon,” Malcolm said Wednesday. “My son didn’t pose no threat. But yes sir, my son is dead while [Officer Haste] is walking free collecting a paycheck. All these officers that are killing people, abusing people — there’s no accountability.
“There’s nobody standing up for us mothers,” Malcolm continued. “We standing here, we have to fight for justice. They didn’t just take away a son or a daughter. They destroyed whole families. They don’t understand this and it has to stop.”
Margarita Rosario is the mother of Anthony Rosario and the aunt of Hilton Vega.
In 1995, police investigating a burglary in the Bronx fired 28 shots at Rosario’s son and her nephew, killing both. Anthony Rosario was hit by 14 bullets, mostly in the back. Vega was struck by eight bullets, including seven in his back.
“For 19 years, I’ve been coming out here and saying, ‘When are we going to do something? When are we going to train these police officers?'” Rosario said Wednesday. “When are we going to train them to stop killing our children?! Our community can’t take it anymore!”
Hawa Bah is the mother of Mohamed Bah.
On Sept. 25, 2012, police fatally shot Mohamed Beh, an emotionally disturbed man who had locked himself in his room and was holding a large knife. Hawa said cops need better training in how to deal with mental illness.
“He was a wonderful boy, who never commit any crimes, never do nothing,” Hawa Beh said Wednesday. “I’m here today to ask for justice because what happened to Mohammed. If the city doesn’t do anything, it will happen again.”
Iris Baez is the mother of Anthony Baez.
In 1994, 29-year-old Anthony Baez was playing football with friends when the ball hit a police car. Cops put Baez in a chokehold, which killed him.
“The police are supposed to protect us, not abuse us,” Iris Baez said Wednesday. “For little crimes, for spitting in the street, jaywalking, they are supposed to get a ticket, not go to jail, not get murdered in the street, for any petty thing.”
This has to stop,” Baez continued, “and that’s why I’m talking to the IG to plead with him if I have to do to make an investigation and I mean a real investigation.”
Carol Gray is the mother of Kimani Gray.
The 16-year-old was shot to death by two police officers in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on March 9, 2013. The officers said Gray pulled a gun on them first, but eyewitnesses say Gray was unarmed.
“This has gone on too long,” Gray said Wednesday. “And we need answers and justice today.”
The inspector general’s office confirmed that Eure met with the mothers, but wouldn’t comment further.
“The families felt the meeting was productive and hope to continue a open dialogue with the IG’s office moving forward,” Colon told HuffPost in a statement. “It is our strong hope that the IG will prioritize an investigation into NYPD killings, as we believe a report on findings from it would shed light on why the NYPD continues to unjustly kill black and Latino New Yorkers, as well as the dire need for real systemic change in the Department.”
Thank you The Huffington Post & Christopher Mathias.
Instead of “shoot to kill” how about we try wounding?
Ferguson Missouri Police Gun Down 18 Year Old Mike Brown, Shooting Him TEN Times…For Shoplifting Candy.