First, the Meh
#Eric Garner (I can’t breathe!)
‘Sergeant at scene of Eric Garner death disciplined by NYPD; a supervising officer present during controversial killing of 43-year-old black man in summer 2014 gives up gun, badge;
“No one else in the case has yet to face departmental charges, and the internal disciplinary review is on hold pending a federal inquiry, at the request of the U.S. Attorney General for the Eastern District.”
The Hideous and the garden variety ugly
Jayzus; another baby hashtag.
Rest in the embrace of our loving thoughts, Ciara; may your family eventually find justice and some measure of peace.
‘Denver inmate died from being restrained by deputies, death ruled homicide’; Denver coroner’s autopsy said jail inmate Michael Marshall had psychotic episode’
“A Denver jail inmate choked on his own vomit while being restrained on the floor by six deputies during a psychotic episode, and the coroner has ruled his death was a homicide.
The death of Michael Marshall at the Downtown Detention Center is hauntingly familiar to his family, attorneys and community activists who say the Denver Sheriff Department has not learned its lesson after the 2010 case of Marvin Booker, who also died after being restrained by deputies.
The autopsy report released Friday provides the first public insight into what happened Nov. 11 at the jail, where Marshall, 50, was being held on charges of trespassing and disturbing the peace. His bail was $100.
The autopsy found multiple blunt force injuries and abrasions on Marshall’s body, including his face, chest and back. The report also said heart and lung disease contributed to his death.”
Marvin Booker, you may remember, was a homeless street preacher who recite MLK’s speeches. He died for the audacity of trying to get his shoes before going to the booking desk. His only shoes, that is. The city settled with his family for $6 million in blood money in Nov. 2014. “A jury found the Denver Sheriff’s Department culpable in Booker’s death after a three-week trial. Booker, a street preacher, died in jail in 2010 after sheriff’s deputies subdued him with tasers, nunchucks and sleeper holds.”
Rest in Power, Michael Marshall and Marvin Booker.
#Bettie Jones, #Qunintonio LeGrier
‘Father of Quintonio LeGrier suing city of Chicago for police shooting that killed son and neighbor’
Ta-Nehisi Coates uses these two tragic and totally unnecessary murders to underpin his: ‘The Paranoid Style of American Policing; when officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy’
‘North Charleston officers’ support for Michael Slager seen as strain on police, community ties’ (with photo)
*Officers’ courtroom show of support this week for the North Charleston police officer who killed Walter Scott has stirred tensions among some people who interpreted it as an endorsement of the fatal shooting.
At least five members of the city’s police force, including two supervisors, stood when former officer Michael Slager’s attorney asked supporters to rise during a bail hearing Monday. They were not identified as officers. They wore no uniforms or badges. None of them spoke.
But to some who recognized the officers, the display served as a worrisome sign that others at the North Charleston Police Department agree with Slager, who fired eight times as Scott ran away after a traffic stop. Slager now stands charged with murder, largely as a result of a bystander’s video of the shooting.
Activists said the courtroom scene illustrated a need for an examination of whether civil rights abuses are rampant at the department.”
Killed by Police on Facebook have counted at least 1,202 people who were killed by U.S. police in 2015 according to corporate new; they don’t have a January tally up.
The good & potentially good
LA police chief recommends charges against officer who killed homeless man; Los Angeles police chief says an unarmed homeless man, Brendon Glenn, was on his stomach on the ground when officer Clifford Proctor shot him twice last May’
‘Georgia DA wants murder charges for officer who killed naked, unarmed Air Force vet’ (video included; it may jog your memories, sigh.)
“Officer Olsen, who is white, shot Anthony Hill, 27, who was black, on March 9, 2015, when responding to a call of a man behaving erratically outside a suburban Atlanta apartment complex. Witnesses said Hill, whose family said he struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after a an Air Force deployment to Afghanistan, had raised his hands or placed them at this sides, and that he did not obey Officer Olsen’s instructions to halt. Police said Hill charged at Olsen before he was shot and killed.
Bystander videos and photos show Hill was naked, climbing on the sides of his apartment building prior to the shooting.”
And the very confusing, perhaps horrid (time will tell)
Hines’ is the least confusing legal article I’ve seen to date concerning the recent twists and turns of the case in the brutal and abject assassination of Freddie (I can’t breathe) Gray. Short version:
“The hung jury in December of William Porter’s trial raises critical issues for the prosecution in trying the van driver, Caesar Goodson, for the death of Freddie Gray. Goodson’s trial scheduled to start on January 11, was postponed on the same day by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals pending rulings on whether Porter must testify in the case. [snip]
The prosecution subpoenaed William Porter to testify against Goodson. A subpoena compels a witness to testify unless there are legal grounds to avoid the witness’s testimony. Porter filed a motion and asserted his 5th amendment rights against having to testify and give incriminating testimony against himself in his re-trial scheduled for June, 2016. Judge Barry Williams denied is motion. Porter’s lawyers appealed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. A decision has not been made as of this writing.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys could not have anticipated a hung jury. However, one did occur and it raises substantial issues about the prosecution’s case and the possibilities for convictions. Based on the hung jury and the need for Porter to testify in the van driver’s case, the state offered what is known as use and derivative immunity for Porter to testify. In essence, the state cannot use the testimony of Porter in his trial in June, 2016. Porter was not offered transaction immunity which would have given him full and complete immunity—thereby dropping the charges against him.”
Last weekend a conference was held in Philadelphia alluringly called ‘The Black Radical Tradition in Our Time’. An excerpt from the transcript of the interview with Glen Ford at TRNN announcing it:
“…we don’t believe that we can have such a successful movement if there is not a vibrant and self-aware black radical component to this movement. And that’s what the radical, the organizers were trying to do. They were concerned that this, this black radical tradition will have to be carried on not just by academics and not just by those of us like you and me, aging veterans of a previous movement, but by the activists who are stirring things up today, and especially by the youth.
And that’s why they’ve assembled a list of keynote speakers that’s very interesting, that go across those lines. We’ve got Angela Davis, Dr. Cornel West, Anthony Monteiro, Vijay Prashad, Steven Salaita, he’s with the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions against Israel movement. And Charlene Carruthers, who’s with the Black Youth 100 project in Chicago, and lots of other activists who are taking part in panels. I’m on a panel on war and peace and justice, and resistance to U.S. Empire, and another one on post-Obama realities. Where do black radicals go from here?” [snip]
“The black radical tradition is an internationalist tradition. It’s involved deeply in questions of self-determination. And not just black folks’ self-determination, but all people’s self-determination, all people’s struggle. And what will set this conference apart, what distinguishes it, is that it is an anti-capitalist conference. It’s about social transformation, and social transformation in our time means getting rid of this oppressive global capitalist system that sits like a dead weight on the right of self-determination of people all over the world.”
Tuesdays being Glen Ford’s spot on TRNN, he was interviewed on the conference, but it was not at all what I’d expected, or perhaps some of the attendees hadn’t gotten the memo. Please file again under: ‘better to know than to not know, and you decide what any of it means’.
(the transcript to ‘Liberation or “Asylum for Neoliberal Values?” Competing Visions of Black Politics’)
Garza’ guest invitation to the SOTU was courtesy of Barbara Lee (D-CA), I discovered.
Here is Eddie Conway interviewing conference attendees; no transcript yet, no terribly inspirational comments, imo.