(I’d actually had something else ready to post, but due to recent reactions to a couple grisly murders by police, it seemed wiser to go with this.)
From Democracy Now!: Protests Erupt over Police Killings of Terence Crutcher & Keith Lamont Scott in Tulsa & Charlotte, September 21, 2016. Video interviews w/ Vince Warren, Bree Newsome, and Rashid Robinson; the transcript is here. Bree and Vince said it right, imo.
There were solidarity demos in NYC; as ever, my thanks to Keegan.
The po-po are on Orta’s case constantly, as are the men who’d filmed the assassinations of #Walter Scott and #Freddie Gray, may they rest in power.
Speaking to the illegitimacy of police:
@KeeganNYC :Police say the cop who killed #KeithScott in Charlotte didn’t have his body cam turned on. Convenient.”
But from this morning at RT: 9 people injured, 44 arrested in Charlotte night riots – police chief’
“Putney also said that video of the shooting will not be released, but it will be shown to the family first. When challenged over his pledge for transparency in handling the case, he told the reporter: “I appreciate your passion, but I never said full transparency.”
Egregious: #CharlesKinsey: Miami Herald, Aug. 5:
“Two 911 calls bookend the police shooting two weeks ago that left a behaviorial therapist — lying flat on his back in a North Miami street with his hands in the air next to the autistic patient he was trying to help — wounded, bleeding and handcuffed.
The first call from a passing driver described two men in the street, a white Hispanic man possibly armed and possibly mentally ill, and a black man talking to him. The second call reported gunfire in the same area, the burst from a police officer’s rifle.
Less than six minutes elapsed between those critical calls. That was scant time for police officers to assess and potentially defuse a confusing encounter in broad daylight with two unarmed men.”
“The black man, group home therapist Charles Kinsey, who pleaded with officers not to use guns while urging the autistic man he was caring for to lie on the ground, wound up with a bullet hole in his leg. It was a shot the police union chief later said was actually aimed at Arnaldo Eliud Rios, a profoundly autistic man whose perceived weapon proved to be a silver toy truck.”
‘After shocking shooting on the street, a familiar Florida failure’, miami herald
“Behavior aide Charles Kinsey instantly became an exemplar of the Black Lives Matter movement.
But for Rios, there is no movement to sustain him, no placards or demonstrations. If he is a symbol of anything, it is the state’s decades-long failure to provide adequate community-based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Rios has languished in a psychiatric hospital since the shooting made headlines on July 18. The hospital has restricted his visitors, his family said, and refused to allow them to bring him toy trucks — which are as comforting as a teddy bear for a man who is large in stature but small in maturity.” (read on; it gets far worse, and includes video with Rios’s mama.)
‘Sandra Bland family reaches $1.9mn settlement in wrongful death lawsuit’, via RT, 15 Sep, 2016
From TRNN: ‘Thousands of Prisoners Strike Against Forced Labor’ On the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, Prison Radio’s Noelle Hanrahan explains how and why prisoners organized what may be the largest prison strike in US history
Also from TRNN: Rattling the Bars: US Prison Labor; On this Episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway interviews Asatar Bair Assistant Professor of Economics at Riverside City College about prisons and the ownership of a person’s labor power vs. the ownership of a person
‘Incarceration in the U.S. costs more than $1 trillion a year, Washington University study claims’, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sep 10, 2016
‘North Dakota becomes first US state to legalise use of armed drones by police’; It is unclear whether local police departments will use weaponised devices, even though they are technically legal’, Independent UK, 8 September 2015
Urban Shield held their annual exposé in Pleasanton from Sept. 8-12, but although the protestors were doughty, there weren’t all that many. Also, since Shane Bauer of Mother Jones was banned from attending (he bought a ticket!) and tweeted photos of the yummiest police militarization products in Oakland, 2014, there was no insider news, dammit. Some great photos and videos are here.
‘Dashcam shows mentally-ill man shot 14 times as he flees Sacramento police’ (GRAPHIC VIDEOS), via RT
“Officers were called to the scene in Del Paso Heights by two 911 callers who claimed to have seen a “mentally ill” man armed with a gun and brandishing a knife. The knife allegedly involved in the incident was later found, but no gun was located.
The disturbing footage shows two officers fire 18 shots at Mann, 14 of which hit him, following a five-minute pursuit.
Mann’s family claim the officers should not have used lethal force, alleging he was in the midst of a mental crisis and have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and a claim against the city.
Although the possibility of Mann suffering from mental illness was raised during the 911 call, the dispatch did not pass this information on to officers, KCRA3 reports. John Burris, attorney for Mann’s relatives, said “Any reasonable police officer should have noticed that he was mentally impaired” and that his behavior did not warrant him being shot multiple times.”
Private Jack Witt: [voice over]
“We were a family. How’d it break up and come apart, so that now we’re turned against each other? Each standing in the other’s light. How’d we lose that good that was given us? Let it slip away. Scattered it, careless. What’s keepin’ us from reaching out, touching the glory?”
Private Edward Train: (voiceover)
“This great evil, where’s it come from? How’d it steal into the world? What seed, what root did it grow from? Who’s doing this? Who’s killing us, robbing us of life and light, mocking us with the sight of what we might’ve known? Does our ruin benefit the earth, does it help the grass to grow, the sun to shine? Is this darkness in you, too? Have you passed through this night?”
~ James Jones’ ‘The Thin Red Line’