bapeonion:

bapeonion:

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quickhits:

Unrest in Ferguson about a lot more than police shooting unarmed teen.

Ran some simple numbers on this full dataset and even simple percentages show how disgustingly prejudiced Ferguson PD officers are. I translated the raw data to a spreadsheet for anyone that wants to go farther with the data. 

Visit https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1of_kjLQAlEMc7kMQmtxv-KiNwpPzCQpmH-rDk8uMCaY/edit?usp=sharing for everyting I’ve got, and to snag the raw data for your own use. 

Highlights from 2013: 

  • 63% of Ferguson, MO’s total population is black.
  • 86% of all citizens stopped by police in Ferguson are black.
  • 91% of all citizens searched by police in Ferguson are black.
  • 92% of all arrested citizens in Ferguson are black.
  • Black citizens are searched almost twice as often as White citizens, but White citizens are 1.6 times more likely to have contraband found on their person during a search.
  • Black citizens in Ferguson make up approx. 90% of all traffic stops in the city. 
  • At a traffic stop, Black people are charged most often for license violations. White people, Hispanics, Asians, American Indians, and “Other” citizens are most often charged for Moving violations, aka speeding. (Fun correlation - state legislature in MO is trying to pass more strict Voter ID laws. Wonder who they’re keeping out?)
  • Black citizens are the least likely of all racial segments to be let off with a warning. White citizens, by comparison, are almost twice as likely to be let off with a Warning.
  • Black citizens are disproportionately targeted for traffic stops on local roads. A black person in Ferguson is more likely to get pulled over on a back road than a white person is….well, anywhere. 
  • Black Female drivers are more often targeted by Ferguson PD for traffic stops than Male drivers. Across all other racial segments, Males are more likely to be pulled over.
  • Nearly half of all searches performed by Ferguson PD on Black citizens occur after an arrest, not before. 
  • More than half of all arrests of Black citizens are for outstanding warrants. 
  • Ferguson’s White citizens are technically more dangerous than Black citizens: White citizens are arrested more frequently for drug charges, DUI/BAC violations, property offense (collisions/ramming/etc.) and traffic violations.

Any police officer worth their salt should know they can’t hide from the facts. Here are the facts behind Ferguson PD’s activity last year. Understand that these numbers clearly illustrate the story of a police department systematically prioritizing the punishment of its Black population over any other group within its jurisdiction.

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maxineanwaar:

Protect yourself from teargas. Palestinians send solidarity and advice to peaceful demonstrations facing police crackdown in Ferguson.

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Q: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

clehmentine:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

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badbilliejean:

Thank you neonnubian for your active post keeping me and others abreast.

"Shot in the head last night by police"
tonytonytony70

Keep in mind that the police were vehemently stating that it was not them who shot her and it was a drive by of a group of Black guys. They were probably praying that this girl died so no one would find out the truth. Well guess what? We have another testimony against the Ferguson police in court for blatantly lying like how they are doing now with not telling the truth about Michael Brown.

Y’all I was friends with Mya at HU, she is a peaceful person and would never do anything to deserve a bullet to the head. She’s slowly recovering, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers

prayers to mya and other protestors.

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black-culture:

Hey guys I need your help spreading this on social media so our people in Ferguson can defend themselves from attacks from the police.

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