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.
PLEASE SHARE!!! EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON.
This is the young man that was walking with Mike Brown,
this is important. what really happened to Mike Brown and the police are refusing to credit him as a witness. please watch.
This is one of the men with Mike Brown the moment he was killed. It’s a sad day when a man walking down the street with his friends, unarmed, is gunned down by a biased officer.
With a predominantly black community, it is assumed that there should be more than just a handful of black officers; however that is not the case. When you look at Missouri and this particular portion, you will notice that the police force is predominantly white, the politicians are white, and the politically active majority is white.
In a largely black community it should not be this way, but after watching the news, this video, and listening to the interviews on NPR, I can see that the problems lie within a lack of voter participation due to fear of loss of pay, lack of education, and acts like these, where the government is seemingly against these people. While none of us know all the facts that happened that day, we can see that there is a widespread problem within the United States with the police becoming more well-armed than they should be due to a terrible federal program, they are not evaluated on their personal beliefs, and they give people that are bullies weapons. While I speak poorly of police, I must say that I have met quite a few that do an excellent job, but there are those that exist not to “protect and serve” but to harass and wave a gun in the faces of the youth and minorities.
The problems need to be handled. This needs to become a national dialogue because racism, a lack of education, and a lack of justice are present within this community as well as across the US. We all need to rise up and call for police reform, we need to call for better education, we need to call for better pay, we need to stand up to racism and see each other as brothers and sisters, we need to all band together to make this country better, because right now it is failing.
I hope that a proper investigation is done and that true justice will prevail, not just that of Anonymous.
A strange concept, being better. I’ve come to realize that I’ve been too focused on how I am supposed to be living instead of actually committing to just living. I am self aware and, while I am incredibly focused on how stupid I am at times and recognize my mistakes, I have noticed that I will only get better by acknowledging and moving forward, making positive changes with each one.
Better is such an ill named concept, a true misnomer. We should grow rather than get better. Growing is what makes us who we want to be, not focusing on being better.
Philosophies of life.
I miss my thoughts sometimes, I often wonder if I have a brain tumor; I wonder if I am exhausted mentally, I wonder if something weird is happening. I have always done this, but I have come to realize that the thoughts have always been there. I’ve just been numbing myself with exhaustion, lack of sleep, and constantly doing. Not doing in the sense of being busy, but doing in the sense that I am always doing something, even when I’m doing nothing. Surfing the web, playing on my phone: these are the items that have made me feel so numb. I no longer want technology to be a bigger part of my life than what this computer is. I do not want it to be my only access point to the world.
I keep saying this, but I am now exercising and feel healthier. I have been eating cleaner items, although I still have my chocolate and sugary snacks at times, but I feel cleaner and more sane. Now what I need to work on is my sleep, which of I am getting none.
I love my girlfriend, I love my family. I miss my brother. Why does growing up seem so hard? I know that it is because the things in life that are worth doing will never be easy. I must strive to attain perfection even though I know I shall never meet it.
Some strange feeling is whirling about within me. This is not ephemeral and will seemingly continue throughout my life.
For the first time in a long time I feel self-driven, self-motivated. It’s overwhelming and I cannot express my joy at just wanting to study, to read, to exercise.
I want this to be the way I feel until the day I die. Happy.