Archive for the 'Ferguson, Missouri' Category

SO, I MEAN, WE’LL KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT…

June 21st, 2017

This is one of what Trevor Noah calls his Between The Scenes segments where he talks to the audience during the commercial breaks. As good as Noah is in his scripted bits, I’m finding the honesty and transparency in these segments actually better. As Noah points out, Philando Castile was a legal gun owner with […]

DARREN SEALS MURDERED IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI…

September 9th, 2016

Lois Beckett, writing from New York in Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals shot and found dead in a burning car for The Guardian, reports: Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals was found dead early Tuesday morning in a car that had been set on fire. Seals had been shot, and St Louis County police said they […]

CCPC MARCHING TO END POVERTY TOMORROW…

July 17th, 2016

The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: Tomorrow, Monday, 18 July, a group of us will be joining End Poverty Now, NEOCH, LMM, United Workers and many other groups, to march across the east side of Cleveland. JOIN US!!! The purpose is to show solidarity in the fight against poverty. This is a properly permitted event, […]

WHEN NATIONAL TRAGEDY BECOMES BORING…

July 11th, 2016

Just another average boring day in America… Via Mano Singham.

THE SUMMARY EXECUTION BY DRONE IN DALLAS…

July 8th, 2016

[Update: 9 July @ 0700—I have changed the word robot in this piece to drone because that was what was used in the summary execution of Micah Xavier Johnson. (I have also added Johnson’s name, as well as the five officers slain, in the text below.] As my friend Mano Singham wisely wrote a few […]

WE DO NOT FORGET TO COUNT THE COUNTED…

April 12th, 2016

Jon Swaine, reporting in The Counted so far: you ask, we answer for The Guardian, writes: Guardian US is continuing in 2016 to record every death caused by law enforcement officers—something that no government agency has done, even as unrest has rocked several American cities following controversial fatal encounters with police. This award-winning investigation, titled […]

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

TAMIR TO WALTER TO SANDY HOOK TO TRAYVON…?

October 12th, 2015

A prosecutor and an FBI agent—two people obviously without bias in the matter of a shooting by Cleveland police officer Tim Loehmann—found that Loehmann acted reasonably in deciding last year to shoot when he confronted the 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be a replica gun. No amount of sarcasm or snark can be […]

BERNIE ON GUNS, VIOLENCE AND POLICE…

October 3rd, 2015

Alan Yuhas, writing in Bernie Sanders thrills Boston with call to fight racism and reform gun law for The Guardian, reports: Bernie Sanders decried “an institutional racism that allows and continues to allow unarmed African Americans to be killed by police” on Saturday night, as he preached to a huge crowd in Boston that welcomed […]

MILITARIZED POLICE HOPE ACOUSTIC CANNON’S SHRIEK WILL DROWN OUT BLACK LIVES MATTER

August 15th, 2015

So, images crowds of protesters engulfed in clouds of tear gas result in uncomfortable images of militarized police earning their Michael Brown Bonus. Sound waves, however, are invisible and military contractor LRAD is cashing in on that fact with police forces across America. Lee Fang, writing in Acoustic Cannon Sales to Police Surge After Black […]

THIS BETTER BE THE LAST BONUS HE EVER GETS…

August 15th, 2015

Every time I think that we’ve seen the last stupid police officer, that we’re turning a corner on institutional racism in America, along comes another clueless cop to burst my bubble. This is the reason why we need Black Lives Matter, because to people like Todd J Bakula, Black lives are just a way to […]

THIS IS REQUIRED READING…

August 9th, 2015

I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between The World And Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And it’s examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it […]

MICHAEL BROWN WAS MURDERED ONE YEAR AGO…

August 9th, 2015

Last Tuesday, I marked the anniversary of the murder of John Crawford III for the crime of shopping while black at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. Today I mark another tragic police murder, that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Terrence Heath, in One Year After Ferguson: Making Black Lives Matter writes: Some things have […]

CLEVELAND IS AN EXPLOSION WAITING TO HAPPEN…

July 27th, 2015

Here in Cleveland we have the Cleveland Police Force, the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Force, the Regional Transit Authority Police Force, the, well, you get the idea. Why do we have so many police forces? I have no feckin’ idea, but the plethora of authority figures, all reporting to and trained by disparate hierarchies […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FROM GLENVILLE’S STREETS
TO THE STREETS OF TEXAS’—POLICE FAILURE…

July 22nd, 2015

Another police car video of the arrest of a black woman that led eventually to her death, supposedly a suicide days later in a Texas jail, once again dramatizes the lack of professionalism in police departments throughout the nation. Sandra Bland, a 28-year old woman in Texas to start a dream job at a black […]

A GOOD POLICE STORY FOR A CHANGE…

July 13th, 2015

If all you knew about police officers in my country was what you saw and heard in the past year or so in our media (including Have Coffee Will Write), you would be convinced that they were a bad lot. Yes, plenty of problems exist, many of them deeply systematic, but most police officers are […]

THE SUMMER OF [ADD BLACK MAN’S NAME HERE]…

July 1st, 2015

We are now 11 days into summer and Gary Younge is not hopeful. For the past couple of years the summers, like hurricanes, have had names. Not single names like Katrina or Floyd—but full names like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown. Like hurricanes, their arrival was both predictable and predicted, and yet somehow, when they […]

TIME FOR MOTHERS AGAINST POLICE MURDER

June 12th, 2015

There was an amazing power in the images of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. In the United States, there is no official accounting of the people killed by police. To address that void in information, non-governmental and news organizations have been collecting data on such incidents. Intercept data artist Josh Begley’s new project, […]

CLEVELAND JUST WANTS TO FEEL GOOD…?

June 12th, 2015

I know the sentiment of Jim Chase is just the expressions of one person’s emotions at one moment, but Jesus wept, I really wish I hadn’t read the news this morning. Outside the basketball arena Jim Chase, a marketing executive, said he was pleased with the ruling but added: “I don’t think people in Cleveland […]

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