Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families

14Aug/140

Additional Witnesses to Michael Brown Shooting Share Similar Accounts of What Sounds Like a Public Execution

Similar accounts of the initial "altercation" between Michael Brown and the officer continue to come to light. All are relatively consistent in describing the nature of the initial interaction between the two, and the fact that the officer continued to shoot Brown well after the initial encounter.

From Channel 4 news in St. Louis, Missouri.  KMOV.com.

Another witness to the shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. spoke to News 4 Wednesday.

Tiffany Mitchell, 27, said she did not see what led up to the shooting, but said she arrived right before the fatal shots were fired.

“As I was coming around, I heard the tires squeaking on the truck, and as I get closer, I see them tussling through the window. The kid was pulling off and the cop was pulling in,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell told News 4 she saw a door close on a police car. An officer was inside and Brown, Jr. was on the outside. She said the two were arm wrestling through the car window. Mitchell said she then tried to pull out her phone to record. Shots then rang out.

“It just didn’t look right for them to be arm wrestling,” Mitchell said. “The first gun shot came from the window, so I just started getting out of the way.”

According to Mitchell, Brown, Jr, began to run away after the first shot was fired.

“After the shot, the kid just breaks away. The cop follows him, kept shooting, the kid’s body jerked as if he was hit. After his body jerked he turns around, puts his hands up, and the cop continues to walk up on him and continues to shoot until he goes all the way down,” Mitchell said.

11Aug/140

Michael Brown & Ferguson, Missouri: Old Problem, New Fronts in Our Resistance

Michael Brown.

Another good brother.

Another shooting.

Another death.

This time (and yet again), at the hands of the police.

This has got to stop! And from the sounds of it, all of the authorities are falling in line behind the officer. At least tomorrow, we'll learn who the officer is.

One thing I know for sure is that this is unacceptable. But it was unacceptable on Saturday morning as well, hours before our young brother Michael Brown began walking to his grandmother's house, and became the subject of a police officer's unwanted attention. It has been unacceptable since the earliest periods of contact between African people and Europeans, and subsequently between African Americans and whites in this country.

It's always been unacceptable, yet it's always been a reality. We absolutely need to protest, demonstrate, and so much more, in the ways we each are familiar with. But we also need to find newer and more updated ways of fighting back, of protesting, of countering this huge and tragic injustice.

So... While I don't have much knowledge of the inner workings of computer systems, software, etc., I do know that other forms of protest are needed, and more and more "good-intentioned" citizens in this country need to stand up, speak up and get involved.

With that in mind, I'm curious about how this sort of cyber-protest will unfold (see the brief video below) with the anonymous group of hackers. As they describe in the video below, they are committed to intervening via the city's computer assets if any of the individuals involved in the protests and demonstrations are injured.

Yes! We absolutely need justice in this case!

We also need an end to all of these killings!

They are not isolated incidents!

10Aug/140

What Trayvon Means For Renisha

This discussion took place last month, a couple of weeks before the recent verdict in the Theodore Wafer trial, the Michigan man found guilty of murdering Renisha McBride.  Still an interesting listen...

Although the killings of Renisha McBride and Trayvon Martin draw many comparisons, each case raises different legal questions. (HuffPost Live) takes a look at the comparisons and their racial implications, as well as what to expect from the pending verdict.

Originally aired on July 23, 2014

Guests:

  • Benjamin Crump  (Tallahassee, FL) Lawyer for Trayvon Martin's Parents
  • Dr. Brittney Cooper  (New Brunswick, NJ) Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers Universit
  • David A. Harris  (Pittsburgh, PA) Law Professor, University of Pittsburgh

2Aug/140

Why Bad New York Cops Get Away With Abuse

NYC's Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is tasked with investigating thousands of allegations of police misconduct each year. However, few allegations of cops hitting or choking a resident result in any punishment. Our panel delves into why.

Approximately 27 minutes.
Originally aired on July 31, 2014

Guests:

  • Saki Knafo  (New York, NY) HuffPost Staff Reporter
  • Monifa Bandele  (New York, NY) Communities United for Police Reform
  • Donna Lieberman (New York, NY) Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Marq Claxton (Columbia, SC) Former NYPD Detective; Director of Black Law Enforcement Alliance
  • Rory Lancman (New York, NY)

30Dec/130

Moving forward against ‘Stand Your Ground’

Phillip Agnew from Dream Defenders joins to discuss the fight against “Stand Your Ground” in Florida and what needs to be done in 2014 as the struggle continues.

As described in the brief clip...

Stand Your Ground is just one branch in a really poisonous tree that really shows how Florida cares about its young people.  And at the root of that tree is prejudice, profiling, and prisons for profit.

Other issues on the 2014 organizing and advocacy agenda include undoing the School to Prison Pipeline, and transforming Florida's completely privatized and abusive juvenile justice system.

10Nov/130

Demand Justice for Renisha McBride: White Homeowner Kills 19-Year Old Detroit Woman Seeking Help

Renisha McBride could have been your sister, your daughter, your mother, your aunt, your niece, even your grandmother. She didn't deserve this, and her family and friends should never have had to experience the lifetime of pain that now follows!

Renisha's senseless killing deserves every bit as much attention and justice as any other.

Spread this message, and Demand Justice for Renisha McBride!

Many thanks to Dream Hampton for creating this short video... long-time Detroiter, writer, filmmaker, activist and organizer.

 

5Jun/130

Obama appellate court nominee behind ‘driving while Black’ case

Interesting the things you do and don't hear about people and events in the news, at least not from major news outlets .  During the early reporting yesterday, at least during my very early scan of the news, I hadn't heard about the connection of Judge Wilkins to the 1992 racial profiling incident and lawsuit in Maryland.  I remember the case well, but didn't remember the name.

From the Pittsburgh Courier online...

A federal judge President Barack Obama wants to promote to the appellate bench successfully sued the Maryland State Police for racial profiling after his family was pulled over and searched for drugs while driving back from a funeral.

The 1992 search has been at the center of two decades of litigation that's become known as the "driving while Black" case. U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins has shown an unyielding effort to combat racial profiling in drug stops through three subsequent lawsuits, the final one ultimately decided just this year.

Wilkins, whom Obama nominated Tuesday to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has said his family's roadside detention for an eventual search by a drug-sniffing dog was a "humiliating and degrading experience" and he's been determined to use the courts to prevent it from happening to others.

The Wilkins stop came on May 8, 1992, during an all-night road trip home from his grandfather's funeral in Chicago. His cousin Scott El-Amin was driving in their rented Cadillac, and his uncle and his uncle's wife were also in the car. Wilkins has said they were hurrying because they were all due at work in the morning — Wilkins, then a public defender in Washington, had a court appearance scheduled.

Read the full story...