Fools Like Me

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hipnerd:

Here are some police arresting a reporter in Ferguson, Mo.
Notice anything missing? That’s right, they took off their badges and name tags that had their ID numbers on them.
This is not an isolated incident. When Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post were arrested last week for failing to leave a McDonald’s quickly enough, no badges or name tags were visible on the officers who arrested them. Additionally, they were denied that information even though they repeatedly asked for it.
This way the police can act with near impunity and have zero accountability to the people they purportedly protect. The fact that these men are claiming the powers of the police without a shred of the accountability we demand of those in power is terrifying.
White reporters have gotten just a taste of what that is like. Imagine how the black residents who live there — far away from the glare of the cameras — feel, day after day.

hipnerd:

Here are some police arresting a reporter in Ferguson, Mo.

Notice anything missing? That’s right, they took off their badges and name tags that had their ID numbers on them.

This is not an isolated incident. When Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post were arrested last week for failing to leave a McDonald’s quickly enough, no badges or name tags were visible on the officers who arrested them. Additionally, they were denied that information even though they repeatedly asked for it.

This way the police can act with near impunity and have zero accountability to the people they purportedly protect. The fact that these men are claiming the powers of the police without a shred of the accountability we demand of those in power is terrifying.

White reporters have gotten just a taste of what that is like. Imagine how the black residents who live there — far away from the glare of the cameras — feel, day after day.

kingjaffejoffer:

laughing at how CNN went into one of the looted businesses in Ferguson and spoke to the owner. the reporter started asking all these leading questions that were clearly setting up answers that expressed anger that their businesses were broken into. 

The owner was like “actually I just want justice for Mike Brown im not worried about material things”

soulslookingforhome:

thinksquad:

As anger erupted again on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a human rights team from Amnesty International worked on the ground in the US for the first time ever.

Confrontation flared up after an autopsy found that Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by an officer on 9 August, had suffered at six bullet wounds including one in the top of his head.

Eye-witnesses report seeing police, with no visible ID badges, hurling tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters and threatening members of the press in another night of demonstrations.

Amnesty International, said it would be observing police and protester activity and gathering testimonies as well as training local activists “on methods of non-violent protest” in an “unprecedented” move by the campaigners.

Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director, Steven W Hawkins said that the “people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting”.

Jasmine Heiss, one of the 13-strong team sent by Amnesty, told Buzzfeed that the limits placed on the organisation’s access to post-curfew areas was indicative of “the overall lack of transparency in this investigation”.

Complex Magazine said that police had opened fire into the crowds without warning three hours before the midnight curfew began, causing some children and members of the media to be hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Two black journalists from Complex also said that they had been racially profiled, being refused re-entry into the press area whereas white members of the press had been.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/michael-brown-shooting-amnesty-international-sends-team-within-us-for-first-time-as-national-guard-deployed-9675149.html

it begins

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codyjohnston:

90-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein arrested for peacefully protesting today in Ferguson. You can help get her and others out (@AwkwardDuck, @GeekNStereo, and some I’m less familiar with, Twitter-wise) by donating to #OperationHelpOrHush. They are not only raising money to bail out peaceful protestors, but they use all funds to help the community and bring them food, water, medical aid, gas masks, and other equipment to help them not die during this terrible time. Follow @SheSeauxSaditty for more info.

codyjohnston:

90-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein arrested for peacefully protesting today in Ferguson. You can help get her and others out (@AwkwardDuck, @GeekNStereo, and some I’m less familiar with, Twitter-wise) by donating to #OperationHelpOrHush. They are not only raising money to bail out peaceful protestors, but they use all funds to help the community and bring them food, water, medical aid, gas masks, and other equipment to help them not die during this terrible time. Follow @SheSeauxSaditty for more info.

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blastortoise:

okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.

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hagakura:

Ferguson police: We can’t release the autopsy report because that might bias future juries.

Ferguson police: *releases footage of Brown stealing from a store and having a physical confrontation with an employee*

Ferguson police: This event has absolutely nothing to do with why Brown was killed. It’s not important at all. It obviously isn’t meant as bias either.

Everyone else:

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