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How to help end police brutality in your community

Practical steps for every community to take to insure there is not a repeat of what happened to the Ferguson Community


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7 people arrested adding fuel to fire in Ferguson

raging fireMost major headlines about activity in Ferguson last night were closely followed by the fact that 7 people were arrested. Legitimized curfew successful, order maintained, they got some bad guys. Go back to sleep citizen.

But wait, 3 of those included  a man, his girlfriend, and her sister, smoking inside his car  while parked in his aunt’s driveway. Because his aunt didn’t want smoking in her house.  From an eye-opening article by journalist Kevin Gosztola :

Man Describes How Police in Ferguson Arrested Him for Smoking Cigarette in His Parked Car After Curfew

“… suddenly there was light behind his car and a bunch of guys with guns.“Get out the fucking car! Get out the fucking car!” they shouted.

“It was kind of like I was scared to open [my door],” Hampton recalled. There was “maybe five or six cops.” They had a “big SWAT truck.”

Another car parked in front of his aunt’s house, with people inside who he did not know, was targeted by police. Hampton recalled police grabbed a girl by her hair and “slammed her on the back of her car.”

Ciera Delaney, who was outside her house and “dragged by her hair,” told MORE, “It feels like I’m not human. It feels like I’m being treated like an animal–being told when I can come, when I can go, what time I can be out in my own community outside of my own house where I pay the mortgage and bills.”  *

How much more fuel is the Ferguson PD going to add to the flames of misery burning through this community?




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Stacia eloquently captures the heart of what is going down in Ferguson.

Stacia L. Brown

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Behind the car, feet clear of the puddled shards of glass. Watch their asses. Watch your skin; when the gas gets on it, keep your fingers clear of your eyes. Don’t rub. Protect the membranes inside your nose. Use your shirt, your forearm. Use the person beside you. Shield each other, cover each other with coverage. Charge your phone; share your footage. Watch your foot; it may be run over. Apparently, here in Ferguson, when a cop runs over your foot, it gives him the right to kill you, to leave you, to keep his name hidden from public knowledge for his own protection. Apparently, if a friend survives you, no officers will bother to hear his detailed, dispiriting and harrowing story. Bare your palms. Every few minutes, raise them high, cry don’t shoot! I don’t know if it matters. I don’t know if it’s getting to them, one…

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Mike Brown’s been murdered-News Media, start your Engines.

Photo: Twitter/@kodacohenHistory shows us that the status-quo of misused power can  be maintained two ways, more control and more ignorance. When a lot of people start to pay attention to the problem with the way things are done, their ignorance begins to be remedied. Social media is letting the cats of truth out of their usually carefully controlled bag and the mass media, as guardians of  the status-quo, start their framing engines  to try to control the flow of information.


8/10/14 7:30 am

 CNN headlines Missouri community outraged after police shoot teen

FRAME: They lead with the Truth. Builds trust.

A shooting involving police left a teen dead Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said.

FRAME: A shooting involving police. Already the outrage at the horror of this young man, gunned down in broad daylight, is downplayed. Instead, this framing  allows you to include others in the “shooting” picture in your head, as though they were shooting too. Perhaps the man had a gun. Perhaps he was shooting at police. Plenty of other shooting scenarios in the news to influence you to think this way.

FRAME: Authorities said. Getting in the expert opinion in the first sentence to influence you that the police were only “involved” not responsible, from the very first sentence! The “authorities” say it’s a police involved shooting. Police are involved in shootings all the time. Move along citizen, there’s nothing to see here.

Officers heard gunfire at the protests, and it took them hours to secure the scene for county homicide detectives to get evidence safely before removing Brown’s body, according to Jackson.

FRAME: at the protests. Multiple. There is no stated connection between the gunshots and why it took police hours to “secure” the scene. These are just two facts strung together to help you jump to that conclusion.  Without carefully reading that “and” in there, you are led to think there is.  The fact is that Mike’s mother had to stand and watch her son’s body lie in that street for four hours, while police brought in “crowd control” dogs, hundreds more police officers, riot trucks, the works. Was that crowd so outraged, so dangerous? That is the question  I come away from this article with. The phrase “at the protests” sounds like organized protests and marchers and signs, not  the spontaneous outpouring of emotion from a hurting community that gathers together IN PROTEST  to let anyone! EVERYONE!  know, about an apparently unwarranted murder of an innocent person at the hands of those  sworn to serve and protect.

These are only a couple of examples. Be careful when you read the news. Don’t let the innocent be framed for murder.



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