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“They didn’t even check to see if he was breathing.”---So says a witness interviewed by the NY Times

FRI AUG 15, 2014 AT 09:55 PM PDT
“They didn’t even check to see if he was breathing.”
byHayate Yagami

So says a witness interviewed by the NY Times

Sitting outside his building, Mr. Stone said he was jolted by the sound of two gunshots, followed by several more in rapid succession. The second series of shots “sounded automatic,” he said. “They let it rip.”

Mr. Stone ran outside and saw two police officers, both white men, standing near Mr. Brown, who was lying on his stomach, his arms at his sides, blood seeping from his head. Another neighbor, a woman who identified herself as a nurse, was begging the officers to let her perform CPR.

They refused, Mr. Stone said, adding, “They didn’t even check to see if he was breathing.”

And then, as I'm sure we all remember, they left the body in the street for another four hours.


"Bus Stop" in America

The time Ferguson Police Arrested An Innocent Man & Charged Him Because "He Bled On Their Uniforms."

* Here’s a charming story about a time when Ferguson police arrested an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity, then charged him with destruction of property because he bled on their uniforms while four officers were beating him in a jail cell. Seriously:

just a snippet, please read the whole thing:

“He ran in and kicked me in the head,” Davis recalled. “I almost passed out at that point… Paramedics came… They said it was too much blood, I had to go to the hospital.”

A patrol car took the bleeding Davis to a nearby emergency room. He refused treatment, demanding somebody first take his picture.

“I wanted a witness and proof of what they done to me,” Davis said.

He was driven back to the jail, where he was held for several days before he posted $1,500 bond on four counts of “property damage.” Police Officer John Beaird had signed complaints swearing on pain of perjury that Davis had bled on his uniform and those of three fellow officers.


Ferguson Is About Racism, Not Police Militarization

The idea that some Bush era homeland security program giving police camo pants and armored trucks is what led to the events in Ferguson is absurd.

Police militarization is an important issue, but it's not the cause of things in Ferguson. The images coming out of there could have come out of any of the hundreds of crackdowns on Black communities in America going back well over a century.

Pushing this militarization angle lets the cops and America as a whole off easy. And it won't change a damned thing. The police regularly do this to Black folks, and were doing it long before they got their hands on surplus military goods.


From Watts to Ferguson

Listen To ‘I Am Mike Brown,’ The Song That’s Bringing Revolution To Radio:


“They let Zimmerman off, this cop ain’t learn from Trayvon.
I’m just sitting here dropping a little tear and knowledge,
because Mike Brown didn’t even live to see a day of college.
He would have started soon, now there’s an empty seat in class.
All because of these demons hiding behind a badge.

And this is what becomes of youth
Arm and arm with desire
Standing staunch facing abuse
Before a funeral pyre

Youth inbred with courage and past
Arm and arm with desire
Stand before weapons en masse
Falcons in loosening gyre

To see faces young and unlined
Witness new history unfold
Is to know the past as so unkind
Lessons unlearned, agony untold

This is what becomes of a youth
Where bondage is original sin
Buried with denial at its root
As if the crime had never been

Not as if one turns a page
To find a new, happy ending
Black skin will always pre-sent rage
Some unfailing and unbending

And so our youth confronts it all;
Our transgressions of the past
Those shot will scream and fall
As we parse a truce that failed to last

~ Gwen Davis-Feldman © 8/14/14



A Twitter user appears to have provided a contemporaneous account from the scene of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The account of the incident was found and curated by Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES). The first tweets by @TheePharoah, whose Twitter biography says he lives in St. Louis, are timestamped for TPM at the time of the shooting (1 p.m. ET on Aug. 9; the shooting occurred at 12 p.m. CT, or 1 p.m ET).

The tweets also include at least one detail -- that Brown had allegedly stolen cigarillos from a nearby convenience store -- that was not public until Friday. TPM could not immediately independently verify the authenticity of the tweets, and there is no way to know if this user's account is an accurate or complete depiction of the events of the day.

However, they do appear to be the only contemporaneous and recorded eyewitness account of the events to surface thus far. They are thus significant because they were recorded before it could be known that Brown's death would become a matter of intense national news interest.

Below are a few of the tweets. Click the link for the full account, which includes at least one image that may be disturbing for some.

Media needs people who can define actions & reactions, often the police provide it, with no counter

I listened to Jay Nixon's press conference today and read some stories about the reason the police needed to launch tear gas. I read stories that stated protesters threw Molotov cocktails. I looked at the photos. I found a photo that looked like someone throwing a famous cocktail. My mind shifted, "hmm that's not good." But then on twitter someone talks about this same photo:

Antonio French @AntonioFrench
It's important for people to understand that the man is this photo was throwing it BACK at police who shot it at him.
8:26 AM - 13 Aug 2014


The media need people who can define actions and reactions, often the police provide it, with no counter. But in this case Matt Kresling, a citizen, just like you or me, found that KTVU actually ran video footage that proved that the POLICE were the ones throwing a flash bang at an unarmed crowd.

That footage got 1.5 million views and turned the narrative around, using the MSMs very own footage. No doubt it lead to consequences for the the officers who acted and their future tactics (Hopefully beyond, "Bad boy, don't get caught!') It also leads to monetary settlements which is real leverage for change these days.

raw footage doesn't tell a story.

The police have a media strategy and a default narrative to use. "He was resisting. He drew an object that looked to be a weapon. I felt in danger for my life. He was coming right at me."

The media LOVE the Ferguson story even without an accurate narrative. It's flying peacocks, costumed super heroes and exploding bombs in a Michael Bay movie. "Just look at the photos Bob! Award winning, all of 'em!'

We can do four things.

Create our own media
Work with the main stream media to bolster the view point they are ignoring or skating over
Bitch at the MSM for not getting the whole story
Share stories, images, videos that are better

Way more here -Great info to prepare for our future....:

Math's Highest Honor Is Given To A Woman For The First Time

Four mathematicians were today awarded the Fields Medal, including Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female mathematician to be given the honor that's often called math's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Mirzakhani, 37, is a professor at Stanford University and was honored in Seoul, South Korea, for her "striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems."

Here's more from Stanford:

"The award recognizes Mirzakhani's sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects. Although her work is considered 'pure mathematics' and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory."

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran in 1977 and lived there until she began her doctoral work at Harvard. She earned a bachelor's degree from Tehran's Sharif University of Technology in 1999.


New witness to Michael Brown’s shooting has emerged—& she’s also got new amateur video from Saturday

New Witness, New Video in Michael Brown Shooting

A new witness to Michael Brown’s shooting has emerged—and she’s also got new amateur video from Saturday in Ferguson. Her account of what happened corroborates what Dorian Johnson says he saw on Saturday.

Tiffany Mitchell told KMOV News 4 that she saw an officer inside a police vehicle wrestling with Brown through the car’s window before a shot rang out. That’s when she says that Brown began running away. Mitchell says the officer fired again and Brown raised his hands in the air before being fired upon until he was killed.

“The cop just continues walk up on him and shoot him until he goes all the way down,” she recalls. Mitchell also has new video, taken from her cell phone.......

Ferguson's Police Got Free Military Gear Straight From The Pentagon

The images coming out of Ferguson, Mo., in the last few days have been harrowing, and one element in particular has shocked those watching the events unfold. American law enforcement decked out in military fatigues, patrolling the streets in armored vehicles that look like they were plucked out of Afghanistan or Iraq.

And the thing is, they very well might have been. The Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments have both received equipment from the U.S. military through what's known as the 1033 program, a federal program that the American Civil Liberties Union says has been a key catalyst to the broader escalation of law enforcement force in the United States.

The 1033 program, which was approved by Congress in 1992
to help law enforcement fight the war on drugs and was expanded in 1997, allows police departments to request and receive refurbished military equipment from the U.S. Defense Department free of charge. That equipment can range from night vision googles to military-grade firearms and armored vehicles. The ACLU estimated in June 2014 that 500 MRAP vehicles, built to withstand roadside bombs, are now in the hands of American law enforcement.

Ferguson and St. Louis County, which has taken the lead in addressing the protests since the Saturday police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, have obtained equipment through the 1033 program. David Mastio reported for USA Today that Ferguson police had received two vehicles, a trailer and a generator through the program in November 2013. Newsweek reported Thursday that the St. Louis County police had been given nine utility trucks and two cargo trailers since 2012.

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