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Matt Bors - on Who Gets Killed by Police




France Francois was concerned her sign may be perceived as "rage," but she held it up anyway because she had a right to feel angry. Ms. Francois held the sign at last week's National Moment Of Silence in DC.

"I'm glad it sparked some conversation because I think, throughout the nation, we're all asking ourselves this question," she said. 'How did we come here again? How did we find ourselves in this very same space?'"
Francois said the sentiment behind the sign is rooted to her days as a student at Florida State University when she protested the death of Martin Lee Anderson, a 14-year-old boy who died after being beaten by boot camp personnel. After months of silence from authorties over his death, Francois, along with other students from Tallahassee Community College, Florida A&M University and Florida State University staged a 34-hour sit-in at then- governor Jeb Bush's office, in Tallahassee, Fla.


Ferguson Hires PR Co. --- Can you spot the glaring cluelessness?


Witness: 'God Bless His Soul, Police Shot This Boy Outside My Apartment' "They Killed Him"

New Video Shows Immediate Aftermath Of Michael Brown Shooting

Narrating the video to CNN's Michaela Pereira, Crenshaw described her account of the scene.

"What we're looking at is officer Darren Wilson to the right," she said. "He's just looking over the body, just looking baffled and bewildered of sorts, like trying to explain to the officer, 'What have I just done?'"

"And then we get this picture of him pacing back and forth, just like in disbelief," she said. "It's like he understands that he just shot this boy in the face and this boy was unarmed."

Watch the video segment below. (Warning: The clip contains some graphic imagery.)


Witness: 'God Bless His Soul, Police Shot This Boy Outside My Apartment'


Crenshaw told CNN's Michaela Pereira she witnessed the incident from her apartment and recorded video of the scene immediately following the shooting.

"I had just moved there out of my parents home," she said.

"To see something like this outside of my window ... it’s just, traumatizing."

Crenshaw said Brown was running away from police and then turned around. She said that was when Brown was shot.


Video & more...

Ferguson: Man Busted For Sitting In His Car & Smoking A Cigarette In His Aunt's Driveway

Joshua Hampton saw the big black police truck from down the block. He saw the lights, and the officers in military garb clinging to the sides. He wasn’t worried. It was around 2 a.m. Sunday, two hours after the new curfew mandated for Ferguson, Mo., but Hampton was sitting in his own car, smoking a cigarette in his aunt’s driveway. He thought he was obeying the law.

But the truck stopped and suddenly, Hampton says, his car was surrounded by police. “Put your (expletive) hands up!” he says they told him.

And then Hampton and his friends became among the seven people arrested the first night after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency in the St. Louis suburb. Nixon’s decision came a week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in an officer-involved shooting, sparking protests in the community.

“They kept telling me to get out of the car, but I didn’t want to make any kind of movement,” Hampton, 30, told The Post in a phone interview Sunday.

The officer by his window had a gun pointed at his chest, says Hampton, who provided a copy of his arrest report to the Washington Post. He wanted to make sure the police could see his hands at all times, and he was afraid to reach down for the door lock. Finally, the officer reached in through the open window and opened the door himself.


White House “Did Not Know” National Guard Was Being Deployed In Ferguson-No “heads up” from Missouri

Source: Buzzfeed

White House “Did Not Know” National Guard Was Being Deployed In Ferguson
No “heads up” from Missouri’s governor.

WASHINGTON — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called the National Guard to Ferguson late Sunday without letting the White House know first.

“Folks didn’t know,” an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. “The White House did not know they were sending it in.”

Nixon gave “no heads up,” the official said.

President Obama is back at the White House today on a pre-scheduled break from his August vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. He’s scheduled to be briefed by Attorney General Eric Holder on the situation in Ferguson early this afternoon. Holder and the administration have been critical of the militarized response to protests in Ferguson.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/white-house-did-not-know-national-guard-was-being-deployed-i#3xauh8n

Charlies Pierce: The Who Will Be Indicted First? Derby.

Charlies Pierce is back from vacation:

In a sane democracy, the idea of Rick Perry as president of the United States would be treated as the fringe enthusiasm of shoeless mouth-breathers. In 2012, the man could barely get from a subject to a verb without turning an ankle. Now, four years later, he puts on a pair of hornrims, and we are all supposed to buy him as legitimately the best person for the worst job in the world? I guess that's what the kidz at Tiger Beat On The Potomac think, anyway, because they broke a lot of rock telling us that Goodhair is going to ride out the latest ditch into which he's steered his bandwagon -- to wit, beating both Chris Christie and Scott Walker to the tape in the Who Will Be Indicted First? Derby.

The Rest:

"This Is MY Neighborhood": Captain Ron Johnson giving a heartfelt speech at Michael Brown rally

Captain Ron Johnson gave a passionate speech at the Michael Brown rally at the Greater Grace Church in Ferguson, Missouri. The church was completely full with north of 1300 people. The parking lots of the church were packed.

Captain Ron Johnson started his speech by first apologizing to Michael Brown’s family as an officer of the peace. “I want you to know that my heart goes out to you,” Captain Johnson said. “And I say that I am sorry. I wear this uniform. And I just stand up here and say that I am sorry.”

Captain Ron Johnson said that Ferguson Missouri is his neighborhood. He told the people at the rally that they are his family, his friends, and he is one of them.

He said he wanted the media to show the rally as it was. He implied that the people have been misrepresented by the media. He said in a recent interview a reporter noticed his change in demeanor. “The last 24 hours has been tough for me,” Johnson said. “I did an interview last night. The reporter said something is wrong. Your tone has changed. He said, ‘Are you tired or is something bothering you?’ I said my heart is heavy.”

MORE (keep kleenex handy):

Cartoon: "Officer Friendly-PLEASE Don't Shoot Us." --- by Tom Tomorrow


The Miranda warning, Ferguson style.

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