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Truth can be found in the strangest places

Obviously, pop culture ephemera is often an inefficient (and, in some cases, grossly inappropriate) medium for explaining the intricacies of complex sociopolitical conflicts. But this episode, which was first broadcast on Nov. 11, 1991, resonates deeply in the wake of Ferguson (Jazz was worried about being shot six times; according to an autopsy reports, Michael Brown actually was). The sad fact is that Fresh Prince captured what remains, 23 years later, a disturbing truth for black Americans: They’re constantly in jeopardy for no other reason than “walking while black.” 

And this was true well before the death of Michael Brown

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Ferguson, Missouri Weekend Update

National Guard deployed to Ferguson, police say violence escalating, protesters claims they were peaceful (USA Today)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon early Monday ordered the National Guard into Ferguson hours after police said escalating violence led to shootings, arrests and “pre-planned” acts of aggression by protesters. Nixon made the announcement following another night of clashes between police and protesters in the suburb of St. Louis. Sunday night and early Monday morning, protesters shot at police, threw Molotov cocktails at officers, looted local businesses and carried out a “coordinated attempt” to block roads and overrun the police’s command center. The National Guard will “help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson,” the governor’s office said.

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times (New York Times)

Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

Obama Administration Plans Autopsy of Michael Brown in Effort to Keep Peace (New York Times)

Senior White House aides have made repeated, urgent phone calls to Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri, to state police officials and to civil rights leaders in recent days as President Obama’s administration becomes more deeply involved in trying to maintain peace in Ferguson and to ensure an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager by a white police officer.

Midnight curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson (Al Jazeera)

Authorities have imposed a midnight curfew for the second night in a row in Ferguson, Missouri where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a white police officer last week. Soon after the announcement, police fired smoke canisters at protesters. Authorities fired tear gas and tactical vehicles advanced along West Florissant Avenue, the site of ongoing protests as well as violence and looting since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Police turn to tear gas at Ferguson protests; curfew remains in place (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Police fired tear gas on protesters in Ferguson shortly after 9 p.m., causing some to flee for safety. The gas was fired at the southern end of the protest area, near Solway Avenue. Police told demonstrators “Get off the street now.” Protesters began marching south on West Florissant Avenue toward Lucas and Hunt Road. About 10 to 15 minutes into the march, something happened and police began firing tear gas. On Twitter, the St. Louis County Police reported that someone had thrown Molotov cocktails at police sometime about 9 p.m. County officials added that shots had been fired near Solway and West Florissant. Officials at the Missouri Highway Patrol could not be immediately reached for comment.

Violence engulfs Ferguson with gunfire and tear gas (MSNBC)

Armed youths were seen roaming the center of town, firing hand guns in the air while another group attempted to throw a Molotov cocktail toward heavily armed police late Sunday amid an explosion of violence in this St. Louis suburb that has seen days of unrest since a police officer killed a black teenager on Aug. 9.

Police Officer Threatens To Shoot Reporter Live-Streaming Protests In Ferguson (ThinkProgress)

Capturing the dramatic events for the world was Mustafa Hussein, a student who works at a local all-volunteer music station, Argus Radio. The station is using video equipment it purchased to live-stream concerts to broadcast the protests in Ferguson. Tonight, as tens of thousands of people around the world watched, Hussein was threatened by an officer wielding a weapon. “Get the fuck out of here! You get that light off or you’re getting shot with this!,” the man shouts.

Amnesty International Takes “Unprecedented” U.S. Action In Ferguson (Buzz Feed)

Amnesty International has taken “unprecedented” action to deal with the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, by sending resources the human rights group has never deployed inside the United States. The organization has been on the ground in Ferguson since Thursday, sending a 13-person human rights delegation to the city in the wake of the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown.

Group Rallies In Support Of Darren Wilson, Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown (Huffington Post)

"If everyone just stopped with the racism thing, it’d all just go away and everything would go to court and come out with the way the law is supposed to do it. Rioting and everything in the streets doesn’t get anything done."

Missouri Governor: Police Released Video Of Robbery To Attack Michael Brown’s Character (ThinkProgress)

Controversy continues to rage over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on Sunday that he disagreed “deeply” with the release of a video allegedly depicting Brown robbing a convenience store, and was not informed of the tape before it was unveiled by Ferguson police.

Petitions seek body cameras for Ferguson police (KSDK)

he fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer has led to the creation of online petitions for officers to wear body cameras. Petitions on Change.org and White House website have called for a law that would require police to wear body cameras. At the time of the shooting, Ferguson police had no cameras near the incident.

Mike Brown’s Family Asked To See Robbery Footage Before Police Released It To Media, But Were Ignored (ThinkProgress)

One of the Brown family’s attorneys told ABC that the family was not shown a surveillance tape of their son allegedly committing a robbery before it was released to the media, nor were they given a chance to positively identify their son in the video.

ACLU, NAACP Condemn Missouri Governor’s Curfew In Ferguson (Buzz Feed)

Three of the nation’s most prominent civil rights and civil liberties legal groups on Sunday called for the end of the curfew in Ferguson, Mo. The statement from the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law was released after one night of the curfew imposed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. The groups also criticize the Ferguson Police Department for “hiding the incident report of the shooting of Michael Brown.”

Twitter Co-Founder Marches With Protesters In Ferguson (ThinkProgres)

As Twitter has become the primary source of information about the current unrest in Ferguson — the hashtag #ferguson has been trending for a week, and outrage over racial profiling and police violence went viral under hashtags like #IfTheyGunnedMeDown and #HandsUpDontShoot — one of the people who founded the social media website is joining the ongoing protests over 18-year-old Mike Brown’s shooting.

‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’: A National Moment of Silence for Mike Brown (In These Times)

Less than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police, supporters across the country took to the streets on Thursday night to hold a national moment of silence and protest against state-funded violence.

Congress Will Review The Transfer Of Military Weapons To Police Forces After Ferguson (ThinkProgress)

In the aftermath of clashes between heavily armed police forces and protesters in Ferguson, MO, the Senate will review the nearly twenty-five year old law that promotes the transfer of surplus military goods to police forces, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee said on Friday.

What Matters in Ferguson (The Nation)

Michael Brown was shot and killed by an officer of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. This is what matters. The name of the officer has been released (it’s Darren Wilson, who has been on the force for six years), alongside allegations that Brown was involved in a robbery. This does not matter. It doesn’t matter because people accused of robbery should not be shot. It doesn’t matter because people who put their hands up in surrender should not be shot. It doesn’t matter because a body should not lie in the streets for hours after being shot by a police officer. Michael Brown was shot and killed by an officer of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. Everything else is irrelevant.

How Ferguson Has Exposed a Civil Rights Generational Divide (The Root)

When asked who is the leader of the ongoing protests since the killing of Michael Brown—protests that have triggered Missouri’s governor to declare a state of emergency and curfew—one young man from St. Louis answered, “Do we have a leader? No,” and he went on to suggest that the martyred Brown, himself, offered the best example of leadership for Ferguson’s angry and alienated young people.

Violence in Ferguson didn’t have to happen (Kansas City Star)

When the full story of the Ferguson riot is written, these experts suggested, the heftiest criticism will fall not just on the police use of riot gear, gas bombs, rubber bullets and body armor that further inflamed a volatile public. It will focus equally on how officials, in light of racial tension and changing demographics, had utterly failed years ago to engender the crucial trust that is needed between police and its citizens to prevent such eruptive violence. For Ferguson to heal, they said, it is exactly such trust that will be needed — a process that could take years. 

Behind Ferguson’s Unrest: Failed Federal Policy and the Black-White Housing Gap (New America Media)

On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was about local police using deadly force on an unarmed young man. But on a deeper level, it reflected the increasing poverty and economic decline that affects ethnic communities all over America. Despite rosy reports in the media about the end of the national foreclosure crisis and the recession that followed, all is not well in our inner cities and suburbs with largely minority populations, like Ferguson. The foreclosure crisis was hard on many Americans, but it was a disaster for communities of color, including the citizens of Ferguson.

What I Did After Police Killed My Son (Politico)

In April of this year we passed a law that made Wisconsin the first state in the nation to mandate at legislative level that police-related deaths be reviewed by an outside agency. Ten days after it went into effect in May, local police shot a man sleeping on a park bench 15 times. It’s one of the first incidents to be investigated under the new law.

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micdotcom:

After an autopsy revealed Michael Brown was shot 6 times, Ferguson once again descended into chaos

The ongoing situation in Ferguson, Mo. quickly worsened again this weekend after a few days of relative calm. Tensions escalated significantly on Sunday as police used tear gas violently dispersed hundreds of angry protesters marching towards a police command center — two hours before a midnight curfew was scheduled to go into place. Missouri’s Gov. Jay Nixon said on Monday morning that he would send the National Guard to Ferguson to restore calm.

"It is now beginning to look like a movement"

micdotcom:

5 disturbing facts about police militarization in America

Those cops in riot armor beating and tear-gassing protesters in Ferguson didn’t drop out of thin air. As American police continue to receive billions in military-grade equipment free or subsidized by the Pentagon and Homeland Security, they’ve predictably started to act more like a military force in hostile territory than the public’s protectors.

Facts from ACLU report show just how big the problem has become Follow micdotcom

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Deflate when writing prose; inflate when writing essays for school.

Procrastinating on finding ways to add one page to my essay to get the page requirement! Thank you so much.

Thanks man

I’m not in school anymore, but here.

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Always, always be concise, and don’t use more words than you need when writing essays. Academic writing should be simple, concise and precise. Using fewer words means your ideas are communicated more directly and with greater clarity. Using fewer words also means you have more room in your essay to develop arguments and include evidence, which is where the meat of the marks are - not in word count. Essays that ‘waffle’ in the manner demonstrated in the left column generally do not do well.

If you are running short of word count, ask of each sentence in your essay: ‘How?’ or ‘why?’ Answer the question in the next sentence if you can or if you haven’t already. This beefs up your word count and ensures that all of your points are fully explained.

Or, consider going back to the books and finding some extra evidence to include.

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We are here to serve & protect

FUCK THE POLICE

AT this point why do we even bother

Fuck this man

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We need a cleansing.

We need the Punisher.

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Did Donald Sterling get told that he’s not living up to Martin Luther King Jr idea of America? Did Justin Bieber get the abridged version of the I have a dream speech put in his mentions when the videos released of him using the N word? Or is MLK Jr. memory only necessary when white people want to guilt black people into silence?

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When women can’t go out because they’re asking for rape,and black men can’t go out because they’re asking to be shot, it’s time for a fuckin’ change.

And black women get both at the same time.

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Can I just reblog this over and over?
Good cause I’m gonna.

This can be interpreted on so many levels

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Can I just reblog this over and over?

Good cause I’m gonna.

This can be interpreted on so many levels

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Ferguson PD be like.

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i fought this war and lost so i made memes instead

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