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“It’s concerning to me how people might react…” December 14, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Good news first: “A federal judge ruled Thursday that police can no longer use tear gas on protesters without declaring an illegal assembly, giving them fair warning and time to vacate the area.”

IndieGoGo campaing for a Black Lives Matter billboard. Five days left, and they’re almost two-thirds of the way there.

“[Sheriff] Demings said that ‘because of the backdrop of everything happening in the country at this time… It’s concerning to me’ how people might react to this shooting of an unarmed African American with his hands literally up in the air when he was shot.” You know, there’s a simple solution to this! It involves not shooting unarmed black people. (According to the article, he’s at least not dead. Just “critically wounded”.)

“The mother of an 8-year-old Native American girl is suing police who maintain that they were justified in using a taser on the child.” A 70-pound 8-year-old.

Any time you see someone arguing that [cop] obviously had no choice but to use lethal force, because [unarmed black person] was threatening/disrespectful/dangerous…point them to these videos, involving a drunk, belligerent white guy carrying what appears to be an AK-47. This is it. This is the other choice. You know, the one in which nobody dies.

Moms who have lost kids to police violence at the Congressional walkout.

Missouri Attorney General confirms the prosecutor of Darren Wilson gave the jury misleading information designed to make him look better.

“My fellow officers and I took plenty of classes on racial sensitivity and on limiting the use of force. The problem is that cops aren’t held accountable for their actions, and they know it. These officers violate rights with impunity. They know there’s a different criminal justice system for civilians and police.”

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