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Pastor says he has received numerous death threats since Michael Brown shooting

KMOV.com) – The pastor of a church that is only blocks from where Michael Brown was shot and killed said he has received 71 threats since the shooting.

Pastor Carlton Lee said threats are mailed to the church or left on the door. Lee said people have threatened to kill him or burn his church with everyone inside. Lee believes he is a target because he has been protesting against police brutality.

“As Michael Brown, Sr. being a part of my church, we are evermore committed to the situation not just because they are family to us but because there are injustices going on all over the country,” Lee said."

*“It motivates me in a way that you can’t even imagine,” Lee said. “Most people would probably back down from it, but I’m not going to back down. In fact, it makes me go even harder because I know this is what I’m called to do and this goes with the territory.”

Lee said he will be with the Brown family the day the Grand Jury decision is announced. After that, he says he plans to peacefully protest for change."

Posted by damnedifIknow | Fri Nov 21, 2014, 09:25 PM (5 replies)

Pro-Darren Wilson demonstrators face claims of KKK infiltration

Klu Klux Klan members may have infiltrated groups supporting Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, it can be disclosed.

Supporters for Darren Wilson have removed a photograph from their Facebook page in which activist group Anonymous claim to identify three members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Anonymous seized two of the Ku Klux Klan’s twitter accounts yesterday after the Klan distributed fliers threatening the use of ‘lethal force’ should violence erupt in the wake of Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision on whether to indict Wilson.

Now, as part of Anon Cop Watch, the group has circulated numerous photographs ‘unhooding’ Klan members.

Among them is one showing 13 members of the St Louis Klan. It is set shown alongside an image of a rally held in support of Darren Wilson rally in which, they claim, three Klan members feature prominently."

Posted by damnedifIknow | Thu Nov 20, 2014, 07:50 PM (3 replies)

Michael Brown verdict already a foregone conclusion

"As most semi-alert Americans know, we're just days away from the grand jury's verdict in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Three months ago, the 18-year-old was shot six times by a police officer in his home town of Ferguson, Mo. As happens in cases like this, as soon as the story went public, lines were drawn firmly down the middle as liberals and conservatives prepped for another heated debate about race in America (with a "police brutality" kicker). While things have died down a little in Ferguson over the past several weeks, this week's verdict threatens to rip the wound open again."

*Both sides have already made up their mind that the officer will be acquitted and nothing will ultimately change. That's the most terrible part, that both sides have determined, whether they realize it or not, that Brown's case is just another in a long line of unavoidable mistakes. America has decided that this kind of violence is simply a part of life. Oh sure, when the verdict comes along, people will act outraged on one side and relieved on the other. The conservatives will batten down the hatches, cozy with their sidearms, and the liberals will throw a temper tantrum, proud that their chalk outlines have really changed minds. Then, in a few weeks, things will move on like before, and in another few months, another police officer will shoot another citizen and the whole thing will kick off again, because, in the United States, apparently, violence is simply how things get done."


Posted by damnedifIknow | Thu Nov 20, 2014, 12:14 AM (11 replies)

Police killing, beating of civilians raise issue of reasonable force

A wooden cross on a narrow, tree-lined road marks the spot where Samantha Ramsey died a violent death.

Passersby might think the marker, etched with the 19-year-old's name and a yellow smiley face, is a memorial to a car crash victim. They would be wrong.

In April, Ramsey was killed when a sheriff's deputy fired four bullets through her car windshield as she left a party on the banks of the Ohio River. Ramsey, who did not have a gun, was dead before her mother got to the hospital. A grand jury took one day to review evidence — including the deputy's testimony that he feared for his life — before declaring the shooting justified.

With that, Ramsey's relatives joined the ranks of families who demand answers about why lethal force was used, and who decides what is reasonable use of force."

*Ramsey, a cheerleader in high school, was known for her habit of bringing home strays — both pets and people, her mother said. "I raised more friends of hers than I care to count," said Stewart, a nurse who raised Ramsey and her two older brothers in Covington."

*Ramsey was buried May 2 beside her father, Robert Ramsey, who died of a heart attack last year. On a recent afternoon, the hilltop grave was decorated with an American flag and cheery signs of autumn: a bunch of orange flowers and two smiling scarecrows.

Brockman returned to work Nov. 10."

Posted by damnedifIknow | Mon Nov 17, 2014, 05:47 PM (3 replies)

Officer Darren Wilson Arrests Man for Filming Him ?

*As tension begins to build due to the pending grand jury decision to indict or not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael in Ferguson, MO., a new video from 2013 reveals that Wilson had once threatened and arrested a man for videotaping him with a mobile phone.

The video was posted last week by a guy named Mike Arman. It shows Officer Wilson on Arman’s property at the edge of his garden path and telling him:

“If you wanna take a picture of me one more time, I’m gonna lock your ass up.”

“Sir, I’m not taking a picture, I’m recording this incident sir,” Arman responded. “Do I not have the right to record?”

“No, you don’t; come on,” Wilson said, and promptly arrested him.

*A Ferguson PD spokesman told the Guardian that the officer in the video is not Wilson, but the incident report says that Wilson went to Arman’s house that day to issue a court summons regarding derelict vehicles on his property."

Video at link: http://www.eurweb.com/2014/11/watch-im-gonna-lock-your-ass-up-officer-darren-wilson-arrests-man-for-filming-him/

Posted by damnedifIknow | Mon Nov 17, 2014, 01:38 PM (0 replies)

Police Brutality Allegation Payouts

Posted by damnedifIknow | Sat Nov 15, 2014, 12:06 AM (8 replies)

Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision: 5 Possible Outcomes

1. The Grand Jury Could Choose To Bring Charges Against Wilson

If the jury decides there is probable cause to believe that a crime was committed, Wilson’s case will go to trial.

2. The Grand Jury Could Choose Not To Bring Charges Against Wilson

The jury could decide there is not enough proof that Wilson may have committed a crime.

3. The State Attorney General Could Choose To Prosecute Wilson

Should the grand jury not bring charges against Wilson, the state attorney general could choose to prosecute Wilson

4. The U.S. Justice Department Could Bring Charges Against Wilson

Federal investigators have conducted their own probe into Brown’s death. However, they would have to provide evidence that Wilson meets the high legal standard for a successful civil rights prosecution

5. Brown’s Family Could File A Civil Suit Against Wilson

Even if Wilson is acquitted on all indictments, Brown’s parents could sue the officer for wrongful death in civil court.


Posted by damnedifIknow | Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:33 AM (11 replies)

Jury Way Out on a Federal Prosecution of Darren Wilson

The moment that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown, the cry went up for a federal investigation and prosecution of Wilson on civil rights charges. Brown's family and attorney and many civil rights leaders had absolutely no confidence that Wilson would ever be arrested, charged or indicted.

A non-indictment tosses the ball back to the Justice Department. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder certainly has had a firm and visible handprint all over the Brown killing case. He quickly flooded Ferguson with teams of federal investigators in the aftermath of the killing, ordered an autopsy of Brown and made several high-profile appearances in Ferguson and St. Louis. He's also filed civil rights charges against nearly 400 cops during his tenure. That number far exceeds the number filed during the George W. Bush years."

*The official autopsy report that Wilson sympathizers in the St. Louis County coroner's office made sure was plastered all over the media appeared to give just enough credence to Wilson's contention that he was in a struggle for his life and had no choice but to shoot Brown even the multiple times that he did.

Holder will have the final say on a federal prosecution. But that further compounds the problem. Since he will soon depart the post, and with a GOP-controlled Congress, the public and political pressure will be even more intense for the department not to pursue charges."

Brown's family, their attorneys and civil rights leaders face the bitter reality that if Wilson walks, the feds may well not second guess the state and prosecute. The jury remains way out on that heartbreaking possibility."


Posted by damnedifIknow | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 07:15 PM (11 replies)

None Dare Call It Treason: Why Republicans Won

*Let's begin the 2016 campaign season by calling Republican politicians by their true name: traitors. Enemies of the United States of America.

The Republican descent into treason began with Ronald Reagan and his deplorable "Reaganomics." At the forefront of this philosophy were three big lies: helping the rich get richer would inevitably help everyone else; markets were inherently self correcting and therefore there was no need for government regulation; and the US did not need an economic strategy because that was a natural consequence of the free market.

In 1981, the Republican Party embraced plutocracy and ushered in a thirty-year period where America's working families were abandoned in favor of the rich. Inequality rose as middle class income and wealth declined. As corporate power increased, unions were systematically undermined. As CEO salaries soared, fewer families earned living wages.

*On August 29th, President Obama identified the Republican political strategy: "There has been a certain cynical genius to what [Republicans] have done in Washington. What they've realized is, if we don't get anything done, then people are going to get cynical about government and its possibilities of doing good for everybody" And the more cynical people get, the less they vote. And if turnout is low and people don't vote, that pretty much benefits [the Republicans] who benefit from the status quo." That's what happened in 2014. Republican voters turned out but Democrats were depressed about the prospects for change and didn't vote."

Liberals can fight back. We can call Republicans on their immoral plan to ruin democracy. Liberals must call Republicans by their true names: traitors."

Posted by damnedifIknow | Tue Nov 11, 2014, 08:30 PM (30 replies)

AG pick Lynch called strong civil rights defender

*Lynch has overseen corruption, terrorism and gang cases in her years as a federal prosecutor. But it's her involvement some 15 years ago in the Louima prosecution that gave her high-profile experience in step with a core priority of the Justice Department.

"It is certainly significant that she has a personal history of involvement in prosecuting police misconduct," said Samuel Bagenstos, the former No. 2 official in the department's civil rights division. "Obviously that will be helpful, and probably suggests that police misconduct cases will continue to be a priority of the Lynch Justice Department just as they were with the Holder Justice Department."

*"She has spent years in the trenches as a prosecutor, aggressively fighting terrorism, financial fraud, cybercrime, all while vigorously defending civil rights," Obama said in introducing Lynch at the White House ceremony Saturday. He said her prosecution of the officers in the Louima case was "one of her proudest achievements."

But there's also no doubt that selecting someone with civil rights experience could reaffirm the government's commitment to that cause. That figures to be an especially important signal to send as community members in Ferguson brace for the real prospect that state and federal investigations into the shooting death of Michael Brown will close without criminal charges, outcomes that could disillusion civil rights activists and community members."


Posted by damnedifIknow | Sun Nov 9, 2014, 12:21 AM (1 replies)
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