47-year-old Daniel Martin Jr. of Lawton Oklahoma was shot and killed by police in March after he called 911 to report vandals outside of his house. The police responsible for the murder have been cleared of any wrong-doing by an internal investigation, and the death has been ruled “justified”. When Mr. Martin spoke with the 911…
And people wonder why some black people won’t call the cops. SMH
“When a critique of language that makes reference to disability is not welcome, it is nearly inevitable that, as a disabled person, I am not welcome either. I might be welcome as an activist, but not as a disabled activist. I might be welcome as an ally, but not as a disabled ally. I might be welcome as a parent, but not as a disabled parent.”—Doing Social Justice: 10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language
A Marine Park family was attacked last Sunday by a self-professed Marine who targeted them because they’re immigrants from Pakistan. According to the Brooklyn DA, Andrew Laina, 29, approached Marine Park mom Shabana Chaudhry as she pushed a stroller with her 2-year-old son through a park at Avenue S and East 32nd Street. Chaudhry was wearing a traditional hijab and kameez gown, which apparently infuriated Laina, who allegedly asked her, “Where is your husband? What are you doing here?”
Chaudhry tried to ignore Laina and continue walking, but Laina allegedly blocked her way. Chaudhry’s husband, Muhammad Rizwan, was nearby and intervened, at which point Laina allegedly yelled, “What are you doing in my neighborhood? Get out, you Arab!” Prosecutors say Laina then punched Rizwan multiple times in the chest, knocking him to the ground and causing “bruises, cuts, abrasions,” and “substantial pain.”
Laina then allegedly tried to abduct the couple’s child from the stroller, screaming, “Hey, you got a beef? Is there a beef? Do you want more of that? Make sure you take your family back to Afghanistan!” Rizwan and Chaudhry are Pakistani immigrants.
The broad daylight attack terrified Chaudhry, who is nine months pregnant. She tells the Daily News, “It was really scary. He wasn’t fighting with anyone else, but he wouldn’t leave us alone.” According to court records obtained by the News, Laina has pleaded guilty to petty crimes “at least five times over the past two years, doing a few weeks in jail at most.”
The NYPD tells us that Laina, who lives a few blocks from the park, was arrested a half hour after the assault. He’s charged with assault and harassment as a hate crime, as well as menacing and endangering the welfare of a child. During his arrest, Laina allegedly told cops, “We should work together. I am not the enemy. They are the terrorists. I am a Marine, I was in Iraq, I killed 14 people.”
For many of us Pakistanis, living in the U.S. doesn’t afford us much freedom as people like to think. This is a prime example of how the same mentality that is used abroad to kill people based on their religious view is applied here at home as well. This piece of shit deserves a painful death.
"They are the terrorists // I killed 14 people.”
This is the cognitive dissonance we peddle.
The u.s. creates these monsters that terrorize people…
The ongoing grand jury proceedings may suggest the prosecutor is trying to avoid backlash if Wilson isn’t indicted
Officer Darren Wilson testified this week in the grand jury investigation into his shooting of Michael Brown, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The newspaper’s scoop was unusual. Unlike most criminal-justice proceedings in the U.S., grand juries are highly secretive. Leaking information about them is a criminal act.
But perhaps it should no longer be surprising to see the investigation take an interesting turn. More than a month after Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., the grand jury appears to be nowhere near a decision on whether Wilson should be charged. And the road to justice has been paved with strange decisions.
Several elements of the grand jury’s proceedings have been uncommon, according to legal experts surveyed by TIME. None of these decisions are necessarily improper. But together they have raised eyebrows. “This is not your regular St. Louis grand jury case,” says Susan McGraugh, a veteran Missouri criminal-defense attorney and law professor at St. Louis University.
The investigation has been fraught from the start. Residents of Ferguson, who have massed in protests each day since Brown was killed on Aug. 9, immediately cast doubt on the impartiality of McCulloch, who has been the county’s elected prosecuting attorney since 1991. McCulloch’s father, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty by a black suspect. Critics have pointed to his record of charging police-involved shootings and suggested that his background may cloud his judgment in the case. There were early murmurs that McCulloch would recuse himself or be replaced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Instead, McCulloch has delegated the task of presenting evidence to two senior attorneys in his office.
The first unusual decision taken by the prosecutor’s office, experts say, was not to recommend a specific charge for Wilson. Instead, the prosecutors are presenting evidence as it becomes available, and leaving it up to the grand jury to decide what the evidence warrants.
To some members of the community, the decision was taken as a sign that McCulloch may be trying to avoid an indictment. “To present a case to a grand jury, without any direction or instructions with regard to what you want them to achieve,” says Adolphus Pruitt of the St. Louis NAACP, “gives the best odds that an indictment will not occur.”
Bob knows what he is doing. In cases where the prosecutor does not present instructions or possible charges, the jury has been found to either not come to a final decision or rule in favor of the individual charged.
Also, I would love to know what evidence Bob introduced to the grand jury what evidence he has left out.
Racism is a system. It’s not just that this kid was murdered for no damn reason… from there each level that’s supposed to protect citizens has failed.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now investigating a deadly police-involved shooting that took place on Thursday morning in west Savannah on Augusta Avenue, b
ABOVE: The shooting victim, 29-year-old Charles Smith.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now investigating a deadly police-involved shooting that took place on Thursday morning in West Savannah on Augusta Avenue, between Eagle Street and Cumming Street. The victim, Charles Smith, 29, was arrested for outstanding warrants. His hands were handcuffed behind his back during the incident.
GBI stated the encounter was caught on video, but a video have yet to surface.
According to WSAV, GBI stated they spoke with the officer involved in the shooting. His name is Officer David Jannot.
Jannot, a 10-year veteran of the Department is now on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, SCMPD Spokesperson Julian Miller stated.
Jannot told GBI, “After being placed in the patrol car, Smith was able to move his hands to the front of his body and kick out the window of the patrol car. The officers said as Smith attempted to exit the patrol car they saw that he had a firearm.” This encounter resulted in Officer David Jannot, shooting and killing Smith at the scene.
During the crime scene examination, a firearm was found under Smith’s body.
Joe Strobert, witness, address WJCL about the incident, he stated Jannot asked Smith “Is he ready to die?” Jannot then shot Smith in the back three times and saw him lying on the ground, then shot two more times.
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson released a statement. She says, “I am distressed at today’s shooting in West Savannah that left one man dead, a family grieving, and a community with many questions. I share many of those questions. There will be answers, but for the moment I ask for patience.
Chief Tolbert immediately brought in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this shooting. That is proper. We must now give authorities time to do their job.
I met today with the victim’s family, and I grieved with them. I spoke with West Savannah residents, and I listened to them. I talked with Police leaders, and relayed our citizens’ concerns while offering support for our officers and the difficult public service they perform every day.
When the answers come, we will be open, transparent and forthcoming. We will remain in continuous communication with the family. For now, I hope the citizens of Savannah will join me in remaining calm and patient as authorities gather the facts.”
According to GBI, they would be conducting an autopsy on Charles Smith body.
Residents in west Savannah continued their peaceful protest after police investigation is launch by GBI. Smith’s family and friends are still questioning officer’s excessive use of deadly force. How could he have a firearm after going through an officer conducted search of his person? Why did the officer kill an already handcuffed civilian?
“One of the few things that I disdained while filming the movie was the makeup used to paint the Puerto Ricans the same color. We Sharks were all the same homogenous brown! Our gang, including me, was a uniform tobacco color, and that was just plain wrong and inaccurate. Puerto Ricans, with their varied genetic ancestry – Spanish, Taino Indian, Black, Dutch – are born with a broad palette of skin colors, from outright white to true black.”— Rita Moreno on filming West Side Story in her memoir Rita Moreno
I have these very deep feelings that white people who want to join black organizations are really just taking the escapist way to salve their consciences. By visibly hovering near us, they are “proving” that they are “with us.” But the hard truth is this isn’t helping to solve America’s racist problem. The Negroes aren’t the racists. Where the really sincere white people have got to do their “proving” of themselves is not among the black victims, but on the battle lines of where America’s racism really is - and that’s in their own home communities; America’s racism is among their own fellow whites. That’s where the sincere whites who really mean to accomplish something have got to work.
Let sincere whites go and teach non-violence to white people!
The linked typical oblivious (because it’s different for black girls) bullshit, FIXED.
What they actually say…
HOLLYWOOD BIGWIG: (Ally Mcbeal, Felicity, Alias, The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy…) White women lead plenty, but Middle-America won’t watch a black female lead.
Juliacirca 1968, the last show lead by a black woman before Scandal.
HOLLYWOOD BIGWIG: (Early Edition, I’ll Fly Away, Nightstalker, Mysterious Ways, Beyond Reality, Poltergiest: The Legacy) Platonic leads are the exclusive domain of black women, because they can only be asexual sassy bffs or SBWs (strong black women who don’t need no man!)
look at that oh-so-rare platonic lead male/female couple! I wonder what makes her suitable for such an honor?
HOLLYWOOD BIGWIG: African-American shows are black shows for black people. White people won’t watch them. We have to be careful not to make a show too “ethnic” otherwise, it will no longer be a mainstream show, that Middle America will watch.
If we get a black girl, make sure she’s not too dark:
Therefore, one or two minority tokens per mainstream show maximum. Minorities can never outnumber white people.
But all-white shows are totally default mainstream shows.
This is why the implied romantic story-arc between Ichabod and Abbie, the fact that POC outnumber white people, that Abbie Mills actually has a life and backstory, that she’s unabiguiously black, that she gets to express real human emotion, that she has a relationship with her sister, that we see Irving’s love for his family, and Sleepy Hollow's very existence is so important.