Posts tagged criminal legal system
Posts tagged criminal legal system
TW: Police brutality, murder
Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said the shooting happened following a struggle with the suspect. He said an officer from the Special Narcotics Unit fired one time, striking 18-year-old Rahmarley Graham in the chest.
The shooting happened around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the bathroom of the apartment house where Graham lived with his mother and grandmother.
The suspect’s mother also said that the teen’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were inside the house at the time of the shooting.
“In the bathroom they shot him. My 6-year-old son was there and saw everything,” Malcolm said. “I’m going to get justice.”
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the details.
what white kid gets shot up in cold blood in front of a child for having weed on them?
So, story time.
My 23-year-old cousin (who is white and grew up in an upper-middle class family) goes to school in Atlanta. I got to see him over Christmas and we were talking. Some how the subject of police came up, specifically the police in Atlanta, Georgia, where he goes to school. He said he liked it there, that this was the first place he had ever been that he actually felt the police were on his side and there to protect him. He then proceeded to tell me this “funny” story about how one night, he had just left a frat party (where he had been drinking) and was driving home at about 2 AM when he made an illegal right turn. A cop pulled him over, told him to “take it easy”, gave him a ticket for the illegal turn, and sent him on his way.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, we have Joetavius Stafford, a 19-year-old black man shot in the back by a police officer.
We have Dwight Person, a 54-year-old black man shot during the execution of a no-knock warrant by a female police officer for making a “threatening gesture”. (Which, seriously, if some one stormed into my house without knocking with guns in their hands, I’d make a couple threatening gestures, too…)
We have Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year-old black woman who was killed when plainclothes police executed a no-knock warrant on her home. The officers got the warrant by falsely claiming they had bought cocaine at her house. After they shot her five times, they handcuffed her as she lay dying and planted marijuana in her house.
We have officer Raymond Bunn, who shot 18-year-old Corey Ward (a black man). A judge ruled it was in self-defense before the case was ever taken to trial before a jury. Officer Bunn had several claims of excessive force leveled against him in the past. From this article:
A five year veteran, this is not the first time that Officer Bunn has been accused of using unnecessary force. There are four other cases in his file in which claims have been brought. The only one of those four which resulted in any disciplinary action was the beating of Michael Jascomb during a drug arrest, and that centered on Bunn’s failure to report the use of force. Although Jascomb was suffering from a retinal hemorrhage after the incident, his claim of excessive force was dismissed.
About a week after Jascomb’s claim was dismissed, Bunn was accused of hitting Mark Norfleet in the head with his baton during an arrest. Norfleet’s claims were dismissed entirely, as were those of Joe Summers, who accused Bunn and a group of other officers of taking him into an alley and beating him.
On September 3, 2000, Bunn was involved in an altercation with Ylia Lavender, who claimed that he punched her in the face without provocation, breaking her eye socket. Lavender’s claim was dismissed due to lack of evidence, but she has since joined with the family of Corey Ward in bringing a suit against the Atlanta police. Her vision remains impaired due to the incident.
Folks, this is white privilege in action. I found all of these stories with 5 minutes and Google. I would bet my bank account there are more stories, many of them not even considered “newsworthy” because, really who cares about the death of a black person at the hands of police? They probably deserved it. (/sarcasm)
This is what racism is, folks. Racism is not black people getting to have a “Black History Month” or a PoC calling you “cracker”. Racism is a world where black and brown bodies are seen as expendable, where black and brown mothers have to fear losing their precious babies for the crime of simply existing in black or brown skin. Don’t you dare tell me that if the color of my cousin’s skin was anything other than the white it is, that the outcome of his traffic stop would have been the same.
So, seriously, fellow white folks. Quit it with the “reverse racism” whining. We are not (and will probably never be) oppressed on the same institutionalized level as PoC. We do not understand their struggles because we are queer or disabled or neurodivergent. Period. Full stop.
Zimmerman, who was born in Virginia and studied criminal justice at Seminole State College, is the son of a retired Virginia Supreme Court magistrate and his wife, a longtime clerk of courts, according to his application to the citizen’s academy.
there you have it. institutional white supremacy/anti-blackness, good-ol boys club style.
Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend has spoken out. She was on the phone with Trayvon just moments before his murder.
“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man. I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run. Eventually he would run, thinking that he’d managed to escape. But suddenly the strange man was back, cornering him.
Trayvon said, ‘What, are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”
“George Zimmerman’s claim that Martin was suspicious and up to no good is completely contradicted by this phone log, showing all day he was just talking to his friends— like so many teenagers do. Martin was talking to her when he went to the 7/11 and when he came back. Her testimony connects the dots, completely connects the dots of this whole thing.
The friend’s phone call completely blows Zimmerman’s absurd self-defense claim out of the water.
A kid who is up to no good isn’t on the phone constantly calling his friends back. Somebody who’s looking to break in somewhere isn’t on the phone talking to his friend, when she’s in Miami.
Zimmerman wants you to believe he was on drugs and acting suspicious so he can justify killing him in cold blood.
The girl’s family wishes that she remain anonymous because of the traumatic nature of the event:
“This was her really, really close personal friend. They were dating… She couldn’t even go to his wake. She was so sick, her mother had to take her to the hospital, she spent the night in the hospital.” - Martin’s Attorney”
hey cops aren’t ALL bad its just that SOME of them (one entire police department) are willing to outright lie to defend a racist murderer who gunned down a child in cold blood when they know they have the entire state’s criminal justice system to help defend the criminal from justice
(Source: , via le-kif-kif)
Last summer, CeCe McDonald, a young African American transgender woman, was violently attacked in the heart of South Minneapolis. As she and several friends, also African American and queer or allied, were walking to the grocery store, a group of white adults standing outside of a bar started shouting racist and transphobic insults at them, calling the youth “faggots,” “niggers,” and “chicks with dicks”. Tragically, the violence did not stop there- one of the white adults slashed CeCe across the face with a broken bottle, cutting all the way through her cheek, and another of the attackers was fatally stabbed. Amazingly, in the aftermath of this racist and transphobic attack, the only person facing charges is CeCe McDonald- the victim. Michael Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, has charged CeCe with two counts of second degree murder. Because of these charges, she has been unable to recover from the attack and prevented from continuing her studies at the Minneapolis Community Technical College. Considering that County Attorney Michael Freeman has dropped charges in similar situations this year and that he has advocated strongly for programs to keep kids in school, arguing “We all know that when kids miss school they don’t learn,” why is Michael Freeman ruthlessly going after this young student? We refuse to allow racism and transphobia, on Minnapolis streets or in Minneapolis courts. We support CeCe. We are waiting for County Attorney Michael Freeman to honor his committment, in his words “to serve all of our citizens with understanding, dignity, and respect” by dropping the charges against CeCe McDonald. (via Petition: FREE CECE: We’re Looking at You, Michael Freeman: Drop the Charges Against CeCe McDonald | Change.org)