A man arrested for walking down the street. According to the video description, there was construction work blocking the sidewalk so the man had no choice but to walk the white line of the shoulder…
Sa Neter TV drops a great interview with Immortal Technique…
Starts about 3:45 in…
DJ Blendz note: According to authorities, Dallas sniper was lone gunman. Kinda like Oswald back in ’63. Wonder what happened to the 3 other suspects (Micah’s handlers?) who were detained but “not cooperating”?
..For six years starting in 2009, Johnson served in the Army Reserve as a private first class with a specialty in carpentry and masonry, the military said.
In May 2014, six months into his Afghanistan tour, he was accused of sexual harassment by a female soldier. The Army sent him stateside, recommending an “other than honorable discharge,” said Bradford Glendening, the military lawyer who represented him.
That recommendation was “highly unusual,” Bradford said, since counseling is usually ordered before more drastic steps are taken.
“In his case, it was apparently so egregious, it was not just the act itself,” Glendening told The Associated Press. “I’m sure that this guy was the black sheep of his unit.”
According to a court filing Glendening read over the phone Friday, the victim said she wanted Johnson to “receive mental help,” while also seeking a protective order to keep him away from her and her family, wherever they went. Johnson was ordered to avoid all contact with her.
Glendening said Johnson was set to be removed from the Army in September 2014 because of the incident, but instead got an honorable discharge months later — for reasons he can’t understand.
“Someone really screwed up,” he said. “But to my client’s benefit.”
…Johnson had no criminal history, according to authorities. Local court records show his parents were divorced in 1996.
He was believed to have shared a two-story tan brick home in Mesquite with family members. He graduated from John Horn High School in Mesquite, where he was a ROTC member, school district officials said.
Sharon Carter, who works in the district’s registrar’s office and lives near Johnson’s home, said she saw him occasionally wearing military fatigues as he left for Army reservist training, but never saw him armed.
“They say he was standoffish in high school,” Carter said. “I never really spoke to him. He kept to himself.”
A relative had praised Johnson on his birthday in 2014 as “definitely Army strong” on his Facebook page, calling him an “entertaining, loving, understanding, not to mention handsome friend, brother (and) son.”
After Johnson was killed, a relative posted on her Facebook page, “I keep saying its not true…my eyes hurt from crying. Y him??? And why was he downtown.” She did not respond to Facebook messages.
Friend Israel Cooper said Johnson went by “Xavier,’ his middle name, had a “cool vibe,” wasn’t really political and seemed educated.
Cooper said he and Johnson played basketball at a park near his home. “He would be out there for eight hours. Like it was his job. Just hoopin’,” he said.
Cooper said that when he heard the suspect was Johnson, he “was in disbelief because he’s just not like a violent or rough dude.”
“So I was, ‘Nah, it’s probably another Xavier somewhere, you know,'” Cooper said. “But then, with pictures on the internet and stuff, I’m like ‘OK.’ ”
Cooper added: “It’s the quiet ones that just do the most devastating stuff. You never see it coming. But then it’s more expected, like ‘I should have known.’
At what point does America realizes it has a problem? Reminds me of an alcoholic whose forever trying to justify his actions and forever in denial…
For those that didn’t catch it. A powerful speech by Jesse Williams earlier tonight at the B.E.T. Awards…
Your taxpayer funds at work…
Quentin Tarantino on the police boycott of his films
FBI Director James Comey admitted in testimony last week before the House Judiciary Committee that the agency conducted surveillance flights over mass protests against police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland over the past year, at the request of local police departments. Comey’s remarks confirmed an earlier Associated Press report revealing the FBI’s extensive use of secret flyovers throughout the country.
The hearing itself, mislabeled as being dedicated to the “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” was a further indication of the ability of government agencies like the FBI to carry out illegal mass surveillance against the American population with impunity. Comey contradicted himself at key points through his testimony, which the members of the Committee allowed to pass without comment.
He absurdly claimed in his testimony that the FBI’s flyovers are not used for “mass surveillance,” but only to track specific individuals targeted by an investigation, despite the obvious fact that low-flying, camera-equipped aircraft are ideally suited to follow large numbers of people simultaneously over a wide area. As the ACLU noted recently on its website, new technologies that are now commercially available to police departments nationwide can monitor an area of 25 square miles from low-circling aircraft.
Comey subsequently contradicted this claim when he effectively admitted that the FBI’s spy planes were deployed to Ferguson and Baltimore to spy on the protests as a whole and not specific individuals. “If there is tremendous turbulence in a community, it’s useful to everybody, civilians and law enforcement, to have a view of what’s going on,” Comey told the Committee. “Where are the fires in this community? Where are people gathering ? Where do people need help? And sometimes the best view of that is above rather than trying to look from a car on the street (emphasis added).”
In fact, the federal government closely coordinated with state and local police from day one in both Ferguson and Baltimore in directing the military-style crackdown on largely peaceful protesters. Leading Washington officials, including Barack Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder, lent their voices to the demonization of protesters in order to legitimize the use of violence against them. There can be no doubt that the FBI, an organization with a long history of political repression against dissident groups, was intimately involved at the highest levels in the direction of the crackdown.
Comey then explained under direct questioning that the agency does not obtain warrants before carrying out flyovers, because, as he claimed, “We are not collecting the content of anybody’s communication or engaging anything besides following someone in that investigation … The law is pretty clear that you don’t need a warrant for that kind of observation.” However, Comey later admitted to the Committee that at least some FBI planes are also equipped with “Stingray” technology, which mimics cell phone towers in order to fool nearby phones into establishing connections with it, enabling police to monitor communications and track users’ whereabouts.
Although the Justice Department changed its internal policy last month to require the FBI and other agencies to obtain search warrants before using “Stingray” devices, state and local police are able to use their own devices, subsidized by the federal government, with complete secrecy and without even token oversight. Furthermore, while a recent Justice Department memo banned agencies from using drones “solely for the purpose of monitoring activities protected by the First Amendment,” this restriction does not apply to manned aircraft such as those operated by the FBI.
Comey’s claim of a limited scope for surveillance does not square with the extraordinary level of secrecy surrounding the program. The Associated Press story this June, which first revealed the FBI’s use of surveillance flights, traced over 50 aircraft to shell companies set up by the bureau throughout the country, and found that the agency had conducted more than 100 flights in 11 states during a one-month span this spring.
The AP found that some flights circled “large, enclosed buildings,” such as malls and airports, “where aerial photography would be less effective than electronic signals collection,” suggesting the use of “Stingray” technology.
Furthermore, numerous flyovers have been observed in Dearborn, Michigan, a Detroit suburb with the country’s largest Arab-American community and which has been subjected to routine harassment by local and federal police since the September 11th attacks.
Comey’s frank admission of the FBI’s use of aerial surveillance was met with hardly a word of protest from the members of the House Judiciary Committee, ostensibly tasked with overseeing the activities of the federal police. Neither Comey’s claim that the FBI planes were not conducting “mass surveillance” in Ferguson nor his argument that such flights did not require a warrant were challenged by the Committee. Instead, members of the Committee competed with one another in showering Comey and his organization with fawning praise.
The day following his testimony before Congress, Comey gave a speech at the University of Chicago Law School in which he attempted to pin the blame on a supposed rise in crime rates on the increased public scrutiny of police in the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing last year. Comey was in Chicago in advance of this week’s conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
“I don’t know whether that explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” Comey said. “I’ve been told by a senior police leader who urged his force to remember that their political leadership has no tolerance for a viral video … Lives are saved when those potential killers are confronted by a police officer, a strong police presence and actual, honest-to-goodness, up-close ‘What are you guys doing on this corner at 1 o’clock in the morning’ policing. We need to be careful it doesn’t drift away from us in the age of viral videos, or there will be profound consequences.”
The theory that a spike in violent crime nationwide in US cities is due in part to fear on the part of police that their activities will be recorded by hostile bystanders and posted on Youtube, known as the “Ferguson Effect,” has no basis in fact.
In the first place, there is no evidence that, outside of a few municipalities, there has been a statistically meaningful spike in violent crime in the United States at all. Second, the claim that police are legitimately concerned that they could face punishment if videos of their activity were recorded does not hold water when even officers who have been filmed committing acts of murder have not been disciplined, let alone arrested and charged with a crime. Finally, the only significant slowdowns in arrest rates this year have been due to work slowdowns, such as those organized in New York City and Baltimore, directed against city administrations deemed to be insufficiently fervent in their defense of the police.
Instead, the Ferguson Effect “theory” is a politically-motivated slander against police brutality protesters designed to portray police as victims and shield their activities from scrutiny. It has been most heavily promoted by right-wing demagogues and officials of local police unions. Even the New York Times, which functions as a compliant mouthpiece for the American state, was compelled to admit in its reporting of Comey’s remarks that the existence of a “Ferguson Effect” was “far from settled.”
The decision by Comey to publically solidarize himself with the arguments of the far-right was allegedly a source of some embarrassment to the Obama administration (the Times cited unnamed officials who “privately fumed” at Comey’s remarks).
However, the administration itself has deliberately allowed killer police to operate with impunity, intervening against the plaintiffs in every police brutality case heard by the Supreme Court, and, through its massive expansion of government surveillance and funneling of military hardware to local police departments, has contributed significantly to erecting the scaffolding of police state forms of rule.
If Comey felt secure in scapegoating police brutality protesters the day after he confirmed that the FBI conducted surveillance against them, it is because he knows his agency is subjected to virtually no democratic restraints.
In this exclusive episode, B-Gyrl, Hip Hop activist and founder of HandsUpDontShoot.com reveals how the movement for social justice, from Ferguson to Baltimore, was exploited and co-opted by outside forces. During the first part of the show, she describes the tension in the streets of Ferguson the first few hours following Mike Brown’s murder. B-Gyrl then shares insight into how this grassroots movement against police abuse is being hijacked and funded by wealthy donors and special interest groups in order to shift the movement’s original goals. This is a revealing discussion that explores who the key players are and what they aim to gain from destabilizing the movement. Think mainstream media’s been telling you the truth? Think again! This show is so jam-packed with information we didn’t play any music this time around. So find a quiet place to yourself and tune in for almost 90 minutes of eye-opening information.
Get a behind the scenes tour of Talib Kweli’s “Ferguson Is Everywhere” concert below and keep the flames burning for the families of all those still healing from the loss of their loved ones. We will never forget.
Wake up call from Rast.
Another day, another Black man becomes a victim of police brutality. And as usual, the message is clear: Black lives don’t matter.
While the recent murder of 18 year-old Michael Brown took me on a rollercoaster ride of anger, sadness, outrage, and hopelessness, I couldn’t help thinking that the entertainment industry’s on-going “campaign” of criminalizing Black people through commercial rap contributes to how cops perceive Black youth, specifically Black males. Of course, the problem started way before rap was around. Rap didn’t exist in the 50′s and 60′s but that didn’t stop the police from savagely attacking Black men and women. Still, couldn’t years of mainstream music that de-values Black life have a serious psychological effect on today’s police officers, and anyone else for that matter, many of whom probably already deal with deep rooted racism to begin with?
I believe the murder of Michael Brown and all other forms of unprovoked attacks against Black people have a lot to do with the kind of negative images the entertainment industry promotes. Last month’s article, “The Music Industry Hates Black People” reiterates this idea in more details.
Rightfully so, our hearts are broken…again. The problems are so deeply ingrained that no quick-fix solution will solve hundreds of years of systemic inequalities and institutionalized racism. But for the love of God and Black people, if there’s even a slight chance that the following suggestions may improve the current state we’re in, can we please stop supporting music and entertainment that trivialize Black life? Can we turn off radio stations that tell us Black people ain’t shit? Can we stop watching reality TV shows that try to make us believe that all Black women are petty and materialistic? Can we stop making excuses for artists who glorify the worst of the worst by saying that it’s ok because they’re making money? Can we stop dancing to songs that celebrate dysfunction? Can we stop spending money on an industry that sells poison? Can we stop singing or rapping along to songs that brainwash us to hate ourselves?
None of these suggestions require us to march, protest, spend money we don’t have, or risk our well-being. They’re easy to implement. Today, I’m not asking record companies, radio stations, and TV networks to change their ways. We already know what they’re about. I’m not calling on mainstream artists to use their voices and influence to speak on these issues publicly. It would be great but most popular artists are either uninterested or scared of jeopardizing their precious little careers. I’m asking us, everyday people, the common man, you and I who have so much to lose and everything to gain, to look within ourselves and make a conscious choice. If there’s even a remote possibility that turning off this form of toxic entertainment can make a difference and affirm that Black life matters, isn’t it worth it?
I know this being the 4th of July that we’re supposed to be wrapped up in US flags shouting out patriotic songs, but (especially) for certain segments of society it is impossible to do so..not when incidents like this are still taking place in the “good ol’ USA”..Thank you Doo Wop for keeping issues like this alive and fresh in the peoples’ mind.