Or this?Washington (CNN)As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as "enemy forces" and "adversaries" to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN.
The guard came to Ferguson to support law enforcement officers, whom many community leaders and civil rights activists accused of using excessive force and inflaming an already tense situation in protests that flared sporadically from August through the end of the year.
Black suspect dies after Baltimore cops break his spine in ‘brutal’ police arrest
A man injured after being arrested by the Baltimore police died today, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Freddie Gray had to undergo a double surgery on three broken vertebrae and an injured voice box on Tuesday, after he was released by the police. He died today after days of remaining in a coma.
The 25-year old was arrested last week for an undisclosed violation. The police said that he was restrained on the ground by an officer during the arrest, but appeared to be fine when he was taken to the district station. However, a cell phone video shows that the arresting officers used force that some may seen as “brutal.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/2 ... 02910.htmlA court document obtained Monday morning by The Baltimore Sun says that Gray “was arrested without force or incident.” He “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence,” and officers later found the knife in his right pants pocket, according to the authorities.
CHICAGO -- A Chicago Police Department detective was cleared Monday of all charges in the fatal 2012 off-duty shooting of Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old unarmed black woman.
Judge Dennis Porter found Dante Servin not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and other lesser charges, concluding prosecutors failed to prove Servin acted recklessly, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Servin's case marked the first time in more than 17 years that a Chicago police officer faced a trial over a shooting. Monday's verdict was considered "unusual" as Servin was found not guilty without even having to mount a defense, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Servin got into a verbal altercation with Boyd's group over noise as they were standing in Douglas Park on the city's West Side in March of 2012. Prosecutors said Servin, who was off-duty at the time, fired several shots from his car as the group had its back to him. One shot hit Cross in the hand while another fatally struck Boyd in the back of the head.
Sutton lamented that the trial focused less on Boyd's death and more on whether Antonio Cross, a man in her group of friends, had pointed a gun at Servin. Prosecutors said what Servin thought was a gun was actually Cross' cell phone; no weapon was ever recovered.
Servin's defense said he only fired after Cross waved his cell phone and pointed it at Servin as if it were a gun, which prompted the detective to fear for his life.
Officials are investigating a shocking video that purports to show a U.S. marshal destroying the phone of a recording bystander.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on April 19 in South Gate, California, within Los Angeles County. In the clip, recorded from a building across the street, a bystander appears to be filming and talking to uniformed officials responding to a report of a biker gang meeting. A man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a weapon then grabs her phone, slamming it to the ground before kicking it down the street.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importances of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.
One of the things that I have not see mentioned as a bit of context. John Angelos is the son of Peter Angelos, the principal owner of the Orioles. Peter, who made his fortune as a labor lawyer (representing people in discrimination cases) was the only owner who refused to field scabs during the 1994-95 players strike
Baltimore State's Attorney: 'We Have Probable Cause To File Criminal Charges' Over Freddie Gray's Death
Charges including second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault, among others, will be filed against the officers involved in Gray's arrest, Mosby said...
Mosby noted that "no crime had been committed by Mr. Gray." Police had said Gray was arrested for possessing a switchblade, but Mosby said Friday the knife in Gray's possession was not a switchblade and was lawful, and said officers "illegally arrested" Gray.
Baltimore has a lot of problems, but being a city full of people that want to loot and riot isn't one of them.
I think it's pretty clear why there was a riot on that Monday afternoon -- what did the police expect when they loaded up with riot gear, turned off public transit, didn't allow children to leave, and instigated pissed off kids? Yet here we are, painting Baltimore as a city of lawlessness.
If we're going to talk about lawlessness in Baltimore, let's talk about the millions of dollars used to settle and hide cases of police brutality.
I have watched news anchors and the Internet, in general, wonder why people felt the need to burn the businesses in the community, consequently limiting their own options of where to shop. Over my week in Baltimore, I listened to and talked to a lot of people, from those who were pro-riot to those who were pro-peace. The impression that I got wasn't that all people necessarily hate all businesses that aren't black-owned -- it's that they hate that the businesses won't pay living wages or promote people of color.