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Ferguson, MO + What’s Happening

pilferingapples:

typodactyl:

Hi everyone. By now you might’ve heard about Ferguson, MO and the death of Mike Brown, but let’s review:

Mike Brown was an 18 year old walking home from his grandma’s around 2PM when he was stopped by police. To be clear, there isn’t a consensus on what happened afterwards. Police allege that he attempted to wrest an officer’s gun and was killed as he fled. A witness recounts that he fled, but never attempted to take an officer’s gun. What is clear, is that he was unarmed and shot ten times in the back.

As the community gathered to hold a vigil, the Ferguson Police stopped by with a S.W.A.T team and dogs. As the days pass, their armament has escalated. Each night, the community is expected to follow a curfew and disperse under pressure from a large, militarized police force that spans Ferguson and St. Louis County departments.

Journalists have been arrested.

Here are some media reports:

If you notice a common thread between all the reports, the criticism is starting to move away from Mike Brown’s death and into the looming gravity of militarized police. Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, Liberals, and even Libertarians seem to unanimously agree that militarized police is an excessive response. Partisan differences seem to be whether or not the response escalated the violence or overreach of government is the greater sin, but the agreement that it’s excessive.

Even Ted Cruz, notorious member of the Tea Party, thinks the arrest of reporters was wrong.

Here are some criticisms that focus on militarized police:

The other unified point of criticism is the lack of leadership, transparency, and disregard for the first amendment right to press as police attempt to silence journalists. In fact, the links above are accounting for the arrest of two WaPo reporters. In contrast, WaPo reporters have only been arrested twice in 2014: in Tehran and Ferguson.

Some important things to note:

Al Jazeera Reporters being tear-gassed only to have their equipment confiscated. Here’s the video.
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Sniper aiming to kill unarmed protestor before riots
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Wood bullets used. Wood bullets have been discontinued by many municipalities for lethality. They splinter and cause serious injury. They also require long distance use or can be lethal.
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I’m not an expert, but trying my best to understand what’s going on and to spread news so we can all react. While many of us can’t do much more than type, there is still ways we can pressure for intervention or stand visibly against what’s happening. Tweeting may feel “useless” or small compared to being on the ground, but sharing our horror at the depravity of the militarized response can help pressure intervention.

Last night, I tried calling the Missouri governor to express concern, but all I got was a voicemail at his office and no answer at the governor’s mansion. After tweeting out the numbers I used, people were saying that somebody was picking up — at midnight! The governor has since cancelled his trip to the county fair. The fact that it took public pressure to change his plans says a lot about the state of leadership in Missouri. If they need help with perspective, let’s do it.

Here’s how Missouri politicians can be reached:

Governor Jay Nixon
@GovJayNixon
mogov@mail.mo.gov
Office: (573) 751-3222
Mansion: (573) 751-4141
Fax: (573)-526-3291 / faxzero.com

Senator Claire Mccaskill 
Office: (202) 224-6154
Fax: (573) 334-4278 / faxzero.com

Senator Roy Blunt
 
Office: (202) 224-5721
Fax: (202) 224-8149 / faxzero.com

Lastly, people are organizing vigils and rallies around the country in response. If you’d like to attend, you can follow #NMOS14 on Twitter. If you’re in Chicago, it’s happening Thursday 8/14 at 6pm in Daley Plaza.

If you want to follow some people on Twitter who are on the ground:

Just adding to this list:  Journolist’s roundup of relevant articles; they seem to be posting new roundups daily.

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enbieteddy:

neoliberalismkills:

neoliberalismkills:

if you’re interested, this person is trying to organize a food/meal drive for elementery school kids in Ferguson

schools in Ferguson have been closed since Monday and that’s where a LOT of the kids in Ferguson get their food from, to explain how important this is.

That links to her twitter page, this is the link straight to the fundraiser.

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dynastylnoire:

jomethazine:

niadidas:

Mike Brown’s killer is Bryan P. Willman going as Scooby Willman on Facebook

Bitch ass

booooooooooost

Guys, there is nothing confirming this is the guy.
Nothing.
We need facts. We need to be helping the people in Ferguson right now. We don’t need to be a mob on the internet.
Things that you can do to actually help: 
Donate to help the people who have been arrested.
Donate to Mike Brown’s family for legal funds
Sign a petition to make police wear a camera and MAKE SURE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN
Let’s make this a movement towards positive change. Let’s help the people being hurt.

dynastylnoire:

jomethazine:

niadidas:

Mike Brown’s killer is Bryan P. Willman going as Scooby Willman on Facebook

Bitch ass

booooooooooost

Guys, there is nothing confirming this is the guy.

Nothing.

We need facts. We need to be helping the people in Ferguson right now. We don’t need to be a mob on the internet.

Things that you can do to actually help: 

Donate to help the people who have been arrested.

Donate to Mike Brown’s family for legal funds

Sign a petition to make police wear a camera and MAKE SURE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN

Let’s make this a movement towards positive change. Let’s help the people being hurt.

I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??
Anonymous
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What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

thescienceofjohnlock:

clehmentine:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

The BBC are asking for any information from people in Ferguson

Do you have any information or intelligence about the latest developments in Missouri? If you are willing to share your experiences and photos of the situation on the ground, please email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk using the subject heading ‘Ferguson’.

or you can contact us using the form below.

Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.

Click the link

steve & natasha go to ikea

actualmenacebuckybarnes:

something that i noticed on the third rewatch of captain america: for a really fucking lonely guy steve sure has a lot of eating paraphernalia in his house, like at least 20 different glasses. and ~artistically arranged~ too.

so months ago, natasha probably came over to steve’s apartment (actually broke into steve’s apartment to play videogames and rifle through his medicine cabinet) and encountered the single lonely table. the single lonely bowl he owns with the single lonely chipped mug. one single lonely radio. one picture of the howling commandos taped to the wall with one single lonely piece of masking tape. and she’s just like this is disgusting i’m drowning in my own tears ugh

then steve comes home to find natasha sitting at his table, eating his raisin bran and glaring at him and he’s like jesus christ !!!! and she’s like we’re going to ikea you human disaster

steve’s like, i don’t appreciate your tone and also we should really talk about this breaking and entering thing as he obediently follows her to the car

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  • Morrigan:

    Hmph. No doubt this had something to do with "facing the dark side of your soul" or some such rubbish.

  • Leliana:

    Did you see the cruelty on my... on her face? Is that really what I am?

  • Sten:

    This proves nothing. I have nothing to fear from shadows.

  • Oghren:

    *laughs* I can't believe I kicked my own ass!

  • Wynne:

    Well, I wasn't expecting that, and I certainly don't want to go through it again.

  • Alistair:

    That was... weird...

  • And then there is this guy, named Zevran:

    Maker's breath, I'm beautiful. Did you see that? Did you see me? Magnificent.