A Grand Jury in Portsmouth, Virginia has reportedly agreed to indict now former officer Stephen Rankin on charges of first-degree murder and using a gun in a felony. 18 year old William Chapman was shot in the head & chest, outside of a Portsmouth, Virginia WalMart on back on April 22nd 2015. The Police Report alleged that he and Overseer Stephen Rankin got into a scuffle, and that Chapman came forward in an aggressive way toward the officer-resulting in him being shot twice. However, autopsy reports would eventually confirm that Chapman "showed no signs of a close-range shot, indicating that he was shot from several feet away." Chapman had been accused of shoplifting, but the autopsy report also showed that his pockets were turned inside out to show that he had not stolen anything. Overseer Rankin previously got away with the 2011 murder of Kirill Denyakin in 2011. eerily similar, he claimed that Denyakin charged toward him too-before shooting him 11 times. Let's follow this & see how the trial goes. As we all should know by now, charges don't necessarily mean conviction.
In what has been allowed to become an all too common trend, the mainstream media has largely moved on from talking about #WhatHappenedToSandraBland. But let us remember that this can only happen if WE allow it to happen. Challenge your media and elected officials to keep looking into what happened to Our Fallen Sister. Of all of the possible true causes of death, few really believe that this 28 Year Old Naperville, Illinois resident, that had just found a new job, killed herself. Maybe she was injured when Texas state trooper Brian Encinia viciously slammed her to the ground, and officials failed to recognize the need for medical care. On the video, sometime after the 12 minute mark, she cries out about having been slammed on her head & also that she had Epilepsy! Maybe they outright lynched her in her jail cell! What we do know is that:
#SAMDUBOSE - BODY CAMERA VIDEO LEADS TO MURDER INDICTMENT FOR CINCINNATI POLICE OFFICER RAYMOND TENSING
While The city of Cleveland, Ohio continues to protect Cops involved in the outright EXECUTION of its Black & Brown population, it at least appears that The City of Cincinnati is seeking to take a more proactive approach. After initially refusing to release Body Camera video from the traffic stop that led to the MURDER of 43-Year-Old Samuel DuBose, officials have taken an about face in not only releasing the video, but announcing that 25-year-old officer Raymond Tensing has been charged with Murder & Voluntary Manslaughter. One must note that Tensing is a University Of Cincinnati Campus Police Officer, and not part of The Cincinnati Police Department (wondering aloud if they would have treated this crisis any differently). Tensing's Incident Report followed the usual pattern of verbiage designed to justify the execution of Our People; but we can all see from the Body Camera Video that this pig was neither dragged by Samuel DuBose's car-nor was there any form of aggression from him. This overseer was NEVER in danger, and there were other means of handling the situation. In announcing the indictment, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters noted that, even if DuBose was going to attempt to drive off, the officer had his license plate and other options would have been available to apprehend him. Deters also noted that any signs of a struggle came solely from Overseer Tensing falling after shooting Sam duBose in the head. To be clear, DuBose was pulled over because the car he was driving did not have a license plate on the front of the car, DuBose peacefully complied & communicated during the stop, and even handed over a CLOSED liquor bottle to the Overseer. Less than two minutes after being approached, Samuel DuBose was dead. IF convicted Raymond Tensing could face Life in Prison.
Cincinnati has a long history of Police Misconduct, and is not far removed from The 2001 Riots that broke out after a white officer (Stephen Roach) was seen shooting an unarmed 19-year-old Timothy Thomas.
So far this year, there have been 550 documented cases in which police officers have shot & killed a citizen. while many may have been justified, we can NEVER stop fighting in the memory of those that were clear EXECUTIONS!
#WalterScott, #EricHarris #EricGarner #SandraBland #MikeBrown #OscarGrant #SeanBell #AmadouDiallo #TimothyRussell #Malissa Williams #PhillippeHolland #JohnCrawford #TamirRice And So Many More...
A lawsuit filed by The Los Angeles Times, in association with The AP & Bloomberg News, has led to the release of previously suppressed video of Gardenia California Police Officers Christopher Mendez, Christopher Sanderson and Matthew Toda shoot three unarmed men. The incident occurred on June 2, 2013, and resulted in the death of 34 Year Old Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino. Police Officials were initially successful in burying away the dash-cam footage, but Federal Judge Stephen V. Wilson stepped in to ensure that the world sees this horrific use of Unnecessary & Excessive Force! Unfortunately the officers involved were NEVER disciplined, and are still on the force right to this very day. Their excuse was of course that they thought that Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino was going for a weapon. Furthermore, they blamed the 911 Dispatcher for allegedly reporting that a robbery had occurred. The men involved were actually looking for a bike that had been stolen from Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino's younger brother, but instead they became the suspects. Admittedly drunk, and dealing with a language barrier, still should never result in anyone's death by supposedly trained professionals. The video posted below clearly shows that none of the men were defiant or aggressive in any way. However you can see one of the officers cock back his weapon just prior to opening fire. The City of Gardenia agreed to pay out a settlement of $4.7 million dollars to Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino's Family-plus another bystander who was also shot. But still, some agent for The White Supremacist Power Structure will argue that these men somehow deserved to be shot at, and Our President will say little to nothing of substance in regard to these happenings... #FTP
Just shortly after midnight, on March 3, 1991, George Holliday woke up to the sounds of police helicopters and squad car sirens. Upon getting up to see what was going on, Holliday unwittingly found himself walking into history. What he saw was a group of Los Angeles Police Officers savagely beatings a Black Man that would later be revealed to be Rodney King. Presumably shocked, George Holliday pulled out his recently purchased camcorder and began filming what he saw. According to multiple sources, Holliday called the police seeking information as to what crime Rodney King could have committed, to warrant such treatment, but was given nothing. Sometime shortly thereafter he advised a local television station of what he had on tape, but was advised to just leave his tape and he would call him later. That evening the video was aired, and rocked the entire world. FINALLY, there was PROOF of the shear Brutality and Misconduct that Black & Brown People had been suffering from all over the country!!! We all know what happened from there. A rigged Simi Valley (the trial was moved from L.A.) jury failed to convict Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno & the 1992 L.A. Riots were sparked. Eventually Officer Laurence Powell and Sergeant Stacey Koon would spend a few minutes in jail on Federal charges. The other two pigs were acquitted. The city would agree to pay out a $3.8 million dollar settlement to Rodney King. Rodney King died in 2012, from what I believe to be shady circumstances. George Holliday was never paid one dime for his video. Without him possibly no one else thinks to press record & document what happened to Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, walter scott, or the many other incidents caught on camera since 1992. #salute
BLOCKING FREEDOM, INSTEAD OF PROTECTING IT: U.S. APPEALS COURT BLOCKS THE RELEASE OF ANGOLA 3 INMATE
Albert Woodfox has spent the last 43 years of his life in prison. Most of that time has been served in solitary confinement, without a window nor access to reading materials, at The Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary. Mr. woodfox's health is deteriorating rapidly-and he is currently suffering from Renal Failure, Hepatitis c, and Heart Disease. On Monday June 7th U.S. District Judge James Brady issued and order for his release, overturning two prior convictions for the death of prison guard Brent Miller in 1972. Woodfox had been convicted, along with two other inmates, and the three have remained in solitary confinement for most of that time ever since. The convictions were overturned based on Jury Misconduct & other Racial Biases involving the jury. Infamously called "The Angola 3," their isolation was officially justified on the grounds that their membership in The Black Panther Party & push for prison reforms could cause unrest among the other inmates.
In ordering Albert Woodfox's release, Judge Brady also decreed that he could not be tried a third time. But on Friday June 12th The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that Woodfox remain in prison-pending another hearing scheduled for late august. This follows a long pattern of abusing America's Political Prisoners that goes back at least to the 1960's if not before. It is a regular thing to hear on the news about OTHER countries imprisoning & even killing those who dare speak out against the government; but remain in denial about what happens right here in the so-called "Land of the Free!" Mumia Abu Jamal is dying in a Pennsylvania Prison, with little access to adequate healthcare and very limited visitation from the outside world. Assata Shakur remains in hiding in Cuba, with a $2 Million Dollar Bounty on her head, though scientific evidence proves she could never committed the crime she was convicted of. As for The Angola 3, Herman Wallace died in October 2013-just three days after being released from Angola & granted a new trial. Robert King was released in 2001. Educate yourself, and then educate others. The government is only able to do these things because they are winning the messaging war. We must get the word out, so that true justice can be achieved.
CLEVELAND POLICE OFFICER MICHAEL BRELO FOUND NOT GUILTY AFTER MURDERING AN UNARMED COUPLE IN 2012!!!
Despite evidence that Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo jumped on the hood of a car, and fired 15 shots into the windshield, today he has now been acquitted in the charge of voluntary manslaughter. Brelo was also acquitted of felonious assault in the course of executing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in November 2012. Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were executed after Cleveland Police Officers sought to pull them over for an alleged "Turn Signal violation." The driver did not comply, and a chase ensued. During the chase more than 100 gunshots were fired into the car, by a total of 13 different officers. Brelo was the only officer charged-because he reloaded his weapon, jumped on top of the car, and continued firing long after the car had stopped moving. Police allege that the car backfired when taking off, which led them to believe that they had been shot at. No gun was ever found, nor was there any evidence that either person fired anything at any cop. Michael Brelo, who was facing 22 years in prison, was acquitted because his lawyers argued that "other officers fired during the final barrage of bullets and prosecutors couldn't prove when the fatal shots were fired." Judge John P. O'Donnell stated that "the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant Michael Brelo knowingly caused the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, because the essential element of causation was not proved for both counts...
It was reasonable despite knowing now that there was no gun in the car and he was mistaken about the origin of the gunshots."
A total of 137 bullets were fired into the couple's car during the incident, and reports indicate that they were each shot at least 20 times each.
The City of Cleveland has a long history of going far beyond the use of excessive force, and still has to address the matter of the officers that executed 12 Year Old Tamir Rice in 2014. That same year year their courts failed to file charges against cops that executed 22 Year Old John Crawford, who was shopping for an air rifle in Wal Mart. Late last year The City of Cleveland agreed to begin implementing reforms, after The U.S. Department of Justice investigated the Cleveland Police department & determined that there was a "Pattern or Practice of Excessive Force" and Violating Civil Rights.
The full transcript of the judges decision can be found here:
On the heels of news that now-former South Carolina Police Officer Michael Slager would be charged for the MURDER of 50 Year Old Coast Guard Veteran (and Father of Four) Walter Scott, reports came out in regard to a similar MURDER in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The similarities?
But in the MURDER of 44 Year Old Eric Harris there is the key distinction that he was not killed by a Cop. How does such a thing happen is a question that will certainly have implications far beyond this case, but more on that later...
So for those that do not know, Eric Harris was killed while being arrested for allegedly selling a firearm to an undercover Task Force Agent. Upon realizing that he had been caught up in a sting operation, Mr. Harris took off running. Agents chased him, and eventually tackled him to the ground. Moments later he was dead at the hands of a 73 Year Old CEO of an Insurance company, who had enlisted as a VOLUNTEER/RESERVE SHERIFF'S DEPUTY!!! Robert bates used his personal weapon, and fired it into Harris's Back, claiming that he THOUGHT HE WAS USING HIS TASER!!! Pictures & video refutes Bate's police report claims that Harris was struggling with the officers (look closely at his hands & shoulders). CEO Bates would also be quoted as explaining that he thought Eric Harris had a gun, because of the manner in which he was running. Smh.
"I noticed that Harris was running in an unusual way because as he ran he repeatedly touched his right hand to his waistband," he wrote. "Based on my past experience, primarily with the task force, and my past training, I believed that Harris might be carrying a gun."
So the question remains, just how did Robert Bates find himself involved in a Task Force Operation? All signs point to MONEY. Bates is on record as having donated cars, video equipment, and other items to the Tulsa Sheriff's Department over the years. He also donated at least $2,500 toward Sheriff Stanley Glanz's Re-Election Campaign. According to reports, the program that allowed for Bates to serve as a VOLUNTEER/RESERVE SHERIFF'S DEPUTY normally places these recruits in roles more related to assisting with helping those affected by fires, tornadoes, and other more public servant capacities. News reports reveal that there are hundreds of similar programs across the country, and many of those will undoubtedly face scrutiny to make sure that there are no more Rich George Zimmerman's (Lol) paying for the opportunity to play cop. Robert bates has been charged with
Second-Degree Manslaughter "Involving Culpable Negligence" for the April 2nd incident. Be sure to check the video, and listen out for the part where one of the officers yells out "FUCK YOUR BREATH!” Hopefully that officer will be put on blast, and receive a proper punishment for his part in this matter. Stay tuned...
BUT HE DIDN'T RESIST ARREST???!!! UVA HONOR STUDENT MARTESE JOHNSON BLOODIED OVER ALLEGED FAKE ID...
In any other case of Police Misconduct, a narrative is contrived that paints the picture of the victim as some thug that would have eventually been dead or in jail soon anyway. But in the case of third year University of Virginia Honor Student Martese Johnson, there's no criminal history or social media posts to manipulate. Furthermore, we are talking about a case of ABC Agents that thought he may have been turned away from a bar because of a fake Id. It's St. Patrick's Day, in a college town. If he really did have a fake Id, just how often do you think that happens? Hell, how many times do you imagine that may have happened that very night? What we do know for sure is that Martese Johnson was approached by ABC Agents, shortly after being turned away at a Charlottesville, Virginia bar. The ABC Officers grabbed by the arm & began questioning him. Moments later he was slammed to the pavement & arrested on charges of Obstruction of Justice without force & Public Swearing or Intoxication. A witness described the officer's actions as “animalistic, insensitive, and brute.” In the end, Johnson sustained head injuries that required at least 10 stitches. Days later, Johnson was seen in public with bruises, scrapes & lines from the stitching required to close up his wounds. The incident occurred on March 18 in front of Trinity Irish Pub, and as a result of photos being posted online, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is calling for an investigation into conduct of the ABC Officers. Per the daily beast Website, Johnson is a well known student leader on campus & is from the same Kenwood Area of Chicago as current President Barack Obama. Per that same site, this is just the latest in cases of alleged overzealous policing tactics from the ABC Officers in the Charlottesville area. We will keep watching this developing story,, and follow up if Justice isn't done, since mainstream media won't tell you what happened. P.E.A.C.E.