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Abdul-Jabbar writes: "African Americans feel like ­Alex in A Clockwork Orange, forced to watch the same news story playing over and over on some hellish loop: 'Unarmed Black Man Killed by Police.' We scream, we try to turn away, but we can't."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty)


Nothing Less Than an Assassination

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, TIME

09 April 15

 

It just adds another body to the body count

nother day, another black man murdered by police.

The problem is that we’re not all on the same page about what we’re outraged over and what changes we want to take place. Police critics will claim this is another example of systemic police racism. Police defenders will claim that this was just one bad apple. We will hear the same calls for more oversight, the same protests that civilians are interfering in matters they couldn’t possibly understand.

African Americans feel like ­Alex in A Clockwork Orange, forced to watch the same news story playing over and over on some hellish loop: “Unarmed Black Man Killed by Police.” We scream, we try to turn away, but we can’t. There’s always another prone body on the screen.

Walter Scott’s killing should inspire less debate than other recent incidents because of the video. Watching the officer shoot an unarmed, nonthreatening man eight times makes it difficult to see this as anything less than an assassination. It sheds no new light. It just adds another body to the body count.

But Walter Scott does not have to be just another tragic name. It is up to us to not let his death be trivialized. If watching this video doesn’t convince holdouts that racism exists, nothing will. Does anyone ­really think the officer would have shot Scott if he were white? Racism deniers are like climate-change deniers, letting their hopes blind them to the harsh reality of facts and statistics and blood.

Scott’s death illustrates the need to push harder for the police reforms that are already in the works: more training, more intense oversight by civilians, body cameras and a zero-tolerance policy toward police officers who let their personal biases influence their actions. We need to be as relentless as the racism we’re fighting.

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+76 # fredboy 2015-04-09 13:16
It is a national crisis. But until police begin shooting more whites, and especially rich whites, most city councils and legislatures and federal agencies will ignore the nightmare.

By militarizing local police the U.S. laid the foundation for paranoia and fear among those "sworn to protect" us. The resulting PTSD triggers, sustains and amplifies overt reactions to everyday situations. The peacekeeper is now hunter.

Extremely important: VIDEO EVERYTHING. BE READY EVERY DAY TO VIDEO EVERYTHING. VIDEO SHARES THE TRUTH, AND THAT IS THE FIRST DEFENSE IN OUR ESSENTIAL RESPONSE TO THIS NIGHTMARE.
 
 
+39 # reiverpacific 2015-04-09 13:31
I hope that this cop won't get the familiar, sure-to-aquit "Grand Jury" cushion, that so many of his fellow-murderin g thugs got.
There's dubiously or wrongly convicted people like Mumiya Abu Jamal and Leonard Peltier doing life just by association in cop and FBI agent's killings.
So this latest case is on film! He should at least get Second Degree, defined as "intentional killing; by extremely reckless conduct, intent to cause serious bodily harm, Deadly weapon doctrine". Penalty, Ten years to life in prison.
It'd be interesting to see this guy cut loose amongst the general inmate population; he'd REALLY get his come-uppins there!
I dunno if a serious conviction would finally bring some relief from the plague of racist cop/black AND poor whites and American Indian victims but who knows?
That mentality seems to be a disease or long time, sometimes inculcated from birth, deep-seated sickness, prompting knee-jerk responses while armed with a deadly weapon only meant to be used in extreme cases or when under threat, which is hard to erase -but then I'm not a shrink or a therapist.
I know that if this had happened in Britain and several other countries, Walter Scott (ironically a famous Scottish "Sir" poet) would still be alive and able to testify in his own defense -but then he may not even have needed to run, as this cop was also taser-happy to start with.
 
 
+26 # Radscal 2015-04-09 14:50
"I hope that this cop won't get the familiar, sure-to-aquit "Grand Jury" cushion..."

The cop's already been charged with second degree murder, so there'll be no Grand Jury. Cops charged with murder are unlikely to be convicted, and if convicted, tend to get much lighter sentences. But, they fear nothing so much as being in a prison population, so this Slager (not an epithet; his actual name) is likely sweating bullets.... though of the less lethal kind.
 
 
+4 # randrjwr 2015-04-10 15:03
Quoting Radscal:
"I hope that this cop won't get the familiar, sure-to-aquit "Grand Jury" cushion..."

The cop's already been charged with second degree murder, so there'll be no Grand Jury. Cops charged with murder are unlikely to be convicted, and if convicted, tend to get much lighter sentences. But, they fear nothing so much as being in a prison population, so this Slager (not an epithet; his actual name) is likely sweating bullets.... though of the less lethal kind.


So, in the rare instances where a cop is held accountable, he gets lighter punishment? Considering his position as our supposed protectors, he SHOULD get harsher, MUCH harsher punishment. But maybe his future "family" will take care of the matter. We can only hope.
 
 
+27 # sfintersect 2015-04-09 13:52
#riverpacific, in answer to your "I dunno if a serious conviction would finally bring some relief from the plague of racist cop/black AND poor whites and American Indian victims but who knows?" I dunno either, but I'd sure like to see what would happen, & in the meantime, I'll keep hopin that there's always someone with at least a cellphone camera & a desire to show the world the truth around whenever such a thing happens again. I'm sad to have written 'whenever' rather than 'if' but it feels more likely. thanks
 
 
+20 # reiverpacific 2015-04-09 14:14
Quoting sfintersect:
#riverpacific, in answer to your "I dunno if a serious conviction would finally bring some relief from the plague of racist cop/black AND poor whites and American Indian victims but who knows?" I dunno either, but I'd sure like to see what would happen, & in the meantime, I'll keep hopin that there's always someone with at least a cellphone camera & a desire to show the world the truth around whenever such a thing happens again. I'm sad to have written 'whenever' rather than 'if' but it feels more likely. thanks

Before cell phones became as common as wrist watches and had no camera component, we of a physical activist persuasion were encouraged to always have a camera if possible, hidden at a demo, march or any event in case the Darth Vader Squad became too stroppy and aggressive.
I've got a whole set of right-in-their- helmeted-faces photos, shot across a waist high barrier from a Dimwits/Cheney visit to Portland, Ore as they snuck in the back door of the Portland Hilton to an expensive $K per-plate fundraiser, with riot-great gangs at ever corner.
It's a whole lot easier to catch 'em now; -they can't snatch phones off EVERYBODY!
 
 
+38 # starhelix 2015-04-09 14:47
It boggles the mind that any man can end up as dead as the tail light on his car for no logical or moral reason other than he was black. These horrific incidents allegedly occur after altercations with the police. When's the last time you heard of any white person ending up dead after an alleged altercation? Black men are murdered by the police because there isn't any historic record of consequences for this inhuman behavior. Either we all should be treated humanely or none of us will. These insane scenarios intimidate every one of us. A simple traffic stop could end with someone going to the morgue. What kind of nation tolerates this evil behavior? A racist one. By the way, since we're about the same age, I got your reference to A Clockwork Orange. However, I doubt most of your readers have any idea what you're referring to.
 
 
-52 # MidwestTom 2015-04-09 16:13
At the risk of big negative numbers I have to ask; is it OK then to simply run from a Police officer who orders you to stop? If we keep this up, that will be the natural reaction, if police are not allowed to shot at a person, if one is ordered to stop, should one quickly evaluate the officer's physical ability and if you think you are faster, run.

If the officer is too old and too slow to catch someone defying his order what do you recommend that he do?

I do not know what kind of a gun the officer had, but if he shot once and the order defier kept running, should he shoot again? Trying to hit the legs of a running person with a pistol is probably a matter of luck more than skill.

One can clearly argue here that he did not deserve to die, and I agree, but you cannot defy an officer's order. Did the officer even know what this man was wanted for? Because he ran the officer surely assumed that he was wanted for something. Whether the suspect was armed or not, he was defying an order. Most people that I know, do not do that.

I have been pulled over, and started to get out of my car, only to be ordered to stay inside, and guess what? I stay inside, if I want ahead and climbed out I would expect bad things to happen. At some point we need to teach respect for authority.
 
 
+37 # jsluka 2015-04-09 16:32
Its the MidwestTom troll again, everyone run and hide!

But I can't resist responding because evil stupidity provokes me. The video records that the officer never called on this man to "stop" yet alone to "stop or I'll shoot." And you don't shoot someone for fleeing from a misdemeanor offence like having a burned out tail light. You fool.
 
 
+21 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-09 16:38
MidwestTom has vast experience being black in America too, don't forget that!
 
 
0 # Merlin 2015-04-09 18:54
jsluka
In defense of MidwestTom:

As any of you who follow my posting over the months know, I disagree with Tom a lot. (As you also know, I have no problem beating up on trolls.) I completely disagree with Tom here. However, I would argue that Tom is neither a troll nor a shill. He is not in the class of Brux, Dennis Newman, Roland, Firebird or Lee Nason etc. for example.

I believe that Tom truly believes what he writes. There is no meanness, nor desire to usurp a thread in his posts. No attacks or ad homonyms. He just states his opinion of the world as he sees it. He is basically an honest poster!

My take on why Tom is so often way out in left field, as he is in this post, is this. (You may differ. I am only guessing here.) Tom has told us he is a businessman. He sees the world through “Authoritarian Business Eyes.” That is a completely different filter than the one we see the world through. More importantly, this post shows how he sees the world emotionally. He states it very clearly in his closing remark:

“At some point we need to teach respect for authority.”

I read that as HIS FEAR of authority. He operates out of that fear and his posts reflect that. Certainly this one does. As a friend of mine often says “Nobody’s perfect.” (Except Merlin, of course! ;-) ahem.)


As much as I disagree with Tom, I will give him the respect I believe he deserves.
 
 
+9 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-04-09 21:38
Respect for Authority is Earned. It can be taught in schools mostly at home. However that is not the issue in this case. Yes the guy was breaking the law . but there are degrees of breaking the law .. his ass was on the line .. maybe second third timer he fought back got the taser away from the cop .. tough deal but sorry Cops have LESS rights than ordinary citizens that's the truth of the matter and they must be held accountable to a Higher Authority in their behaviour first off .. than this White Boy Militaristic Fuck did to this suspect ...
 
 
+3 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-10 11:58
I agree somewhat, and this may shock people-- I do not think MidwestTom qualifies as a troll, for what it's worth. At this time... I almost look forward to many of his posts (unlike, for example, Roland's or Ms. Nason's).
 
 
-5 # gentry cooper 2015-04-10 22:56
you are just as idiotic as that moron tom.
 
 
+40 # pbbrodie 2015-04-09 16:53
MidwestTom,
The Supreme Court has already rules on what you have said and they ruled that a police officer can NOT shoot a fleeing suspect. The only time they are allowed to shoot is when they or others are in intimate danger of being harmed.
I have many problems with many of your comments but this one is so absolutely horrible that I feel compelled to point out just how moronic it is.
Do you honestly believe it is okay to kill someone simply because they are fleeing? What kind of monster are you?!
 
 
+27 # reiverpacific 2015-04-09 16:53
@MT
Trust you to take the side of the status-quo "Authority" figure!
You totally miss the point(s) in that all the victim was "Guilty" of was a non-functioning tail light and that the cop had a taser out when he approached the car (Source, "Democracy Now!" this morning), the accompanying comment being "If you are in the vicinity of a cop with a Taser -you run, ESPECIALLY if you aren't white!"
This is just ONE MORE in a litany of shooting, strangling by chokehold and targeting of Blacks which Mr Scott was I'm sure fully aware of so constantly are the instances reported even on the US Owenr-media. Would he even have been pulled over for a simple thing like this if he's been white (unless he was wearing a hoodie)? I know that I've driven around with a dicky tail light for a month or two and when finally pulled over, was simply warned by the cop, who was quite civilized about it. So either I was White and lucky, or Scott was Black and drew a bad card.
This is an example of the almost omnipresent climate of distrust and fear anybody "Driving while Black" must be living with, as they constantly see their demographic being killed and uniformed killers acquitted.
American cops have been there solely to "Protect and Serve" the interests of the wealthy and powerful BEFORE ALL ELSE since the days of the Pinkertons but a smug conformist as you tend to identify yourself constantly on RSN, would never recognize injustice as consistently demonstrated in cases like this!
 
 
+27 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-04-09 17:03
Unlike the negatories i give my criticism specifically. Here's where you are incorrect and don't get it. We are talking about the use of deadly force and when it is appropriate. All 4 bullets were in this guys back .. the officer shot to kill and shot repeatedly. He was not in a life threatening situation . he should have followed the guy continued to pursue and call for backup. 3 or 4 officers could easily take him down i know i did it! Now in some cases when it is a felony arrest they are given the right to use deadly force. I still disagree .. this was nothing but abuse of power and cold blooded MURDER!!!!!!!!! !!!!1
 
 
+24 # mayordoug 2015-04-09 17:28
I'm not sure running is punishable by the death penalty.
 
 
+21 # John S. Browne 2015-04-09 19:25
#

Oh, please! No, we don't have to obey every order of police, especially when they're violating our rights, which they do constantly (having little or no respect for the Constitution and our rights---I remember clear back to the seventies when they didn't have any, or very little, respect for those rights, and it's only gotten much worse in the last forty years, especially since 9-11).

Even the U.S. Supreme Court has said that we do not have to obey unlawful police orders. If someone stopped by an officer wasn't known to the officer to be wanted for a crime, in other words to have a warrant out for his arrest, and he wasn't guilty of resisting arrest and/or of assaulting the officer, then running away or not, there is no grounds for lethally shooting them or anyone else in similar circumstances. We're supposed to be presumed innocent, remember?

Haven't you noticed that more and more INNOCENT black men and children are running for their lives when stopped and/or questioned by cops? They are doing so because they are hearing about more and more stories like this one of what happened to innocent people of color; and/or because the cop(s) said something threatening to them, making them fear for their lives. Just because they run, is NOT grounds for presuming them guilty! Most "Amerikans", particularly cops, just don't 'get' that anymore. And then, of course, there are so many idiots like you who condone, excuse and support presumption of guilt.

(Continued)
 
 
+10 # John S. Browne 2015-04-09 19:27
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With police increasingly acting like lawless thugs, who can blame ANYONE, white or black, for being afraid of them? Anyone with any respect for their own and other's rights, would not blindly bow down to every threatening and/or overly-officiou s order of cops, especially when those orders are violating their rights; i.e., stopping them, etc., without probable cause, presuming them guilty, assaulting and/or arresting them without just cause, asking questions that we don't have to answer, etc.

Remember, we ALL have the right to remain silent (believe it or not, it's part of our "free speech" rights under the First Amendment), and we don't have to be being arrested to assert it. Therefore, we do NOT have to answer ANY of their questions---tho ugh of course nowadays most, including the police and the courts, act (unconstitution ally) like we supposedly "do" have to answers cops' questions or allegedly be "lawfully" arrested---and anyone and everyone who incriminates themselves by voluntarily answering cops' questions, is a complete idiot. Tell them that under advice of legal counsel, you aren't answering any questions (if you answer even one seemingly-"inno cent" question, you have waived that right; so, don't answer ANY of their questions, and keep repeating the previous legal advice, over and over again if need be---recall too that the cops twist peoples' words around, so you can say things you think are unincriminating that might be used against you).

(Continued)
 
 
+13 # John S. Browne 2015-04-09 19:27
#

"(R)espect for authority" does NOT include blindly bowing down to more-and-more- criminal police. And people who allow themselves to, even momentarily, be treated like they're slaves, white or black, condoning the unconstitutiona l actions of cops, don't deserve to call themselves "Americans" and/or believers in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; for, under those SUPREME laws of the land, we have THE DUTY to stand up against ALL violations of constitutional rights, our own and/or other peoples', even if we are murdered in the process for doing so.

As True Americans, we're not supposed to be cowards... AT ALL; and we are supposed to be Truly Courageous UNDER *ALL* CIRCUMSTANCES. We must NOT bow in fear to ANY scum who falsely believe that they have the "legal right(s)" to violate ANY of our rights and/or treat us like slaves who must (supposedly) bow down without question. Again, that is NOT American; and, in fact, is un-American. This accepting of ANY of the false-propagand a that the cop shows indoctrinate, condition and program us with that we supposedly have to bow down to all police authority, "or else", and that the cops are supposedly "justified" in pouring out that unconstitutiona l and illegal "or else" when we don't blindly bow down to them, is completely W-R-O-N-G and has got to stop, entirely!

(Continued)
 
 
+10 # John S. Browne 2015-04-09 19:28
#

EVERYONE act like True Americans with rights, don't blindly bow down to ANY authority figures, and stand up for those rights! I would rather die than be a slave, or be treated like one and let those doing so get away with it. How about you? Are you a coward or a True American? And, in the case of others the world over, are you cowards or True World-Citizens with human rights and civil liberties? Bow down to NO PERSON, government authority figures or not, and let NOBODY treat you like a "slave" with "no rights"!

WE *ALL* HAVE RIGHTS THAT WE ARE BORN WITH, THAT ARE INNATE TO US, AND THAT CANNOT LEGALLY BE TAKEN FROM US UNDER *ANY* CIRCUMSTANCES! THEY ARE AN INALIENABLE, IMMUTABLE AND IRREMOVABLE PART OF US, AND WE MUST STAND UP FOR THEM, AND EVEN DIE FOR THEM, OR BE COWARDLY SLAVES!

Postscript: Having thought some more about the issue of innocent people running from the cops in fear for their lives, it hit me that I wouldn't be surprised that some if not many cops actually want suspects to run as "grounds" to shoot them dead; and that they, in fact, say something to the suspects' to get them to run, such as, "I could kill you right now and get away with it", or something to that effect. If a cop said something like that to you, wouldn't you attempt to get away from them? Heck, that is something that is recognized by U.S. Supreme Court case LAW precedent as grounds for suspects to defend themselves against the cops, if they can.

#
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2015-04-13 12:25
#

In addition to the foregoing suggestion(s) to refuse to answer ANY questions of police, also keep legally demanding to see a lawyer and to immediately be taken before a magistrate or judge; and don't let even police terrorism, assault and/or torture dissuade you from continuously making those legal demands, because they are your right(s) to demand. Of course they will make fun of you, denigrate you, and possibly worse, but don't let them intimidate you. Whether they appear to be such or not, most of them are evil scum that aren't worth any respect whatsoever. People, especially "law-enforcemen t" and/or "judicial-syste m" people, who violate peoples' constitutional rights, and therefore their inalienable human rights, almost if not actually every business day, certainly aren't worthy of any respect. Most of them are criminals, and criminals that perpetrate far more crimes than you will ever commit in your entire lifetime(s).

#
 
 
+5 # Bruce Gruber 2015-04-10 05:11
Your neighbors who are employed to "protect and serve" are increasingly militarized and 'trained' to concoct legalistic, anti-justice "supplemental reports" that are designed to produce get-out-of-pros ecution cards. The police car computer is already attached to the national crime database.

NSA/FBI/CIA data mining can access and analyze every cell phone/computer Facebook rant, disrespectful threat to valuable property of corporations or politicians safety or police excesses - justifying 'fear of the officer for his or others lives, property or public safety". Enhanced by 'artificial intelligence estimates' and fear-based and/or racist bias, the 'application' of PROTECTION isn't hard to extrapolate.

Authoritarian philosophy and cheap justice (except for the profitability and political voting suppression associated with the outsourced prison industry) are pushed by a propagandized citizenry. Assassination results in 'smaller' government (costs), avoids prosecutors being required to 'prove' guilt, and hastens the process of control and intimidation of discontent. It probably also supports lower pay and fewer benefits for service workers and servants ... just fantacizing cynically
 
 
+7 # NAVYVET 2015-04-10 10:20
To Midwest Tom: Why should we respect authority when authority is wrong? Only wimps do that. When (after almost 12 years) I finally got it through my thick head that the Navy was part of the problems I deplored, I resigned, joined VVAW, wrote my first published book on fossil fuel pollution, and began a career in left wing protest that's never stopped. It took a few guts to go out without a job or a plan for the future, but gotta do what you gotta do, Midwest Tom. Or your backbone gets limper and limper.

I wish you didn't use that pseudonym. My parents were born in the Midwest, so was I, and my Dad was a lifelong believer in Bob LaFollette. My parents weren't mean to me, I was never scared of them. I loved them, and obeyed their rules because I knew they were based on care and concern for me and they MADE SENSE TO ME. If rules don't make sense--DISOBEY!
 
 
+1 # Caliban 2015-04-11 19:20
Over the years of working in local precinct politics, I have come to know several sheriffs and deputies. And all of them had a strict no-shoot policy unless the deputy's life was in immediate danger.

And shooting a potential arrestee simply for running away from an officer was itself a violation of the law.

I should be obvious that all officers cannot be expected to be track stars, but they are expected to have radios and to be able to get help in catching a suspect ALIVE. Plus, they can always put a description out on their radios--and usually do so when needed.

So, I'll sat again--no more shooting people when there is no physical anger to the officer. Today's streets are not an old wild-west movie set.

.
 
 
+2 # pappajohn15@Gmail.com 2015-04-12 07:29
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And the punishment for a broken tail light (or even back child support) is, of course, death.
 
 
+1 # RODNOX 2015-04-13 14:52
cops are feared---not respected---and rightfully so...between killing--lying --etc and our bogus judicial system which doesnt seem to be able to indict or charge a cop EVER for anything....and they want respect ?????? i am a 61 year old white man and they are just about the scariest people on the street....
 
 
-1 # RODNOX 2015-04-13 14:56
and as others have pointed out sure you should do what youre told by a cop but unless you are threatening or endangering someone you should under NO circumstances expect to be shot...the big point is NOT what the victim did but how the cop reacted---
 
 
+22 # btraven 2015-04-09 16:46
These killings should be looked at as another fallout of our illegal wars in Muslim countries. The poorly educated men who have fought these wars for us have been poorly led by officers who have turned a blind eye to "collateral" damage i.e. the killing and brutalization of innocent dark skinned civilians. Racism against these dark skinned peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan is tolerated. they are "ragheads" etc. These men come back unfit for and unable in our poor economy to get manufacturing jobs but are sought after by police forces because the have the aura of "military discipline". Friends, look no further than our perpetual wars for what you see in
Ferguson and N.Carolina.
Stop our Obama and our political class from waging war and most of this "police" problem will be solved. Not all but most.
 
 
+16 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-04-09 17:05
Good point. I'd bet my bottom dollar that this cop was a Gulf War Vet .. that and the fact that his programming is also no doubt that a Black life not the same value as a White life .. if this was a white guy in a suit same situation do you think he'd be dead with 4 bullets in his back trying to get away? NO FUCKING WAY!!!!!!!!!!!! !!1
 
 
-6 # fletch1165 2015-04-09 18:39
Not to mention the fact Jews hate blacks so much in this country and have a history of overt racism. The Mossad trains our police to kill these people. they are here. The United States is their occupied territory. Look at what Israel did to the Ethiopian Jews. Sent back illegally to the belly of the warlord. Sacrificed because of skin color. Defouled against specific U.N. resolution. A war crime. Every police chief receives special training in Israell now. The Mossad and IDF are training them to shoot in the head and ask questions later after a weapon is planted.
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2015-04-09 20:38
Quoting fletch1165:
Not to mention the fact Jews hate blacks so much in this country and have a history of overt racism. The Mossad trains our police to kill these people. they are here. The United States is their occupied territory. Look at what Israel did to the Ethiopian Jews. Sent back illegally to the belly of the warlord. Sacrificed because of skin color. Defouled against specific U.N. resolution. A war crime. Every police chief receives special training in Israell now. The Mossad and IDF are training them to shoot in the head and ask questions later after a weapon is planted.


Please; y'r torturous coruscations to get a shot at Jews is givin' me brain damage.
That's not only a specious contention at very best -without a shadow of reference of backup- but also sounds like a conspiracy nut on steroids -or whatever else pumps up y'r fevered imagination and/or hate glands.Would you mind just a TEENY li'l ol' bit providing us with a TEENY li'l ol' bit o' backup?!
 
 
+1 # RODNOX 2015-04-13 15:03
the fact that we train our people in the most rasist-genocida l--two faced --terrorist country in the world speaks for its self
 
 
+2 # Hey There 2015-04-09 23:33
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDgS_YR9Cqw

Highlight link,right click,left click on link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7CDGx_6qtk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ7z0Dp_WRg
 
 
+10 # btraven 2015-04-09 19:05
Fletch.. "Jews hate Blacks". and it sounds like Fletch doesn't like Jews to make a blanket statement like that.
As it happens Jews historically have been the biggest supporters of blacks when Christian and Catholic whites were nowhere to be found. Let me ask you Fletch, what have you ever done in your life to help blacks, Latinos, or anyone other than yourself? Inquiring minds want to know. b. traven US Army Air Corps 1943-46 WW II
 
 
+8 # Radscal 2015-04-09 19:41
"Christian and Catholic"

Speaking of prejudices, Catholics ARE Christians. Mormons on the other hand....

Meanwhile, as Jew-hating as fletch's comment may sound, it's true that Israeli policies against blacks are legion. Right now, they've rounded up African asylum seekers and are holding them in concentration camps in the desert.

And they have deported huge numbers of Ethiopian Jews (a branch that goes all the way back to King Solomon) despite their alleged open invitation to any Jew from anywhere to move to Israel.
 
 
+4 # btraven 2015-04-09 20:26
Radscal.I am no supporter of Israeli policies and I abhor the influence that AIPAC exerts on our foreign policy vis a vis a brain dead but money grasping congress. Nevertheless I believe you are incorrect about Israels policy on black Jews. A little history is needed here of which you may be unfamiliar. About 30-40 years ago it was discovered that there was a "lost' tribe of Ethiopian Jews who had kept up the practice of Judaism from pre Biblical times. They had heard about the new state of Israel and wanted to come and Israel undertook the task of getting them clandestinely out of Ethiopia by plane. Now I must admit that recent evidence shows that there is discrimination against them but people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.( look at S. Caroline & NY police actions)I have not heard of repatriation of those black Jews but many Sudanese and other Africans from Somalia etc. are crossing over into the Middle East and all of the Arabian peninsula states are repatriating them. Again, look at your own country and the way they treat poor Hondurans etc. in desert prisons before deporting them. If Israel and we do it is to be condemned in all countries. Our country is not exceptional. Condemn Israel for their brutal suppression of the Palestinians but don't invent history.
 
 
+5 # fjerome24 2015-04-09 19:12
How about three basic tactics: Organize, Organize and Organize.

It may have been some evil genius like Lenin who first proposed this as a plan for changing society, but whoever it was, it seems like a better approach than "pushing for more police reforms.:
- fred Jerome
 
 
+14 # tomtom 2015-04-09 20:23
Damn it mid-west Tom, it takes balls and a driving spirit in human rights to disobey someone in authority, whether they be your superior in Vietnam Nam ordering you to shoot women and children or a driver of an automobile who is sick and tired of being bullied by an asshole with a badge and a gun. Sorry, man, but, citizens should stand up to harassment and idiocy by anyone, anytime, when they're being treated unjustly. I'm not advocating shooting police, but, damn it, I'm fucking white, and I'm tired of this shit. And, Kareem, your analogy of racism deniers are like climate change deniers? No, it's closer to holocaust deniers. Again, I recommend you all google netguns, which can subdue a suspect without danger to the arresting officer or cause unnecessary harm to the person being arrested. Netguns won't change hatred or fear by the police, but, they'll damn sure save some lives.
 
 
+12 # tomtom 2015-04-09 20:39
One more thing, we are all Troy Davis!
 
 
+10 # John S. Browne 2015-04-09 21:52
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Right-on, "TomTom". We are all Troy Davis... and Eric Garner, Ramsey Orta, Maile Hampton, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Pedro Rios, Jr., Trayvon Martin, Juan Thompson's mother, Mumia abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and everyone else who has been a victim of the cops and/or the government (including myself---please forgive me for all those I left out by name).

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+2 # gentry cooper 2015-04-10 23:02
you left out 12 year old tamir rice. just an unbelievably vicious murder by obviously racist and depraved, debased, subhuman cops.
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2015-04-10 13:24
Quoting tomtom:
One more thing, we are all Troy Davis!


Glad you remembered that state lynching.
 
 
+9 # Art947 2015-04-09 22:21
Unfortunately, Kareem's post neglects to mention that police lie! While the code of silence and the brotherhood of the thin blue line are rampant, so is the culture of lying by police officers to cover their arse and to protect those in their brotherhood.

The next time you hear a police office testifying at a trial, you might want to accept their statements with a large amount of skepticism. Has the officer taken a polygraph test to support his level of truthfulness? What corroborating evidence is there to support anything and everything that they said Having served on a grand jury many years ago, I was astounded to hear every officer use the exact same words to describe the crime, the alleged perpetrator, and the substance that was seized. While I can't make this up, they sure did!
 
 
+9 # Bruce Gruber 2015-04-10 06:08
In a handful of court related experiences over more than five decades I have NEVER seen a police officer on the witness stand give truthful testimony to the events that I witnessed. Every single sworn statement was a legalistic, crafted misrepresentati on that 'supported' the court's interpretation of 'precedent'. Most included the ever-popular "supplemental report" template testimony. Faced with obvious perjury by someone, each judge deferred to officer testimony with the admonition that the police officer is a member of the court.
 
 
+3 # NAVYVET 2015-04-10 10:08
Another impressive article!

HOW ABOUT KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR FOR PRESIDENT? Or at least the Senate??
 
 
0 # randrjwr 2015-04-12 10:13
Quoting NAVYVET:
Another impressive article!

HOW ABOUT KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR FOR PRESIDENT? Or at least the Senate??


He would get my vote.
 
 
+5 # mmcmanus 2015-04-10 10:23
I disagree with KA-J's comment that this case "should inspire less debate than other recent incidents". The video proves an outright murder, nothing less. To read here that some commenters actually diminish that fact by raising the inane suggestion that Walter Scott's running from the murderer somehow justifies or excuses being shot in the back multiple times is astonishing! That type of "thinking" shows that we need more debate on the issue of police racism not less, and that we also need to go back and have more investigatiion into the other recent murders, where unfortunately there was no video proving what happened--white cops killing unarmed blacks for no justifiable reason. Those "he shouldn't have run" comments are not reasonable and worthy of respect: they show a complete lack of thought, decency, and humanity, proof of how low the morons of fox "news" and the right wing republican politicians have dragged us down as a nation.
 
 
+1 # John S. Browne 2015-04-10 20:56
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...(A)nd how "left wing" people who are ignorant of the state and federal constitutions and the rights they embody and delineate, including presumption of innocence (which shooting someone in the back who is not a threat to anyone certainly is not---presuming their innocence, that is), and of what police should and should not be empowered to do, are also responsible for (dragging us down as a nation of once-upon-a-tim e freedom and liberty, now no more; which the willful ignorance of liberty, freedom and rights largely contributes to).

In other words, though you're correct that the right wing contributes to this to a large extent, it is not only they who are responsible, but also most of those on the "Left" as well who have also not been vigilant to preserve our liberties, freedoms and rights.

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+5 # elkingo 2015-04-10 13:00
The great new interracial television reality show craze that's sweeping the nation: Die: You're On Candid Camera!
The entire American police culture must be radically revised.
 
 
+1 # jazzman633 2015-04-16 14:44
I agree with elkingo. In fact, I recommend that CNN rebrand itself as "Cops Nailing Negroes," because that's all that's on.
 

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