Ferguson death of Michael Brown and hip hop songs

This music video from the USA is called Dizzy Wright – I Need Answers (Feat. Nikkiya). See also here. It is about the death in Ferguson, Missouri of Michael Brown.

And this music video, dedicated to the people of Ferguson, is Lauryn Hill – Black Rage.

As the media begins to take the spotlight off the embattled area, here’s how you can help make sure coverage of Ferguson continues to be “a part of the national conversation.” And don’t miss what these 7th and 8th grade students from St. Louis had to say about the tragedy in their backyards. [Story, Image via Reuters]

Kajieme Powell killed in Missouri, a symptom

This video from the USA is called Hands Up Don’t Shoot -In Remembrance of Michael Brown Jr.

By Andre Damon in the USA:

Second St. Louis area police shooting highlights unrestrained police violence in the US

22 August 2014

On Wednesday, St. Louis police released a video showing the killing of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell a day earlier. The killing of Powell came just ten days after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which sparked mass protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.

The video shows Powell behaving erratically after he reportedly took two energy drinks and a pastry from a nearby store. None of the handful of bystanders seem threatened by Powell. Two police officers arrive on the scene, guns drawn. Within 20 seconds Powell is dead, killed by a barrage of twelve bullets, fired by both officers, over a duration of three seconds.

The final two shots, fired by both officers, take place as Powell is already motionless on the ground. “Put your hands up!” yell the officers, and then handcuff him.

Residents had told the World Socialist Web Site that Powell was mentally handicapped and that his mother had died shortly before he was killed by the police.

“I think officer safety is the number one issue,” said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, defending the officers’ actions, saying, “The officers did what I think you or I would do, they protected their life in that situation.” Dotson dismissed questions as to why officers did not use Tasers or other means to diffuse the situation short of deadly violence.

The video contradicts Dotson’s claims that Powell rushed the officers with a knife in an “overhand” position, and was three to four feet away when he was shot. The video shows police started shooting when Powell was about nine feet away, based on measurements relative to the officers’ height, and that Powell had his hands down when he was shot. Neither of the officers has been disciplined.

The shooting of Powell shocked eyewitnesses. The man filming the video can be heard saying, “They just killed him. Here we go again. They just killed this man. He’s dead. They putting him in cuffs. And he’s dead. Oh my God.”

The killing of Powell is the latest in a string of police murders. Police agencies throughout the country act as laws unto themselves, with a license to use deadly force at the slightest provocation. Despite the claims of the Obama administration, the killing of Michael Brown has only deepened the police’s hubris and hostility to the population.

The police defense of the killing of Powell—and the lies used to justify this killing—mirror the response of New York City police to the July 17 killing of Eric Garner, who suffocated to death when NYPD officers put him in an illegal chokehold and piled on top of him. Earlier this month, New York police unions held a press conference defending Garner’s killing, blaming him for his own death at the hands of the police.

“There is an attitude on our city streets today that it is acceptable to resist arrest,” said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch. “That attitude is a direct result of the lack of respect for law enforcement.” These types of attitudes are not only tolerated, but actively encouraged by the media and entire political establishment.

A case in point was a column published earlier this week in the Washington Post by Sunil Dutta, a professor of Homeland Security

a strange ‘science’ indeed to be professor in

at Colorado Tech University, entitled, “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”

“Here is the bottom line,” writes Dutta. “If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.”

He adds, “Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.”

He adds, “You don’t have to submit to an illegal stop or search. You can refuse consent to search your car or home if there’s no warrant,” even though just a few lines above he asserts the right of police to shoot anyone who does not obey their orders. From this it follows that either police never make illegal demands, or that whatever they demand is legal.

The essential conception expressed in the comments of Dotson, Lynch, and Dutta is that police can do anything they want—including taking lives—if they claim the slightest threat. “Aggressively walking” becomes the justification for being shot.

The logic of these arguments is deeply authoritarian. In this, it is entirely in line with the pseudo-legal justifications of the Obama administration and the political establishment as a whole for the destruction of every basic democratic right. On the basis of claims that it is necessary to protect “public safety,” the executive asserts the power to spy on the population, detain anyone indefinitely without charge and even kill, without due process.

The military-police takeover of Ferguson, Missouri, and the imposition of what amounts to martial law in the city, exposed the essential target of all of these measures: the working class in the United States.

Workers and young people speak on Ferguson, Missouri, police violence: here.

The ALBA countries released a joint statement Tuesday expressing their “profound concern” with the violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, which the bloc said is a reminder of the serious racial discrimination that has yet to be resolved in the United States. “The countries of ALBA, (Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela) the Bolivarian Alliance of the People of Our Americas, express their solidarity with the communities of people of African descent in the United States,” the statement added: here.

Michael Brown killed, Kajieme Powell killed, police telling the truth?

This video about the killing of Kajieme Powell was released by police in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on Wednesday.

Warning: The video includes graphic content.

From Huffington Post in the USA:

St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story

08/20/2014 8:08 pm EDT

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

A convenience store owner called 911 on Tuesday when he suspected Powell stole drinks and donuts from his shop, according to a recording of the call. …

Two officers in a police SUV responded to the calls, the cell phone video shows. When the officers got out of their vehicle, Powell walked in their direction, yelling and telling them to shoot him already.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Tuesday that both of the officers opened fire on Powell when he came within a three or four feet of them holding a knife “in an overhand grip.”

But the newly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15 seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released the video and 911 calls, telling St. Louis Public Radio that it plans to act transparently.

The shooting death occurred less than four miles from where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in the suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9.

The St. Louis Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

By Tom Carter in the USA:

Federal judge refuses to halt “keep moving” order in Ferguson

21 August 2014

On Monday, a federal judge refused to order a halt to the arbitrary “keep moving” rule imposed by the police on residents and journalists on public sidewalks in Ferguson, Missouri.

As part of the police-military crackdown on protests in Ferguson over the police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the police have adopted the tactic of patrolling the sidewalks in groups and shouting “keep moving” at those standing in their way. Anyone who does not move quickly enough is tackled and arrested.

Standing still for as little as five seconds is sufficient to be taken to the ground and handcuffed by a swarm of police. Hundreds of arrests, including of journalists, have been carried out for “failure to disperse.”

The purpose of this tactic is to menace and intimidate the population and obstruct the exercise of basic constitutional rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly. It goes hand-in-hand with a de facto state of martial law that has been imposed on the largely working-class suburb of St. Louis.

Over the past week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) initiated a number of emergency legal proceedings against municipalities involved in the Ferguson repression as well as their leading personnel, challenging the police activities as unconstitutional.

Ferguson: Protests last night were much calmer. The cop who threatened to kill protesters on Tuesday has been put on indefinite leave. And while the name of Darren Wilson has been released, the lack of public information about the officer leaves him “an enigma.” [HuffPost]

Injustice in Ferguson, Long Before Michael Brown: here.

Cleveland, Ohio residents denounce repression in Ferguson: here.

Ferguson solidarity protests spread to dozens of cities nationwide. Demonstrations from Los Angeles to New York protest killing of Michael Brown and other recent cases of police shootings: here.

Ferguson is not just about systemic racism — it’s about class warfare and how America’s poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: here.

Germany: Workers and youth in Berlin: “What is taking place in Ferguson is war”: here.

Dutch nazi travelled to Ukraine

Azov battalion symbol

This picture (also reproduced on the Facebook page of the Dutch NVU nazi party) shows the symbol of the Ukrainian Kiev government’s Azov battalion; source: here. It is the wolfsangel, or wolf’s hook. Also the symbol of the Dutch nazi party NSB in the 1930s and 1940s.

Wolfsangel on Dutch NSB nazi flag

On the Dutch NSB 1930s-1940s nazi flag for their paramilitary organisation, the WA, the same wolfsangel, in a different direction.

The Dutch nazis of the Nederlandse Volksunie report on their Facebook page about the September issue of their magazine Wij Europa.

In that Wij Europa issue, they announce a report by NVU nazi Frank Folkerts about his trip to Ukraine; for coordination with Ukrainian fellow nazis, like the Svoboda party and the Right Sector. Maybe to prepare for Dutch mercenaries fighting in the war in eastern Ukraine in the Azov battalion, like nazis from Sweden and other countries already do, and which the NVU applauds?

Frank Folkerts used to be NVU party leader for Utrecht province; with the title ‘kringleider’, district leader; the same title as in the NSB, the 1930-1940s Dutch nazi party. Folkerts was main NVU candidate for the 2010 elections in Overbetuwe local authority.

Michael Brown killed, Amnesty inquiry in USA for first time

This video from the USA is called Police Shooting of Mike Brown, An Unarmed Black Teenager, Sparks Protests in Missouri.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon sends reserve military force to help quell violence in Ferguson after fresh clashes erupted last night

Natasha Culzac

Monday 18 August 2014

As anger erupted again on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a human rights team from Amnesty International worked on the ground in the US for the first time ever.

Confrontation flared up after an autopsy found that Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by an officer on 9 August, had suffered at six bullet wounds including one in the top of his head.

Eye-witnesses report seeing police, with no visible ID badges, hurling tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters and threatening members of the press in another night of demonstrations.

Amnesty International, said it would be observing police and protester activity and gathering testimonies as well as training local activists “on methods of non-violent protest” in an “unprecedented” move by the campaigners.

Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director, Steven W Hawkins said that the “people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting”.

Jasmine Heiss, one of the 13-strong team sent by Amnesty, told Buzzfeed that the limits placed on the organisation’s access to post-curfew areas was indicative of “the overall lack of transparency in this investigation”.

“The US cannot continue to allow those obligated and duty-bound to protect to become those who their community fears most,” said Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Steven W. Hawkins.”

“Law enforcement, from the FBI to state and local police, are obligated to respect and uphold the human rights of our communities,” Mr Hawkins said in a statement on 14 August.

The fresh dissidence has led to Jay Nixon, the Governor of the state of Missouri, ordering the deployment of National Guard troops to “protect life and property”, he said in a statement this morning.

The military will, he says, will “maintain peace and order” by closing streets and thoroughfares, if it must, after the events that have unfolded have “continued to create conditions of distress and hazard to the safety, welfare and property of the citizens of the community beyond the capacities of local jurisdiction”. …

A number of journalists present at the clash in the early hours of this morning reported being threatened with tear gas if they didn’t move, as they were shepherded away from the media enclosure.

Complex Magazine said that police had opened fire into the crowds without warning three hours before the midnight curfew began, causing some children and members of the media to be hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Two black journalists from Complex also said that they had been racially profiled, being refused re-entry into the press area whereas white members of the press had been [admitted].

While tensions ran high in Missouri, another demonstration in Los Angeles, 1,800 miles away, saw 500 people congregate outside police headquarters to protest the fatal shooting of another unarmed black man, who was killed 11 August.

Ezell Ford, 25, died in hospital after being shot by an LAPD officer – Ford’s family say he had been cooperating with police and was lying on the ground when hit, however police say that Ford was trying to grab one of their guns, according to Reuters.

US Audio Analysis: The Protests in Ferguson & the National Guard — Scott Lucas with the BBC: here.

Michael Brown family attorney: autopsy proves ‘witness accounts were true’ – live: here.

Michael Brown family attorney: autopsy proves teenager was surrendering. Doctor says no signs of a struggle on Brown’s body. Governor abandons Ferguson curfew as national guard arrives: here.

Ferguson: The Trayvonning of Michael Brown: here.

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News panelist says Ferguson response needed because “these extremist Muslims are coming back”: here.

USA: For blacks, the “war on terror” hasn’t come home. It’s always been here: here.

6 Good Reasons a Black Person Might Resist Arrest: here.

Michael Brown killed, new rap song

This music video from the USA is the song by J. Cole – Be Free.

From TIME magazine in the USA today:

J. Cole Responds to Michael Brown Shooting With an Emotional New Song

Samantha Grossman

“All we wanna do is break the chains off / All we wanna do is be free”

“That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend,” he wrote in a blog post. “I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a f–k if it’s by police or peers. This s–t is not normal.”

Cole’s sentiment comes through on his new tribute to Brown, titled “Be Free.” He sounds like he’s on the verge of tears as he sings over a simple, grave piano loop. “And now I’m in denial,” the song begins. “And it don’t take no X-ray to see through my smile.” Later in the track, he repeats the following lyrics: “All we wanna do is break the chains off / All we wanna do is be free.”

It’s one of Cole’s rawest, most emotional recordings to date.

See also here.

After Michael Brown’s death, anti-racist protest in Britain, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Was This Murdered Teen Throwing Gang Signs? #IfTheyGunnedMeDown

11 August 2014

“In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, African-Americans have taken to Twitter to wonder how the media would portray them if they should be the victim of a police shooting.

While initial photos showed Michael Brown in a cap and gown at his high school graduation, media organizations and conservative bloggers are increasingly turning to a photo (seen above) of Brown clad in a Nike Air jersey and throwing a ‘gang sign,’ as a way to sensationalize the shooting while inferring that the young man might be a ‘gangbanger.’

African-Americans remember the Trayvon Martin case when the image of a unarmed teen shot by George Zimmerman changed when bloggers posted photos of Martin throwing signs and sporting a grill, accusing him of being a gang member. For a brief period of time, a photo of another young African-American man made the rounds with conservatives asserting that it was Martin as a gang member.”

See also here.

Ferguson: A number of local workers have said that they have been arrested and then beaten up before they were released, as do a number of journalists: here.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Young black men launch Twitter protest against racism

Friday 15th August 2015

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown started after the shooting of Michael Brown

A LONDON accountant became one of hundreds of young black men this week to take to Twitter in protest at institutionalised racism.

Jamal Palmer told the Star yesterday that the protest was powerful because the police could turn photos of him and his friends against them.

The #IfTheyGunnedMeDown movement was sparked by the shooting of Michael Brown, of St Louis, Missouri, who was immediately portrayed by the media as a “thug”.

Images have been published of him outside his house, looking angry in a sports jersey.

In response, black youth started publishing pictures of themselves in two different scenarios — a social and a formal one — and asking which one would the media chose if they were to die the next day.

“I’m a trained accountant but because I like to have a joke and mess about with pals, I could be portrayed as a gangster,” said Mr Palmer.

“I know the UK is much further ahead in terms of racism and prejudice than the US but it still makes you wonder.”

Mr Palmer was just one of hundreds of youngsters who joined the online protest as the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag went viral on Twitter.

Among them are young men and women keen to show that the people making gun gestures for the camera are also first-class graduates, proud carers and accomplished professionals.

Mr Palmer said sharing the picture “was just a show of support and solidarity for young black people or mixed people everywhere.”

The protest comes as a review has been launched in Scotland to consider stripping cops of firearms.

Green MSP Patrick Harvie welcomed the move yesterday, saying: “The sight of armed police on our streets while carrying out routine duties has alarmed many Scots.”

And blaming the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling for “brushing off” the issue, Mr Harvie argued: “There is a strong case for ministers being held to account on this dramatic change in our policing culture.”

“If the firearms policy isn’t challenged it will represent a major failure of accountability.”

ALL QUIET ON THE MIDWESTERN FRONT? “There was a stark change Thursday from a day earlier in this St. Louis suburb, with police officers from the city of St. Louis mingling with people protesting the weekend shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. The scene was in sharp contrast to Wednesday, when officers in riot gear led by St. Louis County police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd.” Release of the name of the officer who shot Brown is imminent, and nationwide calls to demilitarize police forces are growing. [HuffPost]

On Thursday, demonstrations and vigils were held across the United States mourning the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown—murdered by police on August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Those attending the demonstrations denounced the continuing attacks on demonstrators carried out by a heavily militarized police force: here.

Britain: If the political elite start using the police as an army against social dissent, it’s no surprise when some of them turn rogue, writes SOLOMON HUGHES: here.

Dutch NVU nazis plan anti-immigrant march, 20 September

Nederlandse Volksunie demonstration

This photo shows a demonstration by the Dutch nazi party Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU). On the foreground, two NVU stewards. The person on the right has a T-shirt of the nazi paramilitary terrorist gang Combat 18 (18=first and eighth letters of the alphabet=AH=Adolf Hitler).

The Dutch coalition of extreme right organisations Pro Patria marched on 10 August 2014 to the Schilderswijk, a neighbourhood in The Hague where many immigrants live. The aim of that march was to provoke fights. In which they succeeded.

They announced that on 20 September, they intended to march there again. Geert Wilders, leader of the xenophobic PVV party, announced he wanted to march with them.

However, the mayor of The Hague yesterday banned the 20 September march because of fears of even worse violence.

According to NOS TV in the Netherlands today, one of the participating organisations in the Pro Patria coalition, the Adolf Hitler-loving Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU), now wants to challenge the 20 September Schilderswijk demonstration ban in court.

Unarmed Michael Brown killed, ‘Ferguson police are the problem’

Michael Brown badge

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Ferguson police are the problem

Friday Aug 15 2014, 06:51 (Update: 15-08-14, 09:04)

By Wouter Zwart, correspondent in Washington

Indignation in the USA about police actions in the Ferguson suburb of St-Louis is growing. On Wednesday armed policemen, backed up by armoured vehicles, confronted the protesters. The units looked like they were United States army units, in gear that we know from Iraq and Afghanistan. They fired tear gas and rubber bullets and arrested at least sixteen people, including two journalists.

President Obama condemned the arrests and called in a speech for calm. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill went a step further and called the police action in Ferguson “the problem rather than the solution.” “The people in my state have the right to demonstrate peacefully and the police must respect and protect that right,” said McCaskill.

Existing tensions

The unrest began Saturday after police shot the 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown walked down the street and was unarmed. According to the police, he behaved aggressively and created a dangerous situation. According to bystanders, the police opened fire just for no reason.

The incident brought the already existing tensions between the people and the police to a boiling point. The district where Michael Brown was shot is predominantly black, while the police force is almost entirely white. For years people have been complaining about racial profiling; black residents are stopped sooner as potential criminals on the streets, they are arrested sooner and are getting harsher sentences than white people for the same offenses.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Missouri governor shifts tactics against Ferguson protests

15 August 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has intervened to take control of the official response to mounting protests over the police murder of an unarmed 18-year-old black youth in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, ordering the Missouri state police to assume command of operations in the town beginning Thursday night.

Residents of Ferguson, St. Louis and other cities and towns across the US took to the street again early Thursday evening to voice their opposition to the unprovoked shooting of Michael Brown and demand his police killer be identified, fired and prosecuted.

Initial reports suggested that police were taking a lower profile, as instructed by Nixon, with military-style equipment held in reserve rather than deployed in the provocative fashion seen on previous nights.

The police violence reached its peak on Wednesday night, when hundreds of heavily armed police, dressed in military camouflage and packing enough firepower to destroy the entire town of 21,000 people, attacked peaceful demonstrators, using teargas, smoke pellets and rubber bullets. At least 16 people were arrested, bringing the total to more than 50 since Michael Brown was killed August 9.

A New York candidate for governor was arrested for videotaping police: here.

Ferguson protests reignite overnight as cops again fire teargas at demonstrators: here.

Activists Explain Why The Mike Brown Shooting Is A Feminist Issue: here.

Anne Frank Foundation on Wilders’ cooperation with Dutch nazis

Paul Peters' vandalism at Oosterhout Jewish cemetery

Translated from Radio 1 in the Netherlands (where there is an audio file as well) today:

Wilders does not know what company he keeps’

Willem Wagenaar, researcher of the extreme right at the Anne Frank Foundation is amazed about the call of Geert Wilders to support the [officially] anti-ISIS [in practice, anti-immigrant] demonstration in The Hague. …

The anti-ISIS demonstration, announced in the Schilderswijk in The Hague, is organized by Pro Patria, a pseudonym of Identitary Resistance. The leader of the movement, Paul Peters, has been convicted in the past for vandalizing and defacing a Jewish cemetery. … “The extreme right not only hates Muslims, but also Jews. These people should not be Wilders’ friends.”