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“In the video that people see of the takedown, the sergeant is standing in the background doing nothing.”
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James Blake (1979- ), a retired American tennis star, was once ranked fourth in the world. He won second place in the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup. He was also named Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. It was after he heard Arthur Ashe himself speak in Harlem that he knew he wanted to be a tennis player. He dropped out of Harvard to become one.
On September 9th 2015, the New York police (NYPD) threw him to the ground and arrested him
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Imagine if Mr. Blake would have put up a fight to defend himself from this stranger.
In 2013, after spending years behind bars in the notorious New York torture chamber known as Rikers Island without ever having been convicted of a crime, then 19 year-old Kalief Browder finally was allowed to return to his family and loved ones. However, those who had known the 16 year-old young man before he was tragically apprehended by an NYPD officer in 2010 (all because he erroneously thought Browder took someone’s backpack) quickly found that he had been profoundly damaged by his traumatic experiences on the island. As was reported on this blog in 2013,
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NYPD commanding officer Edward Winski decided to post something inspirational on Twitter for Motivational Monday, but quickly deleted it. The quote is from Jack Nicholson, playing Col. Jessup in the movie, A Few Good Men, a scene with Jessup testifying regarding two privates he ordered to kill another soldier. In the current climate of protests in New York City that the commanding officer chose to post this to the verified Twitter account of the precinct for motivation is just flat-out tone deaf and shocking, if not revealing.
Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
Mind you, this quote is given by Col. Jessup just seconds before he admits that he did the unthinkable and ordered the “code red” to have a fellow soldier killed. What in the world was Edward Winski thinking?
The Brooklyn DA’s Office is probing whether an NYPD cop stole $1,300 from a construction worker while searching him in Coney Island, officials said.
These cops are criminals in uniform.
“I wouldn’t really say [he was killed] because Eric was a black man. It’s due to the fact that they stole money from [Eric] and refused to give him his money, and he filed charges against them.” -Benjamin Carr, Eric Garner’s stepfather
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New York City, New York – According to former NYPD officer Harold Thomas, he is no longer with the police force after an incident involving a fight with 3 other officers outside of a nightclub that Thomas was leaving.
Thomas believes that he was racially profiled and that the situation escalated because he was black and he was not in uniform.
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For six and a half minutes after NYPD rookie Peter Liang, shot a completely innocent man in the chest, he was texting his union representative, and NOT calling for help.
Cops who are supposed to serve and protect are killing us.
And then, they don’t even try to save our life when they mess up.
Justice for Eric Garner who was choked to death by NYPD officers on July 17th in Staten Island, NY. After breaking up a fight, Garner was approached by several officers that attempted to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. When trying to take down Garner, officer Daniel Pantaleo placed an illegal choke hold on him which caused him to stop breathing and die several minutes later. The police officers nor the responding emergency service workers did anything to aid him while laying lifeless on the floor. The whole incident was caught on videotape which went viral and has ignited a call to end racial profiling and police brutality against people of color. The killing of Eric Garner has been shortly followed by the killing of unarmed John Crawford in Ohio, Ezell Ford in LA, and Michael Brown in Ferguson. After having witnessed the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, we all must figure out a way to take back control of our militarized police departments and hold officers accountable when they cross the line. This portrait is of young Eric in high school. He died at the age of 43. His last words where, “I can’t breathe…”
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