While NYC mourns cops’ murders, anti-police brutality protests must continue

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NYPD Police Officers Rafael Ramos and WenjianLiu were murdered at point blank range on Saturday afternoon by longtime criminal gang member Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who traveled from Baltimore to commit the crime.

As they sat in their marked patrol car near the Tompkins Houses in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on Saturday afternoon, New York City police officers Rafael Ramos, who is Latino and Wenjian Liu, who is Asian, were shot at point-blank range by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who traveled to New York City after shooting and wounding his girlfriend in Baltimore, where he had led a life of crime. After murdering the officers, Brinsley then committed suicide.

According to posts on his social media page, Brinsley had threatened to kill police officers in revenge for the murders of unarmed African-American males Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. As the facts emerge, they tell an irrefutable tale: Brinsley, a gang member who embraced a life of crime, acted alone and had no affiliation to any of the families whose loved ones were killed by police officers. While the misguided ambush of the police officers must be loudly condemned in every corner of society, Brinsley’s action should not diminish the worthy cause of the #BlackLivesMatter movement which seeks to bring attention to the scourge of police officers across the nation murdering unarmed African-Americans and Latinos. Ensuring the safety of all innocent lives is the responsibility of a civilized society.

Baltimore gang member Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and wounded his girlfriend before traveling to New York City on Saturday where he murdered two police officers as they sat in their patrol car.

Baltimore gang member Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and wounded his girlfriend before traveling to New York City on Saturday where he murdered two police officers as they sat in their patrol car.

At OnPointPress.net, we mourn the brutal and cowardly murders of officers Ramos and Wenjian. At the same time, we will always mourn the deaths of unarmed African-Americans and Latinos at the hands of police officers. In our view, no life is more important that the other, therefore all lives must be valued equally.

In that vein, we mourn the murders of: Amadaou Diallo who was executed by police officers in a hail of 41 bullets in the Bronx; Anthony Baez, who was choked to death in the Bronx by officer Francis Livotti because Baez’ football hit the officer’s patrol car; Patrick Dorismond in Brooklyn, New York;  Sean Bell who was celebrating his bachelor’s party before he was gunned down by a team of police officers in Queens, New York; Eric Garner who had broken up a fight and was merely standing on a corner in Staten Island, New York; Michael Brown, who had broken the law but did not deserve to die for it in Ferguson, Missouri; John Crawford who was shopping at a Walmart in Ohio; Tamir Rice who was playing with a toy gun in a park in Ohio, Trayvon Martin, who was walking home with candies when a thuggish, police-obsessed George Zimmerman objected, Ezell Ford, in Los Angeles, Akai Gurley, who was talking the stairs in Brooklyn, New York due to a malfunctioning elevator, Oscar Grant, who was trying to get home to his daughter in Oakland, California and the many other unarmed African-American and Latino males and females who are routinely brutalized, harassed and murdered by the very police officers who are sworn to protect and serve them.

We mourn all deaths, and we wait with interest for comprehensive, nationwide reforms to be implemented that will strengthen police-community relations, change the tone of police interactions with Blacks and Latinos to demonstrate respect rather than intimidation and racism, and we look forward to the day when Blacks and Latinos can confidently view police officers as agents who are there to protect them, like they protect Whites, and not murder them with impunity, as is often the case. So as we mourn the unfortunate murders of these innocent officers, we urge the anti-police brutality protests to continue spreading the word that “BlackLivesMatter so that the changes that we seek will become a reality–OnPointPress.net.

#BlackLivesMatter movement mobilize national marches vs. police brutality

New Yorkers hosted the "MillionsMarchNYC"

New Yorkers hosted the “MillionsMarchNYC” which had a strong, vocal turnout.

By Carmen Glover

On Saturday, December 13, several thousand protesters gathered at multiple sites across the country, united in one message: Rally against police brutality. The overall aim was to bring awareness to the scourge of police officers murdering unarmed Black men and boys while grand juries refuse to indict the officers for the murders. The protesters chanted and carried signs stating: “I can’t Breathe,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Stop Police Brutality” among others.

The largest march took place in New York City. Dubbed “MillionsMarchNYC” and organized by several young protesters and media mogul Russell Simmons, the “MillionsMarchNYC” started at Washington Square Park before the group marched uptown, shutting down fifth avenue, sixth avenue and Broadway. The protesters were joined by rapper Nas and music executive Kevin Liles as they marched. A 28-year-old Baruch College professor was arrested for assaulting a two police officers as the group splintered and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Justice For All Rally in Washington DC.

Justice For All Rally in Washington DC.

The second largest march took place on the Freedom Plaza in Washington DC. That march was organized by civil rights groups such as the NAACP, National Urban League, the National Action Network and various youth-themed groups, helmed by young activists who have been vocal on the issue of police brutality.

The DC march was called “Justice For All” and “March Against Police Violence” and was attended by the parents and relatives of well-known victims of police brutality including Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother; Michael Brown Sr. and Leslie McSpadden, parents of Michael Brown; Katiatou Diallo, Amadou Diallo’s mother; John Crawford Sr., father of John Crawford Jr; the partner of Akai Gurley and the mother of his child; Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother. “March Against Police Violence featured speakers from the affected families.

Protesters stage die-in

Protesters stage die-in

“You kept this alive for all the families. We love you all,” said Brown, as he surveyed the crowd. “My son was just 12 years old, a baby, my baby, the youngest of four,” said Rice. “This is a great moment,” said Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother.

The group then marched towards the congressional building, joined by notables such as director Spike Lee with his daughter, and New York State Junior Senator Kirstin Gillibrand.

Protesters gathered in multiple cities over the weekend to protest against police brutality.

Protesters gathered in multiple cities over the weekend to protest against police brutality.

Smaller marches took place in Ferguson, Missouri where Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson, Boston, MA and Oakland, CA where 21-year-old father Oscar Grant was killed on the Bart train by police officers. More marches and acts of civil disobedience are expected as protesters demand action, such as assigning a special prosecutor in any case involving a police officer, even if death of the victim does not occur–OnPointPress.net.

Ongoing protests, demands for action, only routes to meaningful change

People protest nationwide against police brutality.

People protest nationwide against police brutality.

On Saturday, December 13, various civil rights groups will gather in Washington, D.C, to demand a national response to the spate of murders unleashed on unarmed Black men and boys by White police officers, and the refusal of largely White grand juries, impaneled by White district attorneys, to indict the officers. Some supporters will march to protest against vigilante members of the public who also kill Black and Latino residents  without provocation. While still others will march to highlight members of the Black and Latino communities killing each other in a show of disregard for their lives.

Protesters in New York City march and demand change.

Protesters in New York City march and demand change.

As people of all races and backgrounds continue to take to the street en masse, blocking streets, highways, malls, businesses and municipal buildings, politicians have begun to take notice. Also, supporters in countries as far-flung as India, France and England have held solidarity protests, holding aloft banners with the timeless message: “Black Lives Matter.” There must be no tiring in the quest to elicit meaningful change in how Black and Latino people are routinely targeted and dehumanized by police officers who are sworn to protect them. The dichotomy in police relationships between the White community and Black/Latino communities require a national overall in policing strategies.

Protesters marched in 1936 for the same issue as they are marching today.

Protesters marched in 1936 for the same issue as they are marching today.

President Barack Obama’s recent request to Congress for $75 million to fund body cameras for police officers, while noble, hardly inspires comfort, given the fact that the unholy alliance between district attorneys and police officers rendered two videotapes of Eric Garner’s chokehold murder by Staten Island detective Daniel Pantaleo unpersuasive to a predominantly White grand jury. However, it is a step in the right direction. New York Mayor Bill deBlasio’s joint announcement with his police commissioner Bill Bratton that all 35, 000 New York City police force will immediately undergo re-training is also a good step, despite the cries of hysteria espoused by Petrolmen Benevolent Association( PBA) President Patrick Lynch.

“Re-training the police force on new ways of dealing with the public and better use of force will reduce these tragedies,” deBlasio said over the weekend.

Protesters stage die-in at Grand Central Station in New York City to express outrage that the grand jury failed to indict the officers who used an illegal chokehold to murder Eric Garner.

Protesters stage die-in at Grand Central Station in New York City to express outrage that the grand jury failed to indict the officers who used an illegal chokehold to murder Eric Garner.

But those steps are just the beginning of what will be a long journey towards the type of systemic change that is necessary for Blacks and Latinos to feel safe in their homeland of America, the land of the free. It is unacceptable for Blacks and Latinos to be victimized, harassed, assaulted and murdered with impunity by police officers who run the streets like lawless gangs who answer to no one. This must stop. The anguish that is felt by the families of Garner, Amadou Diallo, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ezell Ford, Oscar Grant, Sean Belll, Anthony Baez, Abmer Louima, Patrick Dorismond, Jordan Davis and countless others across the country needs to be assuaged.

Black and Latino children grow up fearing the police who are sworn to protect them.

Black and Latino children grow up fearing the police who are sworn to protect them.

The trauma experienced by members of the Black and Latino communities when an innocent life is cut down by police officers whose primary responsibility is to protect but whose presence engenders fear, last a lifetime.  Police brutality targeted towards Black and Latino communities need to stop and the protests, marches and acts of civil disobedience are vital actions that must be taken to keep the issues in the public consciousness.–OnPointPress.net.

Riots, marches, illustrate raw pain, hurt, anger, against unpunished police brutality

People march to demand Justice for Michael Brown stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and demand police reform in Washington, DC, on October 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS        (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

People march to demand Justice for Michael Brown stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and demand police reform in Washington, DC, on October 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

As  smug, relaxed and self satisfied- looking Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson gave his first television network interview to ABC, riots continued unchecked in Ferguson, Missouri, despite additional National Guard members who were summoned by Governor Jay Nixon to restore order. Meanwhile marches proceeded unabated across the United States as citizens protested unpunished police brutality against Black and Latino men.

Marchers in Union Square, New York.

Marchers in Union Square, New York.

The psyche in predominantly African-American and Latino communities is raw with pain, anguish, hurt and explosive anger that yet another police officer has gone unpunished after taking the life of one more unarmed African-American male. As Wilson describes it, Michael Brown, appeared to him like “Hulk” who was “intent on” harming or even killing Wilson requiring him to shoot multiple times until he was certain that Brown was dead. Wilson expressed no remorse and suggested that he did what his training dictated.

Rioters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Rioters in Ferguson, Missouri.

When St Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced on Monday night that there was “no reasonable cause to prosecute Officer Wilson” in Brown’s murder, he then put on a spirited defense of Wilson while doing everything he could to denigrate Brown’s reputation, trash the witnesses who disputed Wilson’s version of events, and insult journalists for doing their jobs.

The National Guard has been deployed in Ferguson to restore order as people riot to express their anger in the face of another case of unpunished police brutality.

The National Guard has been deployed in Ferguson to restore order as people riot to express their anger in the face of another case of unpunished police brutality.

As marchers continue to take to the streets, their message is universal: the incidence of police brutality against Blacks and Latinos must stop. People are tired of feeling helpless, tired of losing their sons, brothers, spouses, relatives and friends at the hands of police officers who are racist, afraid, lawless and who have nothing but contempt for the lives that they are charged to protect.–OnPointPress.net.

Breaking: Ferguson officer Darren Wilson escapes indictment in murder of Black teen

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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson walks free after grand jury declines to indict him in the murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown.

By Carmen Glover

Basking in the glow of a captive media and international attention, Robert McCulloch, St Louis County prosecutor, chided journalists for doing their jobs, then he read a lengthy soliloquy that stated Officer Darren Wilson, who is White, will not face charges in the murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown.

Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was executed by police.

Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was executed by Police Officer Darren Wilson. On Monday, Nov. 24, the grand jury declined to charge Wilson with a crime.

According to McCulloch, the grand jury came to the conclusion that “there was no probable cause,” to indict Wilson. “They are the only people who have heard and examined ever witness and every piece of evidence,” he said of the grand jury, which was comprised of nine Whites and three Blacks. Only nine votes are needed to render a decision. It seemed unlikely that a decision would have been made to indict Wilson from last week when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to be deployed, announced a state of emergency, requested FBI presence and created a fortress of armed officials around the city of Ferguson.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, parents of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, parents of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson, asked for peaceful protests after grand jury declines to indict Wilson.

Angry supporters of Brown, who have been protesting since his August 9 murder, would have had no reason to protest an announcement of an indictment, therefore the drawn-out preparation days in advance of the announcement and the dramatic presentation by McCullouch was long on theatrics and short on substance. However, in his presentation, McCullouch delivered what could be described as a rousing defense of Wilson and his actions, while snidely denigrating the many witnesses who came forward to recount their versions of what transpired on that fateful day when Brown was killed by Wilson. In  a statement released by their lawyers, Brown’s parents expressed their disappointment and made a call to action, stating:

President Obama speaking after the grand jury result, asks for calm.

President Obama, speaking after the grand jury result, asks for calm, while stating that the situation in Ferguson is not just about Ferguson, it’s about America.

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen. Join us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this county wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”

Speaking out from the White House, President Obama described a “deep distrust” that exists “in many parts of the country” between law enforcement and communities of color. He said “this is not just about Ferguson,” and said that race relations need to change. —OnPointPress.net.

 

When police officers run amok, Blacks and Latinos feel the pain

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Oklahoma Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged on August 29 with raping, sexually assaulting and forcing a stream of low-income African-American women to perform sex acts.

Scholars and pundits often ponder the chasm between the negative views that Blacks and Latinos tend to have of police officers versus the overwhelmingly positive views held by Whites and Asians. But for members of the first two communities the reason is clear: Blacks and Latinos suffer disproportionately when untamed police officers run amok and the American highways and byways have corpses as evidence of the grim, haunting, heartbreaking reality that there is a war on minority families by unruly cops.

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Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson has been in hiding, on paid departmental leave after gunning down unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown on August 9, roiling the city and the nation.

Summer 2014 has been particularly brutal for Blacks and Latinos at the hands of police officers. Littered across the law enforcement landscape is a rogues gallery of out of control police officers who shoot and kills Blacks and Latinos with impunity. Afterwards, they retreat to their hiding places like schoolyard bullies who start the fight and then high tail it off the premises when confronted by any able opponent.

North Carolina Police Officer pulls over unarmed African-American man, asks for his license then unleashes a barrage of bullets when the man reaches in his vehicle to comply with the officers' orders.

On September 4, South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert pulls over unarmed African-American man, Levar Jones, asks for his license, then unleashes a barrage of bullets when the man reaches in his vehicle to comply with the officers’ orders.

South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert, 31, was arrested and fired after unleashing a fusillade of gun shots on African-American motorist Levar Jones who was complying with Groubert's request to produce his license after a routine traffic stop.

South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert, 31, was arrested and fired after unleashing a fusillade of gun shots on African-American motorist Levar Jones who was complying with Groubert’s request to produce his license after a routine traffic stop.

From robbing residents in Long Island, New York, as part of a drug gang, to imposing an illegal chokehold in Staten Island to kill Eric Garner, lawless New York cops have a template for illegal conduct that they do not seem eager to shed, after cockily embracing the Teflon persona for years, a persona that was in full bloom under former mayors Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg.

March against police brutality.

One of many marches across the country against police brutality. President Obama said recently that police brutality “corrodes” the American society.

The grand jury in Garner’s case convenes today, Monday, September 29. In Ferguson, Missouri, officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown and left his body splayed in the street for almost a day, like he was a wild animal undeserving of respect. The grand jury in Brown’s case is not expected to return a decision until next year.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots. Brown was scheduled to begin college two days after his murder.

Speaking on Wednesday, September 24 at the UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama mentioned Brown’s shooting, saying “It left the city divided.” Addressing the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner on Saturday night, September 27, the President said that police targeting of the black community makes it “difficult for the people who need the police the most to trust them.’ He also said that “a culture of mistrust exists between law enforcement and the African-American community” and “young men of color are targeted by the police for walking while black,” among other things.

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Daniel Pantaleo, New York City detective who choked Eric Garner, 44, was placed on modified duty but has not been charged in the homicide.

Sexual predator police officer Daniel Holtzclaw in Oklahoma City was recently fitted with an ankle monitor and charged with the crime of preying on vulnerable African-American women ranging in age from late 30’s to late 50s. According to the charges brought against him in court on August 29, evidence showed that Holtzclaw raped some of the women and forced others to perform sexual acts on hi as a regular part of his daily routine.

Residents in Ohio voice their anger that the police officers who shot and killed an African-American male as he examined a toy gun in a Walmart Store was not indicted.

Residents in Ohio voice their anger that the police officers who shot and killed an African-American male as he examined a toy gun in a Walmart store was not indicted.

How on earth do police officers expect to be respected or trusted by the Black and Latino communities when they face the repercussions of police misconduct?

Los Angeles Highway Patrol officer mercilessly beat bipolar African-American woman.

Los Angeles Highway Patrol officer mercilessly beat bipolar African-American woman.

The decision by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation into the Ferguson police force for repeated violations of the civil rights of Blacks and Latinos is a great first step. Hopefully the investigation will quell this disgraceful blue code by unsavory police officers who believe that they function above the law that they are sworn to uphold. Is it any wonder the rap group N.W.A.’s 1988 hit “F the Police” became such a huge inner city anthem and has faced resurgence in response to wanton police brutality against a specific segment of American society?

New York City Police Officer throws pregnant woman to the ground, belly first, leaving her a bloody mess, before placing her in handcuffs because she tried to intervene as they beat her unarmed teenaged son.

New York City Police Officer throws pregnant woman to the ground, belly first, leaving her a bloody mess, before placing her in handcuffs because she tried to intervene as they beat her unarmed teenaged son.

Whether it is coercion of minors like what transpired with the Central Park Five, or the unwarranted killings of Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Anthony Baez, Oscar Grant, John Crawford, or countless other men across this country by lawless cops, it’s time for residents to rise up and say: Enough!–OnPointPress.net

New York’s anti-police brutality march highlights national plight

Marchers voice anger against police brutality.
Marchers voice anger against police brutality.

According to estimates, more than 4,000 demonstrators marched peacefully on Staten Island in New York on Saturday, August 23 to seek justice for victims of police brutality across the nation. The marchers gathered early, many arriving via buses, eager to voice their displeasure against the national scourge of police brutality that disproportionately targets African-American and Latino males, many of whom are unarmed.

Protesters march in Staten Island while police provide security.
Protesters march in Staten Island while police provide security.

Shouting various slogans to honor the memories of specific victims, the marchers expressed themselves in an orderly manner, with the full support of police officers and honorary marshals who kept the crowd controlled. “I can’t breathe,” some yelled, shouting the last words heard being uttered by Eric Garner, the Staten Islander who was killed when police officers subjected him to an illegal chokehold.

Marchers share their anti-police brutality messages in New York on Saturday, August 23.
Marchers share their anti-police brutality messages in New York on Saturday, August 23.

“Hands up, Don’t shoot,” others shouted, in honor of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, whose murder at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, has roiled the nation for two weeks with Ferguson only returning to a period of calm after the visit and public support from U.S Attorney General Eric Holder, who shared his “humiliation” at being targeted by police in the past due to his skin color.

March against police brutality.
March against police brutality.

The New York march was an important reminder that a united response is required in order to consistently attack police brutality. The date for the march was symbolic as well. Organized by Garner’s family and the Reverend Al. Sharpton, the march occurred exactly 25 years after African-American teenager Yusuf Hawkins was brutally beaten with bats and murdered by a mob of white young adults in Bensonhurst. Despite the time that has elapsed since Hawkins’ murder, black men and boys continue to be unjustly targeted by police officers and other segments of society for harsh treatment, often leading to death. Marching, organizing and coordinating efforts for change are vital tools that must be utilized consistently to address this attack on black life.–OnPointPress.net

The Justice Dept needs to take over the investigation and prosecution in Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder has been involved in the Ferguson Police investigation so far.

Attorney General Eric Holder has been involved in the Ferguson Police investigation so far.

After a brief moment of calm, Ferguson continues to be roiled by ongoing unrest as law enforcement officials clash with protestors who are angry that no charges have been filed or arrest made of Darren Wilson, the police officer who executed unarmed teenage Michael Brown. With emotions on edge, and tensions raw, Missouri Governor Ray Nixon called in the National Guard and schools remain closed today. The impasse between the citizens in Ferguson and law enforcement officials show no signs of abating any time soon.

‎Speaking to MSNBC on Friday, August 15, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay described St.Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch as “out of order” and ill-advised for lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to place the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security.

Mayor Slay was accurate in his assessment of the St. Louis prosecutor, who characterized the governor’s action in placing Captain Ronald Johnson in charge of security as “illegal.”

More frenzy occurred at night as citizens and law enforcement remain at odds.

More frenzy occurred at night as citizens and law enforcement remain at odds.

But apart from the St Louis prosecutor putting his foot in his mouth with his irresponsible statements, his sentiments raise a far more serious question : Can a prosecutor who espouses such bias fairly seek justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson?

Tear gas has been used on multiple occasions to disperse crowds; unruly or not.

Tear gas has been used on multiple occasions to disperse crowds; unruly or not.

It is clear that the prosecutor is incapable of being neutral in this matter therefore it is incumbent on US Attorney General Eric Holder to immediately seize control of the investigation and entrust the prosecution of this case to legal minds in his office. Judging from the chaotic and inconsistent statements provided by St. Louis Police chief Jay Belmar when be identified the murderous cop, who has allegedly fled town, it is unlikely that ‎any form of Justice will emerge in this case unless the prosecution is conducted by a special prosecutor or the Department of Justice itself. Regardless of the option that is ultimately chosen it is clear that outside intervention is necessary in order for Btown’s family to obtain justice. –OnPointPress.net.

Across the USA, residents unite to honor victims of police brutality

Highway Patrol chief Ron Johnson eased tensions among the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Highway Patrol chief Ron Johnson eased tensions among the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

By Carmen Glover

Across the United States residents gathered to peacefully protest police brutality in a National Moment of Silence on August 14 at 7:00 p.m.‎ Below are images from select cities.

#NMOS14 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

#NMOS14 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The NMOS14 campaign was organized via social media and quickly gathered steam.

#NMOS14 at Union Square in New York City.

#NMOS14 at Union Square in New York City.

Among the many names invoked at various NMOS14 events were Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old murdered by an unnamed police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, which has sparked nationwide protests; Romarley Marley, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Anthony Baez and Amadou Diallo who were unarmed when they were killed by police officers in New York City; Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was killed by overzealous neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Florida and Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old father who was killed on New Year’s Eve in Oakland, California, inspiring the award-winning movie “Fruitvale Station.”

#NMOS14 in Houston, Texas

#NMOS14 in Houston, Texas

The NMOS14 protesters came together after President Barack Obama took a break from his vacation to address the nation about Brown’s murder and the ongoing clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. US Attorney General Eric Holder also released a statement expressing concern about the situation in Ferguson. Shortly afterwards, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon held a press conference with county executive Charlie Dooley and Captain Ron Johnson, both African-Americans, at his side.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

During the press conference, Nixon announced that he spoke to both President Obama and Attorney General Holder and that he was placing Ferguson’s security in the hands of the Highway Patrol, under Captain Johnson’s leadership. Johnson informed the gathering that he “grew up in Ferguson” while Dooley siad he was “saddened” by what he has seen since Brown’s death. Johnson walked with the protesters, talked to them and the media, and soothed the anger that had erupted when the Ferguson police force deployed officers in riot gear, SWAT teams, tear gas and military weapons to intimidate, harass, bully, beat and arrest the residents and media.-OnPointPress.net.

NABJ’s emerging journalist among two arrested in Ferguson while covering protests

Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post was named Emerging Journalist of the Year at NABJ14.

Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post was named Emerging Journalist of the Year at NABJ14.

By Carmen Glover
National Association of Black Journalists’ 2014 emerging journalist of the year Wesley Lowery, who works for the Washington Post, was arrested with fellow reporter Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post a few hours ago.

Both journalists spoke to MSNBC and stated that they were “seated in McDonald ‘s” charging their telephones when they were approached by police officers, some dressed in SWAT gear. The reporters were ordered to leave the restaurant.

MSNBC's national reporter Trymaine Lee was subjected to tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri.

MSNBC’s national reporter Trymaine Lee was subjected to tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri.

“I was slammed into a soda fountain,” said Lowery, who said he was further manhandled, arrested and then released shortly afterwards without any charges being filed or police report issued. Both journalists provided riveting blow by blow accounts on their twitter feeds.

Meanwhile, MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee, who participated in NABJ14 in Boston with Lowery, spoke to Lawrence O’Donnell‎ while gasping for air as he described being among a group who were subjected to tear gas by Ferguson police officers.

NABJ President Bob Butler shared his feelings on the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.

NABJ President Bob Butler shared his feelings on the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a statement NABJ said it “strongly condems the arrests” of the journalists. “Journalists have a constitutionally protected right to work without the government interference,” NABJ president Bob Butler said. “We fully expect the authorities to investigate what appears to be a violation of the First Amendment and to hold the officers involved to account, if necessary.”

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

The town of Ferguson has been transformed into a military state as SWAT teams have descended on the streets, joining police in riot gear who have trained military style weapons on protesters and reporters.

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Residents have been protesting the execution of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by an unnamed police officer on Saturday, August 9, as he walked home with his friend Dorian Johnson‎. Although the Ferguson police department stated that Brown was killed after a struggle with the officer, Johnson stoutly refuted that version, stating that he and his friend were walking in the middle of the street when the police officer used expletives in ordering them off the street before grabbing Brown around his neck and shooting him multiple times in the back even though Brown was running away with his arms raised.

Ferguson police officers in riot gear face off against protestors and journalists.

Ferguson police officers in riot gear face off against protestors and journalists.


The Justice Department has launched a criminal and civil rights probe into the case. An autopsy report released today revealed that Brown was killed by gunshot wounds. His body was turned over to his parents.-OnPointPress.net