|"Officer Friendly, why are you dressed like Darth Vader?" (thismodernworld.com)*|
|Our tax money funds all U.S. imperial wars. It's about time the military-industrial complex bring the equipment/tactics back and use them on US from Ferguson to L.A. (occupy.com)|
Words from Malcolm X in 1964 still resonate in 2014 for Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Ezell Ford, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Steve Biko, Eleanor Bumpurs, Michael Strewart, Rodney King, and for all the names we don’t know. #WeAreTargets #HandsUp #DontShoot (cashmerethoughtsss/tumblr.com)
|C'mon, Brown (occupy.com)|
|Ferguson father on police brutality (DAAD)|
Granted, they are mostly all corrupted -- at least a little bit:
|Riot to full mili (socialesteemmedia.com)|
|Killing Ezell Ford: Police commission leader says LAPD, MO slayings not comparable|
|Hands up, don't shoot (TMW)|
|As L.A gathers to march on LAPD HQ on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, maybe you should call Brother Sergeant De Lacy Davis to intervene, educate, and retrain abusive cops (973) 926-5717.|
|Black Cops Against Police Brutality (b-cap.org)|
*THE CARTOON: (TMW) The first draft of this "Officer Friendly" cartoon was actually written a month ago, inspired by this ACLU report and this New York Times article. [Tom Tomorrow] was saving it as a backup for some upcoming travel, but timing is everything, and as the events in Ferguson began to unfold, this went from evergreen to needing to be posted as soon as possible.
Aren't President Obama's words beautiful? He dissembles so elegantly. He addressed the "situation" in Ferguson: No one should disobey police and, of course, police probably should not, you know, kill unarmed teens or arrest reporters doing their job bringing us the news... It reminds one of the time he admitted to and authorized more U.S. torture. No one noticed.
- VIDEO: Michael Brown: MO Gov. finally addresses "situation" in Ferguson ( Earlier in the week, the president issued a statement saying that Brown's death is stirring "strong passions," and he appealed for reflection.
- VIDEO: Police State: Ferguson, Missouri riots
- LAPD kills Ezell Ford, protests start up (SCPR)
- Another African American man killed by police, LAPD...
- Justice for LAPD murder victim Ezelle Ford (tumblr)
- Better cover-ups? L.A. police panel revises officer shooting reviews
- California's Deadliest Cops (Facebook)
|Officer Friendly get militarized (TMW)|
The Missouri teen was gunned down by an officer early Saturday afternoon. His grandmother discovered his body sprawled along the pavement minutes before he was set to return home from the store. Reports vary...
[Why would] police [want] to open fire on the boy? [It's] believed that police were called to the area looking for someone who had shoplifted from a store in the area. [But as the police chief has clarified that the murderer, Officer Daren Wilson, did not know of any such crime at the time he shot the victim in the back. Officer Wilson was merely harassing unarmed teen Michael Brown for walking off the sidewalk.]
|Might there be racism on the force or in the courts? (Ezelle Ford/tumblr)|
Louis Head, Brown's stepfather, immediately wrote on a sign, "FERGUSON POLICE JUST EXECUTED MY UNARMED SON." There were chants from a crowd of onlookers who protested the boy's death and the [unjustified] actions of the police. The move, along with unconfirmed reports [useful as a pretext] of shots in the crowd, led to authorities from surrounding areas to assist. By the time a crowd had gathered to march down to the police station in Ferguson, police had mobilized in tanks and held dogs to try and combat any potential unrest in the area.
|We're gonna bring this war home (Kemi Filani)|
|Protests return to Ferguson over cover up|
Why it’s nearly impossible to nail cops for using deadly force
Earl Ofari Hutchinson (PasadenaWeekly.com, Aug. 14, 2014)
|Unarmed victim Michael Brown, 18|
|S. Africa's tragic anniversary|