Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Things We Shouldn't Have to Do on Christmas

     There are a lot of things I should be doing between now and tomorrow tonight. There are a million things we should all be doing between now and tomorrow tonight. We should be wrapping presents, receiving the last of our cards, stuffing stockings, visiting loved ones and these things will be done in my household. But here's a list of the things we shouldn't have to do on Xmas Eve.
     We shouldn't be reading about another young black man named Martin who was shot & killed by a white man right after leaving a convenience store as was Antonio Martin outside Berkeley, MO, five miles from Ferguson.
     We shouldn't have to engage white, racist wingnuts on Twitter and elsewhere by setting the record straight and repeating infinitum ad nauseum that there's no official police footage of the incident, no dashcams, no body cams, just store security footage very rapidly put out by the St Louis Co PD in which the camera was at least 100 feet from where the fatal incident took place and in which Martin could've just as easily been pointing his finger at the cop instead of a gun.
     We also shouldn't have to tell these lunatic libertarians who suddenly pretend to worship the police that the so-called gun allegedly brandished by Martin and pointed at a cop didn't magically turn up until nearly two hours after the shooting and marked many feet from Martin's body.
     We shouldn't have to see the NYPD co-opt the popular, curated hashtag #Blacklivesmatter by rechristening it #NYPDlivesmatter when the nut job who killed those two cops in Bed Sty Brooklyn had been arrested 19 times and should not have had access to a handgun in a city that for decades has had some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Instead, they're going after peaceful protesters 1000 miles away.
     Cops understand that when they put on the uniform they put their lives in danger every time they step out onto the street. Guys like Antonio Martin, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, John Crawford III, Eric Garner and especially 12 year-old Tamir Rice shouldn't have to.
     We shouldn't have to hear during the holidays police unions and commissioners blustering about how unfair it is that black people peacefully protest their own people getting shot and killed when the plain fact they are far likelier to be killed over nothing, armed or unarmed, guilty or innocent, than white people brandishing actual weapons.
     We shouldn't have to see the NYPD childishly turning their backs on their new mayor just because he'd offered some tepid criticism and suggested reforms in the wake of the non-verdict in the Eric Garner grand jury.
     We shouldn't have our Christmas tarnished in such a way while black blood runs in the gutters of America on what seems like a weekly basis. We should be sincerely wishing each other a happy and safe holiday regardless of religion, ideology, skin color or creed. Because this is really the only time of the year when we wish good will toward all men.
     But racist sock puppets and police from coast to coast and everywhere in the middle insist on taking that away from us.


At December 25, 2014 at 5:44 PM, Blogger MJ said...

Thank you, thank you!
I wondered about that gun showing up, then I heard the cop that shot had a nice new body cam that he didn't happen to turn on and wouldn't you know - his dash cam was not on also.
On the basis that he had the means to properly record the confrontation but did not come up with any footage in spite of TWO cameras in his possession at the time should put him on the bench permanently and have him charged with murdering an unarmed person and planting the gun. He had the means to prove his case and did not make use of it! (pause to catch breath)
There is too high of a likelihood that he threw out recordings that proved the gun was planted.
Ignorance of how cameras work should be no excuse.

At December 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Duh, MJ. Of course the gun was planted and quite a few feet from the body. Why do you think the Berkeley PD was more interested in calling in backups for crowd control than EMS?

At December 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM, Blogger MJ said...

Yeah, I know, right?
And the regular beat of the cops shot an armed black teen this time. Armed blacked teen. Armed...
Yeah, he would have filed the number - sure he would
I still say it should be automatic prosecution for disabling his cameras (or, more likely, deleting the footage and claiming the cameras were off)and this - right here - is exactly why it should be jail time, automatic, for them to have any of their cameras off.
(I thought of putting off posting this until tomorrow - but I think I'll just hope you have your PC off and are doing something holiday for the rest of the night)

At December 25, 2014 at 10:47 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Nope. The wrapping paper's been thrown away, the leftovers put away and the dishes washed. P'ville is back on the job.

A second surveillance video, this one right over Martin's head and including the fatal shots, plainly shows the guy never had a gun. In fact, what he had in his hand was glowing. In other words, a cell phone. The cop overreacted and probably thought the mobile was a gun.

Then again, you could make a case that this could've been premeditated murder (Murder One) since they turned off the body cam in advance and perhaps even the dash cam. It took them quite a long time for them to call for EMS. They were more interested in controlling the evidence, especially when the brawls broke out at the pumps between residents and police.

At December 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anton said...

It is beyond rational commentary that this and other like incidents get less coverage than the Ferguson shooting of August. It's almost as if the lemming media has grown tired of coverage of black men being executed by cops...hmm.

At December 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM, Blogger MJ said...

Anton -
I have ben seeing a few postings on this, but they just refer to the kid as an "armed black teen" and ignore any irregularities.

At December 26, 2014 at 9:09 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

MJ: The completely worthless NY Times was not only the4 first to jump on the bandwagon, they helped to build the fucking thing.


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