Cleveland Police Open Fire On 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice On The Cudell Recreation Center Playground. His Weapon Was A TOY BB GUN. The Boy Is Dead.


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Update: 12-year-old boy shot, killed by Cleveland Police officer at Cudell recreation center identified

 

CLEVELAND – A 12-year-old boy shot and killed by a Cleveland Police officer at a west side recreation center has been identified.

 

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Officer has identified the child as Tamir Rice, 12, of Cleveland.

 

Cleveland Police Patrolman Association president Jeff Follmer said the boy died at the hospital early Sunday morning.

 

The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting that happened on Saturday at about 3:30 p.m. at Cudell Recreation Center located at 1910 West Blvd.

 

Officers responded to the center for reports of a male with a gun. Police said witnesses reported that a male in the playground area was waving a gun and pointing it at people.

 

A 911 call to emergency dispatchers has been obtained by newsnet5 and the caller states a child is “pulling a gun in and out of his pants and pointing it at people.”

 

The caller goes on to say, “It’s probably fake.”

 

The man described the child as black, wearing a camouflage hat and a grey jacket with black sleeves.

 

[You can hear the 911 tape in the video below. WARNING: The recording contains some offensive language.]

 

The 911 caller says the gun is “probably fake, but it’s scaring the shit out of me.” He also says that the boy was black, and was sitting on a swing playing with the gun.

 

Published on Nov 23, 2014

‘Its Probably A Fake Gun’ 911 Call Released By The Police Department

‘Its probably a fake gun’ 911 call released by the Police department after youth shot after pulling out BB gun

 

 

Police said when they arrived, they located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands.

 

The suspect did not follow officer’s orders and then reached to his waist for the gun, according to police.

 

Officers then shot the 12-year-old boy in the torso.

 

Police say the suspect was in possession of an “airsoft” type replica gun which resembles a semi-automatic pistol.

 

The toy gun had the orange safety indicator removed, according to police.

 

The 12-year-old was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he later died.

 

One officer was transported to Fairview Hospital for treatment for an ankle injury.

 

Two officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, which is protocol in officer-involved shooting incidents.

 

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Police Opens Fire At 12-year-old Boy with BB Toy Gun in Playground (update: The Boy Is Dead)

 

Published on Nov 22, 2014

UPDATE: THE BOY HAS DIED.
12-year-old dies after being shot by police officer
(WKYC) CLEVELAND– A 12-year-old boy has died after police were forced to shoot him at a Cleveland rec center.
The shooting happened at 3:30 p.m. at the Cudell Recreation Center on Saturday.

 

Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association president Jeff Follmer confirmed it was an officer-involved shooting.
Cleveland Police say officers responded to a radio assignment outside of the rec center for a male with a gun.
According to witnesses, a male was in the playground area of the center, waiving a gun and pointing it at people.
The 12-year-old suspect had a BB gun resembling a semi-automatic pistol, with the orange safety indicator removed.
Police say the boy was told to drop what he was holding and did not. He reached to his waistband and was then shot outside of the rec center.
He was shot in the abdomen and taken to Metro Health Medical Center with serious injuries. After surgery was performed to try to save him, he died from his injuries on Sunday morning.

 

Both officers will be placed on administrative leave, pending further investigation.

 

 

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12-year-old with ‘airsoft’ toy gun shot by officer in playground, 911 Call Released. 12-year-old shot in officer-involved shooting at Cleveland rec center, Officer Shoots Boy Holding Fake Gun at Rec Center
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Cleveland Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting at a Cleveland rec center on Saturday afternoon.

 

Cleveland EMS says a 12-year-old boy was shot and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with serious injuries. According to his mother, Samaria Rice, the boy is now in critical condition after being shot in the stomach. He is currently in surgery.
The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. at Cudell Rec Center located at 1910 West Boulevard. The facility has been taped off while units investigate, including the Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team.
Cleveland Police say officers responded to a radio assignment outside of the rec center for a male with a gun. Preliminary information reveals that witnesses reported a male was in the playground area of the center, waving a gun and pointing it at people.

 

Police say when officers arrived, they located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands. However, the suspect did not comply with the officers’ orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso.

 

“The young man had the weapon in his waistband. He pulled the weapon out. One of our officers fired two shots, striking the young man,” said Deputy Chief Ed Tomba with Cleveland Police.

 

Tomba said the boy did not make any verbal threats towards police, and there was no confrontation. The boy did not point the gun at officers

 

Further information from police reveals the weapon was an “airsoft” type replica gun, resembling a semi-automatic pistol, with the orange safety indicator removed.

 

According to police, one officer was transported to Fairview Hospital for treatment of an ankle injury

 

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office was on scene for this investigation, which is ongoing. Police say both officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, as is protocol in officer-involved shooting incidents.
According to Rice, they live across the street from the rec center. She says two young men came to her residence to say her son was shot. When she ran over to the scene, police would not let her through. Rice says police told her the boy had a gun and that he was shot by police.
However, Rice says her son did not have access to a gun in the home. She says if he did get a gun, it would have had to have come from a friend or someone on the street.
She says she still does not understand why her son was shot.

 

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Cleveland Police Shot And Killed A 12-Year-Old Boy Carrying A Fake Gun In A Playground

 

The boy had an “airsoft” toy gun with the orange indicator removed, said police.He was in critical condition on Saturday night and died early Sunday morning, an official at the MetroHealth Medical Center confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

 

On Saturday afternoon, Cleveland police shot and killed a 12-year-old boy in a playground after mistaking his “airsoft” toy gun as a real weapon, an official at the MetroHealth Medical Center confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

The boy was shot in the stomach and torso after police responded to reports that a young black boy was waving a gun in the playground of a recreation center. Police say they asked the boy to drop his weapon, but he instead reached for the BB gun.

Initially wounded, the boy went into surgery on Saturday night, the police said in a statement. His condition deteriorated overnight, and he died on Sunday morning in MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

 

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

 

“The preliminary information reveals that witnesses reported that a male was in the playground area of the center, waiving a gun and pointing it at people,” police said.

 

“Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands. The suspect did not comply with the officers’ orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso.”

 

The “airsoft” replica toy gun shoots pellets in a similar fashion to a BB gun. Cleveland police reported that an orange indicator meant to distinguish the toys from real guns had been removed.

 

Police said the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office are opening an investigation into the shooting.

 

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The 911 caller says the gun is “probably fake, but it’s scaring the shit out of me.” He also says that the boy was black, and was sitting on a swing playing with the gun.

 

Published on Nov 23, 2014

‘Its Probably A Fake Gun’ 911 Call Released By The Police Department

‘Its probably a fake gun’ 911 call released by the Police department after youth shot after pulling out BB gun

 

 

 

Here is the full statement released by the police:

 

The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is currently investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at approximately 330pm at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Boulevard.

 

Officers responded to a radio assignment outside of the recreation center for a male with a gun. The Preliminary information reveals that witnesses reported that a male was in the playground area of the center, waiving a gun and pointing it at people. Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands. The suspect did not comply with the officers’ orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso.

 

EMS was contacted and the suspect was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment. At the time of this release, the suspect is in surgery.

 

Further information reveals that the weapon which the 12 year old suspect was in possession of is an “airsoft” type replica gun resembling a semi-automatic pistol, with the orange safety indicator removed. Local Media was able to obtain images of the weapon on scene of the press briefing.

 

One officer was transported to Fairview Hospital for treatment of an injury to his ankle.

 

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office was on scene for this investigation. Both officers will be placed on administrative leave as is protocol in officer involved shooting incidents.

 

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Exactly when does this shit stop? Remember the days police used tasers to disable potential threats? Why does a Cleveland Ohio cop gun down a 12 year old kid on a PLAYGROUND who happened to be holding a TOY BB GUN without being 5000% certain it’s A REAL weapon and NOT A TOY? Before YOU give a dumbass answer, what if this 12 year old boy, who was BLACK, was YOUR son?

 

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Elizabeth Warren’s Op-Ed In The Washington Post


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Elizabeth Warren published an op-ed in The Washington Post, warning Democrats:

 

Before leaders in Congress and the president get caught up in proving they can pass some new laws, everyone should take a skeptical look at whom those new laws will serve. At this very minute, lobbyists and lawyers are lining up by the thousands to push for new laws — laws that will help their rich and powerful clients get richer and more powerful.

 

The American people … want a government that will stand up to the big banks when they break the law … help out students who are getting crushed by debt … [and] protect and expand Social Security.

 

Elizabeth Warren’s Op-Ed in The Washington Post:

 

Elizabeth Warren: It’s time to work on America’s agenda

 

There have been terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Election Days for Democrats before — and Republicans have had a few of those, too. Such days are always followed by plenty of pronouncements about what just changed and what’s going to be different going forward.

 

But for all the talk of change in Washington and in states where one party is taking over from another, one thing has not changed: The stock market and gross domestic product keep going up, while families are getting squeezed hard by an economy that isn’t working for them.

 

The solution to this isn’t a basket of quickly passed laws designed to prove Congress can do something — anything. The solution isn’t for the president to cut deals — any deals — just to show he can do business. The solution requires an honest recognition of the kind of changes needed if families are going to get a shot at building a secure future.

 

It’s not about big government or small government. It’s not the size of government that worries people; rather it’s deep-down concern over who government works for. People are ready to work, ready to do their part, ready to fight for their futures and their kids’ futures, but they see a government that bows and scrapes for big corporations, big banks, big oil companies and big political donors — and they know this government does not work for them.

 

The American people want a fighting chance to build better lives for their families. They want a government that will stand up to the big banks when they break the law. A government that helps out students who are getting crushed by debt. A government that will protect and expand Social Security for our seniors and raise the minimum wage.

 

Americans understand that building a prosperous future isn’t free. They want us to invest carefully and prudently, sharply aware that Congress spends the people’s money. They want us to make investments that will pay off in their lives, investments in the roads and power grids that make it easier for businesses to create good jobs here in America, investments in medical and scientific research that spur new discoveries and economic growth, and investments in educating our children so they can build a future for themselves and their children.

 

Before leaders in Congress and the president get caught up in proving they can pass some new laws, everyone should take a skeptical look at whom those new laws will serve. At this very minute, lobbyists and lawyers are lining up by the thousands to push for new laws — laws that will help their rich and powerful clients get richer and more powerful. Hoping to catch a wave of dealmaking, these lobbyists and lawyers — and their well-heeled clients — are looking for the chance to rig the game just a little more.

 

But the lobbyists’ agenda is not America’s agenda. Americans are deeply suspicious of trade deals negotiated in secret, with chief executives invited into the room while the workers whose jobs are on the line are locked outside. They have been burned enough times on tax deals that carefully protect the tender fannies of billionaires and big oil and other big political donors, while working families just get hammered. They are appalled by Wall Street banks that got taxpayer bailouts and now whine that the laws are too tough, even as they rake in billions in profits. If cutting deals means helping big corporations, Wall Street banks and the already-powerful, that isn’t a victory for the American people — it’s just another round of the same old rigged game.

 

Yes, we need action. But action must be focused in the right place: on ending tax laws riddled with loopholes that favor giant corporations, on breaking up the financial institutions that continue to threaten our economy, and on giving people struggling with high-interest student loans the same chance to refinance their debt that every Wall Street corporation enjoys. There’s no shortage of work that Congress can do, but the agenda shouldn’t be drawn up by a bunch of corporate lobbyists and lawyers.

 

Change is hard, especially when the playing field is already tilted so far in favor of those with money and influence. But this government belongs to the American people, and it’s time to work on America’s agenda. America is ready — and Congress should be ready, too.

 

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Ferguson To Geneva.


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Police Violence In America Is A Human Rights Issue. Ferguson Is An Example. Ferguson To Geneva Is Part Of The Solution.

 

THE GOAL

We are ready to take our case before the global community.

In the absence of justice from the local, state, and federal government, the family of Michael Brown and Ferguson protesters are ready to take our case before the global community. We have submitted a brief to the United Nations (UN), and we will formally present it on November 12th and 13th in Geneva, Switzerland. The goal is not only to achieve justice in Ferguson, but to unite governments around the world against the human rights violations that result from racial profiling and police violence.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The #FergusonToGeneva contingent is comprised of:

 

The remaining cost of this trip for the contingent is $11,000, which includes airfare, room and board, and per diem from November 9-14th.

 

Please donate directly via PayPal here:

 

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COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS


Notice of Public Meeting of the Missouri Advisory Committee for a 
Meeting on a Project Proposal on Civil Rights and Law Enforcement in 
Missouri

AGENCY: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

 

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the 
rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 
(Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the Missouri 
Advisory Committee (Committee) will hold a meeting on Monday, November 
17, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing and voting on a 
project proposal on civil rights and law enforcement in Missouri. The 
proposal arose in the aftermath of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Members of the public can listen to the discussion. This meeting is 
available to the public through the following toll-free call-in number: 
888-539-3696, conference ID: 6728111. Any interested member of the 
public may call this number and listen to the meeting. Callers can 
expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, 
and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will 
incur no charge for calls they initiate over land-line connections to the 
toll free telephone number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow
 the proceedingsby first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-977-8339
 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number.


Members of the public are also entitled to submit written comments; 
the comments must be received in the regional office by December 17, 
2014. Written comments may be mailed to the Midwestern Regional Office, 
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 55 W. Monroe St., Suite 410, Chicago, 
IL 60615. They may also be faxed to the Commission at (312) 353-8324, 
or emailed to Administrative Assistant, Carolyn Allen at 
callen@usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact 
the Midwestern Regional Office at (312) 353-8311.

 

Records generated from this meeting may be inspected and reproduced 
at the Midwestern Regional Office, as they become available, both 
before and after the meeting. Records of the meeting will be available 
via www.facadatabase.gov under the Commission on Civil Rights, Missouri 
Advisory Committee link. Persons interested in the work of this 
Committee are directed to the Commission's Web site, 
http://www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Midwestern Regional Office at the 
above email or street address.

 

Agenda

Welcome

12:00 p.m. to 12:05 p.m.
    S. David Mitchell, Chairman, Missouri Advisory Committee

Presentation of Project Proposal on Civil Rights and Law Enforcement in 
Missouri

12:05 p.m. to 12:20 p.m.
    Melissa Wojnaroski, Civil Rights Analyst, USCCR

Deliberation and Vote on Proposal

12:20 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    Missouri Advisory Committee

Planning Next Steps

12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Adjournment

1:00 p.m.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 12:00 
p.m. CST.
 Public Call Information: Dial: 888-539-3696, Conference ID: 
6728111.

    Dated: October 30, 2014.
David Mussatt,
 Chief, Regional Programs Unit.
[FR Doc. 2014-26147 Filed 11-3-14; 8:45 am]
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It’s Mid Term Election Day, “NO”vember 4th, 2014.


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United States Mid Term Elections, 2014

 

Elections in the United States are being held throughout 2014, with the general elections scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested; along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures (except Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia), four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races.

 

2014 United States elections
Midterm elections
Election day November 4
Senate elections
Seats contested 33 seats of Class II
and various mid-term vacancies
Color coded map of 2014 Senate races
Map of the 2014 Senate races
Light red: Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Gray: no election
House elections
Seats contested All 435 seats to the 114th Congress
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested 38
Color coded map of 2014 Gubernatorial races
Map of the 2014 gubernatorial races
Light red: Term-limited or Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Term-limited or Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Green: Incumbent Independent
Gray: no election

 

Issues

Unlike some other elections, the 2014 election has lacked a “dominant national theme,” with no one issue standing above the others. Some of the major issues of the election include income inequality, net neutrality, the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as “Obamacare”), and immigration.

 

The environment is also a major issue in the election. Although it generated much debate in early 2014, the Keystone Pipeline ultimately received little attention in the election, with environmentalists instead focused on fighting climate change and supporting the EPA’s proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

 

According to the political commentator Stuart Rothenberg, foreign policy crises in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Russia are likely to hurt the Democratic Party’s chances in 2014.

 

Federal elections

 

Congressional elections

Senate elections

All seats in Senate Class II will be up for election. Additionally, special elections will be held to fill vacancies in the other two Senate Classes.

 

House of Representatives elections

All 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. Additionally, elections will be held to select the delegates for the District of Columbia and four of the five U.S. territories. The only seat in the House not up for election will be the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term.

 

On March 11, there was a special election for Florida’s 13th congressional district.

 

State elections

 

Gubernatorial elections

Elections will be held for the governorships of 36 of the 50 U.S. states and three U.S. territories.

 

Local elections

 

Numerous elections will be held for officeholders in numerous cities, counties, school boards, special districts and others around the country.

 

Mayoral elections

 

Various major American cities will hold mayoral elections in 2014, including the following:

 

  • San Jose, California: Incumbent Chuck Reed is term-limited out of office. A primary election was held on June 3, and a run-off will be held on November 4.

 

 

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Heartbreaking Final Letter Of Hanged Young Iranian Woman Reyhaneh Jabbari.


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Iranian Reihaneh Jabbari on trial in Teheran

 

Heartbreaking Final Letter Of Hanged Young Iranian Woman Reyhaneh Jabbari

 

Dear Sholeh, today I learned that it is now my turn to face Qisas [the law of retribution in the Iranian legal system]. I am hurt as to why you did not let me know yourself that I have reached the last page of the book of my life. Don’t you think that I should know? You know how ashamed I am that you are sad. Why did you not take the chance for me to kiss your hand and that of dad?

 

The world allowed me to live for 19 years. That ominous night it was I that should have been killed. My body would have been thrown in some corner of the city, and after a few days, the police would have taken you to the coroner’s office to identify my body and there you would also learn that I had been raped as well. The murderer would have never been found since we don’t have their wealth and their power. Then you would have continued your life suffering and ashamed, and a few years later you would have died of this suffering and that would have been that.

 

However, with that cursed blow the story changed. My body was not thrown aside, but into the grave of Evin Prison and its solitary wards, and now the grave-like prison of Shahr-e Ray. But give in to the fate and don’t complain. You know better that death is not the end of life.

 

You taught me that one comes to this world to gain an experience and learn a lesson and with each birth a responsibility is put on one’s shoulder. I learned that sometimes one has to fight. I do remember when you told me that the carriage man protested the man who was flogging me, but the flogger hit the lash on his head and face that ultimately led to his death. You told me that for creating a value one should persevere even if one dies.

 

You taught us that as we go to school one should be a lady in face of the quarrels and complaints. Do you remember how much you underlined the way we behave? Your experience was incorrect. When this incident happened, my teachings did not help me. Being presented in court made me appear as a cold-blooded murderer and a ruthless criminal. I shed no tears. I did not beg. I did not cry my head off since I trusted the law.

 

But I was charged with being indifferent in face of a crime. You see, I didn’t even kill the mosquitoes and I threw away the cockroaches by taking them by their antennas. Now I have become a premeditated murderer. My treatment of the animals was interpreted as being inclined to be a boy and the judge didn’t even trouble himself to look at the fact that at the time of the incident I had long and polished nails.

 

How optimistic was he who expected justice from the judges! He never questioned the fact that my hands are not coarse like those of a sportswoman, especially a boxer. And this country that you planted its love in me never wanted me and no one supported me when under the blows of the interrogator I was crying out and I was hearing the most vulgar terms. When I shed the last sign of beauty from myself by shaving my hair I was rewarded: 11 days in solitary.

 

Dear Sholeh, don’t cry for what you are hearing. On the first day that in the police office an old unmarried agent hurt me for my nails I understood that beauty is not looked for in this era. The beauty of looks, beauty of thoughts and wishes, a beautiful handwriting, beauty of the eyes and vision, and even beauty of a nice voice.

 

My dear mother, my ideology has changed and you are not responsible for it. My words are unending and I gave it all to someone so that when I am executed without your presence and knowledge, it would be given to you. I left you much handwritten material as my heritage.

 

However, before my death I want something from you, that you have to provide for me with all your might and in any way that you can. In fact this is the only thing I want from this world, this country and you. I know you need time for this.

 

Therefore, I am telling you part of my will sooner. Please don’t cry and listen. I want you to go to the court and tell them my request. I cannot write such a letter from inside the prison that would be approved by the head of prison; so once again you have to suffer because of me. It is the only thing that if even you beg for it I would not become upset although I have told you many times not to beg to save me from being executed.

 

My kind mother, dear Sholeh, the one more dear to me than my life, I don’t want to rot under the soil. I don’t want my eye or my young heart to turn into dust. Beg so that it is arranged that as soon as I am hanged my heart, kidney, eye, bones and anything that can be transplanted be taken away from my body and given to someone who needs them as a gift. I don’t want the recipient know my name, buy me a bouquet, or even pray for me.

 

I am telling you from the bottom of my heart that I don’t want to have a grave for you to come and mourn there and suffer. I don’t want you to wear black clothing for me. Do your best to forget my difficult days. Give me to the wind to take away.

 

The world did not love us. It did not want my fate. And now I am giving in to it and embrace the death. Because in the court of God I will charge the inspectors, I will charge inspector Shamlou, I will charge judge, and the judges of country’s Supreme Court that beat me up when I was awake and did not refrain from harassing me.

 

In the court of the creator I will charge Dr. Farvandi, I will charge Qassem Shabani and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and trampled on my rights and didn’t pay heed to the fact that sometimes what appears as reality is different from it.

 

Dear soft-hearted Sholeh, in the other world it is you and me who are the accusers and others who are the accused. Let’s see what God wants. I wanted to embrace you until I die. I love you.

 

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The young interior designer hanged yesterday in Iran for killing the man she claimed was trying to rape her sent a moving final letter to her mother, asking her to make sure she had her organs donated after her death.

 

The heartbreaking letter, written in April but circulated today by Iranian peace activists, was from 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari to her mother Sholeh Pakravan, who had called on the judges to hang her instead of her daughter, for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence agent.

 

Activists said that Pakravan was only allowed one final hour with her daughter earlier in the week, and had only been informed of her imminent death with a few hours notice.

 

 

According to the court ruling Jabbari stabbed Sarbandi in the back in 2007 after purchasing a knife two days earlier.

 

Jabbari was found guilty of premeditated murder in 2009 but the sentence was only carried out after Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict. Justice Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi had hinted in early October that a “good ending” was in sight, and the victim’s family could have saved Jabbari’s life by accepting blood money but they refused to do so.

 

Amnesty said the verdict was legally flawed, with Jabbari claiming Sarbandi had tried to rape her, and that she had stabbed him, but another man in the house had actually killed him.

 

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There really are no words for this. I am at a lost to comprehend how human beings treat other human beings the way 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari was treated. 26 years on this earth and she was murdered for killing her attempted rapist. I just don’t have the words.

 

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