Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org: #Ferguson Says “Shut It Down For #MikeBrown!”


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The tragic police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown hit home for millions across the country. The horror of losing a loved one, to senseless, racially-motivated police violence is a daily threat in the lives of Black people in America. In a time when law enforcement kill Black Americans at nearly the same rate as Jim Crow era lynchings,1 discriminatory and violent policing is a national crisis.

 

National leaders are paying more attention to racial profiling and police brutality than they have in years, due to the hard work of Black youth and community leaders in Ferguson and across the country.2 In order to capture the momentum of this moment and secure long-term, systemic reforms that transform policing nationwide, we need the federal government to intervene and set a higher standard of policing.

 

Demand a strong and enforceable federal prohibition on police brutality, a nationwide investigation into police violence in every state, and defunding of federal grants that incentivize abusive and militarized policing.

 

While we continue to fight for justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham and so many others whose lives have been taken at the hands of racially-motivated and violent local law enforcement, the federal government has a clear role to play in overturning the conditions that led to these tragedies, and setting a higher standard of policing across the country.In key ways, the standards, policies, and practices of the executive branch set the tone and tactics of local and state law enforcement.

 

For decades, our communities have worked tirelessly to combat the wholesale criminalization of Black Americans and the unimaginable police violence that threatens our children, parents, and friends every day. A walk to the store or drive to the mall have long held the risk of an unwarranted search, false arrest, or death. But we are in a historic time and how we capture this time will impact generations to come — the kind of world our children live in, the types of freedoms they have to fight for.

 

With Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation approaching, now is the time to push the Department of Justice to do much more.5Widespread public pressure can keep this issue at the top of the administration’s agenda, and push them to move forward before this major change in DOJ leadership. Next week, community members in Ferguson are organizing a Weekend of Resistance to build momentum for a nationwide movement to end police brutality.6 We need your support to move federal officials beyond symbolic actions to systemic reforms that protect the civil and human rights of all communities.

 

Join us in calling on the Obama administration, DOJ, and other federal agencies to take immediate action to strengthen police accountability and end discriminatory policing.

 

Thanks and Peace,

 

— Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Lyla, Jamar and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
October 18th, 2014

 

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GoFundMe Says: “Support Officer Darren Wilson.” Sign This Petition Please…Stop GoFundMe from Funding Hate/Racism.


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The online fundraising platform GoFundMe is profiting off racially-motivated donors, some of whom are celebrating the police killing of Michael Brown.

 

Join our campaign demanding that GoFundMe return these profits and take down the Darren Wilson fundraising pages. It only takes a moment.

 

In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, a fundraising effort was started to support Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for killing the unarmed Black teenager.

 

Over $433,000 has been raised, and GoFundMe takes 5% of every donation processed. This means the company has made more than $21,000.

 

Take a look at some of the donor comments below. (1) They will make your blood boil.

 

“Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box.”

 

“I thank all Police…protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages.”

 

“Black people can be their own enemy and I am not white…He was shot 6 times cause the giant wouldn’t stop or die. Evil people don’t die quick”

 

“Let this ‘GoFundMe’ serve as an example to all cops in America: The general public will support you, especially if you pull the trigger on violent criminal thugs.”

 

That last comment is chilling, and not just because it indicts and criminalizes Black youth like Michael Brown. But because it lowers the social and financial costs of killing Black men and boys. That’s the most insidious impact of this fundraiser. It sends the message that you will be supported in the aftermath of taking Black life.

 

We’ve seen this before. Racist right-wingers flocked to George Zimmerman’s defense in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin murder, creating a climate of sympathy for perpetrators of violence against Black teens.

 

GoFundMe is the world’s #1 personal fundraising site and if we can push them to take a stand against the Darren Wilson fundraisers, it will send a strong signal. That it’s not okay to fundraise on behalf of the shooter in the aftermath of a police killing. That it won’t be tolerated, at least not on the largest and most popular platforms.

 

Add your name.

 

After a public outcry on Twitter, GoFundMe has taken down the hateful comments listed above, but the fundraising campaign is still up.

 

The thing is: simply hiding the comments is not enough. In fact, it may even do more harm because it hides the real motivations behind this type of fundraising drive.

 

Since we’ve started this accountability campaign, GoFundMe has felt the pressure, responding to us and publicly changing its terms of services. But it’s not enough.

 

Profiting off the killing of Michael Brown is not okay. Profiting off racially-motivated donors is not okay. Disturbing fundraising efforts like these have no place on the world’s most popular crowdfunding platform.

 

Right now, as we head into a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, we can pressure GoFundMe to end the Darren Wilson fundraising drive.

 

Tell GoFundMe: Don’t profit from donations to Darren Wilson, and take down the fundraising pages immediately.

 

Thanks and peace,

–Arisha, Rashad, Matt, and Bhavik for the ColorOfChange team

 

GoFundMe: Stop profiting from racially-motivated donors, celebrating Michael Brown’s death

 

*UPDATE* – The Darren Wilson GoFundMe pages have raised over $433K for the officer responsible for killing Michael Brown. Help us reach 434,000 strong against them: one signer for every dollar they’ve raised. We’re already at 115,000 signatures and growing.

*UPDATE 2* – A Darren Wilson supporter has taken down the first page, but GoFundMe refuses to take down the second page and strengthen its use policy so that future Darren Wilsons can’t profit hundreds of thousands of dollars on their platform in the aftermath of taking Black Life.

*UPDATE 3* – Instead of taking down the Darren Wilson fundraising pages, GoFundMe threatened us with a Cease and Desist letter. But we refuse to be silenced. We responded by putting up this billboard ad in San Diego, right by GoFundMe’s offices:

 

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Here’s the letter we’ll send to GoFundMe executives on your behalf. You can add a personal comment using the box provided.

 

Dear GoFundMe co-founders Brad Damphousse and Andy Ballester, and Kelsea of GoFundMe Customer Happiness,

 

I write demanding that you return any profits from donations for Darren Wilson on your platform. Further, please take down any related fundraising pages.

 

Your own terms of service prohibit “items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” If Darren Wilson is charged, then it would stand to reason that these fundraisers are in violation of your terms, specifically “financial exploitation of a crime.”

 

GoFundMe should return any money it has made from Darren Wilson fundraising pages, and take them down immediately. Profiting off the killing of Michael Brown is not okay. Profiting off of racially-motivated donors is not okay.

 

These types of disturbing fundraising efforts have no place on the world’s #1 personal fundraising site.

Sincerely,

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AmeriKKKan Police Kill More American Citizens: Are YOU Next?


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Heard about this 8 month old murder? I didn’t either until a person who follows my blog commented on how out of control law enforcement has become lately. Problem is law enforcement has been out of control concerning those they take an oath to serve & protect, for centuries. 

From THINK PROGRESS:

Cop Allegedly Said ‘We Don’t Have Time For This’ Before Shooting Schizophrenic Teen To Death

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Keith Vidal, 18-year-old Schizophrenic

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Schizophrenic 18-year-old Keith Vidal was having an episode on Sunday when his parents called the police for assistance. Instead, an officer shot and killed their son right in front of them.

During Sunday’s incident, Vidal had apparently picked up a small screwdriver — small enough that it couldn’t have caused serious harm, his family says, but enough that they sought law enforcement assistance. Three different police departments’ officers arrived at the scene. The first two were able to restrain Vidal and calm him down, according to Vidal’s father. But then a third entered, and that’s when he says things went sour.

He says the third officer tased Vidal, knocking the 90-poundteenager to the ground. The officer then allegedly stepped forward with a firearm and said, “we don’t have time for this,” before shooting the teen dead.

Southport Police Department, one of the three North Carolina agencies that responded to the call, has put one of its detectives on administrative leave in relation to the case, reports WECT. The department did not say whether the officer was the one who had fired the weapon. The other departments, Boiling Spring Lakes PD and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office, said that they have not put their responding officers on leave. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

Sadly, families often treat police officers as assistants in home disputes or conflicts. But law enforcement officials have a long history of turning heated situations deadly. Protocol for police who take out their guns is to aim for the head or chest, and that’s exactly what the officer did in this case.

Too often, the mentally ill are on the other end of the barrel. Just last month, police fired 15-20 rounds at a schizophrenic man who they mistook for drunk, killing him. The month before that, in a similar incident to Vidal’s, a mentally ill man carrying a shovel was gunned down by police after his mother called them for help calming him down.

“This is what’s wrong with our mental health system,” Vidal’s mother, who was reportedly treated at the scene for an emotional breakdown, told reporters.

UPDATE

Two of the cops involved in the shooting have been cleared by an internal investigation. One officer, Southport Officer Bryon Vassey, remains on paid administrative leave.

Thank you THINK PROGRESS.

Police Shoot 13 year old mentally ill boy after being tased….

Published on Jan 9, 2014

Police Shoot 13 year old mentally ill boy after being tased, he was 5’3 100lbs and police could not handle him.WOW

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From CNN:

Police group: Detective who fatally shot mentally ill teen acted justly.

By Greg Botelho and David Mattingly, CNN

Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina (CNN) — A North Carolina detective justifiably shot a schizophrenic 18-year-old because he believed another officer’s life was in danger, a group representing police officers said, offering an account vastly different from that of the late teen’s outraged family.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association laid out its version of what happened in Boiling Spring Lakes in a statement issued Wednesday, three days after Keith Vidal was killed.

The most salient part was its defense of a Southport police detective for shooting Vidal after, in its view, determining that the teenager posed a “deadly threat” to another officer. The professional organization represents both these officers but not a sheriff’s deputy also at the scene.

“(The) detective … employed authorized law enforcement action to stop the continuing threat of deadly harm to (the officer) and others,” the Police Benevolent Association concluded.

The Southport detective’s lawyer, W. James Payne, has told CNN affiliate WWAY that once investigations into the shooting are complete, “All folks — everybody — will conclude that the officers acted appropriately.”

Payne elaborated to CNN on Wednesday night, claiming that his client fired after Vidal made multiple attempts to stab the other officer with a screwdriver. The other officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not injured.

Wednesday’s statements are the most detailed public defense yet of the law enforcement officers involved in Sunday’s incident.

“We can say, based on our preliminary findings, that we are very confident that the officers did what they should have under state law,” the law enforcement trade association’s director, John Midgette, said Wednesday night. “It’s a very tragic situation, but we do believe the officers.”

Vidal’s family has offered a starkly disparate view in its pleas this week for justice, as they see it, by holding the Southport detective directly responsible.

“My brother just needed help, and now he is dead,” stepbrother Mark Ryan Wilsey said in an emotional video posted to CNN iReport.

Wilsey was not there when his stepbrother was shot but wanted to speak on behalf of his family, he said Wednesday.

“This officer who shot my son needs to be behind bars,” said Vidal’s mother, Mary Wilsey. “He needs to die the way my son died.”

CNN first learned of the shooting through an iReport sent by a family friend.

According to Mark Ryan Wilsey, Vidal had schizophrenia and “was having an episode” when his father contacted police to subdue him so he could get help.

“He’s not doing very good. You’ve got to get him someplace,” a man who identified himself as Vidal’s stepfather said on a 911 call, a copy of which was obtained by CNN affiliate WECT. “He wants to fight his mother. … She’s scared to death of him right now.”

The caller said that Vidal “won’t take his medication” and his family has had “to put him in before, (and) he’s getting real bad again.”

Mark Ryan Wilsey said Wednesday that Boiling Spring Lakes police were familiar with Vidal, having gone to the family’s house at least three times before.

And the family has no qualms with the first two law enforcement officers who responded — one from Boiling Spring Lakes police and the other a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy — with the stepbrother saying they “did nothing wrong.”

“All they did was taze my brother and try to get him into handcuffs so he couldn’t harm himself,” said Mark Ryan Wilsey, who wasn’t at the scene but relayed his family’s account. “They had the situation under control.”

But the family says the situation unnecessarily took a turn for the worse when the Southport detective arrived.

Stepfather Mark Wilsey told WECT that Vidal had been tased and was pinned when one of the officers said, “We don’t have time for this” and fired his gun.

Seventy seconds after the third officer arrived, WECT reported, citing police records, police radioed that the teenager had been shot in self-defense.

Boiling Spring Lakes police and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have both cleared their officers involved in the case after finding, in internal reviews, no evidence they’d violated policy or state law.

Southport police put its detective — the man the benevolent association says shot Vidal — on paid administrative leave, a step that Midgette said is standard for any officer involved in a fatal shooting. Police Chief Jerry Dove said Wednesday that the detective’s record is spotless, adding that his department hasn’t had an officer-involved shooting in about 20 years.

Asked about his detective’s judgment in shooting an 18-year-old who his family said weighed about 100 pounds, Dove said, “Well, that’s what I’m waiting for when I hear all the inquiries that are made.”

Specifically, the State Bureau of Investigation and the chief prosecutor for the state’s 13th Judicial District are both looking into the matter.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association said it “welcomes” these investigations, but at the same time that it “assigned local counsel” to look into the matter. Its director, Midgette, explained this investigation consisted of talking to two officers involved who are members of — and thus represented by — his association.

The group said that three officers from three agencies responded to Vidal’s house “due to the dangerous nature of the call.”

Vidal “failed to comply with repeated requests to surrender the deadly weapon,” which the 911 caller said was a screwdriver, the Police Benevolent Association reported.

What the officers did next — such as using a Taser — were “authorized and necessary law enforcement procedures … to promote safety for everyone involved, including Vidal,” the group added.

The detective fired after Vidal “made physical contact with the (Boiling Spring Lakes officer) using the hand holding the deadly weapon,” the police association said in its statement.

“The officers present realized the immediate and deadly threat to (the officer’s) life,” said the group.

The pain and perhaps anger felt by Vidal’s family is understandable. Yet Midgette said that it is important to understand too that the challenges faced by law enforcement, who sometimes have to decide, in a split second, whether they need to act to save their, one of their colleagues or someone else’s life.

“Officers struggle every time they are put in a situation like this, because they are human beings, too,” said the state benevolent association’s leader. “It is always a tragedy, no matter how justified (the use of force) might be.”

CNN’s David Mattingly reported from North Carolina, and CNN’s Greg Botelho reported and wrote this story from Atlanta. CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz contributed to this report.

Thank you CNN.

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From Atlanta Blackstar:

Man Who Made 911 Call That Led to John Crawford’s Death Admits He Lied.

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John Crawford III was killed by Ohio police on Aug. 5 because they apparently thought the toy gun he had just purchased from the Wal-Mart in Beavercreek was real, but now the white man who called 911 to report Crawford has admitted he lied to police.

On the call, 24-year-old Ronald Ritchie, who was originally described as an “ex-Marine,” described a black man walking around the store with the weapon. “He’s, like, pointing it at people,” Ritchie told the 911 operator. He also said he saw Crawford loading bullets into the supposed weapon.

But in an interview with The Guardian, Ritchie is retracting his story, saying, “at no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody.” Though Ritchie stood by his statement that Crawford was “waving (the gun) around,” attorney Michael Wright says the Wal-Mart surveillance video of the incident refutes that claim.

Wright, who is representing Crawford’s family who was allowed to watch the surveillance video, said Crawford was facing away from the officers and probably didn’t hear them because he was talking on the phone with his girlfriend, who was with his parents at the time.

The attorney said as Crawford leaned on the pellet gun like a cane, he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.

In the Guardian interview, Ritchie defended his 911 call by saying, “Even still, it’s a gun in Wal-Mart, in a public place, inducing panic.” Ironically, Ohio has an “open carry” law allowing people to carry a rifle in public.

During the chaos created by the police shooting of Crawford, a 37-year-old woman also died from heart failure.

Thank you Atlanta Blackstar.

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St. Louis Alderman Antonio French Opens “Heal ST. Louis” Office In Ferguson


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Alderman French Opens HealSTL Office in Ferguson

 

Heal STL Opens Storefront In Ferguson to Register and Organize Black Voters

Many people have followed or just read Antonio French on twitter during the demonstrations in Ferguson.  Mr. French is an alderman in the City of St. Louis, a people’s journalist (he had the paper and then blog, PubDef) and an long-time activist in the St. Louis area.  When Michael Brown was murdered in a police crime, and the streets erupted in Ferguson, Mr. French traveled the few miles from North St. Louis where he lives to report and help out in Ferguson.  He was arrested early on (on August 19) for reporting while black:

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FERGUSON, Mo. — St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who was arrested late Wednesday while documenting the protests and police presence in Ferguson, was released early Thursday.

 

After his release shortly after 7 a.m., French told reporters he had been arrested for unlawful assembly, but hadn’t been given any documents about the arrest. He didn’t have to post any bond.

 

French said he had gone into his car to escape the smoke bombs and tear gas being thrown by police.

 

“I realized that the best place is in your car with the windows rolled up, to keep the tear gas out, and that was where I was.”

 

While in his car, police approached him, dragged him out of the car and arrested him.

 

USA Today: Antonio French freed after arrest in Ferguson, Mo.

French moved from reporting to peacemaking and organizing during the protests.  Realizing that there is a lacuna of

 

leadership in Ferguson, he has stepped up to help organize Ferguson’s future leaders.

 

Last week, he and others started the Heal STL movement.  

 

 

Despite brutal heat on Saturday, West Florissant was more active than it has been in several days. The atmosphere was positive, as many people were there to take part in the Heal STL movement.

 

Organizers and participants of the movement made signs and marched along the roadway.They also helped people register to vote.

 

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Among city leaders participating in the effort, was St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed.

 

FERGUSON, Mo. – They have plans for change, and now have a building to house those efforts.

 

This week, St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French will open the doors to #HealSTL, adding a physical location to his work in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Located just off West Florissant, French says this building will serve as a place to coordinate political change in that community.

 

“This is where volunteers will be able to come, where we’ll be organized in planning out next steps,” French said. “And we’re here for the long-haul. It’s not just a couple of weeks or a day, we’re here for the next few months, if not year.”

 

French ventured outside his official ward during the Ferguson unrest, and gained national recognition for his live tweets during that time. Now, he’s looking to the future.

 

“It’s really about next steps, after the events of the last two weeks,” he said. “Our first part of our next steps is to register everyone out here to vote in Ferguson and to get them educated and mobilized to get political change out here.”

 

French said the building he found sat vacant for a period of time, even before the unrest in Ferguson. Without giving specifics, he said he and some “supporters” paid for the property, which currently houses a few boxes and hand-drawn signs.

 

Volunteers planning to use the space come from all over the country.

 

“We have a lot of folks who want to help and want to do something, and so our role is to help coordinate that, organize it, and to use all this energy we’ve seen these last few weeks and put in a productive way, and a way that we actually create some change.”

 

He hopes to have #HealSTL open and running by this weekend.

 

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Department Of Justice To investigate Entire Ferguson Police Department…Too Late For Me.


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I am of the mindset that the Department Of Justice is a day late and $5 million short when it comes to the systematic genocide of Black Americans. It’s not just Ferguson, there’s Eric Garner in NY City not to mention the many many who have died at the hands of NYPD. Then there’s LAPD, so many have died at the hands of LAPD that I can’t list them all. John Crawford shot dead in an Ohio Walmart for holding a toy BB gun, by law enforcement.

WHEN will law enforcement agencies who murder unarmed Black citizens be held accountable for Black Genocide?

Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigating Ferguson for the murder of Michael Brown, IS NOT ENOUGH.

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Attorney General Eric Holder announces Ferguson police probe

From Mother Jones:

Update September 3, 2014: CNN reports that the Justice Department is preparing to launch a new investigation into the Ferguson Police Department. The new investigation, which is separate from the DOJ’s ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown, will review complaints involving Ferguson police and how the department operates, to determine whether it is compliant with federal standards.

On August 11, the Department of Justice announced that FBI agents were working with attorneys from the Civil Rights Division and US Attorney’s Office to conduct what Attorney General Eric Holder promised would be a “thorough and complete investigation” into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, more than 40 FBI agents have arrived in the St. Louis suburb to interview witnesses and canvas the neighborhood where Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9.

The following week, the AG himself arrived in Ferguson for a series of meetings with federal investigators, local authorities, and community members. Writing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holder said, “At a time when so much may seem uncertain, the people of Ferguson can have confidence that the Justice Department intends to learn—in a fair and thorough manner—exactly what happened.”

What exactly happens when the feds step in to investigate a case like Michael Brown’s? A quick explainer:

What is the Justice Department investigating? Holder initially announced that the DOJ is specifically investigating “the shooting death of Michael Brown,” and “looking for violations of federal, criminal civil rights statutes.” The investigation is separate from local authorities’ investigation. Some have asked the DOJ to take a broader view: In a letter to Holder on August 11, Reps. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), and William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) asked the DOJ to consider expanding the scope of its investigation to include “the potential for any pattern or practice of police misconduct by the Ferguson Police Department.” Meanwhile, the US Commission on Civil Rights, a panel appointed by the president and members of Congress, has asked the DOJ to look into the disproportionately low representation of African Americans on Ferguson’s police force and city council. On September 3, a federal and Missouri official told CNN that the DOJ will also investigate the broader practices of the Ferguson Police Department.

What could happen as a result of the DOJ investigation? The findings of the investigations could lead to a federal prosecution against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown.

Who is conducting the investigation? So far, three branches of the DOJ are working together on the federal investigation. More than 40 FBI agents from the St. Louis field office are canvassing the area and interviewing witnesses. They’re working with the Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney’s Office, which would handle a potential prosecution. Within the Civil Rights Division, two sections may be involved: There’s the Criminal Section, which “prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law,” including excessive use of force by police officers; also, the Special Litigation Section conducts investigations into systematic violations of civil rights by state and local institutions, including police departments. The Criminal Section launched the initial investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

What triggered the investigation? Generally, DOJ investigations into civil rights violations can begin in response to an official complaint filed with the Civil Rights Division, or in response to major events like those in Ferguson. The CRD has not said if there was an official complaint filed by citizens, or if the department decided to initiate the investigation on its own. “There’s no rule book” that the department follows to determine if a case warrants an investigation, explains Samuel Walker, a criminal-justice scholar at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Civil Rights Division doesn’t announce all of its investigative activities. The agency has not responded to a request for comment on what percentage of incoming complaints it decides to investigate, and why. But back in 2012, then-DOJ spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa told my colleague AJ Vicens that “the department investigates each jurisdiction based on the allegations received. There is no one-size-fits all approach to our investigations or our settlements.”

Where else besides Ferguson is the DOJ investigating civil rights violations? The Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section is currently investigating systematic violations of civil rights by law enforcement in at least 34 other jurisdictions across 17 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, according to a list on the DOJ website. But these cases are different from the investigation in Ferguson, which so has been focused on Wilson’s shooting of Brown, which falls under the purview of CRD’s Criminal Section. A new investigation into department-wide practices would fall under Special Litigation. According to its website, the Special Litigation Section can step in “if we find a pattern or practice by the law enforcement agency that systemically violates people’s rights. Harm to a single person, or isolated action, is usually not enough to show a pattern or practice that violates these laws.” The Criminal Section, meanwhile, lists 17 past investigations into criminal misconduct by law enforcement officials in 11 states.

The Justice Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which is separate from the Civil Rights Division, monitors discrimination in DOJ-funded state and local law enforcement institutions. In a May 2013 memo, OCR reported that over the previous four years, it handled 346 discrimination complaints, many of them alleging that federally funded law enforcement agencies “engaged in unlawful racial profiling in conducting traffic stops.”

Since when does the DOJ investigate civil rights violations? The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 authorizes the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section “to review the practices of law enforcement agencies that may be violating people’s federal rights,” and oversees cases involving discrimination—prohibited under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—in state or local agencies receiving federal funds. As a result of these special litigation cases dating back to 1997, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 21 police departments across the country have signed consent agreements with the DOJ to improve their procedures and policies, often the use of force and relationships with minority communities. Samuel Walker says that the number of these cases fell dramatically during the Bush administration, but picked back up under the Obama administration, which has doubled the size of the special litigations unit. While criminal civil rights prosecutions under the DOJ date back to 1939, the Criminal Section’s powers were limited until the Civil Rights Division was created in 1957 as part of the Civil Rights Act.

How else is the DOJ involved in Ferguson? Holder has announced that the DOJ’s COPS (Community-Oriented Policing Services) office and Office of Justice Programs are also assisting local authorities “in order to help conduct crowd control and maintain public safety without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force.” It’s unclear how this assistance has played out on the streets of Ferguson. Holder added that Justice Department officials from the Community Relations Service are also helping “convene law enforcement officials and civic and faith leaders to plot out steps to reduce tensions in the community.”

When will we see some results from the investigation? It may be a while. As Holder wrote in Wednesday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Long after the events of Aug. 9 have receded from the headlines, the Justice Department will continue to stand with this community.” For now, there are many more questions than answers.

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Thank you Mother Jones.

The Department of Justice will launch a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by one of its white officers. 

A government official briefed on the planned investigation told Fox News that the Justice Department’s civil rights division would be in charge of the probe. The inquiry is referred to as a “pattern and practice” investigation and will focus on the department’s policies, not possible individual wrongdoing. 

The Justice Department is conducting a separate, narrower investigation into the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury is also considering whether to indict Wilson for the shooting, which which set off about two weeks of unrest in the streets of Ferguson and became a flashpoint in the national discussion of police treatment of minorities across the country. Two weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder visited the St. Louis suburb, where he met with investigators and Brown’s parents and shared personal experiences of having himself been mistreated by the police.

Holder is expected to formally announce the investigation at a press conference Thursday. The investigation was first reported by The Washington Post. The Associated Press reported that Missouri officials were notified of the new investigation Wednesday. 

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OK, lets use a tiny bit of common sense and logic, Ferguson as well as many local law enforcement agencies across AmeriKKKa have been using the badge & gun to systematically control, murder and harass people of color since the civil war freed slaves. I have said for years that the gun and law enforcement is the new method of lynching. The badge has replaced the rope.

Ferguson Mayor to Al Sharpton: Go Home and Stop Inciting Racial Hatred

Ferguson Mayor to Al Sharpton: Go Home and Stop Inciting Racial Hatred

This morning I observed the Mayor of Ferguson, James Knowles III, tell me, and anyone else watching/listening, that everything was OK in Ferguson. An unarmed Black teenager is murdered, protesters are gassed and journalist are arrested, cameramen are recorded having assault weapons stuck in their faces while being told “I’ll fucking kill you” by  cops in Ferguson, but everything “is OK in Ferguson.”

That’s as stupid as the Captain of the Titanic telling passengers “everything is OK, we’re just testing out the Titanic’s ability to be a submarine.” You’d have to be downright stupid to believe a damn thing coming out the mouths of any authority official in Ferguson, Missouri.

Everyone is happy about the DOJ doing it’s job. I am unhappy it took weeks for the DOJ to do it’s job.

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United States Department of Justice

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries.

The Department is led by the Attorney General, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate and is a member of the Cabinet. The current Attorney General is Eric Holder.

Department of Justice
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Seal of the United States Department of Justice
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Flag of the United States Department of Justice
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Department overview
Formed July 1, 1870; 144 years ago
Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States
Headquarters Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., United States
38°53′35.7″N 77°1′29.9″WCoordinates: 38°53′35.7″N 77°1′29.9″W
Motto “Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur” (Latin: “Who Pursues For Lady Justice”)
Employees 113,543 (2012)
Annual budget $27.1 billion (2013)
Department executives Eric Holder, Attorney General
James M. Cole, Deputy Attorney General
Website www.justice.gov

Divisions

Law enforcement agencies

Several federal law enforcement agencies are administered by the Department of Justice:

What Does the United States Department Of Justice Do?

The mission of the Department of Justice is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic, to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

The Department of Justice also has four strategic goals which it devotes it resources too:

  • Goal 1: To prevent terrorism and promote the Nation’s Security
  • Goal 2: Enforce federal laws and represent the rights and interests of the American People
  • Goal 3: Assists state, local, and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence
  • Goal 4: Ensure the fair and efficient operation of the Federal justice system

For ALL you dumbasses who say the DOJ has no jurisdiction in Ferguson….get an education in what you speak about BEFORE SPEAKING.

Michael Brown was murdered on August 9th, 2014. Before that, Eric Garner was choked to death in NYC by NYPD cops, Ezell Ford, unarmed, was murdered by LAPD cops, John Crawford was gunned down for holding a toy BB gun in a Walmart toy department. I could go on for days listing the UNARMED people of color murdered by law enforcement. I could go on for about 6 seconds listing the number of arrest and convictions of these law enforcement officials who committed these murders of Black men.

The White House has a real problem right here in The United States Of America. One does not have to go to Syria, Israel, Gaza, Iraq, Ukraine to find conflict and a war zone to be concerned about getting involved in and “fixing.” While the White House administration is concerned in Estonia and the United Kingdom, we here in America have to fear everytime out young Black men step outside…..we could be murdered by our AmeriKKKan law enforcement.

To Serve & Protect.

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