The Plot Thickens: Vonderrit Myers’ Family Releases Autopsy, Lawyers Say Findings Conflict With Police Reports.


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By Rebecca Rivas Of The St. Louis American

 

Vonderrit Myers’ family releases autopsy, lawyers say findings conflict with police reports

 

Vonderrit D. Myers Jr. was shot eight times, mostly on the back of the legs and one fatal shot to the side of the head, according to a private autopsy report.

 

Myers’ family hired pathologist Dr. Cyril H. Wecht to conduct a study of the gun wounds from Oct. 8, when Myers was shot and killed by an off-duty St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer.

Six bullets struck Myers on the rear part of his body and the other two were “not directly frontal,” Wecht said. One shot hit him on the right side of the face, between the eyebrow and the ear. Another shot struck him on the side of his left thigh.

 

Wecht said he did not know the order in which the wounds were inflicted. However, he said the head wound would have rendered him unconscious immediately.

 

Jermaine Wooten , one of the family’s lawyers, said the report’s findings –showing almost all shots from behind – contradict the story of the police officer, who has not been identified. Wooten said police representatives have told them that Myers was facing the officer the entire time.

 

Wooten said Myers had to have been facing away from the officer for the first shots because he could not have endured the two shots to the side and remained standing. The head wound rendered him unconscious and the shot to his left thigh shattered his femur, dropping him immediately.

 

Wooten said eye witnesses have said that Myers was unarmed when the officer, a 32-year-old white male with six years on the force, fired 17 shots at him.

 

The lawyers met with the police department’s medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham, who said Myers’ DNA does not appear on the gun that Myers was allegedly carrying.

 

“If he had been carrying the gun, it would have had his DNA,” Wooten said.

 

The medical examiner’s full report won’t be complete for another couple months, Wooten said.

 

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Joe Madison – “The Black Eagle”: Ferguson Grand Jury Leaks Crucial Information From The Michael Brown Case. Prosecutor and Grand Jury Should Be Dismissed.


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Ferguson Grand Jury Leaks Crucial Information From The Michael Brown Case. Prosecutor and Grand Jury Should Be Dismissed.

 

Ferguson Grand Jury Leaks Crucial Information From The Michael Brown Case

 

Published on Oct 23, 2014

Joe Madison The Black Eagle. The grand jury in the Michael Brown Ferguson, MO case has leaked serveral key pieces of information from their deliberations. Madison is calling for the grand jury to be dismissed and for a new group to be selected.

 

 

 

Brown’s Autopsy Report Was Taken Out Of Context, Says Forensics Expert

 

Published on Oct 23, 2014

“Judy Melinek, one of the forensic experts who was quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday about the Michael Brown autopsy report, is taking issue with how the newspaper portrayed her comments.

The key piece of Melinek’s analysis, according to the Post-Dispatch’s original report, was that the report of Brown’s autopsy ‘supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound. If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.’” *

 

 

 

Michael Brown Autopsy Facts & Truth:

 

It appears CNN has decided to out right lie about an autopsy report “leaked” TO CNN, the #FergusonOctober protest and everything Black in general. The MilitantNegro™ will not allow CNN to lie.

 

Michael Brown Autopsy Results by Doctor Baden

 

Published on Aug 20, 2014

There has been some false info and altered images circulated surrounding Mike Brown’s physical body. Watch this video for the source findings. Spend the 20 minutes to understand what medical and science professionals know about the shooting of Michael Brown.

 

 

 

Autopsy Report Shows Michael Brown Shot Six Times

 

Published on Aug 18, 2014

The private autopsy for the family of Mike Brown has been released. Dr. Baden reports Michael Brown was shot 4 times in the arm and twice in the head.

 

 

 

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck At Least 6 Times

 

From The New York Times:

 

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times

 

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By FRANCES ROBLES and JULIE BOSMANAUG. 17, 2014

 

FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

 

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

 

Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.

 

The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.

 

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Dr. Michael Baden, right, and Prof. Shawn Parcells in Ferguson, Mo. Dr. Baden, based in New York, examined Michael Brown. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

 

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Sunday that the Justice Department would conduct its own autopsy, in addition to the one performed by local officials and this private one because, a department spokesman said, of “the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family.”

 

The preliminary autopsy results are the first time that some of the critical information resulting in Mr. Brown’s death has been made public. Thousands of protesters demanding information and justice for what was widely viewed as a reckless shooting took to the streets here in rallies that ranged from peaceful to violent.

 

Mr. Brown died last week in a confrontation with a police officer here in this suburb of St. Louis.

 

The police department has come under harsh criticism for refusing to clarify the circumstances of the shooting and for responding to protests with military-style operational gear.

 

“People have been asking: How many times was he shot? This information could have been released on Day 1,” Dr. Baden said in an interview after performing the autopsy. “They don’t do that, even as feelings built up among the citizenry that there was a cover-up. We are hoping to alleviate that.”

 

Dr. Baden said that while Mr. Brown was shot at least six times, only three bullets were recovered from his body. But he has not yet seen the X-rays showing where the bullets were found, which would clarify the autopsy results. Nor has he had access to witness and police statements.

 

Dr. Baden provided a diagram of the entry wounds, and noted that the six shots produced numerous wounds. Some of the bullets entered and exited several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.

 

“This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating the wound at the very top of Mr. Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”

 

He stressed that his information does not assign blame or justify the shooting.
“We need more information; for example, the police should be examining the automobile to see if there is gunshot residue in the police car,” he said.

 

Dr. Baden, 80, is a well-known New York-based medical examiner, who is one of only about 400 board-certified forensic pathologists in the nation. He reviewed the autopsies of both President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and has performed more than 20,000 autopsies himself.

 

He is best known for having hosted the HBO show “Autopsy,” but he rankles when he is called a “celebrity medical examiner,” saying that the vast majority of what he does has nothing to do with celebrities.

 

Dr. Baden said that because of the tremendous attention to the case, he waived his $10,000 fee.

 

Prof. Shawn L. Parcells, a pathologist assistant based in Kansas, assisted Dr. Baden.

 

“You do this for the families,” Mr. Parcells said.

 

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The two medical experts conducted the four-hour examination Sunday at the Austin A. Layne Mortuary in St. Louis. Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for Mr. Brown’s family who paid their travel expenses, hired them.

 

“The sheer number of bullets and the way they were scattered all over his body showed this police officer had a brazen disregard for the very people he was supposed to protect in that community,” Mr. Crump said. “We want to make sure people understand what this case is about: This case is about a police officer executing a young unarmed man in broad daylight.”

 

A spokesman for the Ferguson Police Department, Tim Zoll, said the police had not seen a report of the autopsy and therefore had no comment on it.

 

Dr. Baden said he consulted with the St. Louis County medical examiner before conducting the autopsy.

 

One of the bullets shattered Mr. Brown’s right eye, traveled through his face, exited his jaw and re-entered his collarbone. The last two shots in the head would have stopped him in his tracks and were likely the last fired.

 

Mr. Brown, he said, would not have survived the shooting even if he had been taken to a hospital right away. The autopsy indicated that he was otherwise healthy.

 

Dr. Baden said it was unusual for the federal government to conduct a third autopsy, but dueling examinations often occur when there is so much distrust of the authorities. The county of St. Louis has conducted an autopsy, and the results have not yet been released.

 

He stressed that his examination was not to determine whether the shooting was justified.

 

“In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times,’ ” said Dr. Baden, who retired from the state police in 2011. “Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting.”

 

No matter what conclusions can be drawn from Dr. Baden’s work, Mr. Brown’s death remains marked by shifting and contradictory accounts more than a week after it occurred. The shooting is under investigation by St. Louis County and by the F.B.I., working with the Justice Department’s civil rights division and the office of Attorney General Holder.
According to what has emerged so far, on Saturday, Aug. 9, Mr. Brown, along with a companion, Dorian Johnson, was walking in the middle of Canfield Drive, a fistful of cigarillos in Mr. Brown’s hand, police say, which a videotape shows he stole from a liquor store on West Florissant Ave.

 

At 12:01 p.m., they were stopped by Darren Wilson, a police officer, who ordered them off the road and onto the sidewalk, Mr. Johnson, who is 22, later said.

 

The police have said that what happened next was a physical struggle between Mr. Brown and Officer Wilson that left the officer with a swollen face. Mr. Johnson and others have said that it was a case of racial profiling and police aggression from a white officer toward a black man. Within minutes, Mr. Brown, who was unarmed, was dead of gunshot wounds.

 

The sequence of events provided by law enforcement officials places Mr. Brown and Mr. Johnson at Ferguson Market and Liquors, a store several blocks away on West Florissant Ave., at about 11:50 a.m. After leaving the store with the cigarillos, the two walked north on West Florissant, a busy commercial thoroughfare, toward Canfield Drive, a clerk reported to the police.

 

Mr. Brown was a big man at 6-foot-4 and 292 pounds, though his family and friends described him as quiet and shy, a homebody who lived with his grandmother.

 

It is about a 10-minute walk from Ferguson Market to the spot where Officer Wilson, 28, with six years’ experience, approached Mr. Brown and Mr. Johnson.

 

The police tell of an officer who was enforcing the minor violation of jaywalking, as Mr. Brown and Mr. Johnson ignored the sidewalk and strolled down the middle of the road instead.

 

The morning after the shooting, Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County police said that Officer Wilson was leaving his police car when Mr. Brown “allegedly pushed the police officer back into the car,” where he “physically assaulted the police officer.”

 

“Within the police car there was a struggle over the officer’s weapon,” Chief Belmar said. “There was at least one shot fired in the car.” At that point, the police said, Officer Wilson left his vehicle and fatally shot Mr. Brown. “More than a few” shell casings were recovered from the scene.

 

Mr. Johnson, who declined to be interviewed, has described the events differently in television interviews. While he and Mr. Brown walked, he said, Officer Wilson stopped his vehicle and told them to get on the sidewalk. When they refused, Officer Wilson slammed on his brakes and drove in reverse to get closer.

 

When the officer opened his door, it hit Mr. Brown. With his left hand, Officer Wilson reached out and grabbed Mr. Brown by the neck, Mr. Johnson said.

 

“It’s like tug-of-war,” Mr. Johnson said. “He’s trying to pull him in. He’s pulling away, that’s when I heard, ‘I’m gonna shoot you.’ ”

 

A neighbor, Tiffany Mitchell, said in an interview with MSNBC that she heard tires squeal, then saw Mr. Brown and Officer Wilson “wrestling” through the open car window. A shot went off from within the car, Mr. Johnson said, and the two began to run away from the officer.

 

According to Ms. Mitchell, “The officer gets out of his vehicle,” she said, pursuing Mr. Brown, then continued to shoot.

 

Mr. Johnson said that he hid behind a parked car and that Mr. Brown was struck by a bullet in his back as he ran away, an account that Dr. Baden’s autopsy appears to contradict.

 

“Michael’s body jerks as if he was hit,” Ms. Mitchell said, “and then he put his hands up.” Mr. Brown turned, Mr. Johnson said, raised his hands, and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!”

 

Officer Wilson continued to fire and Mr. Brown crumpled to the ground, Mr. Johnson said. Within seconds, confusion and horror swept through Canfield Drive. On that Saturday afternoon, dozens of neighbors were at home and rushed out of their apartments when they heard gunshots.

 

One person who claimed to witness the shooting began posting frantic messages on Twitter, written hastily with shorthand and grammatical errors, only two minutes after Officer Wilson approached Mr. Brown. At 12:03 p.m., the person, identified as @TheePharoah, a St. Louis-area rapper, wrote on Twitter that he had just seen someone die.

 

That same minute, he wrote, “Im about to hyperventilate.”

 

At 12:23 p.m., he wrote, “dude was running and the cops just saw him. I saw him die bruh.”

 

A 10-minute video posted on YouTube appeared to be taken on a cellphone by someone who identified himself as a neighbor. The video, which has collected more than 225,000 views, captures Mr. Brown’s body, the yellow police tape that marked off the crime scene and the residents standing behind it.

 

“They shot that boy ’cause they wanted to,” said one woman who can be heard on the video.

 

“They said he had his hands up and everything,” said the man taking the video, speaking to a neighbor.

 

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Mr. Brown’s body remained in the street for several hours, a delay that Chief Jackson said last week made him “uncomfortable.” Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who has been active in this case, said on ABC on Sunday that the body had remained in the street for nearly five hours.

 

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At one point, a woman can be heard shouting, “Where is the ambulance? Where is the ambulance?” The man taking the video, who remained off-camera, said, “God rest his soul. He’s gone.”

 

Thank you The New York Times

 

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From The Leatherman Law Blog: We are witnessing a massive coordinated effort by unnamed officials to unlawfully influence public opinion and the members of a grand jury regarding the Michael Brown shooting by selectively leaking and spinning information in the police investigation file. The purpose of this massive propaganda effort is to discredit eyewitness accounts of the shooting, persuade the public that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in self-defense and condition the public to accept a decision by the grand jury next month to not charge the officer with a crime.

 

This is criminal and someone needs to go to jail. The leaker needs to be identified and prosecuted. It’s a mockery of our Justice System.

 

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Now for the lies “leaked” to CNN by The St. Louis Medical Examiner:

Ferguson back on edge

 

Published on Oct 22, 2014

Tensions high in Ferguson after new evidence is leaked in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Sara Sidner reports.

 

 

 

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First off, the #O22, October 22nd protest that took place on the day this bull shit autopsy report was “leaked”, had been planned a month in advance. Twitter was alive with the hashtag #O22 for over a month, so how does CNN fix it’s lying mouth to report tensions were high last night from this bull shit? Tensions are high in Ferguson based on the murder of an unarmed 18 year old college bound Black male named Michael Brown. Tensions are high because Darren Wilson, the racist killer cop, who executed Michael Brown, is free, has never been arrested, is on “administrative leave.” THAT’s why shit is tense in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

The Department of Justice condemned the leaks as “irresponsibly and highly troubling” and says an effort to influence public opinion on Michael Brown’s death.

 

Hands Up Don’t Shoot – Stand Up For Your Rights

 

 

This is what residents of Ferguson, Missouri have had to endure the past 76 days. This is what The United States Of AmeriKKKa does to it’s Black citizens who dare to Stand Up. Speak Out. March & Protest against police brutality.

 

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National Day Against Police Brutality Oct. 22

 

Published on Sep 26, 2014

This is a nation wide action. If you’d like to find an action in your city, go to: http://www.october22.org/

 

 

 

Mothers Cry for Justice – All Out for #O22!

 

Published on Sep 13, 2014

Iris Baez & Juanita Young, whose sons were both murdered by the NYPD call on you to join the October Month of Resistance and take the streets on October 22nd!

 

 

Mothers Fighting Stolen Lives.

 

Statement From The Family Of Michael Brown & Their Attorneys.

 

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Statement from the Family of Michael Brown & Their Attorneys

 

“Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.

 

There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify theexecution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.

 

The prolonged release of the officer’s name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.

 

It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.

 

The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.”

 

Benjamin L Crump, Esq.
Anthony D. Gray, Esq.
Daryl D. Parks, Esq.

 

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Michael Brown Memorial Fund

 

On behalf of the Brown family, we thank each of you for your outpouring of support. We ask that you continue to keep the Brown family uplifted in your prayers.

Benjamin L. Crump, Esq.
Family Attorney
Parks & Crump, LLC

 

Michael Brown was an 18 year old that was killed by a Ferguson Police Officer on Saturday, August 9th.  His family is now seeking justice for Michael’s death.  Their pursuit for justice will be lengthy and hard but with the support of the community they will get justice.  If you are willing to support Michael’s family please donate to Michael Brown’s Memorial Fund.  These funds will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf.  All funds will be given to the Michael Brown family.  We appreciate your support.

 

Commmonly asked questions:

1. Who you are: Adner Marcelin, Assistant to Attorneys Benjamin L. Crump, Esq. & Anthony D. Gray (Brown Family Attorneys)

 

2. Where you’re from? (Tallahassee, FL)

 

3. Your relationship to the parties you’re raising funds for? (Family Lawyers)

 

4. How the funds will be spent? The funds collected here will be used by the Brown family to cover funeral and burial expenses, travel and living expenses of the parents as they seek justice for their son, Michael Brown, Jr.

 

5. How you intend to get the funds to those in need? All funds collected on this website will be withdrawn to the Brown Memorial Fund established by the parents of Michael Brown. Anyone with further questions may contact their law office at 1(877) 529-9529.

 

Michael Brown Memorial Fund

 

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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

 

Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU—your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don’t share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way.

 

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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.

 

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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

POSTED ON JANUARY 7, 2014

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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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