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justice for mike brown, justice for us all

by Hermia Lyly

The following is partial list of unarmed black men, women, and children killed by police officers in the US (credit to abagond.wordpress.com). It does not include the most recent murder of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was playing with a toy gun when officers shot him twice.

2014: Victor White III (Iberia Parish, LA)
2014: Dante Parker (San Bernardino County, CA)
2014: Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, CA)
2014: Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO)
2014: Tyree Woodson (Baltimore, MD)
2014: John Crawford III (Beavercreek, OH)
2014: Eric Garner (New York, NY)
2014: Yvette Smith (Bastrop, TX)
2014: Jordan Baker (Houston, TX)
2013: Barrington Williams (New York, NY)
2013: Carlos Alcis (New York, NY)
2013: Deion Fludd (New York, NY)
2013: Jonathan Ferrell (Bradfield Farms, NC)
2013: Kimani Gray (New York, NY)
2013: Kyam Livingstone (New York, NY)
2013: Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr. (Austin, TX)
2013: Miriam Carey (Washington, DC)
2012: Chavis Carter (Jonesboro, AR)
2012: Dante Price (Dayton, OH)
2012: Duane Brown (New York, NY)
2012: Ervin Jefferson (Atlanta, GA)
2012: Jersey Green (Aurora, IL)
2012: Johnnnie Kamahi Warren (Dotham, AL)
2012: Justin Slipp (New Orleans, LA)
2012: Kendrec McDade (Pasadena, CA)
2012: Malissa Williams (Cleveland, OH)
2012: Nehemiah Dillard (Gainesville, FL)
2012: Ramarley Graham (New York, NY)
2012: Raymond Allen (Galveston, TX)
2012: Rekia Boyd (Chicago, IL)
2012: Reynaldo Cuevas (New York, NY)
2012: Robert Dumas Jr (Cleveland, OH)
2012: Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr (Orange County, CA)
2012: Shantel Davis (New York, NY)
2012: Sharmel Edwards (Las Vegas, NV)
2012: Shereese Francis (New York, NY)
2012: Tamon Robinson (New York, NY)
2012: Timothy Russell (Cleveland, OH)
2012: Wendell Allen (New Orleans, LA)
2011: Alonzo Ashley (Denver, CO)
2011: Jimmell Cannon (Chicago, IL)
2011: Kenneth Chamberlain (White Plains, NY)
2011: Kenneth Harding (San Francisco, CA)
2011: Raheim Brown (Oakland, CA)
2011: Reginald Doucet (Los Angeles, CA)
2010: Aaron Campbell (Portland, OR)
2010: Aiyana Jones (Detroit, MI)
2010: Danroy Henry (Thornwood, NY)
2010: Derrick Jones (Oakland, CA)
2010: Steven Eugene Washington (Los Angeles, CA)
2009: Kiwane Carrington (Champaign, IL)
2009: Oscar Grant (Oakland, CA)
2009: Shem Walker (New York, NY)
2009: Victor Steen (Pensacola, FL)
2008: Tarika Wilson (Lima, OH)
2007: DeAunta Terrel Farrow (West Memphis, AR)
2006: Sean Bell (New York, NY)
2005: Henry Glover (New Orleans, LA)
2005: James Brisette (New Orleans, LA)
2005: Ronald Madison (New Orleans, LA)
2004: Timothy Stansbury (New York, NY)
2003: Alberta Spruill (New York, NY)
2003: Orlando Barlow (Las Vegas, NV)
2003: Ousmane Zongo (New York, NY)
2001: Timothy Thomas (Cincinnati, OH)
2000: Earl Murray (Dellwood, MO)
2000: Malcolm Ferguson (New York, NY)
2000: Patrick Dorismond (New York, NY)
2000: Prince Jones (Fairfax County, VA)
2000: Ronald Beasley (Dellwood, MO)
1999: Amadou Diallo (New York, NY)
1994: Nicholas Heyward Jr. (New York, NY)
1992: Malice Green (Detroit, MI)
1985: Edmund Perry (New York, NY)
1984: Eleanor Bumpurs (New York, NY)
1983: Michael Stewart (New York, NY)
1981: Ron Settles (Signal Hill, CA)
1979: Eula Love (Los Angeles, CA)
1969: Mark Clark (Chicago, IL)
1969: Fred Hampton (Chicago, IL)
1964: James Powell (New York, NY)

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The following is an infographic about police brutality, from officers’ perspectives. Even they recognize it is a problem:

Credit to Graphs.net.
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“A Litany for Survival”
For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
futures
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours;For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
of indigestion
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid.So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive.
-Audre Lorde
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19 Responses to “justice for mike brown, justice for us all”

    • youngmormonfeministguest

      I’m assuming that you’re not being facetious or looking to start a debate, and that your question is genuine. If that’s the case, then I believe that my “opinion” of what justice is for Mike Brown doesn’t matter. Justice is not a matter of opinion. Considering that Mike Brown’s death is not a clear-cut case of self-defense (as any impartial forensic expert, lawyer, or police officer worth their salt would agree), an indictment is the obvious step to take in order for the American justice system to do its work. Darren Wilson should have been indicted, not because it’s “my opinion,” but because statistically, when an investigation has as many conflicting testimonies as this one does, an indictment is inevitable.

      For more information: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/ferguson-michael-brown-indictment-darren-wilson/

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      • Locke

        Justice is to indict Darren Wilson not because of the evidence presented in his case but because of statistics?

        First, there are no statistics to compare to this case. As the article you cite suggests, most prosecutors screen cases for both probable cause and likelihood of winning at trial before bringing a case before a grand jury.

        Second, those prosecuting offices that do indict even when they have little likelihood of winning at trial have been heavily criticized by civil rights advocates. Indictments destroy lives and put even innocent people in the difficult position of waiting in prison for 2 years until their day in court or just taking the plea deal that offers probation or significantly less time. This practice is especially harmful to minorities who have disproportionately higher arrest rates.

        Third, testimonies may have been conflicting but only those testimonies that supported a narrative of self-defense matched the physical evidence.

      • youngmormonfeministguest

        I knew that I was being too hopeful by assuming that your question was asked in good faith.

        I’m not going to waste my time debating with trolls. If you’re looking to fight with people about Ferguson, then there are many other people on the internet willing to debate with you in comments sections. But I’m not going to engage with you unless you are open to learning more about this issue from a different viewpoint, a viewpoint that you might open your eyes to other possibilities, even if you don’t agree with them. After talking to many people about this issue and other racial issues, I’ve learned that unless the person I am talking to shows a sincere willingness to be educated about a different perspective, it’s usually a waste of time to try to debate them. Debate simply doesn’t change minds; most often it makes people surer of their own beliefs. Arguing with you on this is not going to make the world safer for people of color.

        I will say this, because as an ally, I owe it to my friends who are people of color: trying to argue about the grand jury trial of Darren Wilson in a way that ignores or separates it from racial elements of police violence against people of color is racist. It’s not as blatantly racist as some actions, but it’s still racist. As the saying goes, the new racism is denying racism. So if/when you decide to argue with someone else about this issue, don’t pretend as if race is not an issue. Pretending that race is not an issue is how we got to Ferguson in the first place.

      • Locke

        People who have a different point of view than you need to be “educated”? And if they present facts you disagree with, they are a “waste of time”? Does it not seem a bit hypocritical to you that everyone you speak with needs to be “open to learning more” but you do not? Instead, you may simply dismiss their perspective through ad hominem attacks such as “troll” or implied accusations of racist.

        I am truly sorry that I am a waste of your time. Debate is what our justice and entire political system is founded upon. When people engage in debates appropriately with facts, logic, and evidence — not ad hominem attacks — we come closer to the truth.

        I agree that racism is not a simple yes/no question. Racism is a wide ranging scale that we all fall on to some degree or another. But even if the grand jury was racist to whatever degree they were, how does ignoring all of the evidence and indicting Darren Wilson — destroying his and his family’s lives — bring “justice”?

        One last thing: I doubt people of color need to be infantilized and protected by you from opposing arguments they can easily shoot down themselves. Give them more credit than that.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps we should all go watch Chris Rock, an African American. who gets it and when you come at a cop after robing a joint and you are assumably aggressive because of that your ganna get shot when you go at a cop. That what happens in the legal system and until you are of your pointless blog and out there risking your life then who are you to judge a police officer.

  1. L. Ann

    I have idea if Darren Wilson should have been indicted, but let’s face it: neither you nor I were there during the time of slavery. A grand jury’s decision cannot be based on past deeds. That goes for the sins of white people a hundred years ago, or Brown’s arrest record from last year. Neither is relevant.

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  2. latterdaytruth

    There are three times as many white people killed by police officers than black. That doesn’t seem to matter.

    A police officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours. That doesn’t seem to matter either.

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    • Anonymous

      White people make up 72.5% of the United States. Black people make up 12.5% of the United States. If the statistics you spouted are correct, then police kill significantly more black people per capita than white people, as we’ve been saying.

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