You actually have a point. The guy that started Black Lives Matter is actually white, makes you wonder if this group would have gotten the same press if a black guy started it.
Finally. Decency has prevailed and the Confederate flag was taken down.
Within the next year we should expect completely decimated statistics on black on black violence, black single parent households, black newly infected AIDS rates, black high school dropout rates, black domestic violence, basically all the things the bruthaman down that were caused by a multi colored (actually colored, not the racist colored) piece of cloth.
This was a huge win. Huge.
So what about the black officer's testimony that Farrell yelled "shoot me" at least twice? Seems like kind of an important detail.
Look, Ferrell's dead because he was an idiot, not because of racism. I mean, the guy walks up to a bunch of cops and charges one of them? Would you ever do that? And don't even bother with the "he had a concussion" crap because I've had a concussion and I can tell you it doesn't make running up on a gun sound like a good idea. You really shouldn't attack cops, ever. It's just not how the process was set up.
He knew he was in trouble, soundslike his life was kind of a shambles beforehand, sounds to me like he just snapped.
Suicide by cop, happens all the time. His family already got their payout, wasn't like this guy was going to produce 2 million anytime soon, how about letting Kerrick get back to work protecting people.
"A good start would be for Randall Kerrick to admit he shot Ferrell that night because he was reacting out of fear."
Just FYI, that's always a required part of every defense for homicide. The only legal justification for killing someone (even for police officers) is when the individual feels their life, or the lives of others, is being threatened. We don't allow the killing of people for property crimes. At some point in time, this defendant, like all murder defendants who are claiming justifiable homicide, will have to say that he was in fear for his life or the lives of the other officers.
Also, your statement about Michael Brown being video taped committing a petit theft is also factually incorrect. When you are caught stealing something, even a 50 cent candy bar, and then fight with the owner of the property to get away with the stolen goods, it becomes a robbery, not a theft. Whether you are armed or not is only relevant to the type of robbery. In the case of Brown, it would have been a 2nd degree robbery, also known as a strong arm robbery. Here is the statute, copied and pasted from the MO government Web site:
Robbery in the second degree.
569.030. 1. A person commits the crime of robbery in the second degree when he forcibly steals property.
2. Robbery in the second degree is a class B felony.
Here are the copied and pasted sentences for call B felonies:
Sentence of imprisonment, terms--conditional release.
558.011. 1. The authorized terms of imprisonment, including both prison and conditional release terms, are:
(1) For a class A felony, a term of years not less than ten years and not to exceed thirty years, or life imprisonment;
(2) For a class B felony, a term of years not less than five years and not to exceed fifteen years;
There are several more classes of felonies and misdemeanors, but I left them off since they were not relevant.
In addition, criminal charges are state, not federal, and there is no such charge as "theft" or "petit theft" in Missouri. The legal charge is just called "Stealing" there, and the penalties vary depending on the value and type of item stolen.
Hope this helps you out,
You're right about all these things:
1. I turned in this column before the Defense began making its case. I was able to correctly predict what the strategy would be because at this point, that strategy is oh-so-predictable. That's kind of the overall point I'm trying to make here.
2. In the eyes of the law, Kerrick is innocent until proven guilty of the crime he is charged with. I never said otherwise. The fact that he shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell, who was unarmed, is undisputed.
3. I'm very familiar with The Counted. I'm very familiar with Zachary Hammond's case. If his case had happened in Charlotte, I'd be writing about it. Despite the fact black people are seven times more likely to be killed by police, overzealous law enforcement is a huge problem for white people too. It's a major problem for all American citizens. So why is it mostly just the black community organizing and demanding change? Sometimes it seems like #nolivesmatter to everyone else.
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.
1. I'm not sure how you can justify the use of the term "big black zombie defense" when this column was submitted before the State had even rested its case and the defense permitted to being presenting its own.
2. You might also want to review your junior high school civics texts, focusing on that quaint "innocent unless proven guilty" part.
3. You might also want to look up a feature called "The Counted" in The Guardian newspaper - yes these days you have to look to the foreign press to get honest coverage of American news. In "The Counted" you will see that this year police in the US have killed 711 civilians. Only 184 of the 711 are black, yet in the media's eyes, every cop is out there looking for blacks to kill. The reality is that 343 whites, 101 Hispanic/Latinos, and nearly 100 "others" have had their lives ended by a police state that is out of control. This ain't no black thang, sista, it's a POLICE problem. We all know the names of the blacks killed by police: Rice, Brown, Garner, Gray, Scott, etc. How many of those 343 whites can you name, Erin? Perhaps Zach Hammond and then....? Uh? I can't hear you.
This is demolished... Spent hours looking and some local homowners told me i had been torn down to build the train related,something. Fml charlotte has nothing for the bmx street rider in 2015
Thank you for sharing this with me and everyone else who lives this life and knows these emotions. I left the USA in 2009 with no real plan of becoming a nomad. It just sort of happened piece by piece and momemt by moment. Home started to become as mythical as Nirvana and Utopia or Zeus and Thor. I still have friends in a place that I often refer to as home, but having spent exactly 9 months there since 2009, I am not sure what that means anymore. Home. I don't love my friends any less and I couldn't possibly miss them any more, but the road is my drug of choice and I am an addict.
I don't mean to make a life of travel sound morbid and depressing, although there are some days when I just need a hug from an old friend. What I mean to say is that once you start learning to exist anywhere, you exist everywhere. My mind is my personal cloud storage and every expat bar, mom and pop Vietnamese noodle shop, Thai moo ping street food vendor, turbo prop plane ride from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang are my analog interfaces to my digital nomadic life.
Happy is how other people see me and often how I feel. But when I am not happy, I am lonely and lost. Waiting for that next inspiration to send me spiraling towards some unknown destination and adventure. I don't know if I will ever know a HOME again, but it's nice to know that I am not really alone.
I'm glad we're using social + technology to speak out...However, in addition to speaking out, we have to infiltrate the "system". I applaud Marilyn Mosby and others who are working within the system to make a difference.
@KishiaDinkins They say the only thing that is constant is change so some folks are just going to have to get with the program....smile. I understand the fear. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
Robert Earl Lawrence
Say those names too.
Change is hard but Necessary! I grew up in a small rural town in SC and segregation was always the way but now change is scaring some folks straight into an early grave.
It has always been our young. They are probably most suitable to be the primary faces of or any current civil and social of movements activities but only when they are properly led by right minded “elders” who know the lay of the land and who can counsel as to where the landmines can be planted. Sadly too little teaching and too much resistance to change has placed the two at odds. We need right of both. In the meantime, I think we have to guard against suggesting that non violence protests and their close kinship to our faith-based heritage has somehow become inanimate and should be retired to a rural county assisted living combine. There have always been varying approaches to our social needs, domestically and international, from those whose protests have been classified “active” and others “passive”. But non-violent organizing and strategies are what fueled both for the most part and have created in their wake a veritable hallowed hall of great men and women that have been world changers, though their methods were often at the expense of our patience and endurance. Our young today with their enthusiasm and social media savvy has been able to build across vast divides that physical limitation once thwarted. “Share” and “reblog” options are doing what civil, social and religious institution memberships did exclusively just a generation ago. I still think this generation is passing through a kind of “honeymoon” period of gains that will eventually be replaced by the knuckle down grind that social and civil rights causes require. In either case, the powers that be have reason to be dismayed and disheartened. It’s almost like you old heads are not dying but multiplying …
More Black victim think BS. If Black Americans would put half the energy into reducing single parent households, emphasizing education over the .0001 chance of making the NBA, and took responsibility for the enormous amount of their youth commit, rather than play make believe about cops hating them and the ridiculous idea of white privelige (which gives them a cop out for their own failures), then they would be improving their plight in this country much faster.
@Tina Most definitely we honor the sacrifice and work that the old guard has contributed to the movement but it is time for the new generation to take their place as leaders. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
@kwame Thank you and I agree I am anxious to see how the movement sustains itself. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
Bravo Charles! Well said. The old guard is appreciated for getting us where we are today. Now it is time to step aside and allow the new guard to march forward.
Great analysis. Will be interesting to see how the movement progresses.
@shannise and it is a shift that is scaring some folks. Thank you for reading!
Well said brother Charles. We are in the midst of a major shift in power..
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