Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ferguson Update

[TRIGGER WARNING: HOMICIDE, GUN VIOLENCE, POLICE BRUTALITY, RACISM]

[CORRECTION: This incident actually happened in Los Angeles, not Ferguson. However, it's still relevant as yet another black body on the pile of racist police victims.]

Yet another report of a black person shot and killed by police while complying with orders. Witnesses say he was lying on the ground as instructed when police shot him three times in the back. He was rushed to the hospital but didn't make it.

The police report that during an "investigative stop" (ha), "a struggle ensued." Are they even trying anymore?

The man was unarmed. I don't care if there was a struggle. It was one man against multiple police officers. Do they not even have stun guns? There is no reason that a gun should have been used, even if there was an actual struggle. Of course, at this point, I don't trust these cops at all.

And this bit:

It was unknown if the “suspect” had any gang affiliations, police said in the news release.

The fuck does that have to do with anything? If it's unknown, why mention it? Why is this necessary? You just assume there's a good chance he's in a gang because he's black? Jesus fucking fuck.

Ezell Ford's cousin's account of the murder is horrific:

“They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems,” the man said. 
“The excessive force … there was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he’s laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don’t try to console her … they pull the billy clubs out.” 

As per usual, the office who murdered Ezell Ford has been placed on paid leave.

I say again, this country is a complete shit show.

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