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As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown’s body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had affixed a stuffed animal to a streetlight pole a few yards away. Neighborhood residents and others were gathering, many of them upset and angry.

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

Candles and flowers marking the spot where Brown died were soon run over by police vehicles.

The day brought other indignities for Brown’s family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

"That made people in the crowd mad," Pace said, "and it made me mad." Some residents began walking in front of police vehicles at the end of the block to prevent them from driving in.

More: http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/ferguson-st-louis-police-tactics-dogs-michael-brown

thisiseverydayracism:

As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown’s body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had affixed a stuffed animal to a streetlight pole a few yards away. Neighborhood residents and others were gathering, many of them upset and angry.

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

Candles and flowers marking the spot where Brown died were soon run over by police vehicles.

The day brought other indignities for Brown’s family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

"That made people in the crowd mad," Pace said, "and it made me mad." Some residents began walking in front of police vehicles at the end of the block to prevent them from driving in.

More: http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/ferguson-st-louis-police-tactics-dogs-michael-brown

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coreywoodsit:

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Walmart Video Shows John Crawford Was Shot on Sight By Cops With No Warning, Family Attorneys Say

jessehimself:

Wright, who has seen store surveillance video of the shooting incident, said Crawford was shot while talking on the phone, holding the butt of the gun with the barrel pointed at the floor.

He said Crawford was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response.

“Everything released is one-sided.  There is nothing favorable to John Crawford.  You can’t show different pieces, show it all, don’t trickle pieces to gain favor of the public, “said Michael Wright, Crawford family attorney.  Wright wants to see the release of events in chronological order.

Wright says the video shows Crawford standing in the direction of some shelves.  He say Crawford was talking on his cell phone and probably did not see or hear the police officer sent to the store to investigate.  He said in one frame you see Crawford on the phone, the next you see him on the floor.

Crawford’s father questions the timing of the state’s investigation.

“My main concern is the delay.  What’s taking so long?  I understand it’s a process, but frankly, I see stall tactics,” said John Crawford II [the decedent’s father].

Crawford was speaking by cell phone to his girlfriend, who was with his parents, when he was shot.

“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two children. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”

Johnson put the phone on speaker mode, and she and Crawford’s parents heard him die.

“I could hear him just crying and screaming,” Johnson said. “I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”


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Blue is serving afro baby realness. The negative comments about her hair need to stop and BET writers should be ashamed. #naturalhair #afropower #BlueIvy

Blue is serving afro baby realness. The negative comments about her hair need to stop and BET writers should be ashamed. #naturalhair #afropower #BlueIvy


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heyfranhey:

Caramelized Peach & Oat Pancakes

COOKIE + Kate writes:

Thinly sliced peaches caramelize as they cook in these delicious, gluten-free, oat and yogurt pancakes. They’re peach upside-down pancakes! No need to peel your peaches, unless you want to. Recipe yields about 8 pancakes.

Recipe here.


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jessehimself:

“Philadelphia Newspaper Calls Asians “Chinky Winky” and “Dinky Doo”In the August 21 print edition of the free weekly tabloid, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla is pictured at a Chinatown fundraising event with several Asian American supporters. The photo’s caption includes, among several other made up names, “Me Too,” “Chinky Winky” and “Dinky Doo.” I see what you did there. The best part about this bullshit is that the publisher is defending the caption as a “proofreading error”:”

SMH

jessehimself:

Philadelphia Newspaper Calls Asians “Chinky Winky” and “Dinky Doo”

In the August 21 print edition of the free weekly tabloid, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla is pictured at a Chinatown fundraising event with several Asian American supporters. The photo’s caption includes, among several other made up names, “Me Too,” “Chinky Winky” and “Dinky Doo.” I see what you did there. 

The best part about this bullshit is that the publisher is defending the caption as a “proofreading error”:”

SMH

(Source: arabellesicardi)


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