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.”
these white bitches were on the train talkin about how neighborhoods they are in the process of gentrifying are ghetto. they said ghetto over 50 times in a 10 minute conversation. i kid you not. there was no seat available and the train was crowded so i was standing over them fuming. so i did the grown thing and turned 180 degrees smoove as hell and farted in their faces. one of them silent but toxic joints.
“Police in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday began telling protesters – who have been gathered for days demanding justice for the death of an unarmed teenager at the hands of police – that they were no longer allowed to stand in place for more than five seconds, but had to keep moving. When inquiries were made to law enforcement officers regarding which law prohibits gathering or standing for more than five seconds on public sidewalks,” the ACLU of Missouri wrote in its emergency federal court filing to block the apparent policy, “the officers indicated that they did not know and that it did not matter. The officers further indicated that they were following the orders of their supervisors, whom they refused to name.” The ACLU argued the policy was a prior restraint on speech and asked for a temporary restraining order.
“The attorney general came to court via phone and announced that there was an alternative speech zone that was being set up,” Tony Rothert, the legal director of the ACLU of Missouri, told msnbc. That satisfied the judge, who agreed it was a close call but denied the ACLU’s request to block the policy.
So where and what was that free speech zone? “It’s supposed to be at the intersection of Ferguson and Florissant,” Rothert said. “There is a field there, but it is padlocked and no one can get in.”—America 2014: “Free Speech Zone padlocked and no one can get in." Yeah, that about sums it up. (via twiststreet)
To be fair, it’s not President Obama’s fault that I keep expecting him to be Assata Shakur. That’s MY bad. It’s my expectations that are unrealistic. He’s just being what ANY American president has been, is, and ever will be: A tool of the State and a slave to the interests of the 1%.
Hip-Hop is the worst nothing but curse language country music is 100000x better
I’m honestly thinking this is a troll, but if it’s not:
" … nothing but curse language …" Really?
"It’s a numbers game, but shit don’t add up somehow Like I got, 16 to 32 bars to rock it But only 15% of profits ever see my pockets like 69 billion in the last 20 years Spent on national defense but folks still live in fear like Nearly half of America’s largest cities is one-quarter black That’s why they gave Ricky Ross all the crack 16 ounces to a pound, 20 more to a ki A 5-minute sentence hearing and you’re no longer free …” - Mos Def
"A generation overly obsessed with mobsters Our revolutionaries won Grammys and Oscars Impostors, fake auras and weak chakras Makin’ a mockery of the music to be pop stars.” - Pharoahe Monch
"Individual stars float in the ocean of God Rocking a pinky ring of Saturn while I’m visiting Mars Egos bigger than Jupiter are breaking the bars Holding me back down to Earth to physical laws.” - Cise Starr
"She said, she never fell in love with a Superman, Christian, Muslim, Protestant, Lutheran I told her that being a mortal is the portal to the true nature of growth, the Christ-like Buddha-man.” - Jay Electronica
"Somebody tell these shorties reach for the stars Instead they tell ‘em how to reach through the bars.” - Nas
"Imagine life at it’s full peak Then imagine lying dead in the arms of your enemy Imagine peace on this Earth when there’s no grief Imagine grief on this Earth when there’s no peace.” - Scarface
As far as country music being a better genre than Hip-Hop …
Music is, of course very subjective to our personal tastes, whether a genre is “better” is a pointless argument. However, to state in any way that Hip-Hop is inferior to country or any genre, which is the implication, is asinine.
There are more lyrics in one verse of a Hip-Hop song than an entire country song. The lyrics above demonstrate on their own the complexity of lyricism in Hip-Hop compared to that of other genres. It is an advanced form of poetry.
Then compare the depth and innovation that goes into the production of Hip-Hop, and compare that to producing country music, and again, we find a far more intricate art in Hip-Hop.
“If you were a colonist, you knew that your technology was superior to the Indians’. You knew that you were civilized, and they were savages. It was evident in your firearms, your clothing, your housing, your government, your religion. The Indiands were supposed to be overcome with admiration and to join you in extracting riches from the country. But your superior technology had proved insufficient to extract anything. The Indians, keeping to themselves, laughed at your superior methods and lived from the land more abundantly and with less labor than you did. They even furnished you with the food that you somehow did not get around to growing enough yourselves. To be thus condescended by the heathen savages was intolerable. And when your own people started deserting in order to live with them, it was too much… So you killed the Indians, tortured them, burned their villages, burned their cornfields. It proved your superiority, in spite of your failures. And you gave similar treatment to any of your own people who succumbed to their savage ways of life. But you still did not grow much corn…”—Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom (via guitarbains)
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”—Nelson Mandela (via uncle-iroh)