Police brutality

WHY IS MY BLACK DANGEROUS TO YOU?

In order to recapture. resurrect, and rescue the minds of African people in America all corners of our community must speak out. This week’s discussion is the voice from the battlefield. The “After Seven Radio Group” interviews a young man whose blood brother’s life was “snuffed out” by a police officer. He turned his anger into action and now has created an organization to support family victims of murdered Black people.

The discussion is navigated by a group of millennial women who gives the listener a “birds-eye view” of the battlefield. Let me say the view is bloody.

“Time for an Awakening” with Bro.Elliott, Sunday 6-07-20 guest Black Power Legend, Mukasa DaDa (aka) Willie Ricks

“Time for an Awakening” for Sunday 06/07/2020 at 7:00 PM guest was Prominent Organizer, Activist, Pan African, Leader, in the freedom struggle, Mukasa Dada aka (Willie Ricks). The conversation centered around  the experiences of a former field secretary in SNCC , organizing throughout the south, to the early days of the Black Panther Party, along with friend Stokely Carmichael, where he coined the phrase “Black Power.” Reflections and strategies to move forward, from a Black Power Icon.

Marti Luther King Stokley Carmichael Willie Ricks

GET YOUR DAMN KNEE OFF OF MY NECK!!!

Black Reality Think Tank Weekend Edition, co-hosted by LaWanda Chambers and Leola Williams, will lead a discussion on what can happen “when justice is denied, poverty is enforced, ignorance prevails, and there are attempts to rob and destroy hope in America.

The program host is Dr. William Rogers.

AFRICAN PEOPLE AND THE POLICE: CHAOS OR COMMUNITY?

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“Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves.”

‘God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!”
James Baldwin
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The Black Reality Think Tank will discuss Policing and African American people. Our special guest is Mr. Horace Craft Jr. former police officer, martial arts instructor, and process server for the District Attorneys office. Other former police officers have been invited to join the conversation.

Cops Pepper-Spray 84-Year-Old Woman After Kicking Down Her Door

AFRICANGLOBE :  Editorial Staff

Police kicked open an 84-year-old Oklahoma woman’s front door and pepper-sprayed her during a search for her son, who was being hunted after allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign.

Police in the city of Muskogee, near Tulsa, released body camera footage of the incident that took place at about 2.30am on 7 August.

The video shows an officer kicking the front door open, shouting commands and tasering Arthur Blackmon, who appears to be standing still with his hands up, holding a mobile phone. About 30 seconds after Blackmon is tased, officer Michelle Casady is heard telling Geneva Smith, who is backing away: “Turn around, face that way now, or I’ll spray you.” She directs a brief burst of spray at the elderly woman’s head, causing her to reel.

“Hey! My mother is 84 years old, motherf*cker!” Blackmon yells, as she falls to the ground and cries, “Help me, Jesus.” A few seconds earlier, Smith had refused to get on the floor and told officers, “I ain’t turning round.”

Officers were chasing the 56-year-old after he allegedly ran a stop sign, drove to his mother’s house and failed to obey instructions to stay in his truck, then dashed into the home and refused to come out, according to police footage.

The Muskogee Phoenix said that Smith, who is Black, was initially cited for resisting an officer, but the citation was dropped, while Blackmon was charged with drunk-driving, obstructing an officer, driving with a suspended license and illegally carrying a weapon.

“I just came out and asked them what was going on and they just pepper-sprayed me,” Smith told Fox 23 local news, adding that she was taken to jail, then the hospital after falling ill, and still felt pain in her eye more than a week later.

Rex Eskridge, the chief of police, told the station that the department released the footage to be transparent. “Videos can’t give you the full sense of what happened but at the same time they do either validate or expose any warts that you might have,” he said.

The department has allegedly launched an internal investigation to determine whether officers complied with policy. Police said in a statement that they used “non-lethal force” because the mother and her son repeatedly failed “to comply with lawful commands”.

A spokesman said that police entered the house only after repeatedly attempting to make contact, then hearing yelling and a cry of “call 911!” from inside, prompting concern for the residents’ safety, especially given that the truck they had chased was not registered at that address.

“We can’t ignore the fact that there was wrong on both sides,” said Derrick Reed, a former local NAACP president and current city councilman for the ward where the incident took place. He praised the police for releasing the footage and being responsive to the concerns of community “leaders”, who are now waiting for the results of the investigation.

Muskogee police made news locally last year when they pepper-sprayed an African American mentally disabled man during an alleged search for a missing person at a home in the city, and nationally when an officer fatally shot a Black man who was allegedly fleeing then stopped to bend over and pick up what appeared to be a gun in the road.

“We have worked in Muskogee to build relationships with our police department and so I can’t say that all the force is bad but that night was a horrible night,” Reed said.

“Looking at the video, anyone would think there could have been other avenues that the Muskogee police department could have taken that night so the outcome wouldn’t be so horrific. Anyone seeing the video has to put in their mind that whether she was Black or white she was somebody’s grandmother, 84 years old, and there were seven police officers in the room … the image that’ll never escape my mind is there was an 84-year-old woman, pepper-sprayed, and could we have done something differently?”

 

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