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Another American Shot Down in Cold Blood By Police State

World  (tags: Philando Castiles, Minnesota police, Diamond Reynolds, murder, police state, child, trauma, taillight )

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As Philando Castiles head slumps backward while he lies dying next to her, Diamond Reynolds looks into the camera and explains a Minnesota police officer just shot her fiance four times. Let us call it like it is, murder. The second video is graphic.


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Animae C (508)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 3:40 pm
Justice for Philando Castile, yet another Black man murdered by police


Thanx Dandelion

Animae C (508)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 3:42 pm
DEMAND JUSTICE for the MURDER of Philando Castile by Minnesota police officer!


Pat B (354)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 3:43 pm
Another tragedy! Senseless and brutal, this is so sad. Something MUST be done!!

Signed, thanks, AniMae.

Pat B (354)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 3:47 pm
**Sorry, ....

Thanks, Dandelion, and AnimMae for petititons.

Kathleen M (208)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 3:56 pm
S&N. Thx Dandelion. Killing Castiles was only the beginning! Am amazed that Diamond remained so calm throughout the ordeal. Getting yelled at, being forced to kneel and getting handcuffed, her 4 year old daughter witness to the horrors...and the f***ing cop is "home, on paid administrative leave?" Were he not in uniform, he would've been arrested, and perhaps held in custody. Disgusting, among other mostly unprintable epithets!

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 4:04 pm
This needs to STOP.

People being killed or brutalized, like that teenage girl dying from cancer by TSA agent, to the police shooting people daily for no fn reason. Any of us could be the next victim.

Please consider signing this petition if you haven't already and spread it far and wide.
Justice for Philando Castile

We have enough crazies running around doing shootings and mass murders without those who are hired to protect and serve gunning us down.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 4:05 pm
Thanks AniMae I was in the middle of writing what I did when a knock came on the door so I had to stop.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 4:28 pm
Both petition are now hyperlinked that AniMae presented.
Demand Justice for Philando Castile a C2 Petition

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 4:38 pm
A Change dot org Petition for Same Man

Just a day or two before Alton Sterling was held down and fatally shot by two Baton Rouge police officers. Alton was a father of five who was selling CDs and DVDs in front of a convenience store at the time of his death. The owner of the convenience store said Alton was not holding a gun when the two police officers tackled him to the ground, held him down and shot him at point-blank range.

Petition for Alton Sterling

These men were Fathers or were taking care of children. Now these Mothers are without the help of these providers these men they loved. These children will not ever get to know their Fathers and always have to know that the police killed there parent. We expect the children to respect the law yet the police murder in cold blood their parents.

Lone F (56)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 5:48 pm
"He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm," Reynolds said as she broadcast the Wednesday evening shooting on Facebook.

What I don't understand is why he told police he had a gun!
Sad - Thanks for posting Dandelion!

Both petitions signed

Animae C (508)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 6:42 pm signed
438 supporters

Had signed Alton Sterling petition

i must get out your instructions on hyperlinking & use them Dandelion! : )

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 6:43 pm
I suppose he was trying not to get shot. If he had a concealed permit he was in his legal rights to have this gun and if the officers found it then he might of been shot for not saying he had it on him. I'd say either way he was at a loss with the trigger happy police we have.

JL A (281)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 6:52 pm
One conceivable contributing factor is the added stress for officers from the conflict and the PR parts that officers feel in any city that already had case deemed worthy of BLM (very active in the Twin Cities since the last case where it was less clear cut) increasing the odds of a mistake. Some reports indicate the officer expressed horror and remorse at the scene even, suggesting might have been reflexive rather than intentional action....if so, the officer is also victim of the system who trained him.

Judy C (91)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 7:39 pm
This shooting is so heartbreaking and distressing. Something simply has to be done to stop this, but I'm not sure what. The problem is, when someone is armed and a mistake is made can be retracted. Someone can lose their life. Police must be screened more thoroughly, and trained much better. I feel so bad for this man's girlfriend and for the little girl. Personally, I do not like guns. They do not make me feel any safer; they make me feel less safe. I signed the petitions. Thanks Dandelion, and thanks AniMae.

Animae C (508)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
i have the solution, it's very simple.

Why doesn't this happen in Australia?
Because we don't have 'constitutional rights' issues & we have STRICT GUN LAWS.

There is NO other solution!

JL A (281)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 9:16 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 9:16 pm
4 Police Officers Dead Shooting in Dallas Texas Others Injured

This doesn't surprise me, with so many guns in this Country, with so many citizens being killed by the police that someone has taken matters into their own hands.

We have to do some serious evaluations in this Country.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 9:19 pm
Any life taken from violence is wrong......too many tears being shed lately over gun violence. So tragic so sad.

JL A (281)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 10:16 pm
In CA, most law enforcement agencies do psych evaluations and pretty thorough background checks that include looking at life and marital stability, family support, etc. Years ago I answered questions as a friend of a woman trying to break through their height barriors which mostly kept out women. But there was no questions related to cultural sensitivity or other elements for ferreting out racial/ethnic biases. It seems like that kind of change would be easy for new hires as would mandatory training for all...yet for the organizational culture change to happen, it might take a generation and full turnover of staff.

Animae C (508)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 10:28 pm
The shooter had an ASSAULT weapon!!!

Can anyone please explain why these WMD's are so easily available???

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 11:38 pm
ALL petitions signed and shared over social media, Dandelion and AniMae

This WILL continue, so long as guns are available. No question about it.

Is there anyone within the NRA, or anyone who supports Gun Ownership, or is PRO-Gun, that has any form of conscience at all?

Angela K (373)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 11:50 pm
As I saw the video yesterday on CNN, I was shocked by such brutal violence of the police - it was more like a scene in a thriller directed by Steven Spielberg .... but no, it was real.
And this all happend in front of a little child on the back seat - what's wrong with US police ???

They should send all of these trigger-happy and crazy policemen to Africa to kill the poachers .... then they would be heroes.

Both petitions signed

Ben O (129)
Friday July 8, 2016, 6:02 am
Will we ever see an end to this insanity...?????

Liv B (0)
Friday July 8, 2016, 6:49 am
Care2 petitions signed and shared on FB; can't sign Change but also shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 8, 2016, 7:11 am
I see that both JL A and I placed the news on at the exact same moment concerning Dallas, TX.

Will we see an end to this insanity Ben. I'm not expecting to in my lifetime, it just grows more insane each year.

We need to get these assault weapons out of our Country, we need to curb the ability to just walk in and get guns easier than one can obtain a building permit or a drivers license. The Police need to be retrained for protecting and serving, maybe they'll feel less skittish if they didn't see so many guns around. Maybe if we didn't have so many Walking Wounded from war after war we'd not have so many trigger prone cops.

We need Universal Health Care so people can get the mental health they need, we need society to become a less hateful one but that starts at the top with leadership - too many GOP in particular have been out on radio and TV pushing hateful messages against minorities, women, the poor, and this needs to stop. When we have a good man like Bernie Sanders being booed by the Democrats for just trying to speak out for the voiceless and wanting a fair election we keep dropping to new lows.

A lot of soul searching must take place with everyone who needs to start speaking out on these things. We have hate begets hate we do not serve ourselves nor others by not speaking out. Who ever thought it was a good idea to sell assault weapons, deny people mental health care, and train police to shoot first and to ask questions later is insane themselves.

This HEARTLESS CORPORATE world is NOT working for the human beings, is not working for the animals, is not working for the environment. The first time we get a Candidate that calls it all out from many different ways he is booed and the Hillary and Trump supporters are being very nasty to his supporters. The most kindly and caring Candidate to ever have run for President and too many in the population can't see it. We have a long way to go Ben......the insanity will continue. I'm just sorry we take it outside our borders to the rest of the world.

Lenore K (0)
Friday July 8, 2016, 1:59 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 8, 2016, 2:32 pm
Agree with your analysis, Dandelion.

I believe the only way some of this is going to be resolved is for the right-wing fraternity, NRA, Pro-Gun enthusiasts, racists, and fascists to wake up and see that their way of life is simply wrong; a disease, which is destroying other people's lives.

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1065)
Friday July 8, 2016, 2:44 pm
AS the President said "We have to do better"
We need to use the Golden rule measure for daily living

. (0)
Friday July 8, 2016, 2:54 pm
TYFS. I disagree with some comments. In my universe, a tragedy is about different thing. This is not a tragedy. When this happens in other parts of the world, United States dubs it ethnic cleansing. And 2 + 2 = 4. What has been thought to occur at some time, but sooner or later? The events of last night in Dallas, give it an answer. And the next presidential candidates, are adding fuel to the fire.

Robert B (55)
Friday July 8, 2016, 2:56 pm
I had a tail light out once and got stopped. It's a routine thing. This moron of a cop killed an innocent man for a damn tail light! Why? because he was black? This is just absurd and tragic. Signed the petition!

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 8, 2016, 2:57 pm
All signed, thx. I second AniMae's CORRECT statements!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 8, 2016, 3:34 pm
. . . how long before the NEXT shooting/killing. . . ?

Monika A (87)
Friday July 8, 2016, 3:40 pm
I will try to keep a civil tongue, however... oh, I'm so angry, this is just ... I'm stuck for my words , innocent person executed by police officers , nooo ,nooo, noo - three times NO :(((
Please ,please tell me, that can't be true.
Petitions signed :(

JL A (281)
Friday July 8, 2016, 10:23 pm
Darren: examples of today:

Fran F (116)
Friday July 8, 2016, 11:40 pm
All petitions signed. Thank you very much, Dandelion and AniMae.

Stan B (123)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 12:43 am
The shooting of black Americans by badly trained or racist policemen is totally unacceptable.
So was the shooIng of 11 innocent policemen in Dallas which achieved absolutely nothing. It just created more widows, orphans and grieving families and friends.
My nephew is a police officer in Florida and we worry about him everyday.
The second amendment needs amending.

sue higgins (0)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 1:55 am
you can just see how horrific that scene in their own family car was......and that little girl will never forget that day when the police took her daddy !.........FOR NO REASON AT ALL !

John De Avalon (36)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 3:04 am
The policeman was totally out of control. Someone like that should not be in the Force, never mind given a gun!
It was cold-blooded murder.

Monika A (87)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 3:12 am
In my travels, I have learned that the colors and the sounds of cruelty are the same, but the fears of cruelty aren't the same. USA :_((( Black Americans are more than twice likely to be unarmed when killed during police encounters than whites...The group just as likely as blacks to be killed by law enforcement officers??? Native Americans...

The social media raising awareness on police brutality,this is good because this facts should shock us,this is an epidemic of violence and injustice. What is wrong with some of police-guys ??? Very few guys could actually live with that on their conscience...This all is so wrong, so wrong.
As part of community of Living Temple - called humanity, I want to PROTEST against police brutality. I dream of peace and end of cruelty. I want everyone here to understand and help each other, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, size, shape, sexual orientation, just because we are all the Living Temple , we all are children of the Mother Earth.
"On my honor,I will never betray my badge,my integrity, my character, or the public trust.I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions.I will always uphold the constitution, my community and the agency I serve."
"Honor means that one's word is given as a guarantee.
Betray is defined as breaking faith with the public trust.
Badge is the symbol of your office.
Integrity is being the same person in both private and public life.
Character means the qualities that distinguish an individual.
Public trust is a charge of duty imposed in faith toward those you serve.
Courage is having the strength to withstand unethical pressure, fear or danger.
Accountability means that you are answerable and responsible to your oath of office.
Community is the jurisdiction and citizens served."....

This is the honourable way to behave and a honourable police officer will not forget one line of this, not one day, never ever - otherwise, he is nothing else than a common criminal and should be treated like criminal.

I said that I condemn human rights abuses anywhere in the world, in USA, Russia,Poland ... as elsewhere.

I said that.

May we all walk in Peace.

Mike M (8)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 5:03 am

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:45 am
"On my honor,I will never betray my badge,my integrity, my character, or the public trust.I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions.I will always uphold the constitution, my community and the agency I serve."
"Honor means that one's word is given as a guarantee.
Betray is defined as breaking faith with the public trust.
Badge is the symbol of your office.
Integrity is being the same person in both private and public life.
Character means the qualities that distinguish an individual.
Public trust is a charge of duty imposed in faith toward those you serve.
Courage is having the strength to withstand unethical pressure, fear or danger.
Accountability means that you are answerable and responsible to your oath of office.
Community is the jurisdiction and citizens served."....

This is the honourable way to behave and a honourable police officer will not forget one line of this, not one day, never ever - otherwise, he is nothing else than a common criminal and should be treated like criminal.

I said that I condemn human rights abuses anywhere in the world, in USA, Russia,Poland ... as elsewhere.

I said that." Monika

Aho to that Monika!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 8:32 am
'The 2nd Amendment Is So White: What the Past 24 Hours Have Taught Me About Black People’s Right to Bear Arms'

Catrin Schuetz-Kroehler (47)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 8:44 am
Hunting people of color down like it is a sport. What has happened
? We are going backwards in time, racism is alive in abundance. Way more than when i came to this country. We are all the same, what will it take for all this to stop?

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 9:39 am
I've seen this on the tele several times, but not in it's entirety. Heart Breaking but another notch in the belt of what occurred in Dallas. I can no longer comment on what is going on but only hope that the current tragedy in Dallas will open a dialogue of LOVE, compassion, understanding and CHANGE. One can dream said John Lennon..

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 9:39 am
Obviously I signed the petition as well as sharing on social media. Both, petition and video. Thank you Dandi.

roxy H (350)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 10:47 am
here is some added reading... please read
A Wisconsin sheriff who says the federal government is a greater threat than terrorists has been named “Sheriff of the Year” by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), an antigovernment “Patriot” group whose members have vowed to stand up to the federal government if it attempts to restrict gun rights.

Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wis., made headlines this January when he released a public service announcement calling on his constituents to arm themselves. Safety, he said, is “no longer a spectator sport. … You have a duty to protect yourself and your family.”‘sheriff-year’-says-government-greater-threat-terrorists
The Opposition to Police Brutality is a Constitutional Militia
2nd Amendment
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No, the idea of a Militia is not fringe, and yes, a Militia is Constitutional, as illustrated above.

Would a well-regulated Militia solve our problem with lawlessness in America? How about the "Death by Cop" phenomenon sweeping across the nation? One man, Edwin Vieira, Jr., thinks it would. Since Edwin Vieira is a holder of 4 Degrees from Harvard University, and considered one of the top Constitutional experts in the country, when Edwin Vieira talks we should all pay attention and get ready to learn. Talk is what he did in the following interview from The Liberty Brothers Radio Show this week. I have included a bio for Edwin Vieira, followed by our excellent and most informative interview.
Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason
Glenn Beck loves them. Tea Partiers court them. Congressmen listen to them. Meet the fast-growing "patriot" group that's recruiting soldiers to resist the Obama administration.
Heavily-armed white men patrol Ferguson, ‘ready to confront authorities to defend US Constitution’

roxy H (350)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 10:48 am

roxy H (350)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 10:51 am
please be careful ... omg please be careful :(

roxy H (350)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 10:57 am
on june 20th our fourth amendment was overturned, and it will not come full into effect until dec 1st 2016... BUT it empowers the constitutional police into a police state across the USA federally. They are now allowed powers federally .. some crazy loop hole that allows them no-knock. Allows them state over federal laws, aloowing them to use tainted evidence, all kinds of corruption .. we are going into a police state

Donna G (42)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 2:30 pm
I had signed a petition to my senators. Only one replied. Even though she is a Democrat, she has twisted the meaning of the 2nd amendment just as the gun enthusiasts and NRA have done. In the second amendment, the militia that is mentioned would be equivalent probably to the National Guard. These are the people who have the right to keep and bear arms to protect us. I went to her web site and replied back that there is no logical reason for an ordinary citizen to have a military style weapon. These high capacity, rapid-fire guns are meant for one thing only and that is to kill a lot of people very quickly. I tried to explain to her that you don't fix a gun problem by adding more guns to the mix.

I do not own a gun and have never felt the need to have a gun. But, I do support a person's right to responsibly own a gun for putting food on the table or for home defense; but, seriously, why is it necessary to own a military style weapon? A 6-shooter would work just fine for home defense. In most cases a double barrel shotgun would work for hunting.


Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 2:37 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
All petitions signed.
I'd seen portions of the video on local TV news, but it crushes my soul to watch, so I' won't view in its' entirety.
And, for anyone wondering why the Dallas shooter had an assault weapon.....
An Assault Weapons Ban was in place in the US from about 1994-2004. In 2004, during the Bush Regime, Congress decided NOT to re-instate this ban. Since that time, mass shootings and other deaths by guns has increased markedly.
This is your bought-and-paid for Congress doing what the Gun Lobby wants----absolutely nothing.

Also, know that TX is an "open carry" state.....along with many other states who have shoved these disgusting bills through their state legislatures. Anyone think it's time for some BIG pushback against the Gun Lobby? This has to stop.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 3:04 pm
Petition Signed

Janet B (0)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 4:23 pm

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:13 pm
Police Killings Won't Stop Until U.S. Comes to Grips with its Racist Foundations

Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss the roots of police killing people of color in the American history of slavery, the elite policy that produces poverty and racism, and the laws that police officers are expected to enforce in order to maintain superexploitation and economic inequality

Julie W (33)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:28 pm
I'll say it again: why do these officers shoot to kill? Why are they not trained to incapacitate if really necessary?

Julie W (33)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:35 pm
I finally got to see 'The Butler' last week. It included graphic clips from the Civil Rights movement in the 60's - we don't seem to have progressed much since then.
I have read really hateful remarks on other forums about Obama, mainly because he is black. I get the impression the South still resents losing the Civil War and hasn't changed its attitude towards blacks one bit.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:39 pm
Cheryl posted that article JL A
Police Killings Won't Stop Until U.S. Comes to Grips with its Racist Foundations

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:57 pm
Ever since 9/11 the police have been trained to view us all as "terrorist". Although black men are shot more frequent per population size actually more white people are shot by police. However, any life taken so quickly by those who should be there to "protect" is wrong and tragic.
Police Killings Won't Stop Until U.S. Comes to Grips With Its Racist Foundation

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:57 pm
By the way, the only minority that is being slaughtered worse is the Native Americans. However you'll seldom learn of those killings as this Country is still set on genocide when it comes to them.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:59 pm
I'm tired seems I posted that same story twice. Oh well, it's important. Good night.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 8:13 pm

Diamond Reynolds' video, imo, ranks as an American + global historical document, it will be us all forever. Philando Castile life wasn't taken in a war zone, but in the "freest country" on the planet. His sacrifice will finally bring about real change in the consciousness of Americans (especially white Americans). The video brings to light what has been lurking in the Shadows for lays bear America's real but irrational fear of the black race. The video can not be dissected, twisted, or spun by the media liars....the Shadow has been made visible, it can not hide anymore, the only option now is to confront it, understand it, and heal it.

That poor, good man shot 4 times point blank for a broken taillight?....Really?!? His girlfriend in shock and her 4 year old daughter witnessing it all. (*And a C2 member who lives 4 miles from the crime heard the taillight wasn't actually broken.) What must have been going through Philando's mind in those last few minutes of life? That morning he got up, shaved, had his breakfast played with his little girl....several hours later, he's painfully dying in the front seat of his car next to his little girl and girlfriend.....and why, for what???....a broken taillight??! Diamond's video will not go away nor should it ever.

Philando Castile, RIP.


Colleen L (3)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 10:00 pm
I already signed the petition. I wish the heck guns would vanish from the Earth. This has got to stop. All lives matter. Thanks Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 12:36 am
Lowest common denominator is: guns, firepower.
Any excuse wrapped around that blatant fact, is just a means to confuse, obfuscate and dodge the primary issue.

Without guns, firepower, there WOULD BE considerably LESS violence and killing in America, and in fact, worldwide.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 3:02 am
I feel sorry for the policemen who were shot down doing their duty. What about them?

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 4:17 am
Still too many rouge cops.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 4:56 am
Can we PLEASE just call it EXECUTION! Friends here had no problem to call it that when it happened e.g. in Jerusalem or the OPT exercised by the IDF. - WHERE is the difference here? I see none! Perhaps BECAUSE US Police were and are trained there, as I already mentioned?!

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 8:13 am
White-Collar Crime Kills and Maims More Than the Crimes of the Poor

Former financial regulator Bill Black says fraud and corruption result in significantly more death and violence, and aren't even counted in traditional stats by conventional criminologists

Eric Lees (6)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 8:40 am
Lot's of knee jerk comments hear once again without knowing the facts.
@Angelika How do you know it was an execution? The video does not show what happened leading up to the shooting. Did Philando's actions contribute to his death. Did he keep his hands on the dash and let the officer tell him what to do?

Eric Lees (6)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 8:48 am
@Darren "Lowest common denominator is: guns, firepower.
Any excuse wrapped around that blatant fact, is just a means to confuse, obfuscate and dodge the primary issue. "

Darren really? Please provide evidence to support your "blatant fact". How is the tool used, a gun the primary issue? How can a gun influence someone to commit an act of violence? How do millions of American gun owners manage to get through the day without killing someone if guns are the primary issue?

Yes there will still be violence even if we managed to get rid of all guns. I would prefer gunpowder did not exist, that the Samurai warrior was still the ultimate weapon. Where it took skill and years of training and discipline. Instead of any punk being able to pick up a weapon and take another life. But that is not the world we live in. As long as the bad guys and government have guns then law abiding citizens must also in order to defend the Liberty of we the people.

Eric Lees (6)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 8:49 am
"From Cops To Clinton: Impunity Corrupts"

"Power isn’t simply about the exertion of unjust force. It is about what happens next, after the exertion. Does the perpetrator generally get away with, or not? Systematically getting away with it – or impunity – is where power truly lies. And that is what makes agents of the State different from any other bully. State agents can violate rights with reliable impunity because a critical mass of the public considers the aggression of state agents to be exceptionally legitimate. Impunity is power, and as Lord Acton said, power corrupts."

Eric Lees (6)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 8:59 am
It's not a Black vs. White issue either.
It's a lack of respect for human life from all sides.

275 were White
136 were Black
86 were Hispanic

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 9:07 am
@ Eric- I didn't say I KNOW- I said I "see no difference" to those examples mentioned. And I DON'T.
Besides, your suspicion could easily suggest some underlying subtle racism. And we also have the testimony of his fiancee not supporting your assumptions.
If Police are NOT trained or able to incapacitate a suspect WITHOUT killing them, something MUST be very wrong!

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 11:26 am
Concerning your comment Angelika of Saturday July 9, 2016, 8:32 am. I had placed a post on awhile back on an Oath Keeper who became aware of this fact that the same rights didn't seem to apply to the black people. I think he was still being naive in thinking he can fix this the way he is going about it, but at least he, a white man, seemed to wake up to a fact. I'd like to see guns removed not fix things in the manner he had wanted to go, however the article did point out the difference of one's "rights" depending on the skin tone one wore.

Here is the article:

Oath Keeper That Wants To Arm Black Lives Matter

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 12:10 pm
Margie I placed a story on at the same time about the police officers.

Posting a story about the black civilian that was fatally shot does not negate the police who were killed - but in your comment you seem to negate this man's death as you fail to mention it and that is what THIS article was all about.



Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 12:19 pm
Eric while I understand the thought process you come from I just do not see how guns can protect anyone at this stage of the game. We've had our own National Guard turned upon us do you recall 4 dead in Ohio that was sung by Crosby Stills and Nash.

Did the war to end all wars end the wars? If guns were protecting us than none of this violence should be taking place for we have more guns at the ready by civilians than any other place on earth. Australia has liberty but they don't have all these guns.

With drones, nukes, robotic bombs, do you really think the citizens with some guns could stand up against a government that was hell bent on keeping us down? We'd have to have the police on our side and military and I don't see from past actions where they would fall on the side of the citizens. They've been trained to protect the interest of the 1% for far too long.

Police don't protect and serve anymore they are now trained to see us all as terrorist and the military does not protect our freedoms it protects the Corporate interests whatever those happen to be, which is mostly oil, gas, and other similar resources.

We'd have a far better chance of not tearing ourselves apart if we used more of what is on top of our head called a brain and the pen mixed in with a lot of heart.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 12:42 pm
Here's forEric again :
"The self-interrogation increased when, late Wednesday night, Philando Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor, was killed in front of his child and girlfriend, who streamed it live on Facebook for the world to see. In the video, she explains that after being pulled over for a broken taillight, her boyfriend was shot multiple times while reaching for his license. Castile informed officers that he had a firearm in his possession and a conceal-and-carry permit in the car. The blood on his shirt is visible. His arm, which is hanging on by the bone, is clear. And now he is dead.

The Second Amendment was never intended to protect black people. The fear that black people will exercise constitutionally protected rights is what strikes the biggest fear in white people and, by extension, white police officers. This is part and parcel why, in 1967, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan quickly signed the Mulford Act into law in California when he discovered that black people wanted to carry firearms." [--]

From that very link from me you referred to Sheryl.

As for your oath keeper story, had missed that back in Jan, not visiting here much then.. hmm, understand his point but disagree.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 1:41 pm
The local press there indicated the officer gave him conflicting instructions--provide ID and don't move...the Governor, who is responsible for starting the State's investigation, publicly made the statement that Castile wouldn't have been killed if he weren't black.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 2:16 pm
NOBODY can try to tell me this was not on purpose!

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 11:03 pm
❤️:-((((❤️Terribly sad state of affairs. Too many powerful guns floating around the U.S.A❤️
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Sheryl G (359)
Monday July 11, 2016, 11:41 am
As one citizen said on the TV "if someone is so fearful of someone simply because of their skin color then that person should not be a police officer to begin with; find another job."

Angelika R (143)
Monday July 11, 2016, 2:11 pm
Recommended reading here from FAIR:
Copspeak: 7 Ways Journalists Use Police Jargon to Obscure the Truth

The close relationship between reporters and police is often marked by diffusion of language from the police PR team to the front page. In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, here are some examples of how “copspeak” — or jargon used by police departments — is internalized by journalists covering police violence, and how it affects the public’s perception of crime and police brutality.

JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 4:48 pm
Philando Castile Is Remembered By St. Paul Public Schools: 'Kids Loved Him'.

Here's how Philando Castile was described by the school district he worked for

"Here's the full statement:

"Saint Paul Public Schools and its staff grieve the tragic death of a former student and current employee, Philando Castile.

"He graduated from Central High School in 2001 and had worked for Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) since he was 19 years old, beginning in 2002, in the Nutrition Services Department.

"Mr. Castile was promoted to a supervisory position two years ago and was currently working in one of our schools during the summer term.

"Colleagues describe him as a team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike. He had a cheerful disposition and his colleagues enjoyed working with him. He was quick to greet former coworkers with a smile and hug.

"One coworker said, 'Kids loved him. He was smart, over-qualified. He was quiet, respectful, and kind. I knew him as warm and funny; he called me his 'wing man.' He wore a shirt and tie to his supervisor interview and said his goal was to one day 'sit on the other side of this table.'

"Those who worked with him daily said he will be greatly missed.

"'I am deeply sorry for his family and for their loss. He's worked in SPPS for many years and he graduated from our district, so he was one of our own,' said SPPS Superintendent Valeria Silva.

"Grief counselors will be available for staff and students as needed or requested.

"The Saint Paul Public Schools family extends its deepest sympathy to Mr. Castile's family and loved ones.""

JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 4:48 pm
And MN's Governor on this one:
"Governor Mark Dayton had some very honest remarks about Minnesota, as well as the rest of the United States and some of its law enforcement personnel.

In a nutshell, Governor Dayton mentioned that, if a Minnesotan has no qualms over the circumstances surrounding Philando Castile’s death, he or she couldn’t be deemed a decent-minded individual.

And yet, there are still those who haven’t read the story or seen the video but have made comments like, “He probably deserved it.”

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton specifically addresses these types of people in his next point.

“From the evidence that’s been presented — the video that was taken — no one should be shot in Minnesota…for a taillight being out of function. Nobody should be shot while they’re still seated in their car without…a very, very different kind of response. So, I’m heartbroken for Minnesota.”

However, here comes his reason why — which has sparked controversy.

After the Philando Castile murder, Governor Mark Dayton expressed that he had heard from several “distinguished African-Americans” regarding the police shooting.

Dayton noted that these individuals recalled similar personal experiences where they had been pulled over and singled out in a likewise manner.

Mark Dayton acknowledged the demographic who feels they’ve been treated differently due to the color of their skin.

Here’s where it gets juicy.

“Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver were white? I don’t think it would’ve,” states Governor Dayton.

“I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists,” Dayton elaborates."

Past Member (0)
Monday July 11, 2016, 5:59 pm
Thanks for the excellent link above, Angelika ...."Copspeak: 7 Ways Journalists Use Police Jargon to Obscure the Truth."

The diffusion of language is not only used by police PR teams, it is all around us - everywhere we look: The Matrix is "Their" language.

Now, what would be really helpful is a list of the 70 or 700 Ways Journalist Use "Their-speak" Jargon To Obscure The Truth! (Capital "T")


JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 6:36 pm
In the MN case the content of the audio of why the officer pulled the deceased over was leaked to the press (policy is not to release until after investigation is completed)...a web search shows considerable effort to smear the victim's reputation in any possible way and also shows an outrageous number of stops by police for minor traffic things--30% which were dismissed.

The neighborhood of this stop has disproportionately fewer black residents than is true of most communities in and around the Twin Cities.

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 7:03 pm
Historian: "You Can't Disconnect History of the 2nd Amendment From the History of White Supremacy"

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 1:46 pm
. . .and apparently, many Republicans and right-wing democrats are fine with that.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 3:12 pm
Non Black Twin Cities Allies Residents Shut Down Interstate 135 Bridge In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 3:50 pm
Sandra Bland Died One
Year Ago Today
And since then, at least 810 people have lost their lives in jail.

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 4:34 pm
Today with morning commute, a group shut down I-94. One of the two reportedly was a part of a group at the governor's mansion that broke off from the main protest and walked to the freeway.

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 4:46 pm
'White allies' shut down 35W in Mpls. during rush hour; charges filed
The activists identified themselves as nonblacks who are stepping up on behalf of Black Lives Matters.

APNewsBreak: Half of arrestees where Castile died are black

Protesters shut down I-35W on Wednesday morning
I-35W has reopened near the U in Minneapolis after protesters shut it down for about 90 minutes during rush hour.
By Matt Gillmer
July 13, 2016 — 12:02pm
I-35W has reopened near the U in Minneapolis after protesters shut it down for about 90 minutes during rush hour.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 4:55 pm
Still watching here, can't break away from that fantastic peaceful protest action there on the interstate!
DISRUPTION is precisely the word! Disruption of business as usual which has been a dirty stinking one!
Thx a lot for that, video is there even after live streaming.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 4:58 pm
lol we both got the I-35 onto the thread. You know that is the sad sad truth about all of this, one year later after Sandra Bland, a full year of case after case of people being killed from I Can't Breathe so on so forth.
Here we are - what has changed. Then wonder not why a lot of people are really upset and shutting down highways.

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 7:48 pm
Black GOP Senator Talks About Being Pulled Over By Police 7 Times In One Year
“This is a situation that happens all across the country,” Sen. Tim Scott said, “whether we want to recognize it or not.”

BLM Demonstrators Hug It Out With Counter-Protest Group In Dallas
“This is how you kick down the walls.”

JL A (281)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 6:16 am

Minneapolis Officials Don't Seem to Care Whether Their Police Have Ties to White Power
Indifference comes amid open police incitement against Black Lives Matter.

JL A (281)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 7:02 am
"Of course empathy is important and we should encourage it. But the president falls short; empathy alone will never end the regular and widespread killing of black people in disproportionate numbers. It’s a racist system, not a few individual racist police that devalues black lives and leaves us dead so easily."

Empathy Alone Won’t Stop Police Killings

JL A (281)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 7:03 am
The federal government must hold police departments accountable for violence against African Americans

Angelika R (143)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 7:10 am
Thx Judi! Clearly, we're talking BLATANT RACISM .
Anyone with even basic knowledge of the Palestine-Israel conflict situation CANNOT help but over and again notice the obvious parallelism here!
No difference between US groups like Black lives matter struggling with Police or Palestinian groups AND Israeli left-wing groups struggling with Police and IDF. Impunity in both cases also the same.
Next step could be an openly advocated shoot-to-kill policy if not stopped!

JL A (281)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 9:16 am
Amid Protests Over Police Shootings of Black Men, Latinos Note a Disparity®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 14, 2016, 1:05 pm
I posted two of the links you left Judi
This Is How You Kick Down The Walls

Black GOP Senator Talks About Being Pulled Over By The Police 7 Times In One Year

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 15, 2016, 2:10 am
Reshared over social media to spread awareness, Dandelion

JL A (281)
Friday July 15, 2016, 7:58 am

Living (and Dying) While Black: Racism Is Not Going Away, and How We Must Fight It
Tired of the repeated story of police violence against black victims, D. Watkins is working to change the story.

Brewing Violence and Racial Anger: Are We Fooling Ourselves to Think That America Is Better Than This?
If you weren’t whiplashed, heartsick, nauseated, outraged and exhausted last week, you weren’t paying attention.

Caught on Camera: Police Racism
A recent wave of police violence against African Americans isn’t anything new. It’s just been caught on video.

8 Countries Where Rampant Inequality Has Led to Violence
Dear rich people: drastic inequality is bad for everyone, even you.

JL A (281)
Friday July 15, 2016, 10:54 am
A Wake-up Call for White Progressives

JL A (281)
Friday July 15, 2016, 11:10 am
Tell Media Outlets: Stop victim-blaming Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

JL A (281)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 8:10 am

How We Wrongly Learn to Love White Men With Guns
We learn to see white men— and especially white men with guns—as the definition of American, and those most deserving of our empathy.

Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Took For-Profit Course Accused of Making Officers 'Paranoid'
Despite national complaints from law enforcement, the company's CEO says, "We go to bed every night knowing that we did the right thing."

Being in a Music Video or Writing Rap Lyrics Is Being Used as Evidence to Get (Mostly Black) People Convicted
Rap lyrics and videos are being introduced into court cases with troubling frequency.

Meet the Men Who Risked Their Freedom to Expose the Police Murder of Alton Sterling
Abdullah Muflahi and Chris LeDay both say they have faced police retaliation for recording and posting videos of the killing.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday July 16, 2016, 11:45 pm
I see a lot of America and Americans as petulant little kids who haven't grown up, want their slice of a pie, and are prepared to throw a tantrum if they don't get their way.

Now, put a gun or other weapon into their hand, and. . . .

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday August 25, 2016, 2:24 am
Seconded, Dandelion.
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