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The Riots in Baltimore, “It’s as If There’s an Anarchy”

Unrest in the world here, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

Entering into a State of Emergency, the Rioters Committed Arsons, Smashed the Cars, Committed Robberies………Fifteen Officers Injured, Five Thousand Militia Men were Stationed

On the 27th, in Baltimore, Maryland, there was a serious riot, several thousand went into mourning for a young African American, Greg, while he’d tried to resist arrest and was shot fatally, by the police, the riot started just a few hours after his funeral, the rioters set the shops on fire, burned the police vehicles, assaulted the police officers, the Governor of Maryland declared it a state of emergency for the state, and a curfew is enforced, and sent out five thousand civilian militants to keep the orders.

Over a hundred of youths got into confrontation with the police on the 27th, there were more who’d taken advantage of the situation, the police were fully equipped as they’d gone to the scene of the riots, and would use pepper sprays from time to time, to threaten the rioting public.  The streets became overflown with broken glasses and trash, the group of rioters gathered in smaller groups, smashed shops, destroyed the patrol vehicles, set the building, and the parked cars by the streets ablaze, there were also those who’d driven to the malls, and took the merchandises without paying, Maryland seemed to have fallen under anarchy.

The New York Times reported, that the African American gangsters from the local areas told them, that as the riots started, the gangsters went to offer assistance to the shops owned by African Americans, to make sure that these shops won’t be attacked.  But, these gangsters had pointed out, which shops were owned by Asians, Middle Easterners, so they can smash the shops, to take out their angers.

The police arrested twenty-seven individuals, and said, that there were fifteen officers who were injured during the process, and, six of them are in critical condition.  On the early morning of the 28th, the militia took over the streets, and, the situation in the city had calmed by a whole lot, and, the city’s employees and volunteers were starting to clean up the streets, but, there were, a lot of the building that fell to arsonists, still smoking.

The Governor, Hogan declared, that there would be a curfew set into effect, from ten o’clock on the 28th, to five o’clock in the morning on the 29th, and it will last a week, and, the underage minors are to follow this curfew indefinitely.

The mayor, Rawlings-Blake said, that the sight of the city being broken had broken her heart.  But, a lot of the residents believed, that the government didn’t act right away, as the riots started happening, causing there to be so much damages.

Gray was arrested on the 12th of April, he was seriously injured, taken to the hospital, on the 19th, he was declared dead, the cause of his death, multiple fractures on his spine.  A lot of the rioters believed, that Gray was tortured to death by the police, and, since the 19th, there are protesters on the streets of Baltimore every single day.

And so, this, is another case of race at war, and, this, is bound to happen, because people finally decided to do something, about the unfair treatment of people of different colored skins, and this, is still just the TIPS of a HUGE iceberg, and, because the citizens felt that there was an injustice that weren’t righted, and so, they’d taken matters into their own hands, after all, the government is NOT doing anything about it.

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The Extensions of Ferguson, Two Officers Gunned Down in Front of the Police Stations

From the Front Page Sections, translated…

The police chief of the city of Ferguson, where the white officer shot an African American student turned in his resignation on the eleventh, the crowd gathered in front of the police station, to show their displeasures.  The very next morning, two officers were shot outside the station, after they were taken to the hospital, they were both seriously injured, but were both conscious.

The chief of police of the city of St. Louis stated that a thirty-two year-old officer was shot in the face, the other forty-one year old, in the shoulders, both were called, as back ups for the situation in Ferguson.  After the gun shot sounded off, the 150 protesters, ran scattered, and, there were those, who’d squatted down at the scene, to find cover.  A huge police force used to put out riots then arrived shortly on site, circling the station, another dozen squad cars, blocked the streets too.

Last year on August 9th, the white officer, Wilson received a call from a shop front, that someone had stolen some cigarettes, he’d arrested the 18-year-old suspect, Brown.  After they got in altercation, Wilson had shot Brown six times, and killed him.  A lot of people believed, that the police was using too much force, and that it’d shown racial discrimination against African Americans, and, all over the U.S., there were protests and riots, but the Grand Jury of Missouri couldn’t find enough evidence to prosecute the officer, Wilson.

The Justice Department of the United States on the fourth opened up about the investigation of the Brown case, and disclosed, that the Ferguson police department, and the court systems are discriminatory against African Americans, the checks on the roads, the arrests, and the ticketings, were directed toward African Americans, for the sakes, of getting more money for the courts.  After the reports were out, the members of the bureaucracy of Ferguson had stepped down, the Chief of Police, Jackson, was the sixth person, and his resignation will be effective, starting on the 19th.

And so, this, is somewhat of a justice, isn’t it?  Because there’s this RACIAL discrimination toward African Americans, so, you still can’t blame the public for becoming overly emotional, but, shooting someone at random is still wrong, and, this all started, when that white officer shot Michael Brown, because he confused him with someone who robbed a store???

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Another Case Like Michael Brown

But this time, the kid’s name WAS Tony Robinson, from NBCNEWS.com…

A 19-year-old black man was shot dead Friday during a confrontation with a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, according to police.

A family spokesman confirmed to NBC affiliate WMTV that the deceased was 19-year-old Tony Robinson, a graduate of Sun Prairie high school.

The shooting took place Friday evening, according to police, and sparked protests including a sit-in at Madison City Hall.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said an officer responded to reports of a man walking in traffic and hitting pedestrians, WMTV reported.

Koval said the officer followed the man to a residence, where he attacked the officer. During the confrontation the officer drew his weapon and shot the suspect.

The officer performed CPR on the suspect, who was taken to a hospital but later died. Koval said the Division of Criminal Investigation will lead a probe into the shooting.

More than 100 protesters gathered at the scene of the shooting, according to witnesses and reports, with video showing the crowd chanting: “Who can you trust? Not the police.”

“He was a loving and caring young man according to his grandmother,” family spokesman Michael Johnson said on Facebook.

Johnson said Robinson wanted a business degree and that he was about to attend the Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Police are expected to release more details about the incident Saturday morning.

And so, we still have here, an officer of the law, SHOOTING an African American boy, because the boy appeared armed and dangerous, and, given the circumstances, you’d think, that the officer only needed to shoot the boy, to WOUND him, NOT to kill him, but, that, was what had happened, and now, we have, ANOTHER Ferguson, ALL over again!

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Another Unarmed Man Got Shot by the Police…

Another Unarmed, Minority Man Got Shot by the Police…

Call it another case like Ferguson if you will, and, this will still, keep repeating itself, until the world E-N-D-S, from MSNNEWS.com, written by E.M. Johnson, edited by: C. Johnston, E. Beech…

Police officers who fatally shot a Mexican farm worker in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks fired 17 shots at the man, striking him five or six times, police said on Wednesday, in an incident that has fueled protests.

Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unemployed orchard worker from Mexico’s Michoacan state, was killed earlier this month in Pasco, a city of 68,000 residents in Washington state’s agricultural heartland, in a shooting captured on video.

His death sparked protests by demonstrators who accused Pasco police of overly aggressive tactics in dealing with the Hispanic community and who likened the shooting to two high-profile police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City.

Police said that officers responding to a report of a man throwing rocks at passing cars shot Zambrano-Montes after he began pelting them with rocks and ignored commands to surrender. They said a stun gun had also failed to subdue him.

Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin, a spokesman for a special unit investigating the case, told reporters on Wednesday that all three of the officers involved in the incident had fired their weapons.

“Did he have some sort of injury? Did he have some mental health situations that he was dealing with in the days and hours (before the incident)? Or was he under the influence of drugs? We need to know,” Lattin said.

A video of the incident uploaded to the Internet shows Zambrano-Montes running from officers and then briefly turning and raising his arm before he was killed. Police did not say where on his body was struck, but they did say he was not shot in the back.

Lattin said a rock was found next to Zambrano-Montes’ body. He was not armed with a gun or knife. Two of the officers were struck with rocks and treated at the scene.

Rights groups have urged the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into the incident, which the Mexican government has condemned as a disproportionate use of lethal force. A lawyer for the man’s family has said his constitutional rights were violated.

The three officers involved in the incident, including one who is Hispanic, were placed on administrative leave pending an internal probe.

So, you still think that the world had improved, and changed that much???  Think AGAIN!!!  Because this kind of situation had happened, so many times already, and yet, civilization still NEVER learn, why IS that???  Why must we try to fit one another into those small, cubic boxes of race, gender, nationality, etc., etc., etc.???

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In U.S., Racial Divide Festers, by: M. Wines, on Steps Taken Backwards

Look how far we’d come, and yet, we’re still taking these steps backwards, from The New York Times, as found in the papers today…

Paul McLemore, the first African-American to become a New Jersey policeman, was on the streets of Newark in 1967 when riots following a police beating of a black taxi driver left 26 dead.  He spent decades as a civil rights lawyer and years as a municipal judge in Trenton.  “Of course, there’s been a lot of progress” since Newark’s days of rage, he said recently.   But asked whether a young black man today could find the justice that was believed to be absent in Newark 47 years ago, he gave a response that was starkly different.  “No, period,” he said.  “There’s pervasive racism—white racism.”  For whites and blacks alike, that duality may be the takeaway from a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a young black man: Much has changed, and nothing has changed.

A nation with an African-American president and a significant, if struggling black middle class remains deeply divided about the justice system as it was decades ago.  A recent Huffington Post YouGov poll of 1,000 adults found that 62 percent of African-Americans believed Officer Wilson was at fault for the shooting of Mr. Brown, while only 22 percent of whites took that position.

In 1992, a Washington Post-ABC News Poll found that 92 percent of blacks—and 64 percent of whites—disagreed with the acquittal of the Los Angeles police officers videotaped beating a black man, Rodney King.

“What’s striking is just how constant these attitudes have been,” said Carroll Doherty of the nonpartisan Pew Research Center in Washington.

In Pew polls, blacks mistrust of the police and courts is far more pervasive than it is toward other institutions.  However, a Pew poll earlier this year suggests that African-American under age 40—the demographic that made up most of the people who took to the streets in Ferguson in August—are much less likely than their elders to believe that racism is the main force blocking blacks’ advancements.

That whites and blacks disagree so deeply on the justice system, even as some other racial gulfs show signs of the closing, is perhaps not as odd as it seems.  Decades of changing laws and court decisions mean that the two races now work together, play sports together, attend school together.  But they frequently go home to separate worlds where attitudes and experiences toward the police and courts not only are not shared, but are not even understood across the racial divide.

At the end of 2013, 3 percent of all black males of any age were imprisoned, compared with 0.5 percent of whites.  In 2011, one in 15 African-American children had a parent in prison, compared with one in 111 white children.

Patricia J. Williams, a law professor at Columbia University in New York, said that the war on drugs disproportionately affected blacks—in California in 2011, a black man was eleven times more likely than a white to be jailed for a marijuana felony.

Beyond such disparities, “it’s the little things, like stop-and-frisk, like racial profiling,” that reinforce blacks’ negative attitude toward the justice system, she said.

Kenny Wiley, 26, a black man who grew up in a prosperous white suburb of Denver, has seen both sides.  The Ferguson shooting, he said, destroyed any notion that his race did not matter—that he could “opt out of the negative parts of blackness.”

“I grew up with a lot of economic privilege,” he said, “and still because of my race and my age and my gender, I’m still in certain situations perceived as a threat.”

Mr. Wiley said that when he walks down a street, people don’t see his college test scores, “they see a black man.”

Brain Willingham, a church pastor and black police officer in Flint, Michigan, said he was conflicted by the grand jury’s decision, but concluded that it was correct.

“I now realize that we who consider ourselves leaders in the black community can’t just be against racism.  We have to also be against a portion of black culture that has become increasingly anti-authority and antisocial to a point of self-destruction,” he said.  “This is an enemy we’ve yet to engage in the black community.”

Blacks and whites who are friends found the case a delicate topic of conversation.

In Atlanta, Georgia, Nneka Ekechukwu, 23, a South Carolinan native of Nigeria descent, was having lunch with Denise Henderson, 45, a white friend and co-worker at an information-technology company.

Ms. Henderson, who grew up in a heavily white part of Oklahoma, said she was concerned that the prosecutors in the Missouri case had brought too much of his own perspective to bear in bringing the evidence of the Brown shooting before the grand jury.  “I do think that so much of it was wrong,” she said.  “But I do think it was wrong, for Michael Brown to be fighting with a police officer.”  Then she looked at her black friend.  “But I feel like my saying that, I don’t know, is that an affront to you?”

It was not, Ms. Ekechukwu said, but the same words might rankle her if they came from the lips of someone she suspected of prejudice.  For a person of color, she said, it is difficult not to view the Ferguson shooting as part of a continuum: the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teen ager, by a white Florida man who was later acquitted of murder; the 2009 fatal shooting of an Oakland black man by a white transit officer who was found guilty of manslaughter instead of murder.

When she heard the recent news that a 12-year-old Cleveland boy had been shot by an officer while wielding a toy gun, Ms. Ekechukwu said, “my first question was, ‘Is he black?’”  He was.

This, is the racial divide AT its worst, because the officer that shot Michael Brown was found not guilty, and so, all the African Americans stood up together, saying how it was injustice, and, maybe it was, but, the jury had already made the calls, what CAN you do?  You can’t try the man again, that’s double jeopardy!!!

And this raise an important alert of how people are still divided by the colors of the skin, just like how my family and I were singled out by a BLACK customs officer (and, do ME and my family look like we’re PACKING guns AND knives???  Of course not), but this is still due to the long standing of racism, because whites discriminates against blacks, blacks need to discriminate against some other nationalities, so they don’t feel like they’re the worst kind of people, and, whichever RACE that falls in the BOTTOM of the food chain is still UNLUCKY, and there’s this white cop found not guilty, for shooting a black kid, yeah, that’ll exacerbate the situation all right!!!

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Legalizing Racial Profiling

Call this, steps taken, BACKWARDS if you will!!!  But, it’s all, EXCUSES if you ask me.  Found on the MSNNEWS websites…

The Obama administration will soon issue new rules curtailing the use of profiling, but over the objection of civil rights groups, federal agents will still be allowed to consider race and ethnicity when stopping people at airports, border crossings and immigration checkpoints, according to several government officials.

The new policy has been in the works for years and will replace decade-old rules that banned racial profiling for federal law enforcement, but with specific exemptions for national security and border investigations. Immigration enforcement has proved to be the most controversial aspect of the Obama administration’s revisions, and law enforcement officials succeeded in arguing that they should have more leeway in deciding whom to stop and question.

The administration is set to release the new rules in the midst of nationwide protests over recent decisions in New York and Ferguson, Mo., not to prosecute white police officers for the deaths of unarmed black men. President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. have sought to calm tensions between law enforcement and minorities.

The new rules expand the definition of prohibited profiling to include religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. They will cover local police assigned to federal task forces, but not local police agencies. They eliminate the broad exemption for national security, but F.B.I. agents will still be allowed to map neighborhoods and use that data to recruit informants from specific ethnic groups.

The debate over racial profiling in immigration enforcement, however, has delayed the release of the new rules for months. Mr. Holder, who was leading the policy review, told colleagues that he believed that border agents did not need to consider race or ethnicity. But the Department of Homeland Security resisted efforts to limit the factors it can consider when looking for illegal immigrants. Department officials argued that it was impractical to ignore nationality when it came to border enforcement.

“The immigration investigators have said, ‘We can’t do our job without taking ethnicity into account. We are very dependent on that,’ ” said one official briefed on the new rules. “They want to have the least amount of restrictions holding them back.”

The effects of any rule change could be felt far from the border with Mexico or Canada. Federal agents have jurisdiction to enforce immigration laws within 100 miles of the borders, including the coastlines, an area that includes roughly a third of the United States, and nearly two-thirds of its population. Federal agents board buses and Amtrak trains in upstate New York, questioning passengers about their citizenship and detaining people who cannot produce immigration papers. Border Patrol agents also run inland checkpoints looking for illegal immigrants. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, has called the existing rules “a license to profile.”

Under the new rules, agents in those instances will still be allowed to consider race, national origin and other factors that would otherwise be off limits, according to several officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the draft rules. In an apparent nod to its critics, the administration will conduct a separate review into how agents conduct screening, border interdiction and inspections, the officials said.

The leeway in the rules reflected the fact that Border Patrol agents face challenges that F.B.I. agents and drug investigators do not, one senior official said. “They have a very short period of time to make an assessment as to whether further inquiry needs to be given,” he said. The rules will included new training requirements and will require federal agents to keep records on complaints they receive about profiling, several officials said.

The Obama administration’s revisions come on the heels of the president’s decision to grant legal status to millions of immigrants who entered the country illegally. The new rules are likely to upset some of the advocacy groups that pushed hardest for that action. “Of course we are disappointed,” said Tanya Clay House, the public policy director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which has lobbied the administration on racial profiling for several years but has not been officially notified of the new rules. She said racial profiling is ineffective, both in general and at the border.

Mr. Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, has spoken forcefully against racial profiling. He has recounted being stopped by police as a college student and as a federal prosecutor. But while law enforcement officials were generally supportive of his efforts to broaden protections for minorities, Mr. Holder ran into objections on the issues of national security and border protection.

F.B.I. agents opposed a wholesale ban on considering race and nationality in terrorism investigations. They said, for example, that an agent investigating the Shabab, a Somali militant group, must be able to find out whether a state has a large Somali population and, if so, where it is.

The Justice Department was prepared to announce its revisions to the racial profiling rules earlier this year, but the White House intervened and ordered a broad review that included the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency of the Border Patrol. Because Mr. Holder cannot, on his own, tell another cabinet department what rules to follow, the new guidelines amount to months of negotiations between the Justice Department, Homeland Security and the White House. The broad exemptions for national security and immigration were eliminated, but several provisions remain.

The rules — both the current version and the revisions — offer more protection against discrimination than the Supreme Court has said the Constitution requires. The court has said that border agents may not conduct roving traffic stops simply because motorists appeared to be of Mexican descent, but agents at checkpoints may single out drivers for interviews “largely on the basis of apparent Mexican ancestry.” The court ruled that the government’s interest in protecting the border outweighed the minimal inconvenience to motorists.

But Representative Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat who represents the border city of El Paso, said that because the United States was so diverse, such policies unnecessarily expose millions of people to being stopped. “How can race help a Border Patrol agent or customs officer do a better job in a city like El Paso, where 85 percent of the people are Hispanic?” Mr. O’Rourke said.

Last year, the Border Patrol settled a racial-profiling lawsuit in which Washington state residents accused border agents of racial profiling while making traffic stops near the Canadian border. The government admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to retrain its agents on the profiling rules.

Like the existing rules, the new guidelines prohibit federal agents from relying on broad stereotypes — that members of a certain race are more likely to deal drugs than others, for example. But the authorities can consider race when responding to specific leads, such as when a witness describes a gunman as tall, white and blond.

So basically, this still goes against the ACLU’s beliefs, doesn’t it? I mean, you can be discriminated against, just because someone has an issue with your religion, with your skin color and all of that BULLSHIT, and so, we’re now, BACK, in time, in 1960s, maybe??? Don’t really know the years, but, it was, somewhere ‘round there, I think…

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When Racism Became an Epidemic

And, I’m sorry (truly!!!) to tell all of you, that there’s still NO one-dose cure for this problem!!!

When racism became an epidemic, and we’re not talking about segregation like in the 1950, or was it the 1960s, how the HELL should I know??? I’m talkin’ about being stereotyped against based off of the way you appeared to be, or your sexual orientation, or things that can be used, to define who you are.

When racism became an epidemic, is there a way, we can contain it??? Sure, by education, but, that still won’t work fast enough, because, if you think about educating everybody on this FREAKIN’ planet (how many people are here right now again???  Exactly!!!), and we also need to make sure, that what they learned in those “classrooms” gets taken OUT into the real world, meaning that the pupils are still not just nodding their heads, but shaking their brains out inside.

When racism became an epidemic, oh wait, isn’t it already spreading quickly right now? And no, I’m still not saying the geographic-specific here, it’s just how the world looks right now, and, we’re still going backwards, and we don’t even realize it, because we’re all marching, in synchrony, and so, we LACKED the awareness, because we’re too close to the deal?

When racism became an epidemic, I’m afraid, that it’s gonna spread like the Ebola virus, or the West Nile virus, or some OTHER viruses, and you KNOW how quickly those things mutate, because they want to survive inside their hosts too, you DO realize that, don’t you???

Once again, this, is still just one “man’s” perspective, feel free to agree OR disagree, I’m just stating what’s on my freakin’ mind right now………

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