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#Ferguson

ACLU: First Amendment 'suspended in Ferguson'

"In an unprecedented move, global group Amnesty International deployed 10 observers on American soil to investigate human rights abuses against the protesters, like tear gas and smoke bombs being used. Steven Hawkins, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, said in an interview Monday on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” that the group saw some “troubling signs in Ferguson that violated international human rights standards.” “We have had conversations with law enforcement to be part of the patrol when the curfew was in place … we were denied,” Hawkins told guest host Craig Melvin, saying “We plan to stay for the duration.” Four more observers have been deployed."

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The Thick Blue Line

Warren, MI | ‘You can see [Charda] Gregory kick her legs and writhe in pain as the officer plunges scissors into her hair, hacking away at the weave that was sewn into braids on her scalp. “I was confused. I didn’t know what happened and what was going on.” Gregory says on November 13, she went to a party in Detroit, where she believes someone drugged her. By the time she was brought in to the jail lock-up on the top floor of the Warren Police Department, Gregory had been pepper sprayed, but she appears calm. Officer [Bernadette] Najor starts yanking Gregory’s head from side to side, chopping out chunks of hair. It takes 3 full minutes before Najor gives one final yank and removes what’s left of Gregory’s weave. Gregory tells us in some places she now has bald spots because Najor ripped her real hair out by the roots.’

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Below is a January edition of ‘no charges against police officer’ in cases leading to injurious harm or fatality: the thick blue line of police impunity. (See previous post here.)

The only officer charged (who does not appear below) was Brian Fanelli, the police chief of Mount Pleasant, NY, on child pornography charges. Fanelli taught children classes in his parish, covering topics such as ‘inappropriate touching.’ He has been suspended with pay. (His salary is $135,518.)

The only officer indicted (on second try) for voluntary manslaughter was Police Officer Randall Kerrick, who shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell in Charlotte, NC. Ferrell had wrecked his car and sought help at a nearby home. A 911 call about an ‘unknown black man’ was placed by the woman inside. When Kerrick showed up, he fired 12 shots at close range at Ferrell. Kerrick’s arrest and indictment ‘mark the first time in more than 30 years that a Charlotte police officer has been charged in connection with an on-duty shooting.’ The second trip to the grand jury is cited as ‘highly unusual.’; activist John Barnette said ‘the grand jury’s decision is not a “complete victory” because the police officer has not been convicted and Ferrell is still dead.’ It took nearly five months for an official response to Ferrell’s killing.

The only police officer fired—but not charged for assault—was Officer Bernadette Najor who forcibly cut off 22-year old hairdresser Charda Gregory’s weave (hair sewn into her scalp) while Gregory’s hands and feet were restrained.

Dallas Officer La’Cori Johnson, who raped a woman while on duty in the back of his patrol car, resigned and was released from Dallas County Jail after his bond was paid for

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Los Angeles, CA | ‘Kim Nguyen, a 27-year-old pharmacist, says she was thrown from a squad car after police kidnapped and sexually assaulted her. Nguyen was shown on camera tumbling from a moving LAPD cruiser last year, after being handcuffed in the early morning hours of March 17, 2013. Video of the incident appears to show Nguyen sprawled on the ground with her dress removed from the waist down. The deposition taped last month claims that while the officer who was in the back seat with Nguyen grabbed her left inner thigh and began forcing her legs apart. Nguyen says the officer also grabbed her chest and pulled her by the ear to bring her head towards him. As she struggled to get away from him, she says officer negligence led to her being thrown from the high speed, moving vehicle. Nguyen spent two weeks in the hospital as a result of the injuries she sustained. Her jaw was wired shut and she lost all of her teeth from the impact, after being ejected from the cruiser.’ (‘To this day, neither David E. Shin nor Jinseok Oh has been taken off the field. They continue to patrol the streets of Koreatown and Pico-Union, pulling over women for alleged traffic violations.’)

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Fullerton, CA | ‘Two former Fullerton California police officers were just acquitted this week in the death of a homeless man. Police brutally beat and killed Kelly Thomas after a violent struggle that was captured on surveillance video. [F]ormer Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges. Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was also acquitted of all charges, in his case involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. As the verdict was read, Cincinelli tightly hugged his lawyer, and was seen putting his face in his hands, expressing the face that he was overcome with joy. But outside of the court house, Thomas’s parents vehemently condemned the verdict as travesty of justice. Cathy Thomas explained that the family was “Just horrified. He got away with murdering my son,” she said. “It’s just not fair. So I guess it’s legal to go out and kill now. He was so innocent. It just isn’t fair at all.” Ron Thomas joined her in saying that the defense “lied… continuously” about the character of his son, Kelly. “It’s carte blanche for police officers everywhere to beat us, kill us.” [T]his verdict proves that “they’ll get away with it” no matter whether it is caught on video or not.’

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floozys:

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my feminist goal is not to convince men that girls are of value, my feminist goal is to achieve a future where the judgement of our value isn’t in the hands of men. 

and this goes for, especially goes for, trans girls, girls of colour, disabled girls and LGBTQA+ girls. 

girls, all girls, and if you believe otherwise don’t reblog this.   

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Graphite and charcoal drawings by Portland-based artist Samantha Wall

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Joan Crawford in Possessed (1931)

82 years later and it’s still relevant

This will never not be relevant.

82 years and we still have to fucking tell men this shit

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Ryohei Hase ~ “Suddenly Appeared Out of Nowhere”, 2012

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Silver Tongues by Amy Earles, pencils 

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I like how sweden just decided one day that gender is fucking bullshit so they got a gender neutral pronoun and stopped separating boy clothes and girl clothes and have pictures of spiderman pushing a baby stroller in a toy magazine why isn’t every country like sweden

you push that stroller sassy spiderman!

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you fight those bad guys girlfriend!

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you style that hair lil’ dude!

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and in that moment, i swear we all wanted to be swedish.

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