Violence erupts at Black Lives Matter protest

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Five Black Lives Matter protesters were shot and wounded in Minneapolis overnight. Police are seeking three suspects, described as two white males and an Asian male. The men, described by protesters as white supremacists, had been taunting and provoking protesters and were being escorted out of the area when they pulled weapons and began firing.

The protesters were demonstrating against the death of Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15 in a police confrontation. Multiple witnesses have said Clark was shot in the head while handcuffed, a description that police dispute.  Authorities have refused to release available video of the shooting, which reportedly recorded only portions of the confrontation. In the wake of last night’s shooting, Clark’s family has requested that the encampment outside a Minneapolis police precinct be abandoned.

Here’s what we do know: According to reporting by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the city paid out $14 million to settle allegations of police misconduct and brutality between 2006 and 2012, yet officers in almost all of those cases faced no disciplinary action. A police review panel established last year to review allegations has handled 439 cases; none has resulted in officer discipline.

In Chicago, authorities will reportedly indict a police officer today for first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old black male more than 13 months ago. It will be the first such indictment in 35 years in Chicago. The victim, Laquan McDonald, had been in possession of PCP and armed with a knife, but long-suppressed video of that shooting apparently shows McDonald walking away from police when an officer jumps out of a police car, fires at him and hits him 16 times. No other officer on the scene fired.

Those who have seen the video say it depicts an execution, and Chicago authorities offered the McDonald family a $5 million settlement last summer before the family had even filed suit.

Egregious as it apparently is, the case probably would have been ignored if not for the video. The police union, for example, had claimed that the officer fired only after McDonald lunged at him with a knife; there is apparently no evidence of that in the video, which will be released by court order this week. According to some reports, authorities will release it Thanksgiving Day.

As the New York Times recently reported, more than 28,000 complaints of police misconduct were filed in Chicago between 2011 and 2015; 97 percent of them were dismissed with no action taken against the officer in question. In 2015, more than 99 percent of such complaints were dismissed with no action taken. Given that overall record, it would seem safe to assume that the 28,000 official complaints comprise only a fraction of such incidents. In the rare cases in which action was taken, black officers were twice as likely to be disciplined as their white colleagues.

The officer who shot McDonald, Jason Van Dyke, had 18 complaints filed against him, including allegations of brutality and racism. No action had been taken on any of them.

It’s a pretty straightforward principle: Those whom we entrust to enforce the law deserve our full support. But that support does not and cannot imply a de facto exemption from that same law, nor an immunity from judgment and accountability. And while that principle applies regardless of the race of officer or citizen, black Americans have legitimate reason to believe that when it is violated, they are disproportionately its victims.

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Ficklefan
Ficklefan

First, an aside. The hypocrisy regarding the recent police shooting in Chicago is beyond comprehension. In the paper this morning there was a lot of coverage of the "hundreds" of protesters who disrupted the Miracle Mile shopping in Chicago yesterday. Front page. Not buried, but on the second page, here is an article about a 9 year old boy being executed gang style in an alley because his dad's gang banger activities. Lots of outrage on the front page. Slim to none on the second page. 


If we lived in a time where the outrage over the murder of the 9 year old black child gang banger style, or the river of blood in Chicago caused by black on black murders, was a fraction of the outrage over the wrongful police shooting, things for all black Americans would be much different for them than they are today. 


It is not lost on those who are ignoring police directives, or who are involved in bad or criminal behavior, that you can make up a story about police abuse or harassment - without nary a fact - and it can become the gospel to eager ears. For example, "hands up, don't shoot" (quoted in the halls of Congress) never happened. There was not one iota of factual evidence supporting the hands up, don't shoot narrative. Yet, was, and still is huge. 


The cop who shot that young man was clearly in the wrong. He over reacted with abusive and deadly force. And based on real evidence, he will hopefully be tried, convicted, and punished for his heinous crime of essentially just gunning someone down in the middle of the street without any apparent cause to do so. There are rogue an lawless cops out on the beat every where you go. They are a small fraction of those who protect and serve and do a good job in difficult and life threatening situations. 


If I were a good cop facing these kinds of situations today, which are becoming more and more prevalent because the President and Dem/Lib politicians and media types are stirring this pot for all it is worth and ginning up as much anger and hatred toward the police as they possibly can, I would absolutely insist on wearing a body camera. If all cops wore body cameras, a lot of this manufactured outrage would end. 


Why?  Because of the inconvenient evidence that would show exactly what happened, and it would no longer be possible to create a sustainable campaign against the cops, e.g. hands up don't shoot, based upon a complete fairy tale.  



lvg
lvg

@Ficklefan Black thugs matter. See article in Sunday's AJC- gang bangers and "baby daddys" treated like royalty when they die.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

When someone feels that the only use of the EEOC is to exact revenge then that's your sign. Never mind the fact that before its existence companies benefited off free labor and discrimination and needed laws and an agency to make them do right by its citizens. You are kidding right? You can't be serious.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

These folks are serious @Straightchaser. They believe the crap they are spouting. Unfortunately, they vote. EVERY election, they show up to vote.

Their political leaders have been busy teaching them their perverted gospel every since the Civil Rights Act was signed. Their hatred and bigotry have been stirred and used to make political gains for the right wing that allow them to create legislative districts that are so gerrymandered that now their power is almost unbreakable. The only way to take these folks down is to get ALL OF THE FOLKS who find their governance offensive out to vote against them.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

The RWNJ on Jay Bookman's comment thread never fail to amaze. Great job boys!

No, GA does not spend millions of dollars trying to improve public schools in poverty-ridden areas. GA erects charter schools for the white folks and then creates legislation that would require county school boards to give 1/2 of the public school funds to those charters, with zero oversight allowed from the community.

GA has taken money from the HOPE scholarship fund, the University System of GA, teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers to balance the state budget. GA gives $57 million a year in dollar for dollar tax credits to the folks who donate to private schools.

When you say that people of color have the same opportunities as white folks, you are showing that you know zero about the funding of public education in this state.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 if you want to see racism pay attention to how your white counterpart scoots over in the elevator when a black person is on it. That should give you a starting point and if you really care you can take it from there.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Trump's a liar SHEETZ

JamVet
JamVet

 Without power there cannot be racism. ~td

The insanity continues...

CommonSenseisntCommon
CommonSenseisntCommon

@JamVet and below he argues money is the way to MEASURE success. 

The power comes from the money used to control politicians.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 who said I am not taking advantage of anything? One more time you are showing the privilege that you think you have by speaking on what you think my life is like because I'm black. Stop jumping on my status argueing with me about how I should feel about racism and labeling me as a victim. Yes it's your responsibility to help eradicate racism if you feel like it's wrong since you feel like we are all part of the human race and we are all mankind. Why the hell are you on my post trying to tell me how I should feel about systematic racism? If you were raped I can't tell you how it feels to be raped. Again you're not black.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser You can feel however you want to feel and I can feel however I want to feel and I think your feelings are nothing more than acting like a victim. 


If you do not like it then do not read my post or find another board that agrees with you more. 


This is not a college campus where you go to a feel good space to rant and rave about how you feel with no expectation of feedback. 

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

@Straightchaser - Pay no mind to td1234, he is the worst kind of right-winger.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser  It sure sounds like this kind of conversation:

Rape Victim: I was raped and was personally invaded.

td: You're just acting like a victim. Nothing to see here, move along! I discredit your feelings because you can't take it.  



JamVet
JamVet

One presumes that our right wingers, being big advocates of equal opportunity, were/are big advocates of the very organization named with that goal: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Chortle...

TBS
TBS

Guilty dog went to yapping

To or is it two funny

Bwhaha

Brosephus
Brosephus

Lemme guess, another day and another bigot brigade march??  Don't want to wade through 1000+ comments to see what I'm assuming is there based on past performance.

td1234
td1234

@Philo_Farnsworth People cannot take advantage of the opportunity that exist so they play the victim card and blame everyone and everything in society for their lot in life. 

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Brosephus  I saw a few comments from people who ignore reality and say everything is rainbows and unicorns ("What? Racism? Here? No no no no, this cannot be!") , but others are responding to them so I'm taking it easy.

td1234
td1234

@LogicalDude More money and more resources have been pumped into the poorest and most black school systems in this country for 30 years now. 


If people have not and refuse to take advantage of that opportunity then that is on those communities and not on society. 

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger Then explain how to measure it? Everything in the world has to be measured to some standard or you so not know if it is a success or a failure. 

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger Why are progressives making that statement over and over again?

TBS
TBS

You are on the money

So it is a good call not to go through the comments

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@td1234 @Philo_Farnsworth  It's not playing the victim card if society actually works against a group of people, or actually sets up a one group of people to be at a big advantage over other groups of people. As a society, we try to keep improving, but improvements come with recognition of the shortfalls.  If you can't even see the shortfalls, improvements cannot be made.  



StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

If you know you are not a white supremacist and racist then why keep defending white supremist and racist? You sound backwards. If that shoe does not fit then yes it's your responsibility to help eradicate racism.

JamVet
JamVet

@td1234 @JamVet 

To "experts" like you, these climate wackos are essentially everybody but America's rabid right wing.

And thanks for proving my point about you!

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@StraightNoChaser

td is a proven liar, hypocrite, racist, xenophobe and ignoramus.  He is an affront to the core principles of Christianity. He also has a penchant for b(u)ggery, even if he doesn't know it yet. He isn't worthy of having a meaningful debate with, because he is incapable of it. My opinion, for whatever it is worth.

td1234
td1234

@Eye wonder Now I am the excuse for your so called lousy lot in life that this racist society has made you live. 


Got it

JamVet
JamVet

@Eye wonder @StraightNoChaser 

It is impossible to reason with him.

This being the guy who thinks he has more knowledge and credibility than the 97% of climate scientists who have published papers on the subject of anthropogenic climate change.

(Cue up his inane cow fart "explanation"...)

td1234
td1234

@JamVet Yep, those cow farts are so bad that now the climate wacko's want to tax meat to the point that only the rich can have meat at every meal.