15,000 March Across Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Murder by Police

By: Saturday August 23, 2014 4:15 pm

The protest was billed as #WeWillNotGoBack. Apparently neither Mayor Bill de Blasio nor Public Advocate Letitia James were expected to attend today’s events.

People gathered early, taking buses and ferries to Staten Island. The march began close to noon eastern at the site of Eric Garner’s murder by police. Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, suffered from asthma and was unarmed when he was stopped by police on July 17 in Staten Island for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

After resisting arrest, Garner was placed in a chokehold — an illegal tactic — by white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo and can be heard, in a cellphone video, screaming “I can’t breathe!” several times as he was forced to the ground and handcuffed.

 

Police Target School Building of Church, Which Has Been ‘Safe Space’ for Ferguson Community

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 3:17 pm

The St. Louis County Police showed up at the St. Mark’s Church nearby Ferguson, which the community has been using as a “safe space” for Ferguson and other community residents. Organizers were uncertain of what was taken but maintained that police were sending a message that not even this space was a place residents could go and be safe.

A volunteer, John Chasnoff, who has been working as part of a coalition to transform the space into a “humanitarian shelter,” said that the space has been open from about 7 am to 2 am so that people are there to help anyone who might need assistance.

Police Made Several Arrests in Ferguson and Fired Pepper Spray After Water Bottle Was Thrown

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 9:00 am

Police deployed to Ferguson to supposedly keep the community safe and control demonstrations calling for justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, arrested at least forty-seven people on Tuesday night. The arrests mostly occurred after midnight.

Police in Ferguson Ordered Man to ‘Freeze’ Then Shot Him at ‘Point Blank Range’ with Rubber Bullet

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 6:45 am

Firedoglake interviewed Terrance Williams, a black man who was arrested during the middle of the march about 8:30 pm before tear gas had been fired. He recounted how a “SWAT team” and various other cops had surrounded him.

Why Not Arrest Ferguson Police Officer Who Killed Michael Brown to Help Restore Peace to the Community?

By: Monday August 18, 2014 2:35 pm

One thing authorities in Ferguson have not done to try and calm the anger is arrest Officer Darren Wilson for allegedly shooting and killing Michael Brown.

Ferguson’s Militarized & Racist Response to Protests Against Police Killing of Mike Brown

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 1:23 pm

Police clad in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas at predominantly black residents near a QuikTrip in Ferguson, Missouri. They were protesting the killing of an unarmed black teen shot by police on Saturday. It was the same QuikTrip that was set on fire and looted on Sunday night.

Podcast: The Double Standard That Police Display Towards Protests Supporting Palestinians

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 9:33 am

Thousands of people have been demonstrating in support of Palestinians and against Israel’s assault on Gaza in major cities across the United States. Police have shown some willingness to facilitate protests, but organizers have also experienced a double standard in the way police handle Palestinian supporters versus Israel supporters. Multiple examples of this double standard, in fact, have surfaced in recent weeks.

Protests Against Israel’s Assault on Gaza Escalated as Palestinians Experienced Bloodiest Day So Far

By: Monday July 21, 2014 6:50 am

While thousands of people turned out to protest against Israel’s ongoing military operations in Gaza, Palestinians experienced their bloodiest day yesterday.

Muslim American Groups and Individuals Boycott White House Ramadan Dinner

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:40 am

Muslim American groups and individuals are boycotting the White House’s Iftar dinner and will instead be participating or supporting a protest outside the White House against United States government policies, which disproportionately impact Muslims all over the world.

Podcast: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, FIFA & the ‘Sporting Shock Doctrine’ in Brazil

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am

For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.

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