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It’s Been Twenty Years and We Are Still Remembering!
By Jerimarie Liesegang

In 1999, Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the Transgender Day of Remembrance to memorialize the murder of (transgender woman) Rita Hester (a East Hartford Native) in Allston, Massachusetts. The TDOR has slowly evolved from the Remembering Our Dead Names list started by Smith into a national and then an international Remembrance and day of action.
In 2002, Ct TransAdvocacy (It’s Time, Connecticut) held Connecticut’s first Transgender DOR (Click here to view the 2002 event on CtTransArchives). In that year we remembered 15 US transwomen brutally murdered, many of them trans women of color. Including the brutal murder of Gwen Araujo, a 17 year old who had been living in their preferred gender role for approximately a year and a half. During a house party, she was revealed to have been more a male. After this revelation, at least three individuals allegedly beat her, dragged her into a garage, and strangled her, before disposing of her body in a remote location 150 miles away.

Yesterday the NYTimes ran an article with the title:

18 TRANSGENDER KILLINGS THIS YEAR RAISE FEARS OF AN ‘EPIDEMIC’
The killings, many of them against transgender women of color, have deeply disturbed groups already familiar with threats to their safety.
According to this article, the AMA is declaring the alarming rate of Trans Murders an epidemic. In the United States this year, at least 18 transgender people — most of them transgender women of color — have been killed in a wave of violence that the American Medical Association has declared an “epidemic.” The killings, which have been reported across the country, have for some prompted a heightened sense of vigilance.

And of course we must note that statistics do not capture the full list of Trans murders since many go unreported, dismissed as a murder of a sex worker, not to mention the many hate crimes other than the ultimate crime of murder. A well known example is the highly probable murder of Marsha P. Johnson. (per wiki: Shortly after the 1992 pride parade, Johnson’s body was discovered floating in the Hudson River. Police initially ruled the death a suicide, but Johnson’s friends and other members of the local community insisted Johnson was not suicidal and noted that the back of Johnson’s head had a massive wound.)

I had never thought that on that day of November 20th, 2002, that we would be remembering AT LEAST 18 brutal US Murders in 2019 ~ Twenty Years after the first Official Remembering Our Trans Dead!!!! We need to continue to remember each year, if not each day, and say Presente! for each of our trans comrades who have been brutally murdered simply for being who they are. BUT we must do more than just remember, since for far too many years, even preceding 1999, we continue to loose our families due to Hate and insensitivity to sex/gender fluidity. I recall that after Gwen’s murder, we had discussions that the community needs to work with our youth to empower them to learn how to be Out and assure they maintain safe surroundings, especially when having sex. Though we know the issue is much deeper and more complex than that simple view. I do view this in two lenses: (more…)

Amber Stewart has a wonderful new article found on Th-ink Queerly. She begins her essay with a quote from our dear comrade Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore who had this to say.

“The radical potential of queer identity lies in remaining outside — in challenging and seeking to dismantle the sickening culture that surrounds us.” — Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Here is what Amber has to say at the start of the essay:

“Getting ready to do some research, I pull a book down off my shelf. On it’s cover, a glitter-covered mouth, smeared lipstick, teeth barred in anger, or maybe determination. I open it, and three fliers advertising protests fall out, reminding me of a different time and place. I bought this book, That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, when I was in college, spending my Saturday mornings escorting patients into an abortion clinic, and Saturday nights giving and attending talks on the intersection of Marxism and feminism.

This is when my identity as a queer woman was forged.

It was not forged in the banquet halls of the Human Rights Campaign, but in the streets, protesting against police brutality, discriminatory immigration practices, and rape culture. We were asking, not just for equal pay for equal work, but for work to be redefined as a collective action, something that could benefit all of us, not just companies.

I was an idealist.

I wanted to agitate for queer rights, but for me, that meant calling for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (RIP). It meant making sure that same-sex couples could get green cards, regardless of their marriage status. It meant supporting the legalization of sex work.

What it did not mean was fighting for gay marriage.”

To read the rest of this article go to HERE.

Amber has this wonderful ending:

“So I’m lobbying for the “Q” to be removed from the acronym.

I want us to stop using “queer” as a catch-all. I do not ask this out of stubbornness or nostalgia, but because I believe it is important that the community keep space for outside the box thinking. I think it’s important that we have a term we can use when referring to something that is just ours. I think it’s important that we remember that we can still be full of radical potential.”

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From Fight Back News

45,000 Demand Queer Liberation in NYC
By Michela Martinazzi | June 30, 2019
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Members of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression in alternative Pride march. (FightBack!News/Staff)

New York, NY – On Sunday, June 30, 45,000 marched in the alternative Pride in protest of the corporatized World Pride event happening at the same time. The rally and march were organized by the Reclaim Pride Coalition, which formed as a response to last year’s Manhattan Pride celebration.

Every year, the city of Manhattan hosts one of the largest Pride parades in the world. As Manhattan is the birthplace of Pride, it’s fitting that the city should celebrate the monumental event of the Stonewall riots. However, as decades pass, Pride has turned from a militant march to a corporate parade. Last year was exceptionally glaring, as all the activists and organizers were placed at the end of the parade to let the cops, banks, electoral candidates, etc. lead the parade. A few groups attempted to resist and protest at the Pride parade last year, but it was clear that what was once a space for queer people to fight back had been taken over by corporate interests.

Organizers stated, “The 2019 Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march – no corporate floats, and no police in our march. This is a truly grassroots action that will mobilize the community to address the many social and political battles that continue to be fought locally, nationally and globally. We recognize the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community.”

The march kicked off at Sheridan Square, opposite the Stonewall Inn, and thousands marched uptown to Bryant Park, where they picked up several thousands more. The route followed the original route marched by the Gay Liberation Front on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riot.
Throughout the whole march, people chanted about everything from Palestine, Black Lives Matter, immigration, to anti-war and anti-cop. Whenever the marchers passed an anti-people establishment, such as Chik-Fil-A or a Trump building, they would rowdily chant at it.

The march was completely unpermitted with very few cops present. The march ended in Central Park on the Great Lawn. Everyone gathered to listen to speeches, music, and celebrate being queer and militant. The rally opened with living members of the Gay Liberation Front, many who had been at Stonewall on that fateful evening. Speeches talked about needing queer liberation alongside the liberation of Palestine, fighting for climate change, acknowledging that they were speaking on stolen land, and needing a revolution to fully be free. The messaging of the day was that we will not be free until all of us are.

Check out photo’s and more at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/reclaimpridenyc/

 

Let’s hear Evan Greer sing the Picket Line Song:

REST IN POWER ERIC GARNER!

The Lines have been drawn. No Love Affair with the cops, is Part 3 of our series. This piece is a collage of ideas. This work like many others that we publish is gleaned from many sources, is made up of cut outs,  and brought together in a weaving in the service for and of the people. These works are a gathering of ideas, statements, thoughts, photo’s and whatever else we find at our disposal to tell a story, to tell our stories. We are interested in fight back. Ourselves and the Black and Brown Communities learned a long time ago that when we are under attack, we must fight back. What have we as a people, the LGBTQI+ populations done to fight back against the police? What have other communities done? What still is being done? What needs to be done is entirely up to you the reader of our essays.  At the end of this article are several groups maintaining a fight back mood.

Just about every day we read of police brutality, of misconduct and shootings of men and women of color. This has got to stop. But we know words alone won’t do it. How many times did Eric Garner have to tell the cops on Staten Island I can’t breath but still they murdered him? How many times we ask and ask? Eleven times he told them and eleven times their chokes continued.  Some say we have to spend time in educating, in holding classes with the cops. Well, folks have tried that over and over during the years and still it happens. The first time in Hartford that a gay organization tried to educate was in 1975 when members of the Kalos Society attended roll call in Hartford to brief police on what it is like to be gay. The then police chief Hugo J. Masini arranged the sensitivity sessions which he declared to be a success. ( See Part 1 and Part two of our essays to see the results of this success) Not much changed at all. Indeed our community has never had a love affair with the cops even when they tried to pull a Lavender Patrol with members of G.O.A.L and then police chief Jessie Campbell parading in the streets of Hartford. I am sure that many older activists in this town or in any town could put there heads together and remember all the other times that our community, and other communities have held training sessions, diversity sessions, and what else type of sessions  with the police and still the police act the way they do. How many Police Chiefs, how many administration changes has this city or any city gone through and nothing has changed?  A department can change their chief, hire in new officers, retire some, fire one or two and still the harassment and the murder continues. A liberal said the other day “I thought we were beyond such behavior now.” We will leave that thought right there for anyone of our readers to wonder while they wander what the fuck is wrong with some folks. (1)

African-Americans died at the hands of police at a rate of 7.2 per million, while whites are killed at a rate of 2.9 per million.

The Black and Brown Communities are under constant threats and attacks by the police. There have been over the years trainings and more trainings in diversity but still there are killings, still the harassment goes on. There have been pray ins, march ins, sit-ins and every kind of in and out but every day new cop attacks on citizens appear on my facebook page and every day I get more and more angry. Every day we read about the violence and racism and officers aquitted when they murder. Folks fight back and fight back some more but still the cops abuse their power. What will it take to stop this? A civilian review board made up of citizens with no police or politician interference? A board with teeth. A board willing to bite back. Perhaps a total dismantling of the system would be the answer. But what do we do in the meantime? People are dying, the cops get let off the hook due to a corrupt racist, sexist and homophobic system. Change the system some cry? Yes but when? Disarm the police some others say. Yes we answer but know that is only in our dreams hoping that others will join the dream in anyway that they can and make this a reality.

Let us never forget this statement: “When law enforcement agencies act in such total disregard for civil rights and human life, no minority group is safe. Those who pervert their public trust deserve to be dealt with swiftly and to the fullest extent of the law.” Jim Bradford, Mattachine Midwest Chicago, after touring the apartment where Fred Hampton was murdered.

It must take a certain type of person to join forces with such an idea and become cops, to join forces with evil, to become a enforcer. It takes a certain type of person to be full of hatred, cruelty and barbarity against Black and Brown people, women, LGBTQI folks and others who dare to step outside the line, that false boundary, and challenge the system that the masters have created. So many times just being is enough to get a person murdered. Just walking, just driving, just going out to the store. Do these types of enforcers have any place in a civilized society? I laughed as I wrote that as this society, this amerikkka has three K’s, no we damn well know that this society is not civilized. We can all talk until we turn blue, now wouldn’t that be strange, (wonder how they would treat folks then?) we can pray, and we can try to be as nice as pie but still it persists.

Here is a song that helped me put on my growing shoes, Barbara Dane and the Chamber Brothers sing Malvina Reynolds song “It Isn’t Nice”, a message from 1966 but still it sings today.

But, power didn’t heed the calls of the people and now power faces an even bolder show of resistance and we in the resistance face a bolder show of power.

You know folks let’s not beat around the bush anymore. We know as well as many that the lines have been drawn. The barricades are erected. On one side is us and the other is them. Now the question is do you wish to continue to pussy foot around this problem or join a side? Do you really think that those on the other side of the line, on the other side of the barricades can be educated? If your answer is yes to that educate question, well then we will have to say, “Honey we don’t have a 100 years to wait.”

A note to the LGBTQI+ Populations and those who want to assimilate into such a system.

Harry Hay the founder of the Mattachine Society a early gay rights movement once had this to say to the assimilationists among us. These words ring true today as they did on the day that he spoke them in an interview with the Progressive Magazine.  When Hay was asked what he thought of the assimilationist LGBT folks who wanted to just change the law and fit in he replied “The assimilationist group you have now is exactly the same crowd that threw me out, only forty years later. Assimilation is the way you excuse yourself. It absolutely never worked at all. You may not think that you are noticeable. But they know who you are. They know you’re a degenerate, and they’ve never forgotten that. You won’t find out until the push comes to shove. And then you’ll find it out fast. Because they’re respectable in the eyes of God and you are not.”

Let’s think about that idea for a minute. Within our own population there are those that can and those who cannot, and those who will not. We are talking about passing. Passing in straight society. Being just like them. A good boy and girl. Nice as nice can be. You know them, side with the police, the military, the ones who call for more cops on the street, who come and gentrify the neighborhoods and fly their rainbow colors, who vote for a kinder and gentler fascism, who denounce drag queens and kings, who care more about their property values than providing a youth shelter for LGBTQI youth, who fight for themselves and their agendas that benefits a few. You know those who are acceptable by society vrs. those who are not. Those who are the good gays vrs those who are not. Those who are the spoonful of sugar, you know the bankers, the CEO’s, the movie star, the imitators of straight society, lovely home in the suburb, 2 kids in the yard, a marriage certificate that makes mommy and daddy proud, nice white middle class folks who do not make many peeps unless it concerns them and what they got. You know the folks the assimilationists among us. I have always believed them to be a very dangerous lot. If one sides with power over the people then one is and must be an enemy of mine. Yes, I believe they will when the push comes to shove try hard to pass, try hard to be just like them, will shoot us queers down just as power will. As we said all those little rainbow pins, all the cop cars done up rainbowy, will be cheered by the assimilationist, cheered even while they kill those who dare step outside. Conforming and assimilating in and with injustice is a threat to us, to those of us who wish to explore and build a totally different landscape.

We have written about them and their views many times. More than likely they think the police are only doing their job, and say, Stay inside the line and you’ll be fine. And the best one is, “So you don’t like the cops, who you gonna call if you find yourself in a bit of trouble?” “Which of course,” as Mary says, “has not a fucking thing to do with what we are talking about and is just another liberal way of excusing the bad behavior of power.” We must ask, what are we going to say to those assimilationists who believe that any inclusion is good inclusion? We wonder do these folks really think that a few LGBT cops will somehow work their lavender magic and a wave of goodness, harmony and peace will sweep through the police force and a thousand or so years of oppressor behavior will end and all will be well? If we have an LGBTQI+ liaison officer that somehow things will get better. In part one of our essay’s we put an end to that myth.   The words that come to my mind are Dream on fool. The big bully will be with us always unless we confront, topple and transform the system.

So how we gonna educate them? I would think the cops rather enjoy being paid for protecting the rich, for making sure the capitalist system is still a go each morning, to protect the property of the wealthy and to beat back anyone who tries to pull the plug on this system. Pull the plug in any manner that they see doesn’t fit in with what is suppose to be. The cops true job is to use all the force that is given to them to stop anyone who is a threat or a challenge to this system. Watching videos of cops beating, stomping and kicking black men tells me that they rather enjoy what they do. Educate them, they will educate you with a broom handle up your ass, a choke hold, or bullets to the head. As long as that money comes in and you know it always will, as long as they are well fed, as long as they have the backing of this racist system they will stick to the system like shit on a shoe. If they refuse one by one they will be dismissed and turned out from duty. The police are just lackeys for the twin parties of evil. What I have learned so far is that the cops are just a part of the fist that the capitalist class used along with the military, the courts and prisons to keep us all down and under their thumb. Calling on the police to stop what they are doing and join us even after they have nearly beaten our brothers and sisters to death is not only misguided but shameful and reckless. Brutal attack dogs they are, and as a young person from the Spartacus Youth Club said, “Cops are not workers, They are strike breakers, kill black people and beat, pepper spray and haul protesters off to jail.” They shot Oscar Grant down in cold blood. Cops are not potential allies they are our enemy.”

It is foolish to hold on to the illusion that cops are our brothers in our struggle (yes some liberals and other misguided folks do. I think it has something to do with they are in a union) when they are bound to enforce the laws of the Capitalist Class, and the democratic and republican parties. They are the thugs, the black shirt Gestapo, the folks that we must warn you about again and again. Let’s learn our lesson this time. Let’s thank our many comrades on the left who tell us these facts daily.

In the town where I grew up it was the guys that were the bullies in school who somehow, (give that a ha ha) made it into the police force. They always found acceptance there. As if one had to be a bully to be a police officer as if that is what was expected of them. And when the cop bully began bullying what did the good citizens say? Nothing. It was always the trouble maker who got it from the cops, not them. Our noses are clean as our hands are also. There the lines had been drawn, keep on this side be good and you won’t get a night stick upside your head. Phooey to them. We stare back from the other side of the line.

One of the problems with the suburbanite’s understanding of the police is what they represent. This crowd perhaps does not know what it is like to be policed which is very different from just interacting with cops-when you are policed you know what those guys are all about.. A.B

Here is a poem that our friend Molly wrote for this work.

 

 

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

with the last breath of Eric Garner, the last heart beat of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Stephon Clark, Sandra Bland, Michel Brown, Freddie Gray, Elliott Williams, Henry “Peg” Gilbert,  Tryvon Martin, Daniel Hambrick, Oscar Grant, Laquan Mc Donald, Tamir Rice Jimmy Atchison, D’ettrick Griffin, Kendra James, Antwon Rose, Willie Mc Coy, Oscar Cain Jr.  and the list of the dead goes on and on as we say their names year after year.

With the children of our martyrs blood and tears, and mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins aunts uncles lovers weeping

with the lives of our Black, Brown and white Trans sisters murdered for wanting to just live their lives and breath freely.

with every group of young men and women, with every group of senior men who congregate on the corner to pass the time and the news and the cops harass them.

with the tear gas and pepper spray, the cup of coffee thrown in a police mans face, with coins flung and screams of Here’s your payoff coppers.

with every black child pulled from her seat by the white teacher for really nothing more than being a kid.

With those who are not afraid and come out nightly to fight, to scream for justice.

with every cop acquitted after murdering a Black man.

with every child’s cries from hunger pains, from the cold, from rats scurrying near her bed.

with every child separated from her parents by the U.S government and every parent searching for their son.

with every jug of water dumped out on the ground by border patrol.

The battle lines are drawn when Roxana Hernandez was physically abused and died while in ICE custody and hundreds of her Transgender sisters are held at the border.

with the shooting of Scout Schultz a bisexual, intersex president of Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech. Protesters burned a police car, and broke windows in anger.

with every drone, bomb, and military attack on the civilian population of the world.

with the eviction of children, women, and men from their homes forcing them to live on the streets.

with the knowledge that the local cop is a member of a far right organization.

with every cop who beats his nightstick in his hand daring us to move just an inch or two.

with the teargas, the mace, the pepper spray, the rubber bullets, the military grade weapons patrolling the streets of fascist amerikkka.

with every Trans women who is beaten but afraid she will be beaten and sexually assaulted by the cops if she reports the assault to the cops.

The battle lines were drawn when Eric Crawford threw back the tear gas canister at the cops to protect innocent young lives and Ieshia Evans stood firmly in the street to stop the advancing police

with every time the racist, sexist, homophobic right wing pig president breaths.

The battle lines have been drawn and we know which side we stand on.

The Attack On RENT BOY by Homeland Security. The policing of our sexual lives. Get the government out of our pants.

I think a lot of folks mouths flew open when we heard the news that Homeland Security had raided the offices of the hook up site Rent Boy in Matthatan August 2015.  First let us look at what the job of Homeland Security is as listed.

The core mission and purpose of Homeland Security is defined by statute and regulations. Its strategic priorities are outlined in regulations and its own quadrennial review. None outline supervision of the world’s oldest profession as a law enforcement goal.

There are five homeland security missions. First, it is to prevent terrorism and enhance national security. Second, to secure and manage our national borders. Third, enforcing our immigration laws. Fourth, safeguarding cyberspace from hackers. Fifth, ensuring a resilient response to national disasters. That’s their charge, purpose and duty.

Investigating alleged consensual male prostitution was never mentioned in a summary of their high priority targets?

The ‘ ‘legitimate’ and ‘mainstream’ LGBT organizations like the HRC are unlikely to jump into this fight. They are too busy trying to be accepted by the establishment to stand up strenuously against it. Rent boys represent a fringe element they don’t want to be associated with. (where have we heard this before? Hey right here in Hartford when police were entrapping men down by the river.) Nevertheless, don’t ever forget that the LGBT civil rights movement did not start with corporate Vice Presidents stepping out of the closet in the workplace. It began with youth and drag queens taking to the street in Greenwich Village and AIDS activists marching on Washington.

While we have put an end to sodomy laws and advanced the cause of gay rights nationally, personal acceptance of your sexual identity still remains a challenge for millions of Americans. Escorting services provide a vehicle and conduit for human beings to explore their own identities privately and individually. It’s healthy, not harmful. Those decisions should be protected, not prosecuted. Perhaps this raid may the impetus to start a class action on behalf of those whose rights have been compromised. Frankly, we should all be very frightened. The government has spied on us for a long time in many ways. The only thing that has changed is the way they do it. But every way they do it compromises your freedom and the integrity of law enforcement in America.

The raid on Rentboy came five days after the announcement by several major American LGBT legal advocacy organizations—Transgender Law Center, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National Center for Transgender Equality—that they will join Amnesty International in calling for the decriminalization of sex work. Transgender Law Center has condemned the Rentboy raid, stating, “the US federal government is not only jeopardizing countless people’s lives and only source of livelihood, but sending a clear and troubling message that the country is less invested in addressing systemic issues of racial, economic, and anti-LGBT injustice than in further criminalizing the individuals most marginalized by those systems.” (2)

And on the Homefront

100 million traffic stops shows massive racial bias in policing. Written by Laura Clawson for Daily Kos

We place this in full here. We need to read and understand this in its fullest.

There is racial bias in policing, and a team of Stanford University researchers has erased any shadow of reasonable doubt about it. (Facts can’t do much about unreasonable doubt.) The Stanford Open Policing Project data includes nearly 100 million police stops over six years from 50 state and municipal police departments, finding powerful evidence of bias not just in who gets stopped but in what happens next.

While “officers generally stop black drivers at higher rates than white drivers, and stop Hispanic drivers at similar or lower rates than whites,” there could conceivably be multiple explanations for that. But once a driver has been stopped, black and Hispanic drivers are much more likely to be ticketed, searched, and arrested than white drivers. In fact, black drivers are 20 percent more likely and Latino drivers are 30 percent more likely to be ticketed than white drivers. It doesn’t stop there, though—they’re also twice as likely to be searched as white drivers.

And are searches of black and Latino drivers more likely to turn up contraband? Nope. White and black drivers were about equally likely to be found with contraband: 36 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Just 26 percent of Latino drivers were found with something illegal. The Stanford researchers designed a test of the data that found that “police require less suspicion to search black and Hispanic drivers than whites. This double standard is evidence of discrimination.”

A key defense from the Fraternal Order of Police was that officers are more likely to be patrolling in high-crime areas, which are more likely to have a lot of people of color, and therefore it’s completely reasonable that police would be stopping more people of color. But without even stopping to pull apart all the claims embedded in that defense, there’s this: The researchers looked at whether black drivers are equally likely to be pulled over at night, when it’s harder for police to see drivers as cars go by. And guess what! “After adjusting for the variation in sunset times across the year, researchers found a 5 to 10 percent drop in the share of stopped drivers after sunset who are black, suggesting black drivers are being racially profiled during the day.”

It doesn’t take a police officer sitting there thinking in so many words, “I want to pull over and ticket some black people” for policing to be racially biased or outright racist. If black drivers are more likely to be pulled over than white ones—which they are—and black and Hispanic drivers are more likely to be ticketed or searched than white ones—which they are—and white drivers are the most likely to be caught with illegal items—which they are—and black drivers are less likely to be pulled over at night when police can’t see them clearly—which they are—well, there goes that very last shadow of a reasonable doubt. Which was already more of a shadow of a shadow in a figment of someone’s imagination, anyway.

Here goes an award for one of the biggest shit heads breathing in the U.S today. 

Ohio State Rep: If Police Tase or Shoot a Child, She Probably Acted ‘Stupid’ or Was ‘a Punk’
Rep. John Becker  ( 3 )

Tasers are often billed as “less lethal” weapons,” though Tasers can kill. A 2017 Reuters study found 1,005 cases of fatal stun gun use by police, nearly all since the early 2000s, with “more than 150 autopsy reports citing Tasers as a cause or contributor to deaths.”

When he tased the girl on Aug. 6, Kevin Brown was working off-duty as a security guard at a Kroger market. Police say he believed the girl was shoplifting. (A report stated that the girl had stolen items, including a backpack, candy, and baby clothes totaling $53.81.) Brown fired his taser from about 10 feet away, striking her body just below her waist.
Body camera video includes Brown telling the girl, after he tased her, “Sweetheart, the last thing I want to do is tase you like that. When I say stop, you stop. You know you’re caught, just stop. That hurt my heart to do that to you. Then I got to listen to all these idiots out here in the parking lot, telling me about how I was wrong for tasing you.”

Later, also captured on video, the girl cries as EMTs remove the taser barbs from her skin. Police Chief Eliot Isaac has said Officer Brown’s use of the Taser was “unnecessary in this circumstance.”

We agree with the girls mother: “If you can’t restrain these little kids, you need to find a different job,” “She should have never got tased.”

And here a hero of the people Eric Crawford throws back a tear gas canister to protect children near him.

Rest In Power Edward Crawford Jr.

Edward Crawford Jr. throwing back a tear gas canister at the police, Ferguson Missouri August 13, 2014. Crawford later said about the incident, “I didn’t throw a burning can back at police, I threw it out of the way of children.” Edward Crawford a true peoples hero.

When state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who much like Crawford emerged on the national radar during Ferguson, heard the news of Crawford’s death, she took to social media.

“He is #Ferguson’s hero,” the senator wrote on her Twitter account. “For those of us tear-gassed, he was our local champion.”

“Everybody back home is just shocked,” said Chappelle-Nadal, whose district includes Ferguson, from the capitol in Jefferson City.

“It’s depressing. That’s what it is. There seems to be no hope. It’s like we are imprisoned as black people. There are so many barriers that are put up for us as you try to change things and you fail, you try and you fail, ultimately there is very little hope and then you see these cases like this,” she said. “Folks who have been active in voicing their opinion on civil rights end up dead. It breaks you down.”

Let the truth be known Loud and Clear! 

When under attack Fight Back. Note from North Georgia.

Look at this heinous shit. Rapist Prison Guard in North Georgia. Scratch marks are from his victim’s incredible struggle against him.

How about this big bully. Everything about him spells PIG! This is officer Craig Appleby of Hamden Ct. police.

Here is a statement by a grandmother in Hamden Ct. Does anyone still wonder whey we do not, and let me repeat do not like cops. Thank you to Ms. Hebron for posting this and we will continue to fight.

Meet officer Craig Appleby from the Hamden Police dept. In Connecticut. This officer assaulted, taunted and bullied my grandchild in the Hamden Middle School asst Principals office. After getting my grandchild all upset and frustrated, he pressed his body against my grandchild with his hand on his taser and dared my grandchild to hit him! Thank GOD my grandchild did not act on his dare because he would have been tased and beaten by this bully with a badge! Since that incident 4 months ago, I have filed complaints with the police dept and the Board of Education immediately following the incident! I have requested body cam video which I have finally received which was only a partial video that only captured the aftermath which showed my grandchild crying and sweating while still being taunted by the officer and the asst principal while he was quietly waiting for my arrival to pick him up. Now after continuous attempts to demand the footage that showed this officer abusing my grandchild, I have been informed that the rest of the video does not exist! After further investigating their policies and procedures regarding body cam use during interactions with the public, they are supposed to record all encounters so as to protect their self from allegations of misconduct! Now to further inform you of the incident. The officer is a school resource officer in which his daily job is to be present in the school at all times to ensure the safety of the school and the students. He was not called to the school because my grandchild was doing anything wrong, he was already in the building when he chose to engage with my grandchild in a manner that was inappropriate and unwarranted! Since this time its been brought to my attention that he frequently singles out young black children to bully and taunt for his pleasure and entertainment. Also, neither of the complaints that i filed with the board of education or the police dept have completed an investigation. Since they have not taken this case seriously, a few weeks ago i filed a complaint with the COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. Now that they have been served with notice from the Commission, they have cut off all communication with me! Now I’ve been down this road with this same police dept. In the past with my son, and happy to say that in the end, we won our case in Federal court and the Commission of human rights! Im posting this to let people know not to give up if you find yourself in this or a similar situation! I will not stop until I get justice for my grandchild!
Just to make myself clear, I am also going after the principal at the school and the board of education for failing to protect and keep my grandchild safe while trying to get an education! Please share this post! Please screenshot it as well in case they try to remove it!  Marnie Rodgers Hebron.

Another creep showing off his manly power. 

It really takes a big man to threaten a young boy. We think here of the white pig who arrested the young 12 year old boy in a mall for what he claimed the child was selling his tapes. When will the day come that the people simply go and take the boy from the cop? His aunt tried and we support her.

A 12-year-old rapper was grabbed by police at a Georgia shopping mall for allegedly selling CDs in a controversial arrest that was captured in viral video and has sparked an internal law enforcement probe.

Corey Jackson — the young performer known as “Corey J” — was with his family at the Cumberland Mall in Cumberland, Georgia, on Oct. 6 when a Cobb County police officer grabbed his arm.

The confrontation was taped by Corey’s aunt, according to police and family friend Toya Brown, a recording studio manager in Atlanta where Jackson’s recorded before.

“You’re 12?” a police officer is heard telling Corey, according to a tape obtained by NBC affiliate WXIA. “You’re about to go to jail.”

The aunt insisted the officer speak to Corey’s dad.

“I have his father on the phone and you won’t even speak to him,” she told the officer.

The camera is jostled when it appeared the officer and youngster tussled. But Cobb County police spokeswoman Sarah O’Hara said Wednesday the camera shook because the boy’s aunt “got physical” with the officer.

“She was still holding on to the camera as she’s assaulting my officer,” O’Hara said. (more…)