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The Conversation Project – Will You Join In The Conversation?

The Conversation Project

In the hopes of starting a positive healing process, after the lost lives of young people for what appears to be no reason other than the color of their skin, we came together – to talk. OPENLY, HONESTLY, CANDIDLY. Not to point fingers, not to incite, but to try to delve into the rawness of the truth so as to simply begin to heal and begin to work together towards solutions and STEPS FORWARD instead of feeling sucked into the abyss that evil forces are trying to keep our country in.

THE CONVERSATION (PART ONE) What It Means To Be Black In America In This Century

ELDERS LEADING THE CONVERSATION: Kenneth L. Foote, Mark Anthony Neal, Dr. Christopher Emdin

SQUIRES JOINING IN: Elijah M. Brown, Tywan Anthony

Concept by Carmen M Colon and Kenneth L. Foote, Directed by: Paul Mondesire Videotaped by: DK Knighton

TOPIC ONE: Justice or Just Us

 


 
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BREAKING: Alleged Audio Of Moment Michael Brown Was Killed Released [VIDEO]

According to audio released Monday night by CNN, a Ferguson resident is allegedly in possession of audio of the moment that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The results of a preliminary autopsy showed that Brown was shot at least 6 times, including twice in the head.

The Ferguson resident and his attorney, who have both been interviewed by the FBI, claims that he was on a video chat with a friend when the barrage of gunfire erupted outside.

During the 12 second video, there is a succession of 6 shots, a pause, then approximately 5 more shots.

 

According to eyewitnesses to Brown’s murder, after Wilson repeatedly shot at him while he was running, the unarmed teen turned around, put his hands up in surrender and said, “Stop shooting! I don’t have a gun.”

At that point, Wilson allegedly continued to progress and shot Brown until he collapsed on the concrete. His lifeless body was left on the ground for 4 hours.

Brown, who was supposed to begin college on August 11, was buried today in a spirit-filled homegoing celebration. Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.

 

According to audio released Monday night by CNN, a Ferguson resident is allegedly in possession of audio of the moment that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The results of a preliminary autopsy showed that Brown was shot at least 6 times, including twice in the head.

The Ferguson resident and his attorney, who have both been interviewed by the FBI, claims that he was on a video chat with a friend when the barrage of gunfire erupted outside.

During the 12 second video, there is a succession of 6 shots, a pause, then approximately 5 more shots.

 

According to eyewitnesses to Brown’s murder, after Wilson repeatedly shot at him while he was running, the unarmed teen turned around, put his hands up in surrender and said, “Stop shooting! I don’t have a gun.”

At that point, Wilson allegedly continued to progress and shot Brown until he collapsed on the concrete. His lifeless body was left on the ground for 4 hours.

Brown, who was supposed to begin college on August 11, was buried today in a spirit-filled homegoing celebration. Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.

Fundraising Effort for Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Gets Ugly

Donors praise the officer for shooting “a common street thug” and removing an “unnecessary thing from the public!”

Comments left on a GoFundMe crowdfunding page in support of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Compiled by Jon Hendren

Update, 8/22/2014: A representative from the Support Officer Darren Wilson campaign declined to comment. On its Twitter account, GoFundMe announced late Thursday evening that some comments on the campaign page had been removed for violating the company’s terms of use. And on Friday afternoon, the campaign page was shut down and a new one was created. Buzzfeed reports:

The original donation page to support the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Mike Brown has been replaced with a charity, which appears linked with a local police union.

A long message to the Support Officer Wilson GoFundMe page was posted Friday afternoon, noting that donations will now go directly to a 501c3 charity called Shield of Hope, which the post says is designated “the authorized charity for donations on behalf of Darren Wilson.”

The old GoFundMe account had raised more than $234,000 before it was shut down. The new page has already raised more than $9,000.

The comments seen in the image above were written by donors to the online fund set up to support Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown six times in Ferguson, Missouri, last week. Wilson has since been placed on paid administrative leave and is in an undisclosed location. The GoFundMe campaign to assist him was set up earlier this week by an unnamed supporter. “We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives,” the page reads. It has since raised nearly $150,000.

Among the comments left by donors:

“Ofc. Wilson did his duty. Michael Brown was just a common street thug.”

“Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box.”

“Black people can be their own enemy and I am not white…He was shot 6 times cause the giant wouldn’t stop or die. Evil people don’t die quick”

“All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity.”

“I am so sick of the blacks using every excuse in the book to loot and riot.”

“I support officer Wilson and he did a great job removing an unnecessary thing from the public!”

The collection of comments above was compiled by Jon Hendren, a comedy writer in San Jose, California. Hendren told Mother Jones that he took screenshots of the comments on the page that seemed especially offensive and compiled them into one image using Photoshop. “There were maaaany more that were borderline or ambiguous or a small dollar amount that I would’ve also captured, but I got so annoyed that I began to get a headache, so I stopped when I did,” he explains. 

“A couple folks have asked me to wait until we know all the facts before passing judgment, which is kind of absurd,” says Hendren. “People are donating money with racist sentiment and to celebrate a killing—I’m not sure what other facts I should be waiting for. The vast majority expressed disgust and revulsion though.”

I’ve asked the creator of the GoFundMe page to comment. I’ll update this post if I hear back; she told The Daily Beast earlier this week that she is not speaking with the press.

Fundraising Effort for Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Gets Ugly

Donors praise the officer for shooting “a common street thug” and removing an “unnecessary thing from the public!”

Comments left on a GoFundMe crowdfunding page in support of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Compiled by Jon Hendren

Update, 8/22/2014: A representative from the Support Officer Darren Wilson campaign declined to comment. On its Twitter account, GoFundMe announced late Thursday evening that some comments on the campaign page had been removed for violating the company’s terms of use. And on Friday afternoon, the campaign page was shut down and a new one was created. Buzzfeed reports:

The original donation page to support the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Mike Brown has been replaced with a charity, which appears linked with a local police union.

A long message to the Support Officer Wilson GoFundMe page was posted Friday afternoon, noting that donations will now go directly to a 501c3 charity called Shield of Hope, which the post says is designated “the authorized charity for donations on behalf of Darren Wilson.”

The old GoFundMe account had raised more than $234,000 before it was shut down. The new page has already raised more than $9,000.

The comments seen in the image above were written by donors to the online fund set up to support Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown six times in Ferguson, Missouri, last week. Wilson has since been placed on paid administrative leave and is in an undisclosed location. The GoFundMe campaign to assist him was set up earlier this week by an unnamed supporter. “We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives,” the page reads. It has since raised nearly $150,000.

Among the comments left by donors:

“Ofc. Wilson did his duty. Michael Brown was just a common street thug.”

“Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box.”

“Black people can be their own enemy and I am not white…He was shot 6 times cause the giant wouldn’t stop or die. Evil people don’t die quick”

“All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity.”

“I am so sick of the blacks using every excuse in the book to loot and riot.”

“I support officer Wilson and he did a great job removing an unnecessary thing from the public!”

The collection of comments above was compiled by Jon Hendren, a comedy writer in San Jose, California. Hendren told Mother Jones that he took screenshots of the comments on the page that seemed especially offensive and compiled them into one image using Photoshop. “There were maaaany more that were borderline or ambiguous or a small dollar amount that I would’ve also captured, but I got so annoyed that I began to get a headache, so I stopped when I did,” he explains. 

“A couple folks have asked me to wait until we know all the facts before passing judgment, which is kind of absurd,” says Hendren. “People are donating money with racist sentiment and to celebrate a killing—I’m not sure what other facts I should be waiting for. The vast majority expressed disgust and revulsion though.”

I’ve asked the creator of the GoFundMe page to comment. I’ll update this post if I hear back; she told The Daily Beast earlier this week that she is not speaking with the press.

George Zimmerman Arrested While Visiting Ferguson

Zimmerman,_George_-_Seminole_County_MugFlorida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July of 2013 of all charges related to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was arrested Wednesday morning in Ferguson, Missouri after an altercation outside of a Dunkin’ Donuts, where Zimmerman allegedly aimed a handgun at two black teenagers who confronted him.

Authorities say Zimmerman was exiting the Dunkin’ Donuts at approximately 9:45 am when he encountered the two teenagers, who are identified only as black males ages 16 and 17. In cell phone footage obtained by the police and shown, but not released, to the media, the two teens make every effort to evade Zimmerman, but finally confront him after he followed them for a short distance.

“We just saw George Zimmerman, and he’s in Ferguson,” one of the teens says in the cell phone video. “He’s following us. We’re trying to walk away but he’s following us.” The camera shows Zimmerman, carrying a bag of food and a drink, who yells something illegible at the teens. “We don’t want anything to go down. We’re just minding our own business. We’re minding our business.”

Zimmerman is heard yelling something again, and finally the teens stop. One of the teens rather articulately asks Zimmerman to leave him, his friend, and his town, alone. “Sir, sir, we don’t… we don’t have an issue with you, sir. Please leave us alone,” the younger teenager says in the video, while Zimmerman continues to rant about something in the background. “Mr. Zimmerman, I don’t know why you’re here in Ferguson, but It’s pretty damn insensitive, you showing up here. This town’s been through enough already, we don’t need you here intensifying things, okay? And my friend and I didn’t say anything to you.”

“I have a right to be here. It’s a free country, we’re on a public street,” Zimmerman angrily says to the teens. “Why were you following me? Why were you harassing me?”

“We did no such thing, Mr. Zimmerman. You were leaving the store and we saw you and crossed the street,” the younger teen replies. “You followed us for a whole block. We said nothing to you and we were not following you.”

“Why are you here, George?” the older teen asks. “Ferguson has enough going on without you trying to get in the news again.”

At this point, Zimmerman drops his beverage and reaches into his jacket. The teen holding the cell phone raises it, and then the video abruptly ends. Authorities say a State Police cruiser, which just happened to be driving by at that moment, pulled over, and the officers found Zimmerman aiming a 9mm pistol at the two teens, who had their hands raised above their heads. After drawing their own weapons and ordering Zimmerman to drop his, Zimmerman was taken into custody.

Police found two handguns, a shotgun, and several knives inside Zimmerman’s car at the time of his arrest. It is unclear why Zimmerman was visiting Ferguson, when he arrived, or where in town he was staying. Police say the teens will be allowed to release the full video to the public after their investigation is complete.

– See more at: http://nationalreport.net/george-zimmerman-arrested-visiting-ferguson/#sthash.M785NOba.dpuf

Timeline: Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

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Saturday Aug. 9

11:48 a.m. to noon – An officer responds to a call of a sick person.

11:51 a.m. – Another call comes in about a robbery at a convenience store. The dispatcher gives a description of the robber and says the suspect is walking toward the Quick Trip convenience store.

12:01 p.m. – The officer encounters Michael Brown and a friend as they walk down a street. Brown is shot to death as a result of the encounter.

12:04 p.m. – A second officer arrives on the scene followed by a supervisor one minute later. An ambulance responding to the earlier sick person call drives by and responds to assess Brown.

 

A St. Louis County teenager is dead and a community outraged after a Ferguson police officer opened fire.

Sunday Aug. 10

10 a.m. – Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed, St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Belmarsays in a news conference. Belmar says Brown physically assaulted the officer, and during a struggle between the two, Brown reached for the officer’s gun. One shot was fired in the car followed by other gunshots outside of the car.

 

Chief Jon Belmar with the St. Louis County Police Department said a struggle over a Ferguson officer’s gun led to Michael Brown’s death.

Brown’s parents retain attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, as their counsel.

A candlelight vigil to honor Brown later turns violent. More than a dozen businesses are vandalized and looted. More than 30 people are arrested and two police officers suffered injuries, police said.

 

Monday Aug. 11

5 a.m. – The first day of school is canceled in Jennings, near Ferguson, for safety of students who could be walking.

7 a.m. – Ferguson police and city leaders say a number of death threats to the police force have been received in relation to the fatal shooting.

10 a.m. – Hundreds gather outside the Ferguson Police Department to demand justice for Brown’s death. Police arrest at least seven people.

11 a.m. – The FBI announces the agency will do a parallel investigation into the shooting of Brown.

2 p.m. – St. Louis County Police Department announces it will release the name of the officer who is accused of shooting Brown by noon Tuesday.

4 p.m. – The parents and attorney of Brown hold a press conference where they ask for a stop to violence and demand justice for their son.

 

6 p.m. – Community members and leaders meet and pray at a meeting hosted by the NAACP.

 

8 p.m. – Several gather again on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, and police use tear gas to disperse crowds that did not protest peacefully.

 

Tuesday Aug. 12

Early morning, police announce 15 arrests stemming from Ferguson events Monday evening. In addition, St. Louis County Police Chief says the name of the officer involved in the shooting will not be released due to threats on social media.

10 a.m. – Protesters gather at St. Louis County Police Department headquarters for a peaceful protest where a list of demands was given relating to the investigation of Brown’s death.

Noon – Rev. Al Sharpton arrives in St. Louis to speak to the family of Brown, and he made his way around the St. Louis area to demand justice in the fatal shooting.Sharpton and the family spoke on the Old Courthouse steps early Tuesday afternoon.

 

Tuesday afternoon, a preliminary autopsy report for Brown is released by St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office. The FAA announces air restrictions over Ferguson to allow for law enforcement helicopters.

3 p.m. – Officials charge nine people in relation to looting in Ferguson Sunday night into Monday morning.

4 p.m. – President Obama releases a statement regarding the Brown incident. The Justice Department announces it will take on reviewing police tactics across the country.

7 p.m. – Gov. Jay Nixon, City of St. Louis Mayor and other area leaders come together to speak on the Brown case. At a separate public meeting, Rev. Al Sharpton and the Brown family urge a peaceful fight toward justice for Michael Brown.

10 p.m. – Tensions rise between protesters and police for the third consecutive night.

KSDK-TV reporter Farrah Fazal speaks to Dorian Johnson, a man who’s come forward as an eyewitness to Brown’s shooting.

 

Dorian Johnson was walking with Michael Brown when the 18-year-old was shot and killed by a police officer in St. Louis County, Missouri. Johnson says Brown had his hands in the air, and was unarmed, when the cop shot him. VPC

Wednesday Aug. 13

After a third night of protests full of tension, the City of Ferguson asked protests and vigils for Michael Brown to be held during the daytime.

10 a.m. – A number of volunteers gather to help the city start to pick up the pieces after tense and violent episodes in prior days.

KSDK learns Wednesday afternoon that Brown’s remains had been turned over to the family.

3 p.m. – The Justice Department opens a federal civil rights investigation related to the Ferguson shooting. Ferguson police say at a news conference that the 911 tape from Saturday would be released soon.

4 p.m. – Brown had no criminal background, the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office discloses.

6 p.m. – Ferguson-Florissant School District postpones the first day of school until Aug. 18 due to safety concerns for its students. School was set to start Aug. 14.

Police detain two reportersone from the Huffington Post and another from theWashington Post — at a Ferguson McDonald’s.

9 p.m. – Police begin to throw tear gas at protesters in Ferguson in order to disperse crowds. During the commotion, police also force media to move back out of the area and throw tear gas at an Al Jazeera America crew.

 

10 p.m. – Gov. Jay Nixon announces via Twitter that he’s cancelling his visit to Missouri State Fair Thursday to visit Ferguson.

City of St. Louis Alderman Antonio French is arrested for unlawful assembly.

Thursday Aug. 14

6 a.m. – Police announce 16 people have been arrested and two officers injured during the fourth night of violence.

7 a.m. – City Alderman Antonio French is released from jail without formal charges and posting bond.

11 a.m. – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon makes his first stop of many through north St. Louis County and Ferguson.

 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says “operational shifts” are ahead for law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. The governor told the audience that “you all will see a different tone.” (Aug. 15) AP

11:40 a.m. – Obama addressed the nation on Ferguson and urges for calm. The president called on local police to be “open and transparent” about their investigation of Brown’s death.

3:30 p.m. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the Missouri Highway Patrol willtake control of security in Ferguson and that the unit in the embattled town would be overseen by Capt. Ron Johnson, who was born and raised near the community.

6 p.m. – Across the country, silent vigils were held to remember and honor the memory of Michael Brown.

Evening, night – Citizens marched peacefully alongside state troopers and no violent clashes were reported for the first time this week.

 

Hundreds of protestors gathered and marched again in Ferguson, MO Thursday night. But this time it was primarily peaceful. The credit for the shift in atmosphere goes to the commander of the Missouri Highway Patrol who’s now overseeing security.

Friday Aug. 15

8:45 a.m. – Darren Wilson is named as the officer who shot Brown on Aug. 9. Wilson has been on the force for six years and has no disciplinary action against him, police chief Thomas Jackson says. The announcement comes three days after police originally said they would name the officer, citing a fear for the officer’s safety. The police chief also gave details about a strong-arm robbery at a local convenience store that took place moments before Wilson shot Brown. He did not connect Brown to the robbery during his news conference, but in police documents he released to reporters, Brown is named as a suspect. Jackson released dispatch records and video surveillance of the robbery as well.

11 a.m. – Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says at a security briefing that he hopes peaceful protests continue in Ferguson. “Don’t burn down our own house,” he says. “That does not prove a point. That does not solve issues.” Gov. Jay Nixon reassured people that the investigation’s focus remains on finding out how and why Brown was killed.

Noon – An attorney for Dorian Johnson, who is an eyewitness interviewed by law enforcement, says that Dorian Johnson and Brown took part in the convenience store robbery prior to the shooting.

12:30 p.m. – The family of Michael Brown releases a statement saying they are “beyond outraged” by how the information was released in a way to “assassinate the character of their son,” tying him to the robbery.

3 p.m. – Chief Thomas Jackson says Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, did not know Brown was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery that happened moments before the shooting. Wilson stopped Brown for walking in the middle of the street.

Friday evening – Rev. Jesse Jackson links arms with protesters in Ferguson. He led the group in prayer and urged them to “turn pain into power” while fighting back non-violently.

Friday night into Saturday morning – Police and nearly 200 protesters clash as rocks are thrown at officers and armored trucks returned to the streets. Tear gas is used to disperse rowdy crowds.

 

Saturday Aug. 16

Looting from Friday night forces one area beauty supply to shut its doors on Saturday.

 

Looting and vandalism in Ferguson comes at a high price for business owners and their employees. One Ferguson beauty supply store is now cleaning up, boarding up and preparing to close, at least temporarily.

3 p.m. – Gov. Nixon issues a state of emergency for the Ferguson area and will impose a curfew until further notice. “If we are going to achieve justice, we must first have and maintain peace,” Nixon said. “This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching.”

Sunday Aug. 17

Early morning – Seven people were arrested and one person shot as police and protesters clashed again in a haze of tear gas despite a curfew that took effect at midnight.

Afternoon – Citing the “extraordinary” nature of the case, Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a separate federal autopsy for Brown at the request of his family. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s autopsy concluded that Brown died of gunshot wounds, but other details have not been released.

Evening – Protests continued as police imposed a curfew for the second night. Police lobbed tear gas at protesters after reporting that members of the crowd hurled Molotov cocktails at officers. “This is no longer a peaceful protest. You must leave the area,” a police announcer told the crowd.

 

Late night – A private autopsy requested by Brown’s family found that he was shot at least six times, including four times in the right arm and twice in the head, The New York Times reported. All of the shots, the Times reported, were fired from Brown’s front — a finding that could contradict a witness statement indicating that Brown was hit as he ran away from police.

Monday Aug. 18

2 a.m. – Gov. Nixon orders the National Guard into Ferguson after protesters shot at police, threw Molotov cocktails at officers, looted local businesses and carried out a “coordinated attempt” to block roads and overrun the police’s command center, Nixon’s office said in a statement.

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon early Monday ordered the National Guard into Ferguson hours after police said escalating violence led to shootings, arrests and “pre-planned” acts of aggression by protesters.

9:45 a.m. – Michael Baden, the Brown family’s hired pathologist who performed aprivate autopsy on Brown’s body said his results could be consistent with the police’s or witnesses’ account of how Brown died. “From a scientific point of view, we can’t determine which witness is most consistent,” Baden said at a news conference.

1 p.m. – Gov. Nixon lifts the curfew in Ferguson after it failed to thwart violence the past two nights. The National Guard will have “limited responsibilities,” Nixon said, to help keep order during late-night protests along with the State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.

 

3:30 p.m. – President Obama announces he is dispatching Attorney General Eric Holder to monitor the unrest in Ferguson. Obama called on people to address “the gulf” that exists between minorities and law enforcement, but must do so with respect for all sides.

Afternoon – Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested Monday while reporting in Ferguson. He was later released. “I want to be able to do my job as a member of the media and not be arrested for just doing my job,” Olson told Pancho Bernasconi, vice president of news at Getty Images.

Trayvon Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton, wrote a heartbreaking letter published in TIMEmagazine to the family of Michael Brown. The letter, published Monday, says she wishes she could say “it will be alright” but the truth is she can only “pray” as their ‘lives are forever changed.”

 

9 p.m. – Ferguson-Florissant School District cancels school for the rest of the week amid safety concerns for students. The district’s first day was set for Aug. 14 but continued unrest led to a postponement.

Tuesday Aug. 19

Early morning – Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says that 31 people were arrested overnight, four police officers were injured by thrown rocks and bottles, at least two people were shot, and two fires were set during a night of clashes between police and protesters.

7 a.m. – Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, says on the Today Show thattheir focus remains on getting justice for her son. “When justice is prevailed, then maybe they’ll regain their trust in the locals.”

1 p.m. – A 23-year-old man was fatally shot by a police officer in north St. Louis, just a few miles from Ferguson. Authorities said he had threatened officers with a knife after imploring them to kill him. The incident did not appear to be related to Ferguson unrest, although a crowd that gathered around the scene appeared to have questions, prompting two aldermen at the scene to urge calm. No officers were injured, authorities said.

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