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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

Justice For Michael Brown – Artist Speak out

Artist and Freedom Fighter LV The Voice Speaks angry about the use of Facebook and what is being done to eliminate the young children in the communities around the world.

 

 

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Lawyer: Police Haven’t Talked To Michael Brown Shooting Witness

MICHAEL BROWN

 

Ferguson police haven’t yet interviewed Dorian Johnson, the friend who was with Michael Brown on the night he was shot by police, Johnson’s lawyer tells MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee.

Freeman Bosley, Johnson’s attorney, told msnbc that the police have yet to interview Johnson. Bosley said that he offered the police an opportunity to speak with Johnson, but they declined.

“They didn’t even want to talk to him,” said Bosley, a former mayor of St. Louis. “They don’t want the facts. What they want is to justify what happened … what they are trying to do now is justify what happened instead of trying to point out the wrong. Something is wrong here and that’s what it is.”

 
 

Johnson, 22, was walking with Brown in the street on Saturday when the two encountered police. Police have claimed that Brown assaulted one of the officers and reached for his gun. Johnson’s story differs greatly from the police’s version of events — he says that the police told them to “get the fuck onto the sidewalk,” grabbed Brown and began choking him when they didn’t immediately obey, and shot Brown when the 18-year-old tried to flee.

“We wasn’t causing no harm to nobody,” Johnson told CBS News on Sunday. “We had no weapons on us at all. He shot again and once my friend felt that shot he turned around and put his hands in the air and started to get down, and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”

Other witnesses also said that Brown had his hands up in the air when he was shot.

In a new, lengthy interview with MSNBC, Johnson provides more detail about what happened that night.

 

Today 7:28 PM EDT

Officer Was A 6-Year Veteran

From the AP:

Missouri police are releasing a few more details about the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager but are still not identifying him.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the officer had been with the force for about six years and was on a routine patrol when he encountered Michael Brown Jr. and a friend walking in the street.

Authorities have said previously that a scuffle ensued after the officer asked the teens to move to the side. Witnesses have said Brown’s hands were raised when he was shot multiple times.

Witnesses also have said the officer was white. The youths were black.

Jackson says the Ferguson police force has 53 officers, of which just three are black. He said the city has had trouble recruiting and retaining black officers.

 
 

The Riverfront Times reports:

The heavily armed police officer in riot gear was not amused.

“You guys are in the middle of a war zone,” he told Daily RFT. We — along with two other journalists and two Ferguson residents — had just emerged from a wall of shrubbery 50 feet away from the officer, who stood watch with several other heavily-armed cops in a grassy lot overlooking the beleaguered suburb. We had crept into the restricted area through a hole in a fence and down a muddy path. He ordered us to leave.

 
 
Today 6:33 PM EDT

No Words

Today 5:03 PM EDT

‘Heartbreaking’

Obama released a statement on Tuesday, urging people to “talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds”

The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.
I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.

 
 

Read more here.

Federal law enforcement officials said they may activate a wide review of police tactics, including the use of deadly force, USA Today reports. The review would be led by the Department of Justice and would seek to address police conduct with the mentally ill, the use of technology in law enforcement, and anti-terrorism measures. Officials are to decide on creating the review commission byearly 2015, the officials told USA Today. The report of the potential review comes at a time of growing concern over police’s use of deadly force, such as was seen in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

Today 4:34 PM EDT

Obama Releases Statement

The St. Louis County Police said the preliminary cause of death for Michael Brown was an unspecified number of gunshot wounds.

A full toxicology report is expected in the next four weeks, a producer with KSDK reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration banned flight travel under 3,000 feet in the airspace over Ferguson, Missouri to “provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” The effective date of the ban is from Aug. 12 to Aug. 18.

 

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