Aug 11, 2015
Fault Lines Links: Oath Keepers Show Up In Ferguson
Aug. 11, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Welcome to Tuesday, people. Here’s the rundown.
- A state of emergency was declared in Ferguson after a night of unrest. Peaceful protesters were marking one year since Michael Brown’s death. Activists such as Cornel West, Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson, as well as journalists Ryan Reilly and Wesley Lowery were among those arrested over the course of the day. Members of a white militia group known as the Oath Keepers were approved by local police and showed up at the scene. Hard to imagine a black militia group getting similar approval.
- 15 year old Andre Green was killed by police in Indianapolis on Sunday after an alleged carjacking. Conflicting accounts have been given of the circumstances surrounding the shooting. None of the police were wearing body cams and none of the cars had dashboard cams. More as we get it.
- NAACP calls for an independent investigation on behalf of Darren Tate Brown who was shot while allegedly resisting arrest at a traffic stop in Philadelphia. The officers involved have previously been cleared by the district attorney of any wrongdoing.
- The Police Commissioner in Boston is pushing for stricter regulations on bystanders filming potential police misconduct.
- State agents in Virgina involved in the brutal arrest of unarmed, black UVA student Martese Johnson in March were cleared by an independent panel. They claimed Johnson was under the influence and refused to identify himself, although neither assertion proved to be true. Apparently the governor has ordered a two week “cultural diversity” and “use of force” training. That should do it.
- Houston police officer orders the strip search of a young black woman on the side of a road because he thought he smelled weed in her car. The female police officer threatens to break her legs if she doesn’t open them. Awful.