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Tell Walmart: Release the Tapes of John Crawford's Shooting

the-goddamazon:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Last month, John Crawford III was killed by police while shopping in a Walmart store. Police were called to the store by another customer who described a “Black male about 6 feet tall” waving a gun. Crawford was actually leaning on a toy pellet gun — barrel pointed down — which he had picked up from one of the store’s shelves.

Walmart has video surveillance footage of the events but has refused repeated requests from John Crawford’s family to publicly release the tapes. Join ColorOfChange to demand Walmart release the tapes publicly to ensure justice for John Crawford and help customers and workers feel safe in Walmart stores.

Here’s the letter we’ll send on your behalf to Walmart, Inc executives and store management on your behalf. You can add a personal comment using the box provided.

Dear Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Walmart executives and Beavercreek Walmart store management,

I’m writing you to demand that you respond to the request from John Crawford III’s family and publicly release the surveillance tapes from the day he was killed by police.

John Crawford’s family, the local community, Walmart shoppers and store associates have a right to feel safe walking the aisles of your stores. We deserve to know why he was killed by police while holding an item from the store shelves.

In the interest of justice, transparency and store safety, please immediately release unedited surveillance footage.

Thank you,

[Your Name]

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This is not another public relations problem that Walmart needs

On Ferguson, no words from Hillary Clinton

Two reporters called out questions to Clinton about her thoughts on Ferguson after she had wrapped up at Books & Books on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, a store owned by former Simon & Schuster executive Jack McKeown. (Simon & Schuster is the publisher of her new book, “Hard Choices.”)

Clinton ignored the questions and kept walking toward a rear entrance of the book store.

Adams agrees his findings merely confirm what many considered obvious: Americans don’t like it when challenged by paramilitary police, and such encounters may induce even relatively mellow protestors to decidedly aggro behavior.

“But the value of this study is that it is based on evidence, not intuition,” he observes. “It identifies violence when it is strategic—that is, when police deliberately show up in military gear with an intention to raid or confront aggressively. And it tracks confrontation and response across timelines—who does what to whom, and when. We were able to identify those points when violence escalated, and we were able to determine the contributing factors.

The MTS said the incident between the guards and passenger Felipe Vedoy began at the Grossmont trolley station.  But it turned violent once Vedoy and the security officers were on board the trolley.

On the video you can see and hear the officers hitting Vedoy with their batons.  The beating goes on for nearly seven minutes.
 
Lynn Riggs said she was on the trolley at the time and saw the beating.
 
"I just watched them beat him and beat him and beat him with the baton," Riggs said, "Then they would stop to take a breath, then continue beating on him.".
 
Riggs said it was obvious Vedoy was not trying to get away, that he was simply trying to shield himself from the blows.  At one point, you can see a passenger move to another seat to get out of the way of the altercation.

Mike Brown Law. Requires all state, county, and local police to wear a camera. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera. Due to the latest accounts of deadly encounters with police, We the People, petition for the Mike Brown Law. Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera.The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct(i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question, from normally questionable police encounters. As well, as help to hold all parties within a police investigation, accountable for their actions.

This bigot is the wife of the Chief of Police of Ferguson, MO.

This bigot is the wife of the Chief of Police of Ferguson, MO.

but how many of them followed my suggestion?

You can see my comment at the end of the article - that’s how it goes with Facebook’s commenting service.

It’s one thing to stew in your justified indignation on a message board; the publisher might gather your comments for one use, the message board service (assuming that it is a third party and the best message board services are) use the might use it for something similar. And they might relay the message to the subjects of the comments — there is no way of knowing if that happens immediately before or after monkeys fly out of their butts.

It’s just not that convenient. One needs to do more. I made a modest effort by tweeting MI Gov. Rick Snyder about this, but no one else has so far. No one has tweeted OH Gov. John Kasich, either.

Tweeting can shame both a target attached to a twitter handle and the offending corporation, so there is that efficiency in that method. It also could suppress the stock price of the offending corporation, at least for a short time. I.M.O, that is the best way to hit corporations. What’s more, it is a damn slight faster than writing either Snyder or Kasich.

Think Progress readers, I have to say that I’m disappointed in you. It’s nothing I asked for myself, I asked it of your for people whose Eighth Amendment rights are being violated. I gave you something simple to do, assuming that you have a twitter account. A couple of you liked the idea. None of you followed through.


Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is putting her money where her mouth is when it comes to her decision to terminate the city’s contract with Gordon College.

They handle witch hunts differently in Salem in the 21st Century.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is putting her money where her mouth is when it comes to her decision to terminate the city’s contract with Gordon College.

They handle witch hunts differently in Salem in the 21st Century.

An extra-judicial execution for talking back to cops in Albuquerque (via Police helmet cam: Camper turning from officers when shot)

{sarcasm}Luckily for the good people of Albuquerque most homeless people don’t have survivors to sue for damages.{/sarcasm}

Bayard Rustin, an openly gay African American man, worked as an advocate for human rights. He most famously advised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On his birthday, GLAAD celebrates the life of Bayard Rustin.

Bayard Rustin, an openly gay African American man, worked as an advocate for human rights. He most famously advised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On his birthday, GLAAD celebrates the life of Bayard Rustin.