Saturday August 9th, a racist Ferguson police officer profiled and fatally shot a black teenager, Michael Brown, as he walked to his grandmother’s residence with a friend. He was 18 years old. Multiple witnesses told KMOV that Brown was unarmed and had his hands up in the air when he was cut down. “The officer shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said witness Dorian Johnson. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.” The family and the community are calling his death an execution.
About 200 residents from the city of Ferguson came together to protest the terror, Amongst them, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, “I know they killed my son,” “This was wrong and it was cold-hearted”. She added that her son “doesn’t kill, steal or rob. He doesn’t do any of that.” Also present, Brown’s step father, Louis Head, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!” .Desuirea Harris, Brown’s grandmother “He didn’t live around here” “He came to visit me and they did that to him for no reason.” St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office confirmed that Brown had no prior misdemeanors or felonies against him. He was a 2014 graduate of Normandy High School and was scheduled to begin classes at Vatterott College.
Wednesday August 13th, St. Louis and Ferguson police dressed in camouflage and equipped with armored tanks and military rifles — fired tear gas, rubber coated bullets, and flash grenades at thousands of Black residents. Many were injured in the war-like environment as police displayed a blatant disregard for civil rights, unlawfully arresting dozens of people including members of the press.
Walls of tear gas, thick, barricading access from one side of town to another. Police marched down streets ordering protesters to leave as they fired tear gas, hitting vehicles as people inside tried to escape. While also firing tear gas into homes and backyards. Rubber bullets and a high-pitched sirens were used in an attempt to neutralize protesters. “The guardian observed one individual with the “hands up, don’t shoot” refrain that has come to define the protesters shot several times with rubber bullets by officers, before he fell to the ground. When he did, several officers pounced on him, according to the Guardian”
It’s clear that this fascist institution is trying to suppress this resistance, while still protecting their own. Officials stayed silent until today, releasing the identity of the murderous cop that killed Michael Brown in cold-blood. Officer Darren Wilson.
To make matters more upsetting, this cop is being supported by the KKK. Yesterday, August 14th, The South Carolina-based New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan says its Missouri chapter is raising a reward fund for the officer who shot the African-American teen. Stating that “We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug,” the Klan group said in an email. “He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place”.
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How many more must die?
Once again, an unarmed black teenager has been killed at the hands of racist police. Ferguson is now facing excruciating militarization and oppression, stemming from one incident of everyday police terror. This everyday terror defines the visible war on our communities, the fear that someone will be murdered at any moment. The same police terror took the lives of eleven people in 2012, and twelve people in 2013, Memphis Tennessee. All were unarmed, disabled, or fleeing. Additionally, we witnessed the massive string of 26 killings in Albuquerque since 2010, six unarmed murders in Denver since 2009, and countless others. Where does it end? In Ferguson and many other militarized zones all over the world, continued state violence demonstrates that we only have each other. The state only offers more violence, more oppression, more repression. Institutional racism is the law that this extreme modern policing is enforcing, and always has. Our fight against racist police terror is happening on our streets everyday, and only we can end this war waged against us.
For a World Without Police, In Solidarity With Ferguson.
“We the people need to build a long term plan for our own protection and defense against the state sponsored terrorism and fascism against us, and more importantly, we need to build a plan and the world we want to live
in. We need to be about the business of building community, love, health, prosperity and justice that we can sustain for our won welfare.
Like the Zapatistas in Chiapis, Mexico. While fighting a war they have chosen life over death, while knowing they must die to live. They are building schools, clinics and all the things they need to take care of themselves. Community-centeredness, bottom-up work.
We must save ourselves–somehow. We are resourceful; we can do it” -Ida B. Wells Coalition KC Chapter