Violence has many faces. Holtzclaw has been charged with 16 felonies, including two-counts of rape and multiple counts of sexual violence against women—all of them Black. These recent acts of alleged vile misconduct against Black women should be viewed as more than an isolated incident of alleged rogue police behavior. Indeed, Black men are not the only victims of routine and vicious police attacks on their humanity.
Marlene Pinnock was pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer last month. Tyisha Miller was unconscious in her car when she was shot 12 times by police officers who had been called in to help her. Fifty-five year old Margaret LaVerne Mitchell, who was mentally ill, was fatally shot by a police officer for moving toward him with a screwdriver. We might also remember that the presence of law enforcement in our nation’s schools has put our girls at risk of excessive force in their places of learning. Remember Ashlynn Avery—a diabetic high school student who was allegedly shoved into a filing cabinet by school police when she fell asleep reading Huckleberry Finn during an in-school suspension study hall.
Do their names roll off our tongues as examples of police misconduct or as opportunities for us to revisit this nation’s structure (and practices) of law enforcement? Can we picture their faces the way we can see Michael Brown, Amadou Diallo or Oscar Grant?
Unfortunately, most of us cannot. But it’s time to understand that #blacklivesmatter is not a gendered statement.
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You know what I like, and feel is so important? That he doesn’t say “Men thinks those are THEIR positions”. He says “We think those are OUR positions.”
As a male feminist, he still doesn’t exclude himself from the group of men.
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But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…
An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”
Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.
Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.
"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.
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